Summary: console connector conspiracy: x2100m2 and x2200 to cisco 2600 series octal cable

Anthony D'Atri aad at verio.net
Fri Nov 10 21:00:19 EST 2006


I wrote:

> We've recently received several x2100m2 and x2200 boxes to evaluate,
> and are a bit dismayed that Sun's reverted to using a DB9 for the
> serial console instead of an RJ45.  Attempts to use a variety of
> existing adapter hoods have not been successful, so I welcome insight
> on how one can effectively talk to these from a Cisco 2600 series
> conserver.

Thanks to all who responded.  The results are inconclusive at best,  
and contradictory at worst.  The 2100m2 seems to not be basically  
identical to the 2100, as I think some assumed.  Responses are  
excerpted below:

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you can use a cisco DB9 terminal d-sub adapter with a roll-over cable.

FYI: i did an eval of the X2100 and X200 and had a *lot* of issues  
with them... they're garbage.
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Can't help you with the cisco, but my X2100's serial consoles work  
without
problem on Cyclades console servers, using a DB-9 to UTP converter  
that we
get with every Sun V210/240/etc.

You might also consider using the serial over LAN feature provided by  
the
optional SMDC card. You'll need this card anyway to be able to remote
powercycle the X2100.
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Do you have a console cable with that Cisco router? The console kit  
usually
comes with a DB9(male) with an RJ45 (female) on the opposite end.
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Check out YOST.COM for the different cabling conventions.  I have  
used the DTE for computer to cisco connection
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Sun usually ships console adapters DB9-RJ45 or
DB25-RJ45 with each system.
Well, atleast they used to.
You should be able to use these with a straight
through RJ45-RJ45 cable to the cisco unit.
The cisco adapters and most other adapters will not
work.
They used to be chromed plastic in color.
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