To begin with basic router config, you need the following:
Router ( cisco of course)
Console cable or rollover cable
PC or laptop with Terminal emulation software installed. I use Hilgreaves hyperterminal
Setting up a terminal connection to the console port of a cisco router or switch.
- Connect the console cable to the pc or laptop via the RS232 serial cable. Connect the other end of the cable to the console back at the back of the switch
2. Download and install a terminal emulation software (hilgreaves hyper terminal – http://www.hilgraeve.com/support/htpe7.exe. or putty- http://the.earth.li/~sgtatham/putty/0.62/x86/putty.exe) or use the windows-based terminal software. Launch the software
3. Choose a name for the ‘New Connection’
4. Click ok to confirm. Click configure on the next window.
5. Enter the following settings or click ‘Restore Defaults’.
6. Click OK to exit the configure window and press enter once or twice till you see the terminal connection to the console active.
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) worked together to provide the TIA/EIA cable specifications for LANs. Two of the most common TIA/EIA cable specifications include the 568-A and 568-B standards. Both of these standards typically use the same Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable, but with a different termination color code.
There are three different types of twisted pair cables that are used in networks:
Straight-through – Connects dissimilar devices, such as a switch and a computer, or a switch and a router.
Crossover – Connects similar devices, such as two switches or two computers.
Console (or Rollover) – Connects a computer to the console port of a router or switch to do initial configuration.
Another cable type that is common in networks is a serial cable. A serial cable is typically used to connect the router to an Internet connection. This Internet connection may be to the phone company, the cable company, or a private ISP.
WIC- 2T Serial Interface Card.