Console port connection

Role of routers in a WAN



Console port connections
This page will provide more information about the console port.
The console port is a management port that is used to provide out-of-band access to a router. It is used to set up the initial configuration of a router and to monitor it. The console port is also used for disaster recovery procedures.
A rollover cable and an RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter are used to connect a PC to the console port.
Cisco supplies the necessary adapter to connect to the console port.
The PC or terminal must support VT100 terminal emulation. Terminal emulation software such as HyperTerminal is usually used.
The following are steps to connect a PC to a router:

The next page will explain how LAN interfaces are connected.