Encore Annex ANN 02 Terminal Server

From: Pete Turnbull <pete_at_dunnington.u-net.com>
Date: Mon May 24 15:01:08 2004

On May 24, 7:15, Brad Parker wrote:
> Nickolas Falkner wrote:
> >
> >I've tried powering on with the switch in diag and normal and
> >connected at 9600,4800,2400 and 1200 (all N-8-1) but, so far, no
> As I recall, dimly, it probably wants to boot over the network using
> xylogics proprietary protocol. I don't remember if that one would
> but I don't think so.

If it's like the other Annexes, like the two I have here, there's
nothing proprietary about it at all. You can do the basic setup (IP
address etc) either using BOOTP or by using the serial console, and the
rest in admin mode either via telnet or the serial console, or you can
tell it to use TFTP to download a config file when it boots.

If you're trying to talk to it using the serial console, it should
default to 9600 baud, 8N1, unless someone has changed it. However, the
pinout of the RJ45 console port is unique. There's no standard for
such things: Cisco, Sun, Xylogics (Annex), Newbridge, and several
others, all used different pinouts. In particular, a Cisco or Sun
cable will not work on an Annex. See the second link below for pinout
and other info.

> I think you'll need the annex software to talk to it and configure it
> over ethernet. I'd think that would be reasonably easy to fine

You can download a tar file of the Annex software. There is a
proprietary utility called 'na' which is worth compiling; it allows you
to set the config fairly easily (you can read the existing config to a
file, modify the file, and write it back). The other often-quoted
proprietart thing is 'erpcd', which can be used for booting,
downloading config at boot, etc, but you only really need it if you
want to use Xylogics' extended authentication methods. Otherwise
standard Unix things work fine (don't waste your time with Windows).
 Do be aware that different versions of the Annex terminal servers need
different boot code, so don't try to load the wrong one!




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Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Network Manager
						University of York
Received on Mon May 24 2004 - 15:01:08 BST

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