In order to setup many (most?) Cisco devices, such as the Cisco ASA 5505 / 5500 Series you must have a special console cable.
Cable: First connect to the console port via a special Cisco specific console cable. The console port on a Cisco device is the same RJ-45 connector used for CAT 5 network cables, but the signals are actually RS232 so you need a console cable to adapt the RJ-45 to a DB9 or 25 for connection to a PC serial port or a Serial to USB adapter. You can buy one or make one yourself. ^ ^ The pinout is:
|1 Green-White||8 CTS|
|2 Green||6 DSR|
|3 Orange-White||2 RX|
|4 Blue||5 GND|
|5 Blue-White||5 GND|
|6 Orange||3 TX|
|7 Brown-White||4 DTR|
|8 Brown||7 RTS|
Note: The colors listed assume TIA/EIA 568A standards, and other versions may be found. It's the numbers that matter, not the colors.
Note: That if your PC doesn't have an RS232 port, you will ALSO need a USB to Serial Adapter
Connection: Use a serial terminal program like Hyper Terminal, PuTTY, Real Term, etc... Set the baud rate to 9600 N 8 1. Or No parity, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit. Press Enter a few times and you should get a response from the device.
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