Configuring the Console Port Type (CLI Procedure)

 

EX2200-C, EX2300, EX3400, EX4300, EX4550, and OCX1100 switches provide two console ports: an RJ-45 console port that accepts a cable with an RJ-45 connector and a Mini-USB Type-B console port that accepts a cable with a Mini-USB Type-B plug (5-pin) connector. You can configure and manage the switch using RJ-45 console port as well as Mini-USB Type-B console port.

However, on EX2200-C, EX4550, and OCX1100 switches, only one console port is active at a time and the console input is active only on that port. By default, the RJ-45 console port is the active port on EX2200-C, EX4550, and OCX1100 switches and the Mini USB Type-B console port is the passive. That is, to make a connection on the RJ-45 console port you need not configure it as the active port while to make a connection to the Mini-USB Type-B console port, you must first explicitly configure this port as the active port. You can make either port the active port by using the port-type configuration statement.

On EX2300, EX3400, and EX4300 switches, both the RJ-45 console port and the Mini-USB Type-B console port are active at the same time.

The active console port can display all the early boot and low-level message output and you can access the switch through this port in the debugger prompt.

To configure the RJ-45 or the Mini-USB Type-B console port as an active console port:

  1. Connect the host machine to the switch using the management console port you want to activate.
  2. Configure the port type:
    [edit]

    user@switch# set system ports auxiliary port-type type

    For example, to activate the Mini USB Type-B console port:

  3. Commit the configuration and Exit.
  4. Reboot the switch. The control and the boot log will appear on the activated console.
Note

Do not use the Delete system ports auxiliary port-type command to delete the port-type configuration. Always use set system ports auxiliary port-type type command to change the active management console port type.