Technical Documentation

Connecting an EX-series Switch to a Management Console

EX-series switches have a console port with an RJ-45 connector on the rear panel. If you need to monitor and manage an EX-series switch using a dedicated console, you can use the console port to connect the EX-series switch to the console. You can also use the console port to connect the EX-series switch to a console server.

Ensure you have an Ethernet cable with an RJ-45 connector available. An RJ-45 cable and an RJ-45 to DB-9 serial port adapter are supplied with the switch. Figure 3 shows the RJ-45 connector of the Ethernet cable supplied with the switch.

Note: If your laptop or PC does not have a DB-9 male connector pin and you want to connect your laptop or PC directly to an EX-series switch, use a combination of the RJ-45 to DB-9 female adapter supplied with the switch and a USB to DB-9 male adapter.

To connect an EX-series switch to a management console (see Figure 1 and Figure 2):

  1. Connect one end of the Ethernet cable into the console port (labelled CON) on the rear panel of the EX-series switch.
  2. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable into the management console.

Figure 1: Connecting an EX 3200 Switch to a Management Console

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Figure 2: Connecting an EX 4200 Switch to a Management Console

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Figure 3: Ethernet Cable Connector

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