When you buy a Dell PowerConnect (In my case it's a 5548) you are given a console cable that is serial to ethernet. Let's say you don't have a serial port on your laptop and but you still want to run the setup wizard via the terminal. Is there settings to connect to the console port using an ethernet cable to run that wizard? I've tried to look at Dell's documentation but all I could find was an option to connect using the provided serial cable. Thanks!
Do yourself a favor and purchase a USB to serial adapter. You never know when you may need it in addition to connecting to your Dell switch.
I just looked at the manual for Dell PowerConnect 5548 systems. The console port on the front accepts RJ45 connectors (same as Ethernet), but it is a serial connection.
The cable you got with it is not 'serial to ethernet'.
It is serial (std serial connector) to serial (RJ45 plug).
The non standard plug is often used so you can connect a serial console with patch cables. Allowing you to sit comfortably in the IT office while still maintaining a serial link to a switch.
See also page 6 on the 'getting started guide'. Unpacking paragraph. 3rd line:
RS-323 cable with male 8-pin RJ-45 connector