In This Issue: Cisco 7945G Two line Color Display IP Phone | What are Console Cables and What are they used for? | News to Start Your Day
Happy Monday! We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend! This week we’re kicking things off celebrating National Aunt and Uncle’s Day! What are some of your favorite memories with your aunts and uncles?
The CK Daily – Gotta Talk Olympics, Right?
Good Morning CK Fam and Happy Monday!
The weird sleep schedule as a result of newborn fatherhood is only beneficial in one way that I can gather. The Olympics are in Japan and start in the evening (eastern time zone) and end in the early morning.
Personally, I love watching swimming and track, probably due to Phelps and what he did to transform the landscape of USA swimming, but that Katie Ledecky race last night was a blast, even though she got the Silver. Congrats to Titmus from Australia! That’s what makes the Olympics so fun to watch, it’s expectations not met for some, dreams realized for others, and some real heart-racing events for the spectators.
Curiosity killing the cat here, do you enjoy the mainstream sports (basketball, tennis, swimming, and track) or are you a lover of the oddball sports that make their way into their headlines once every four years?
Have a great week!!
Product Spotlights & Updates
Happy Monday! Today we’re highlighting the Cisco 7945G Two-line Color Display IP Phone, CP-7945G. This phone has built-in speakerphone and headset capabilities and includes a phone, handset, and a handset cord.
The Cisco Unified IP Phone 7945G demonstrates the latest advances in VoIP telephony, including wideband audio support, backlit color display, and an integrated Gigabit Ethernet port. It addresses the needs of transaction-type workers with significant phone traffic and the needs of those working with bandwidth-intensive applications on collocated PCs. This IP phone includes a large, backlit, easy-to-read color display for easy access to communication information, timesaving applications, and features such as date and time, calling party name, calling party number, digits dialed, and presence information. It also accommodates Extensible Markup Language (XML) applications that take advantage of the display.
The phone provides direct access to two telephone lines (or combination of lines, speed dials, and direct access to telephony features), four interactive soft keys that guide you through call features and functions, and an intuitive four-way (plus Select key) navigation cluster. A hands-free speakerphone and handset designed for high-fidelity wideband audio are standard, as is a built-in headset connection.
Snag one for 20% off this week!
What are Console Cables and What are they used for? – CK Learning Center
What is a Console Cable?
Console cables — also known as Cisco cables, rollover cables, and management cables — are designed for a specific purpose. They connect Cisco networking devices to terminals or PCs for configuration. Typically, the Cisco end will connect via RJ45, and the terminal end will conclude in a serial connection.
What matters most about console cables is the specific nature of the connection. This is not an Ethernet or networking connection. It is a terminal connection, and its purpose is to enable the connected computer to configure the networking device. This is true for older Cisco equipment and brand-new devices. Configuration is performed through the serial connection.
What Are the Primary Kinds of Console Cables?
Console cables come in many shapes and sizes and with a variety of connector types. There are three that are used more commonly than the rest, mostly because of the frequency with which you will see these different connectors.
RJ45 to DB9
A RJ45 to DB9 is probably the most well-known console cable today. Once upon a time, console cables were connected with improvised “kits” that were little more than a string of adapters on the end of a serial cable. Today, you can get an RJ45 to DB9 cable that replaces the “kit” with a single cord. As the name implies, one end is RJ45 and the other is DB9.
This is the most direct serial connection available, and it comes packaged with a wide variety of Cisco devices. It’s something of a standard, but despite that, it’s designed to communicate with terminals that have the DB9 port. If you want to connect it to a PC or laptop, you’ll likely need an additional adapter between the DB9 end and your USB port.
USB A to Mini-B
Another common console cable, the CAB-CONSOLE-USB, connects the USB on a terminal to a mini-B port on the Cisco device. You’ll notice the lack of RJ45 connectors. This is a specialized cable that services smaller, often portable devices. Despite the connection pieces, this is still a “serial” cable that enables terminal communication.
USB to RJ45
The CAB-CONSOLE-USB-RJ45 is arguably the most modern console cable. It ditches the less-used DB9 connector and streamlines your communication. It goes seamlessly from the console port on the Cisco device to a standard USB port on a PC. It’s the simplest way to create a terminal connection with modern equipment, and it is not a standard inclusion in Cisco hardware packages. A handful of these cables can make network control substantially faster and easier.
That is what you need to know about console cables. In the past, networking staff had to waste valuable time finding creative ways to bridge connections and configure devices. With modern console cables, that time is saved and networking is that much easier.
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- Japan’s Momiji Nishiya became the second-youngest champion in summer Olympics history, aged 13 years and 330 days, by winning the inaugural women’s skateboarding street competition.
- California’s largest wildfire so far this year merged with another, smaller fire overnight, swelling to 192,849 acres by Sunday evening as it burned through some area neighborhoods. Authorities on Sunday issued new evacuation orders as the massive Dixie fire in Butte County, north of Sacramento, continued to spread rapidly to the north and east and burned together with the nearby Fly fire, which had previously scorched about 4,300 acres.
- Naomi Osaka appeared at the Olympics and won her first match since taking a leave of absence from tennis to focus on her mental health.
- Windows 11 is on the way, and it’s going to bring with it a new look, new colors, and new features when it becomes available later in the year. But not everything that’s currently in Windows 10 is going to survive the upgrade. Here’s everything you’ll lose from Windows 10 when you upgrade.
- NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter successfully completed its 10th flight on Mars on Saturday, bringing its total distance flown on the Red Planet to more than one mile.