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Connecting the ACX5048 and ACX5096 to External Devices

Connecting an ACX5000 Router to a Management Console

Ensure that you have an RJ-45 to DB-9 rollover cable available. An RJ-45 cable with an RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter is provided with the device.

Note:

If your laptop or PC does not have a DB-9 pin contact and you want to connect your laptop or PC directly to the ACX routers, use a combination of the RJ-45 cable and RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter supplied with the device and a USB to DB-9 plug adapter. You must provide the USB to DB-9 plug adapter.

The ACX routers has a console port with an RJ-45 connector. Use the console port to connect the device to a management console or to a console server.

To connect the ACX router to a management console (see Figure 1 and Figure 2):

  1. Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the console port (labeled CON).
  2. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable into the console server (see Figure 1) or management console (see Figure 2).
Figure 1: Connecting the ACX Router to a Management Console Through a Console ServerConnecting the ACX Router to a Management Console Through a Console Server
Figure 2: Connecting the ACX Router Directly to a Management ConsoleConnecting the ACX Router Directly to a Management Console

Connecting an ACX5000 Router to a Network for Out-of-Band Management

Ensure that you have an appropriate cable available. See Cable Specifications for Console and Management Connections for an ACX5000 Router.

You can monitor and manage the ACX5000 router using a dedicated management channel. ACX5000 routers have a minimum of two management ports: a 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ-45 port and a 1-Gbps SFP ports. Some product SKUs have an additional 1-Gbps SFP port that can be used either for fiber or copper connections. Use the management ports to connect the ACX5000 router to a network for out-of-band management.

CAUTION:

Configuring the two management interfaces within the same subnet is not supported.

Note:

You cannot use the management ports to perform the initial configuration of the ACX5000 router. You must configure the management ports before you can successfully connect to the ACX5000 router using these ports. See Initially Configuring the ACX5000 Router.

To connect a ACX5000 router to a network for out-of-band management (see Figure 3):

  1. Connect one end of the cable to one of the management ports (labeled C0 and

    C1) on the ACX5000 router.

  2. Connect the other end of the cable to the management router (see Figure 3).
Figure 3: Connecting a ACX5000 Router to a Network for Out-of-Band ManagementConnecting a ACX5000 Router to a Network for Out-of-Band Management