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Connecting to a Management Console or Auxiliary Device

 

To connect the Routing Engines in a TX Matrix router to a system console to configure and manage the routing matrix, connect the CONSOLE ports on the TX-CIPs to the system console. To use a laptop, modem, or other auxiliary device, connect it to the AUXILIARY port on the TX-CIP that corresponds to the master host subsystem. Both ports accept an RS-232 (EIA-232) serial cable with DB-9 connectors.

Note

If your TX Matrix router contains two host subsystems, we recommend that you connect each TX-CIP to the system console.

To connect the cables for a management console or auxiliary device:

  1. Attach an electrostatic discharge (ESD) grounding strap to your bare wrist, and connect the strap to one of the ESD points on the chassis.
  2. If necessary, turn off the power to the console or auxiliary device.
  3. Connect the female end (shown in Figure 1) of a serial cable into the appropriate CONSOLE or AUXILIARY port on TX-CIP in slot CIP0 (see Figure 2). This port connects to the Routing Engine in the upper Routing Engine slot (RE0).
  4. Using a 2.5-mm flat-blade screwdriver, tighten the screws on the connector.
  5. Attach the other end of the cable to the console or auxiliary device.
  6. Plug the female end of another serial cable into the appropriate CONSOLE or AUXILIARY port on the TX-CIP in slotCIP1. This port connects to the Routing Engine in the lower Routing Engine slot (RE1).
  7. Using a 2.5-mm flat-blade screwdriver, tighten the screws on the connector.
  8. Attach the other end of the cable to the console or auxiliary device.
Note

For console devices, configure the serial port to the following values:

  • Baud rate—9600

  • Parity—N

  • Data bits—8

  • Stop bits—1

  • Flow control—none

Figure 1: DB-9 Console and Auxiliary Serial Port Connector
DB-9 Console
and Auxiliary Serial Port Connector
Figure 2: Routing Engine Management Ports
Routing Engine Management
Ports