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Connecting MX5, MX10, MX40, and MX80 Routers to Management Devices

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

To connect to the ETHERNET port on the Routing Engine:

  1. Turn off the power to the management device.
  2. Plug one end of the Ethernet cable (Figure 1 shows the connector) into the ETHERNET port on the Routing Engine. Figure 2 shows the port.
  3. Plug the other end of the cable into the network device.
Figure 1: Routing Engine Ethernet Cable ConnectorRouting Engine Ethernet Cable Connector
Figure 2: Ethernet PortEthernet Port

Connecting the Router to a Management Console or Auxiliary Device

To use a system console to configure and manage the Routing Engine, connect it to the appropriate CONSOLE port on the front panel. To use a laptop, modem, or other auxiliary device, connect it to the AUX port on the front panel. Both ports accept a cable with an RJ-45 connector. One serial cable with an RJ-45 connector and a DB-9 connector is provided with the router. To connect a device to the CONSOLE port and another device to the AUX port, you must supply an additional cable.

To connect a management console or auxiliary device:

  1. Turn off the power to the console or auxiliary device.
  2. Plug the RJ-45 end of the serial cable (Figure 3 shows the connector) into the AUX port or CONSOLE port on the front panel. Figure 4 shows the ports.
  3. Plug the DB-9 socket end into the device's serial port.
    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

    Warning:

    Do not connect Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled cables to the console port. These cables are known to cause damage resulting in console port failure.

Figure 3: Routing Engine Console and Auxiliary Cable ConnectorRouting Engine Console and Auxiliary Cable Connector
Figure 4: Auxiliary and Console PortsAuxiliary and Console Ports