Not being able to input through Hyperterminal

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I have just set up my home lab and tried to connect to the Routers and
Switches via the Console cable via Hyperterminal. I switched on the devices
and I was able to get some output. Unfortunatly I was not able to type any

So I searched and searched and searched on the internet and I could not find
any information. I tested the cable via a cable tester and it was fine. The
ethernet cable connected into a terminal serial adapter.

I gave up on trying and bought a Cisco certified cable that was the ethernet
hard wired into the serial connecter.

Lo and Behold!!! It worked! I just wanted to share that with everyone so
they dont have to suffer as much as I did finding the answer to the problem.

If anyone needs help setting up a home lab, please ask me. It took me ages
and ages to finally figure everything out, but thankfully I am on my feet
now. I would be glad to guide others from the silly mistakes i did.

Cheers guys.

Re: Not being able to input through Hyperterminal

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The termination of the cable is not actually "Ethernet" - a Cisco console
cable is a "rollover" type, ie, all wires are transposed from one end to the
Pin1 - Pin 8
Pin 2 - Pin 7
Pin 3 - Pin 6
Pin 4 - Pin 5
Pin 5 - Pin 4
Pin 6 - Pin 3
Pin 7 - Pin 2
Pin 8 - Pin 1

(Note : This is not a Ethernet crossover cable either.)

Glad to see you managed to get your home lab working in the end - it's all a
learning experience.


Re: Not being able to input through Hyperterminal
The only Cisco device which uses an actual ethernet cable for connecting a
computer serial port to a Cisco console port is a Catalyst 5000 or 5500
switch.  There are also ASA devices with an ethernet management port, but
they also have the same console port as other Cisco devices.


     Scott Perry
Indianapolis, Indiana
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