View Full Version : Help to identify a cable

July 25th, 2011, 01:51 PM
Yesterday I got a lot of old hardware that I still have to test and catalog. But I got across this cable and I have no clue on what is it for.

It is a IEEE 802.3 10 Base T Ethernet cable. It has a label that says Cabletron 9372065. On one end, it has a 9 pin RS232 adapter.

Any hint will be appreciated.

July 25th, 2011, 01:56 PM
just a rs232 cable

July 25th, 2011, 04:50 PM
More specifically a "console" cable...

July 25th, 2011, 05:22 PM
Lots of networking equipment used an RJ-45 connector instead of a serial connector. I'm sure someone smart out there knows why other than to look proprietary. Anyway, you just connect the rj45 to that serial converter, plug it into a regular 9-pin serial card and run your favorite terminal program and then you end up with a console into the firmware on the device. Pretty common with Cisco gear.

July 25th, 2011, 05:28 PM
its also nice cause u can keep all ur ends in a box and just have 1 cable instead of 20 cables hanging in the closit

July 26th, 2011, 02:30 AM
Hi there
Thank you very much for the help.