Cisco Cables And What To Use Them For

Cisco cables go by many names, i.e. ‘console cables’, ‘rollover cables’, and ‘management cables’.

Commonly referred to as a ‘rollover cable’, it gets this name because the pinouts are reversed on one end compared to the other which makes it appear as if the wire was rolled over and was now being viewed from the other side.

Cisco cables are designed to connect Cisco networking devices to PCs or terminals. This is typically done by having an RJ45 on the Cisco end and a serial connection on the terminal/PC side.

This is not an Ethernet cable nor is it a networking cable. The purpose of its use is to allow a computer the chance to configure a networking device.

The cable itself is typically a blue color and designed flat as opposed to round. This is done to distinguish it from other networking cabling.

10FT SMART SERIAL 26 PIN M/DB15 M Cable (CAB-SS-X21MT – Monoprice)

Different Types of Cisco Cables

The most well-known Cisco cable is the RJ45 to DB9, a single wire representing multiple adapters. Both ends of the cable are represented in its description.

This standard is the most direct serial connection available, able to communicate with terminals equipped with a DB9 port. If a computer or laptop is involved, you may need an additional adapter to get it through your USB port.

When looking to buy Cisco cables, you will also come across a USB-A to Mini-B type. This uses a mini-B port on a Cisco device and requires no RJ45 connector. A specialized cable, it was designed to connect smaller devices, including portable and mobile devices.

The most modern Cisco cable – and the newest to hit the market – is the USB to RJ45 Cisco cable.

The aforementioned cable gets rid of the need for a DB9 port and streamlines the terminal connection. From the console port on a Cisco device to a standard USB port, it’s simple and effective though is not a cable usually included in Cisco hardware packages. They are usually purchased independently.

Shop online for Cisco cables, with deals on DCE/DTE DB60 crossover cables, Smart Serial 26-Pin M/DB15 cables, HD68M/8 Legs RJ-45 cables, and more – all offered at varying lengths to accommodate different setups.

In the past, a lot of time and effort was invested in trying to bridge these type of terminal connections.

As long as you have the right Cisco cables, you have everything you need to help yourself maximize functionality and get the results you’re striving for. It’s a lot easier to do with quality-made Cisco cables. Get yours at today.

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