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Xylogics Terminal Servers – The Definitive Guide

The definitive guide to Xylogics Annex terminal servers. These asynchronous terminal servers are typically used to connect to console ports, modems, terminals, and printers. This guide will provide all the information you need in order to use, manage, and maintain these terminal servers.

Topics Covered In This Article:

Where can I buy parts or supplies for the Xylogics Annex Terminal server family of products?
What is the difference between the models and part numbers?
What is the Console Cable pin out configuration?
How do I reset the admin (superuser) password and the port settings?
How do I get to the monitor:: prompt?
How do I load a fresh version of the boot image?
How do I assign an IP address to the network interface?
How do I set the default route?
What manuals and documentation are available?

Where can I buy parts or supplies for the Xylogics Annex Terminal server family of products?

Please call Nivindel, LLC. We stock a large variety of parts and accessories for the Xylogics Annex Terminal server product family. Our phone number is 406-844-2550.

What is the difference between the models and part numbers?

Xylogics was purchased by Bay Networks in December 1995. Bay Networks was later purchased by Nortel in June 1998. As the different companies took over the terminal server line, the part numbers changed. But, as far as we can tell, the internals of the units did not change.

Model
Name
Number of
Ports
Boot
Method
Nework
Interface
Xylogics
Part Number*
Bay Networks
Part Number
Nortel
Part Number
Annex ELS 8 Net AUI AXE-A-8-N-1xx CM1009E37 CM1009E37
Annex ELS 8 Net 10Base-T AXE-D-8-N-1xx CM1009E41 CM1009E41
Annex ELS 8 Self AUI AXE-A-8-S-1xx CM1009E43 CM1009E43
Annex ELS 8 Self 10Base-T AXE-D-8-S-1xx CM1009E47 CM1009E47
Annex ELS 16 Net AUI AXE-A-16-N-1xx CM1009E53 CM1009E53
Annex ELS 16 Net Coax + AUI AXE-C-16-N-1xx CM1009E54 CM1009E54
Annex ELS 16 Net 10Base-T AXE-D-16-S-1xx CM1009E55 CM1009E55
Annex ELS 16 Self AUI AXE-A-16-S-1xx CM1009E56 CM1009E56
Annex ELS 16 Self 10Base-T AXE-D-16-S-1xx CM1009E58 CM1009E58
MicroAnnex XL 8 Net AUI AXM-A-8-N-1xx CM1009E13 CM1009E13
MicroAnnex XL 8 Net Coax + AUI AXM-C-8-N-1xx CM1009E14 CM1009E14
MicroAnnex XL 8 Net 10BaseT + AUI AXM-D-8-N-1xx CM1009E15 CM1009E15
MicroAnnex XL 8 Self AUI AXM-A-8-S-1xx CM1009E16 CM1009E16
MicroAnnex XL 8 Self Coax + AUI AXM-C-8-S-1xx CM1009E17 CM1009E17
MicroAnnex XL 8 Self 10BaseT + AUI AXM-D-8-S-1xx CM1009E18 CM1009E18
MicroAnnex XL 16 Net AUI AXM-A-16-N-1xx CM1009E27 CM1009E27
MicroAnnex XL 16 Net 10Base-T + AUI AXM-D-16-N-1xx CM1009E29 CM1009E29
MicroAnnex XL 16 Self AUI AXM-A-16-S-1xx CM1009E30 CM1009E30
MicroAnnex XL 16 Self Coax + AUI AXM-C-16-S-1xx CM1009E31 CM1009E31
MicroAnnex XL 16 Self 10Base-T + AUI AXM-D-16-S-1xx CM1009E32 CM1009E32
Annex 2000 8 Net AUI N/A 2001-PNA1 CM1001011
Annex 2000 8 Self AUI N/A 2001-PSA1 CM1001013
Annex 2000 8 Net 10Base-T + AUI N/A 2001-PND1 CM1001017
Annex 2000 8 Self 10Base-T + AUI N/A 2001-PSD1 CM1001018
Annex 2000 16 Net AUI N/A 2002-PNA1 CM1001019
Annex 2000 16 Self AUI N/A 2002-PSA1 CM1001021
Annex 2000 16 Net 10Base-T + AUI N/A 2002-PND1 CM1001024
Annex 2000 16 Self 10Base-T + AUI N/A 2002-PSD1 CM1001025
Annex 2000 4 Net AUI N/A 2003-PNA1 CM1001027
Annex 2000 4 Self AUI N/A 2003-PSA1 CM1001029
Annex 2000 4 Net 10BaseT + AUI N/A 2003-PND1 CM1001035
Annex 2000 4 Self 10BaseT + AUI N/A 2003-PSD1 CM1001037
Annex 3 16 Net 10BaseT + Coax + AUI AX3-16/0-1N-1xx CM1009001 CM1009001
Annex 3 32 Net 10BaseT + Coax + AUI AX3-32/0-1N-1xx CM1009003 CM1009003
Annex 3 64 Net 10BaseT + Coax + AUI AX3-32/32-1N-1xx CM1009005 CM1009005
Annex 3 32 Self 10BaseT + Coax + AUI AX3-32/32-1N-1xx CM1009009 CM1009009
Annex 3 64 Self 10BaseT + Coax + AUI AX3-32/32-1S-1xx CM1009011 CM1009011
Annex 4000 18 Net 10BaseT + Coax + AUI N/A 4001-PN1 CM1001064
Annex 4000 18 Self 10BaseT + Coax + AUI N/A 4001-PS1 CM1001066
Annex 4000 36 Net 10BaseT + Coax + AUI N/A 4002-PN1 CM1001068
Annex 4000 36 Self 10BaseT + Coax + AUI N/A 4002-PS1 CM1001070
Annex 4000 54 Net 10BaseT + Coax + AUI N/A 4004-PN1 CM1001072
Annex 4000 54 Self 10BaseT + Coax + AUI N/A 4004-PS1 CM1001074
Annex 4000 72 Net 10BaseT + Coax + AUI N/A 4003-PN1 CM1001076
Annex 4000 72 Self 10BaseT + Coax + AUI N/A 4003-PS1 CM1001078

