Ruckus ICX Switch Quick Start Guide: Connecting Console Cable

Connecting to the Console

There are two ways to connect to the configuration console of a new Ruckus ICX switch: either via a Telnet session over an IP network or directly via the serial interface.


If a Ruckus ICX switch is connected to a network, it will automatically issue DHCP requests for an IP configuration, which will be provided by a DHCP server. Identifying the IP address that has been assigned to the switch can be done by viewing the address assignment list on the DHCP server or by the switch serial interface (command: show ip).

Once the IP address of the switch is known, a Telnet session can be established using a terminal emulation program. See Accessing the CLI.


Ruckus ICX 7150

The Ruckus ICX 7150 presents a USB Type-C connection, which can be connected directly to the USB port on a PC using a standard USB cable. Any standard USB Type-C–to–Type-A cable can be used; if you wish to purchase the cable from Brocade, the part number is CC-USBC-USBA.

The Ruckus ICX 7150 also presents a standard serial interface via an RJ45 connector. If required, an RJ45-to-DB9F cable can be ordered from Brocade using part number CC-RJ45-DB9, which is comprised of the following two parts:

  • RJ45 to RJ45: Part number 50-1000117-01
  • RJ45 to DB9F: Part number 50-0000112-01

Details of the pin allocations of the serial cable are available in the Ruckus ICX 7150 Switch Hardware Installation Guide.

Ruckus ICX 7250 and Ruckus ICX 7450

The Ruckus ICX 7250 and ICX 7450 switches present their serial interface via a mini-USB type connector, and every switch is shipped with a serial cable that terminates on both RJ45 and DB9 connections. The two parts shipped with every switch are:

  • Mini-USB to RJ45: Part number 50-1000122-01
  • RJ45 to DB9F: Part number 50-0000112-01

If required, these two parts can be ordered using part number CC-miniusb-RJ45.

To connect a PC to the serial interface, a DB9M-to-USB adaptor is required; this adaptor can be obtained from any online electronics supplier.

FIGURE 1 DB9M-to-USB Adaptor

Once a serial connection to the switch has been made, a terminal emulation program can be used to access the CLI. See Accessing the CLI.

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