Connecting to the Console Port

A RJ45-to-USB console cable is required to make a connection between a computer and the firewall. This is a standard cable. It is inexpensive and readily available from most retail outlets that sell computer cables.

Use a terminal program to connect to the system console port. PuTTY is a popular terminal program that is available on various operating systems. Some other choices of terminal programs:

  • Linux - minicom, dterm, screen

  • Mac OS X - cu, screen, ZTerm


Windows HyperTerminal should be avoided if possible.

The settings to use within the terminal program are:

  • Speed: 115200 baud

  • Data bits: 8

  • Parity: none

  • Stop bits: 1

  • Flow Control: Off or XON/OFF. Hardware flow control (RTS/CTS) must be disabled