As per a few other SF questions; I have recently purchased a D-link managed switch. It's a DES-3550.
It has a serial port on the front for console access and according to the manual this uses a female DB-9 cable. That's the first thing that confused me. The port on the switch is female so surely it needs a male connector?
Secondly; when I search for a db-9 serial console cable they all seem to have RJ45 connections at the other end. I'm using a dell laptop for messing around with the switch and it's got a serial port on it. Although presumably it goes through the graphics card? So I'm assuming I would have to use the NIC with the RJ45 -> DB-9 cable.
Does anyone know which cable I need and which software I should use to access the switch via command line?