Is there any way to avoid the console port initial config for a EX4600? The manual just shows how to do the initial config using the console port.
Juniper provide a RJ-45 to DB-9 console cable which is not useful if you have a new laptop without that kind of port.
Console is the only way to do the initial config on the devie. The devie by default does not have any IP or services enabled on the device for telnet/ssh and hence this needs to be configured via console.
Regarding the console port access from the newer laptops, as they miss the DB9 male ports and Juniper provides the RJ-45 to DB-9 adaptor. One way around this is to get a USB to DB-9 male adapator and use it in combination with the RS-45 to DB9 female adaptor.
Or probably if you are having many more devices with the similar requirement, you can consider Airconsole to connect to console over wireless. Easy to connect via any device i.e. Mobile, Laptop remotely without plugging anything extra.
Hope this helps.
Thanks and Regards,
Pradeep Kumar M
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One addition to Pradeep's answer, this is one example of the cable you need to connect to the device by console:
Just google for "usb db9 adapter", and you find lots if different vendors and cables.
Thank you Pradeep and F1ght3r! I have bought a male adaptor as suggested.