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Connecting an NFX350 Device to a Management Console Using Mini-USB Type-B Console Port

 

You can configure and manage NFX350 devices by using the RJ-45 console port or the Mini-USB Type-B console port. However, the console input will be active only on one port at a time—only one port will be set active at a time.

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.

If your laptop or PC does not have a DB-9 plug connector pin or RJ-45 connector pin, you can connect your laptop or PC directly to an NFX350 device 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 section describes the process of connecting an NFX350 device to the management console by using the Mini-USB Type-B console port.

For information about configuring and managing an NFX350 device by using the RJ-45 console port, see Connecting an NFX350 Device to a Management Console.

Before you begin connecting an NFX350 device by using the Mini-USB Type-B console port:

  • Ensure that the USB to Serial driver is installed on the host machine. You can download the driver from https://webdownload.juniper.net/swdl/dl/secure/site/1/record/5029.html

  • Ensure that the hyper terminal 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:

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

To connect the NFX350 device to the console using 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 NFX350 device.
  3. Set the Mini-USB Type-B console port as the active console port by using the command port-type.

  4. Reboot the NFX350 device.

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 lets you control NFX350 device functionality through it.