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I have inhereted a netra without a monitor, and only a root account set up. As i can't afford a monitor for this machine, and would like to use it, i remember reading an article (which i can't find now) claiming that you can login to a remote machine via a null modem cable and redirect the terminal to a linux box, which would give me the opportunity to set up a non root account, and then be able to use telnet etc to login via a standard network connection. Anybody out there know if this is possible, and if ...

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    I have inhereted a netra without a monitor, and only a root account set up.
    As i can't afford a monitor for this machine, and would like to use it, i
    remember reading an article (which i can't find now) claiming that you can
    login to a remote machine via a null modem cable and redirect the terminal
    to a linux box, which would give me the opportunity to set up a non root
    account, and then be able to use telnet etc to login via a standard network
    connection.

    Anybody out there know if this is possible, and if so, how?

    I am running Solaris 2.5.1 on a Netra i (old kit hence the freebie), and
    mandrake 9 on an x86

    thanks in advance

    J.Bibby


    James Guest

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    Default Re: remote login via null modem cable

    "James Bibby" <fsnet.co.uk> writes: 

    As your info said, connect a null modem cable between a serial port
    on the x86 machine and the "A" (or "A/B") connector on the Netra.

    Run the Linux command that will let you talk through the serial port
    (i.e. your keystrokes go out through the port, and what comes in the
    port prints on your screen). A Linux newsgroup would be the best
    place to find out what that program is, and how to invoke it.

    Then, when the cable and the Linux terminal program is ready, power
    on the Netra.

    By the way, there are about 12 models of Netra machines. Which model
    do you have?

    -Greg
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    Default Re: remote login via null modem cable

    Greg Andrews wrote: 
    >
    > As your info said, connect a null modem cable between a serial port
    > on the x86 machine and the "A" (or "A/B") connector on the Netra.
    >
    > Run the Linux command that will let you talk through the serial port
    > (i.e. your keystrokes go out through the port, and what comes in the
    > port prints on your screen). A Linux newsgroup would be the best
    > place to find out what that program is, and how to invoke it.[/ref]

    Minicom is the Linux program I use for this job. I recommend it. It's
    included in virtually every Linux distro so I'd be amazed if it wasn't
    in Mandrake 9. It's very easy to use. Configure it to use 9600 baud, 8n1
    and no flow control either hardware or software.

    And ensure that there is no keyboard plugged into the Sun so it knows to
    use the serial console.

    Regards, Ian
    Ian Guest

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