I am trying to configure a Dell PowerConnect 6224 Switch managed switch.
The documentation for setup can be found here.
However I am unable to connect via serial port to the switch.
I do not have access to a laptop with a serial port and Windows 2000 as suggested in the documentation. However, I do have a normal laptop and a Dell PowerEdge 815 with a serial port (I think, the cable fits at least.) I have two cables that came with the switch one is a serial port to ethernet cable and the other is a serial port to serial port. I have tried using the serial to ether net cable with my laptop running Ubunutu and the serial to serial with the PowerEdge running CentOS 6.2. I tried the terminal emulators Minicom and Screen on both systems. For all of these cases when I restart the switch as listed in the documentation I get no response from the switch. Just a blank terminal screen.
I have checked the lights on the switch which seem to indicate it is running without errors. Also since this occurs with both cables I doubt this is a cable error.
Does anyone have any suggestions about how to troubleshoot this connectivity problem?