Last modified at 5/7/2014 6:48 PM by Koen Zomers

SRW2016Status.JPGIt is possible to configure the Linksys SRW2016 and Linksys SRW2024 managed switches via either its web based configuration portal or via a serial console connection. In case you messed up or forgot its IP configuration, the serial connection provides an alternative way to be able to connect to it. In order to do this, follow these steps:



  1. Make sure you have a null modem serial cable which you can connect to the front of the switch at the console port. Connect it to a COM port on the PC from which you want to manage the switch.

  2. Download Putty from
  3. Start Putty and navigate to Connection -> Serial in the Category menu on the left. Change the values shown there according to the ones shown in the screenshot below:
  4. In the Category tree on the left, click on Session located at the top of the tree
  5. Click on the radio button under Connection type that states Serial

  6. Click the Open button at the bottom to initiate the connection. You should now be presented the login screen:

    If it can not connect, make sure your COM port is the right COM port. Some systems have more than one COM port.

    If it does connect, but you see garbled signs on your screen, leave the console open and remove the electricity from the SRW2016 switch. After approximately 10 seconds, restore its electricity and let it boot up. Once its done booting, you should see this login screen.
  7. Enter the username and press TAB to switch to the Password field. After entering the password, press Enter to log in. You should be presented the configuration menu which should speak for itself.