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Step 2: Up and Running


Now that the NFX150 is powered on, let’s get it up and running!

Plug and Play

The NFX150 already has factory-default settings configured right out of the box to make it a plug-and-play device. These settings are loaded as soon as you power it on. By default, DHCP, HTTPS, and TFTP services are enabled, and a basic set of screens are configured on the untrust zone. To see other default settings, see “Factory-Default Settings” in Initial Configuration on NFX150 Devices.

You can easily customize the default configuration with just a few commands. You can always revert to the factory-default configuration anytime you want.

Connect and Configure

Before you begin connecting and configuring your NFX150, verify that your laptop or desktop PC is set to these defaults:

  • Baud Rate—9600

  • Flow Control—None

  • Data—8

  • Parity—None

  • Stop Bits—1

  • DCD State—Disregard

  1. Connect the RJ-45 console port (labeled CON on the front panel) to a laptop or desktop PC using the RJ-45 cable and RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter (not provided). The CLI displays a login prompt.Note

    Alternately, you can use a USB cable to connect to the mini-USB console port on the device. To use the mini-USB console port, you’ll need to download the USB driver from the following page and install it on your laptop or desktop PC:

  2. Log in as root. You don’t need to enter a password. If the software boots before you connect the cable to the console port, you might need to press the Enter key for the prompt to appear.
  3. Start the CLI.
  4. Enter configuration mode.
  5. Add a password to the root administration user account. Enter a plain text password.
  6. Enable SSH service for the root user.
  7. Commit the configuration.
  8. Connect the NFX150 to the Internet (WAN ports 0/4 or 0/5).

    The ISP assigns an IP address to the NFX150 through DHCP.

  9. Connect your laptop to a LAN port (ports 0/0 through 0/3).

    The DHCP server running on the NFX150 assigns an IP address to your laptop.

  10. Open a browser on your laptop, navigate to, and verify your connectivity.