I recently purchased a new piece of kit for the homecomputerlab, specifically a Cisco 2511-RJ router. Although these routersĀ are now discontinued, they do however still come up on ebay from time to time and are the perfect router to setup and configure as a remote access terminal server due to having 16 asynchronous serial ports on board.

What this essentially means is that you can manage up to 16 Cisco devices from a single access server. The only difference is that the ‘serial cable’ in this case has ethernet RJ45 plugs at both ends and one end goes into the console port of the router/switch/firewall you’d like to manage as always, and the other end instead of terminating into a serial port on your pc, goes into an asynchronous port on the access server.

The ‘serial cables’ that are used with Cisco access servers are called rollover cables and they are just standard ethernet cables but with a reversed pin out arrangement. I made my own from some standard Cisco console patch cables as I had plenty of these lying around with just a crimping tool and some RJ45 connectors as you can see in the picture below.

Once you have everything plugged in and connected, from here it is just a simple case of setting up the correct config using the reverse telnet principle.

Current configuration:
version 11.2
no service password-encryption
no service udp-small-servers
no service tcp-small-servers
hostname Cisco2511-RJ
enable secret iddkd
username cisco privilege 0 password 0 cisco
ip host Cisco2950T1 2001
ip host Cisco2950T2 2002
ip host Cisco1760 2003
ip host Cisco2621 2004
ip host Cisco3550 2005
ip host CiscoPIX-515E 2006
ip host Cisco877W 2007
interface Loopback0
ip address
interface Ethernet0
description *** LINK TO HOMECOMPUTERLAB SWITCH #2 - 3COM 2924 (PORT 24) ***
ip address
interface Serial0
no ip address
ip default-gateway
no ip classless
ip route
line con 0
line 1 16
no exec
transport input all
line aux 0
line vty 0 4
logging synchronous
login local
transport input telnet
line vty 5 15
logging synchronous
login local
transport input telnet

Once that is done you can connect and manage your ‘remote’ switches/routers/firewalls by using the following commands:

telnet 2001

Once connected to the device, you can switch between active sessions by usingĀ  the following command to bring you back to terminal server:


To manage active sessions you can use the following commands:

show line

If one of your lines is stuck in an Active state (*) or you want to log someone else off:

clear line [line_number]

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  1. hi

    this is so helpful

    kind regards

  2. I bought my 2511 and needed the information you provided here. Thanks man! Appreciate the help. Chuck

  3. I have just acquired one of these and these instructions will be very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you for this guide.