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Access CLI on RV160W?

I achieved my CCNA recently and I bought one of these routers because it ticked all the boxes I wanted for a home router that wasn't insanely expensive. 

 

I'm trying to connect to it via the console port with a usb-serial cable but nothing comes up. I know I have the correct COM port selected, and I'm using the default settings I always used for the other older Cisco gear in my house:

 

Serial: COM4 (Confirmed from Device Manager)

Speed : 9600

Data bits - 8

Stop bits - 1

Parity - None

Flow control - XON/XOFF

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Hi, unfortunately the serial interface is not active on these devices.

You can configure the devices using a Webinterface ( GUI ).

The serial port is switched off and can only be activated by Cisco TAC and the user for example during troubleshooting. A special software build would be required to allow this.

 

Also the device is not based on Cisco IOS and the IOS commands would not work.

 

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Jo

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you should be able to see on console  ( try flow control none) - close terminal open again ( some time try different baud rates) - is this new device?

 

console settings :

 

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/dial-access/asynchronous-connections/9321-terminal-settings.html



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When I try those settings I get a bunch of garbled data. If I set the speed to 115200 thought it do actually see it booting up and then it stops at this line:

Uncompressing Linux... done, booting the kernel.

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When I speed to 115200 I actually do see it booting up, but it stops at this part:

 

Uncompressing Linux... done, booting the kernel.

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if this new device it takes 10-15min to boot and setup, check GUI for quick setup guide.

 

https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/td/docs/routers/csbr/RV160/Quick_Start_Guide/EN/RV160_qsg_en.pdf

 

 



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That doesn't make any sense. What is the point of putting a console port on a Cisco router if you have to set it up through a GUI first? I would like to configure this router through the CLI.

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What I meant to mention was, since you said it was stuck for long, check the GUI access is accessible.

 

is this new Device?

 

 

 



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Yup this is a new device that I purchased off of Amazon. I can't disconnect my current router right now but i'll try to do the initial config through the GUI and then see if I can access the CLI afterward.

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I did the initial setup through the web config and It looks like this console port was installed just for show. I can't get into the CLI from a terminal emulator no matter what settings I try. The only way I have been able to get anything to show up is by changing the bit rate to 115200 and I can watch it boot up, but getting to a command line seems to not be possible

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Hi, unfortunately the serial interface is not active on these devices.

You can configure the devices using a Webinterface ( GUI ).

The serial port is switched off and can only be activated by Cisco TAC and the user for example during troubleshooting. A special software build would be required to allow this.

 

Also the device is not based on Cisco IOS and the IOS commands would not work.

 

Best

Jo

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Thanks for the Reply Jo! What kind of router would to recommend for home use that I could configure though the CLI? Preferably with wireless.