Cabling Up

Learn how to cable up your Cisco home lab.

This is where students who stick to software based training tools such as Packet Tracer lose out. You need the confidence of knowing how to cable a rack up if you want to find work as a network engineer.

Console Connection

Unless you have an old style 8 pin connector at the back of your laptop you will need a USB to DB9 converter cable. You can buy them from eBay or some electrical shops and you need to install the drivers.

Connect the USB cable to the console cable and then to your laptop and console port respectively.

If you press enter a few times after following the above steps then you should see the router prompt appear in your putty session window. If nothing happens then wait a few moments because the router may be booting and during the early stages you may not see any output at all.

If nothing happens then double check the COM port number and then double check that you have actually plugged into the console port and not the aux or Ethernet port on the router by accident.

Start up a Putty session and choose the COM port allocated to your USB cable. You can find this in device manager if you are using Windows. Make sure the router is powered on.











Ethernet Connection

You can either connect the Ethernet port of your router to a switch, another router (with a crossover cable) or the Ethernet port on your laptop.

If you have an old style AUI port found on 2500 series routers then you will need to connect an AUI transceiver to the Ethernet port on the router first.