In the real scenario, to configure a router or switch for the first time, it must be connected to the device through the Console port. If you are preparing for exams with the PT simulator, you can configure a Router to connect to it through the console to manage it over the network.
How to Configure Cisco Router using Console Cable
To connect to the Router with the console, you will need a Rollover cable. One end of this cable is RS-232, and the other end is RJ-45. The RJ-45 end connects to the console port of the router, and the RS-232 end connects to the computer.
You can also use a USB cable for the console connection. You can also configure with a USB Rollover cable with one end of USB and the other end with RJ-45 (Console Interface).
Follow the steps below to configure a Router in the Packet Tracer via the console.
First, add a Switch, Router, and 3 PCs to the Cisco simulator workspace to create a network topology as shown in the image below.
Add one laptop to the Packet Tracer workspace.
From the program’s cable options, click the Console cable.
After clicking on the laptop, select RS232 from the pop-up window.
After connecting one end of the console cable to the Laptop, click once to attach the other end to the Router.
Select Console from the options on the router.
After connecting the console cable, click on the Laptop and select Terminal from the pop-up window.
In the terminal configuration window, leave the settings as default and click OK.
Bits Per Second: 9600
Data Bit: 8
Stop Bits: 1
Flow Control: None
After connecting the laptop to the Router, answer the first configuration question at the CLI prompt, as no.
It is important for security to create a password so that no one else can connect to the router. To set a new password for the console interface, follow these commands:
R1# conf t
R1(config)# interface gigabitethernet 0/0
R1(config-if)# ip address 192.168.1.1 255.255.255.0
R1(config-if)# no shutdown
R1(config)# line console 0
R1(config-line)# password cisco123
Exit the Cisco Router CLI command prompt with the exit command, and return to user configuration mode.
The next time you connect to the Router, you will be prompted for a password in the CLI. Type the console password you created and press Enter.
Once you have entered the password, you are ready to configure your router again!
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You can perform such basic operations on Packet Tracer. In the actual scenario, after you start configuring a Router, you can enable either Telnet or SSH protocols to connect over the network. Thanks for following us!