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EdgeSwitch - How to Connect to Serial Console


Readers will leader how to connect to the console port of an EdgeSwitch.

Applicable to the latest EdgeSwitch firmware on all applicable EdgeSwitch and EdgePoint (EP-S16) models that include console ports. Please see the Related Articles below for more information.
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Supported Models & Serial Console Settings

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The tables below list the EdgeSwitch models that are equipped with a RJ45 serial console port:

Model Console Port
Model Console Port

The default serial port settings are listed below:

  • Baud rate: 115200
  • Data bits: 8
  • Parity: NONE
  • Stop bits: 1
  • Flow control: NONE 
NOTE: Some of the earlier EdgeSwitch revisions did not include a console port.

Connecting to Serial Console

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A USB-to-Serial adapter will be used to connect to the console port of the EdgeSwitch.

NOTE:In order to connect to the console we will need to use the following items/programs:
  • RJ45 to DB9 serial console cable (rollover cable)
  • USB to DB9 adapter
  • Terminal emulation program, such as PuTTY or the macOS/Linux terminal

1. Open the terminal emulator and specify the serial COM line and the baud rate/speed.

windows.png   Windows Client

Enter the following information in the PuTTY window.


macos.png   macOS Client

Open Terminal Application and find the serial interface ID.

ls -ltr /dev/*usb*

The serial interface will display as tty.serial. Example output below:

ls -ltr /dev/*usb*
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   21,   3 Feb  8 15:48 /dev/cu.usbserial-AI038TPF
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   21,   2 Feb  9 08:56 /dev/tty.usbserial-AI038TPF

Use the screen command to connect to console by pasting in the path to the serial interface.

screen /dev/tty.usbserial-AI038TPF 115200
ATTENTION: Replace/dev/tty.usbserial-AI038TPF with the value given when using the ls -ltr /dev/*usb* command.

2. Connect to the EdgeSwitch and log in using your credentials.

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User: <username>
Password: <password>
NOTE: The default username and password combination isubnt/ubnt.

3. Use the question mark (?) key to get a listing of all commands available.

Related Articles

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