Establish a Serial Connection

To establish a serial connection to the console port on the device, complete the following steps.

  1. Verify that the device is powered on by verifying that all power LED indicators on the management and interface ports, power supply and fan modules display a steady green light.
  2. Connect the RJ-45 serial cable provided with the device to the management Ethernet port of the device.


    The console or serial port is intended primarily for the initial setting of the IP address.
  3. Access the device using a terminal emulator application (such as HyperTerminal in a Windows environment or Tip in a LINUX environment).
  4. Disable any serial communication programs running on the workstation (such as synchronization programs).
  5. Open a terminal emulator application (such as HyperTerminal on a PC, or TERM, Tip, or Kermit in a LINUX environment), and configure the application as follows:
    • In a Windows environment:



      Bits per second


      Data bits




      Stop bits


      Flow control




      Flow control is not supported on the serial consoles when attached to remote terminal servers and must be disabled to ensure proper operation.
    • n a LINUX environment, enter the following string at the prompt:
      tip /dev/ttyb -115200

      If ttyb is already in use, use ttya instead and enter the following string at the prompt:

      tip /dev/ttya -115200

      When the terminal emulator application stops reporting information, press Enter. You receive the following login prompt:

      SLX login:
    • Follow the steps to log into the switch and initial configuration steps in Configure the Switch for Use.