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14Oct/094

DIY – HP ProCurve console cable

Console cable ends

Console cable ends

For some time now I wanted to experiment with an HP ProCurve switch (exact model being 2510-24). We use it at work as a basic dumb switch. The only reason it is HP and not some other no-name unmanaged switch is a Life Time HP warranty. Anyway - I wasn't working in a company when they decided to buy it, and now it is a legacy for me... Since we use it as unmanaged switch, there were no need to access its' internals or to change configuration. It worked out of the box (btw it arrived without box an documentation, at least my colleagues told me so) just the way Plug-and-Play should work. Since there were no box, console cable was also missing. No need to panic - almighty google is at my fingertips! After 10 minutes or so digging through useless rubbish I managed to find a pinout for a cable:

8P8C pin DB9 pin
(RTS) 1 8 (CTS)
(TX debug) 2 6 (DSR)
(TXD) 3 2 (RXD)
(GND) 4 5 (GND)
(DCD) 5 1 (DCD)
(RXD) 6 3 (TXD)
(RX debug) 7 4 (DTR)
(CTS) 8 7 (RTS)
no pin
9 (RI)

In case you need pin numbers for DB9 port - click on photo with both ends. Numbers can be clearly seen. Also - photos of both cable ends:

End of 8P8C cable

End of 8P8C cable

Serial cable DB9 end

Serial cable DB9 end

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  1. thank a lot for this info

  2. Worked like a charm, thanks!

  3. Thanks! This really helped me to identify the DB9 side of the pinout.

  4. Awesome info! Worked great with RJ45 to DB9-F adapter and procurve 2610-24.


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