For more details, please see ourCookie Policy.

Design & Build

How To: Connect a Console Cable to Brocade Hardware

by on ‎11-17-2011 11:26 PM (79,219 Views)



All products that are shipped from Brocade may require initial configuration before the product can be placed in the network for further configurations. Console cables are shipped to allow a customer to connect to the devices and configure the devices for network connectivity.
The Management Module’s Console port (which has a male DB-9 serial connector) and the 10BaseT/100Base TX Ethernet port (which has an RJ-45 UTP connector) allow you to attach a PC or terminal. From the Console port, you can access the switch’s CLI directly from the PC, terminal ,or through a Telnet connection to the PC or terminal. From the Ethernet port, you can access the switch’s CLI or Web management interface directly from the PC or terminal or through a Telnet connection to the PC or terminal.
Before You Begin
The following items are needed before starting this task:
  • PC running a terminal emulation application or a terminal
  • If connecting the PC or terminal to the Console port, a straight-through EIA or TIA DB-9 serial cable with one end terminated in a female DB-9 connector and the other end terminated in a male or female DB-9 or DB-25 connector, depending on the specifications of your PC or terminal. You can order the serial cable separately from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. or build your own cable.
  • If connecting the PC or terminal to the Ethernet port, a Category 5 UTP crossover cable, which you must supply.


Commands in italics represent customer input.


To initially configure the product in the field, you wil need a laptop computer or a dumb terminal if the customer has one in the floor. You will also need a terminal emulator on your computer such hyper terminal, PuTTY. There are many free terminal emulator software applications available that you can load on your PC and use.  Newer laptops may not have a DB connection, so it is recommended to get a USB to DB connector from your local electronics store.
Follow the steps below to attach a PC or terminal to the Console port or Ethernet port:
  1. Connect a PC or terminal to the Console port or Ethernet port using the appropriate cable.
  2. Open the terminal emulation program, and set the session parameters shown below:
  • Baud: 9600 bps
  • Data bits: 8
  • Parity: None
  • Stop bits: 1
  • Flow control: None

Components Used

This applies to all Brocade products with terminal access.

Procedures to make initial configuration to Brocade devices

After you have attached a PC or terminal to the management module’s Console port or Ethernet port and the switch has initialized successfully, press Enter to display the following CLI prompt in the terminal emulation window.


Some commonly used commands are listed below:

  • There are three modes: non-privileged, privileged, and configuration.
  • You must be in privileged mode to execute commands to configure, reload, upgrade, etc.
  • For help at any time, press <tab> or <?>.
  • Commands may be abbreviated to the extent that no other command is recognized by the abbreviated command.
  • To remove a configuration statement, use “no” in front of it.
  • There is a start-up configuration and a running configuration.
  • To commit changes so they are not lost during power failure or a reload, issue “write memory”.
  • To view the start-up configuration, type “show configuration”.
  • To view the running configuration, type “show run”.

Example using some of the commonly used commands.

FCX> enable

Password: *********

FCX# show run   (output not shown)

FCX# configure terminal

FCX(config)#hostname MySwitch

MySwitch(config)#no hostname


FCX#wr m


  1. Make sure the cable is securely connected to your PC or terminal and to the Console port or Ethernet port.
  2. Check the settings in your terminal emulation program. In addition to the session settings, make sure the terminal emulation session is running on the same serial port you attached to the Console port.

Related Information

Further information can be found in the Hardware Installation Guide at

Some, but not all of the content in this site provided, reviewed, approved or endorsed by Brocade and is provided solely as a convenience of our customers. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the BROCADE EXTRANET TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE of the site. BROCADE ASSUMES NO LIABIITY WHATSOEVER, MAKES NO REPRESENTATION AND DISCLAIMS ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY, RELATING TO THE CONTENT PROVIDED HEREIN, INCLUDING LIABILITY OR WARRANTIES RELATING TO FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, MERCHANTABILITY, CORRECTNESS, APPROPRIATENESS OR INFRINGEMENT OF ANY PATENT, COPYRIGHT OR OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHT. NO LICENSE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, BY ESTOPPEL OR OTHERWISE, TO ANY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IS GRANTED EXPECT AS PROVIDED IN BROCADE’S TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE FOR SUCH PRODUCTS, THIRD PARTIES USE THIS CONTENT AT THEIR OWN RISK. Content on this site may contain or be subject to specific guidelines or limitation on use. Third parties using this content agree to abide by any limitation or guidelines and to comply with the BROCADE EXTRANET TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE of this site. Brocade may make changes to this content, to specifications, or product design or descriptions at any time, or may remove content at its sole discretion without notice.