Opengear ACM7000, CM7100 and IM7200 products running firmware 3.16.5 or later offer comprehensive support for managing USB consoles from a wide range of vendors.
The following article applies to older firmware and other product lines, that offer basic Cisco USB console support only.
USB console support in legacy firmware and products
With V3.5.3 firmware (and later) ACM5000, ACM5500, IM4004-5 and IM4200 family console servers can provide direct connection to the USB console port on one or two Cisco devices. This is in addition to the traditional RS-232 serial console port connectivity.
To configure and control these USB consoles the GUI presents them as new serial ports on the Serial&Network:Serial Port menu. So for an ACM5504-2-G with cellular GPS configured on Port 5 (as shown below) any Cisco USB console ports would present as Port 6 and 7.
For the IM4200 (without any internal GPS modem functions) any configured Cisco USB console ports would presents on ports 9&10/17&18/33&34/49&50 for the IM4208/16/32/48 models.
When configuring a new USB console "serial port", Common Settings such as baud rate etc are ignored. However you can apply all the Console Server Mode, Syslog and Serial Bridging etc settings to the port.
When the Cisco device is connected to the USB2.0 port on the console server, the network manager can:
- Send IOS commands through the USB console port remotely - using a browser and the console server’s built-in AJAX terminal
- Monitor messages from the Cisco USB console ports and take rule book actions - using the console server’s built-in Auto-Response capabilities
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Note: The Cisco USB console must be manually configured on initial connection. However any USB console disconnection will be auto-detected. USB console re-connection on the same physical USB port will also be auto-detected, but only if the console server has been power cycled..