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I believe I need a serial to USB converter but would like to know if it is possible to connect to the console with just a regular Cat5e ethernet cable as my laptop doesn't have a serial port and I don't have an adapter handy.

Thanks in advance.

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No, the ethernet port on your laptop doesn't speak the same language as the RJ-45 serial console port despite having the same connector; you'll need the serial adapter.

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That's what I figured but wanted to ask just in case. Wishful thinking I suppose. – Windows Ninja Feb 27 '13 at 21:32

Some 2960's have the micro USB port. You can use any micro usb cable and get in with Hyperterminal. You just need the "".

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2960S switches have a mini USB port that can be used for the console. 2960 (no S) switches only have the RJ-45 serial console. – scottm32768 Mar 19 '13 at 2:22

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