Connecting an EX Series Switch to a Management Console by Using the Mini-USB Type-B Console Port

 

You can configure and manage EX2200-C, EX2300, EX3400, EX4300, and EX4550 switches except EX2300-24MP and EX2300-48MP models by using the RJ-45 console port or the Mini-USB Type-B console port. However, on EX2200-C and EX4550 switches, only one console port is active at a time and the console input is active only on that port. 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.

If your laptop or PC does not have a DB-9 male connector pin or RJ-45 connector pin, you can connect your laptop or PC directly to the switch by using a mini-USB cable that has a Standard-A USB connector on one end and a Mini-USB Type-B (5-pin) connector on the other end.

This topic describes the procedure to connect an EX2200-C, EX2300, EX3400, EX4300, and EX4550 switch to the management console by using the Mini-USB Type-B console port.

For information about configuring and managing an EX Series switch by using the RJ-45 console port, see Connecting a Device to a Management Console by Using an RJ-45 Connector.

Before you begin connecting the switch by using the Mini-USB Type-B console port:

  • Ensure that the USB to Serial driver is installed on the host machine.

  • Ensure that the HyperTerminal properties of the console server or laptop are set as follows:

    • Baud rate—9600

    • Flow control—None

    • Data—8

    • Parity—None

    • Stop bits—1

    • DCD state—Disregard

Ensure that you have the following parts and tools available:

  • One mini-USB cable with Standard-A and Mini-USB Type-B (5-pin) connectors (not provided).

To connect the switch to the console by using the Mini-USB Type-B console port:

  1. Connect the Standard-A connector of the mini-USB cable to the host machine (PC or laptop).
  2. Connect the Mini-USB Type-B (5-pin) connector of the mini-USB cable to the Mini-USB Type-B console port (labeled CON) on the switch.
  3. Set the Mini-USB Type-B console port as the active console port by using the port-type command.

    By default, the RJ-45 port is set as an active console port and the Mini-USB Type-B port is the passive console port. For information about configuring the console port type, see Configuring the Console Port Type (CLI Procedure).

  4. Reboot the switch.

After the connection is established, the Mini-USB Type-B becomes the active console port. The host machine connected to the Mini-USB Type-B console port displays log messages and enables you to control switch functionality through it.