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HP ProCurve 2910al Switch Series - Connecting a Console to the Switch (Optional)

Connecting a management console

2910al Switches have a full-featured, easy-to-use console interface for performing switch management tasks including:

  • Monitor switch and port status, and network activity statistics.

  • Modify the switch’s configuration to optimize switch performance, enhance network traffic control, and improve network security.

  • Read the event log and access diagnostic tools to help in troubleshooting.

  • Download new software to the switch.

  • Add passwords to control access to the switch from the console, web browser interface, and network management stations.

After the user installs and powers up a 2910al switch, they must use the out-of-band console connection to minimally configure the switch with an IP address and subnet mask before they can use a networked (in-band or out-of-band) connection to manage the switch.

To connect a console to the switch, use the console cable shipped with the switch and connect a PC or VT-100 terminal to the console serial port. The PC or terminal then functions as a management console connected directly to the switch.

The user can use the console port only for out-of-band management; it cannot be used for a Telnet connection.

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Configuring the management console

To set up a console to manage the switch through the console port connection:

  1. Configure the PC terminal emulator as a DEC VT-100 (ANSI) terminal or use a VT-100 terminal.

  2. Configure the terminal with the following settings:

    • A baud rate from 1200 to 115200 (the switch senses the speed).

    • 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity, and flow control set to Xon/Xoff.

    • For the Windows Terminal program, disable (uncheck) the Use Function, Arrow, and Ctrl Keys for Windows option.

    • For the Hilgraeve HyperTerminal program, select the Terminal keys option for the Function, Arrow, and Ctrl Keys act as parameter.

If the user uses a management console with different configuration settings, they need to be sure to reconfigure the settings on both the terminal and the switch in the following order so that both configurations are compatible:

  1. Reconfigure the switch and save the new settings.

  2. Reconfigure the terminal and save the new settings.

  3. Reboot the switch and re-establish the console session.

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Setting up an out-of-band console connection

To access a 2910al switch through an out-of-band (Console port) connection, follow these steps:

  1. Configure the management console as described in Configuring the management console .

  2. For a direct console connection, connect the PC or terminal to the Console serial port using the console cable shipped with the switch.

    If the PC or terminal has a 25-pin serial connector, first attach a 9-pin to 25-pin straight-through adapter at one end of the console cable.

    Figure 1: Connecting the console cable

    1 - Console port
    2 - Console cable supplied with the switch
    3 - Connect to a PC running a terminal emulator program, or a VT-100 terminal
  3. Turn on the terminal or PC’s power and, if using a PC, start the PC terminal program.

  4. For a direct console connection through the Console port:

    1. Press Enter two or three times to display the copyright page and the message Press any key to continue.

    2. Press any key to display the switch console command (CLI) prompt; for example:

      ProCurve_2910al-24-PoE#

    3. Continue the console session to configure the switch by following the procedure in Minimal Configuration Through the Out-of-Band Console Connection in Configuring the Device page. Click here to go to HP ProCurve 2910al Switch Series configuring the switch page .

    NOTE: The user must use the out-of-band console connection to minimally configure the switch with an IP address and subnet mask before they can use an in-band or out-of-band networked connection to manage the switch. Continue with Recommended Minimal Configuration in Configuring the Device page. Click here to go to HP ProCurve 2910al Switch Series configuring the switch page .

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Console cable pinouts

The console cable has an RJ-45 plug on one end and a DB-9 female connector on the other end.

Figure 2: RJ-45 to DB-9 pinouts

Mapping of RJ-45 to DB-9 cable pinouts
RJ-45 (Signal reference from Chassis)
DB-9 (Signal reference from PC)
RTS
1
8
CTS
TX_Debug
2
6
DSR
TXD
3
2
RXD
GND
4
1
GND
DCD
5
5
DCD
RXD
6
3
TXD
RX_Debug
7
4
DTR
CTS
8
7
RTS
9
RI

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