Cisco – Using a Mini USB Console Cable


KB ID 0001073 Dtd 05/06/15


A colleague asked me if I had a USB console cable, because the switch he was working on had a failed RJ45 console port. I thought it was just the same cable that charged my phone (USB A to micro USB). But it isn't, it's mini USB.

cisco usb console

I thought, that might happen to me at some point, and rather than carry yet another cable I got onto eBay and got a female micro USB to male mini USB converter for about 99p. Then all I needed to do was test it.Solution

Use Cisco USB Console Cable on Mac OSX

1. Just plug it in and the Mac detects it without the need for drivers, if you want to find out what device it is, simply issue the following command;cisco usb console

2. You can then can connect directly to it (using 9600 baud as usual), with the following command (your device name in red will differ);

screen /dev/tty.usbmodem1411 9600

cisco usb console

3. Or if you use an application, (I use SecureCRT).

mac osx secureCRT Cisco USB console

4. And we are usb console cable cisco

Use Cisco USB Console Cable on Windows

Things are a little more convoluted on Windows, you need to install a driver (which involves a reboot).1. Download the Windows Cisco USB Console Cable usb console driver

2. When installed and connected to a Cisco device, you should see something like the following in device manager (devmgmt.msc).

cisco usb console

3. Now using your preferred terminal emulation software (below I'm using PuTTY) connect using the COM port you identified above.

cisco usb console


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