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Log In on the Console

The most straightforward method of connecting to a router is to connect a PC that is running a terminal emulation program to the router using the rollover console cable that came with the router. One of the RJ-45 connectors on the cable is connected to the Console port on the back of the router (see the following figure).

Figure 3.1

The RJ-45 connector on the other end of the cable is connected to a serial adapter that connects to a serial port on the computer.

After the console is connected to the router and a previously configured router is turned on (routers are usually on all the time; otherwise, they wouldn't be routing packets), you can log in to the router:

  1. Press Enter to access the login command-line prompt (see the following figure).

  2. Figure 3.2

  3. Type the console password at the Password prompt.

  4. Press Enter to enter the password.

You will be placed in the user EXEC mode on the router.

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