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can wrt54g use a serial adapter meant for routers ?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by dave77, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. dave77

    dave77 Network Guru Member

  2. RTSAnime

    RTSAnime Network Guru Member

    I believe that serial adapter is meant to be used to create your own serial cables for those that need an odd length (or just really long ones).
  3. dave77

    dave77 Network Guru Member

    im not sure about the one in the link, but ive read elsewhere
    that cisco routers use a device like that to allow a console to be
    connected thru one of the ethernet ports. Im not sure exactly how
    it does that, i was wondering if this would be an easier way
    to add a serial port.

    Im sure it would require some sort of special driver for the ethernet
    port , maybe i will look to see if linux has support for such drivers.

    If anyone has any info ,please post it though ! ;-)
  4. zgamer

    zgamer Network Guru Member

    Typically it would make one of the network ports double as a comm port but I highly doubt the linksys would have that kind of functionality. Check the pcb and see if one of the ports has a bunch of extra connections to it but I doubt it does.
  5. darkfiber1010

    darkfiber1010 Network Guru Member

    In short the adapter will not work for what you want it to. If you want to know why...

    The adapter is used to configure certain devices such as a Cisco router or switch. The adapter has a DB-25 serial interface that gets plugged into the DB-25 port on a computer (they also make a DB-9 version but its the same idea). The other end of the adapter has an RJ-45 jack. One end of a special Cat5 cable known as a rolllover or console cable is then pluged into the RJ-45 jack of the adapter and the other end is plugged into a special port on the router or switch known as a console port. This allows you to configure the router or switch via a terminal program like hyperterminal. Anyways sorry it won't work for what you want, but thanks for the link. These adapters are getting hard to come by and I needed another.

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