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
input.

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
other.
viz.
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.

Aubrey





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.

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