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CCNA Practical Studies: Gaining Access to Routers and Switches

Chapter Description

Learn how to access a router and switch through a direct console connection, over the LAN via Telnet, and finally through a terminal server.

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Accessing the Lab Terminal Server Through the Console Port

The physical cabling between your PC and the router acting as the terminal server has been configured as shown in Figure 4-1. With the physical cabling in place, start the program HyperTerminal on the PC. To do so, click Start, Programs, Accessories, Communications, HyperTerminal. Then double-click the HyperTerminal executable (hypertrm.exe) from within Windows, as shown in Figure 4-2.

Figure 4-2Figure 4-2 Starting the HyperTerminal Application

Give the new connection a name of LAB, and then click OK, as shown in Figure 4-3.

Figure 4-3Figure 4-3 Giving the Connection a Name

In the Connect Using field, select Direct to Com1 from the drop-down menu, as shown in Figure 4-4.

NOTE

This step is correct for the newest versions of HypterTerminal. For older versions of HyperTerminal, it is done differently. Hilgraeve provides a free update to HyperTerminal when used for personal use. Visit http://www.hilgraeve.com and download HyperTerminal Private Edition.

Figure 4-4Figure 4-4 Selecting the COM Port on PC

Now configure the port settings as follows and as shown in Figure 4-5. When finished, click OK:

  • Bits per second: 9600
  • Data bits: 8
  • Parity: none
  • Stop bits: 1
  • Flow control: none

Figure 4-5Figure 4-5 Configuring HyperTerminal Port Settings

You are initially placed in user EXEC mode of the terminal server. If you do not see a prompt, hit the Enter key a few times, and then type enable and hit Enter. You are put into privileged EXEC mode without being prompted for a password because an enable password has not yet been set, as shown in Figure 4-6.

Figure 4-6Figure 4-6 Successful Establishment of EXEC Session Through a Direct Console Connection

If you still do not get a console prompt, verify that it shows Connected in the bottom-left corner of the HyperTerminal application, as shown in Figure 4-6. If not, check the physical cabling as well as the port settings, and verify that the router has been powered on.

Now that you have successfully connected to the console port of the terminal server, you will configure the terminal server for Telnet access.

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