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Connecting the M7i Router to Management and Alarm Devices

 

After you have installed the router into the rack, connect the router to one or more external devices for management and service operations.

To connect external devices, perform the procedures described in the following topics:

Connecting the M7i Router to a Network for Out-of-Band Management

To connect the Routing Engine to a network for out-of-band management, insert an Ethernet cable with RJ-45/RJ-45 connectors into the MGMT port on the Routing Engine. One such cable is provided with the router (see Routing Engine Interface Cable and Wire Specifications for the M7i Router). Follow this procedure:

  1. Plug one end of the Ethernet cable (Figure 1 shows the connector) into the MGMT port on the Routing Engine Figure 2 shows the layout of the ports on the Routing Engine.
  2. Plug the other end of the cable into the network device.
Figure 1: Routing Engine Ethernet Cable Connector 
Routing Engine
Ethernet Cable Connector 
Figure 2: Routing Engine Interface Ports
Routing Engine Interface
Ports

Connecting the M7i Router to a Management Console or Auxiliary Device

To use a system console to configure and manage the Routing Engine, connect it to the CONSOLE port on the Routing Engine. To use a laptop, modem, or other auxiliary device, connect it to the AUX/MODEM port on the Routing Engine. Both ports accept an RS-232 (EIA-232) serial cable with DB-9/DB-9 connectors. One such cable is provided with the router. If you want to connect a device to both ports, you must supply another cable. See Routing Engine Interface Cable and Wire Specifications for the M7i Router. To connect a management console or auxiliary device:

  1. Turn off the power to the console or auxiliary device.
  2. Plug the female end (shown in Figure 3) of the provided console cable into the CONSOLE or AUX/MODEM port. Routing Engine Interface Ports shows the layout of the ports on the Routing Engine.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

  3. Tighten the screws on the connector.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 3: Console and Auxiliary Serial Port Connector
Console and
Auxiliary Serial Port Connector