* – The Xylogics Part Number ends with a -1xx. This could be 100 or 101. As far as we can been able to discern, this number only describes the case color. 100 is a beige plastic case while 101 is a brown plastic case.

Note: Self boot models can also be placed in ‘Net boot’ mode.

Model
Name
Maximum
Port Speed
Maximum
Memory
Can Upgrade from
Net to Self Boot?
Annex ELS 52.6k 2MB No
Annex XL 52.6k 4MB No
Annex 2000 52.6k 4MB Yes
Annex 3 52.6k 4MB Yes
Annex 4000 52.6k 4MB Yes

Various add-ons, cables, and accessories are also available for the Annex terminal servers line.

Applicable
Model
Accessory
Desciption
Xylogics
Part Number
Bay Networks
Part Number
Nortel
Part Number
Annex ELS, XL, or 2000 Rack mount kit for 19″ cabinet AXM-RM-100 CM0000001 CM0000001
Annex 3, 2000, 4000 Self Boot Kit N/A CM0011017 CM0011017
Annex 3 16 port serial line expansion card AX3-UPG-SLC-16 CM0011012 CM0011012
Annex 3 32 port serial line expansion card AX3-UPG-SLC-32 CM0011014 CM0011014
Annex 3, 4000 Modem (DCE) fan-out cable,
50-pin telco -> male DB-25
AX3-CBL-DCE-100 CM0018008 CM0018008
Annex 3, 4000 Terminal (DTE) fan-out cable,
50-pin telco -> female DB-25
AX3-CBL-DTE-100 CM0018009 CM0018009
Annex 4000 18 Port Serial Line Expansion Module N/A 4000-P18 CM1011001
Annex 4000 36 Port Serial Line Expansion Module N/A 4000-P36 CM1011002

What is the Console Cable pin out configuration?

Xylogics terminal servers use a RJ-45 female jack (looks like an ethernet port) for the console port. All units use the same pin-out configuration. When constructing a console cable, don’t bother messing with cross-over ethernet cables or null-modem adapters, as they will not help you. If you have spare parts around, what you need are (1) a straight through RJ-45 male to RJ-45 male cable, (2) Mod Tap Female RJ-45 to DB-25 Male adapter part number 102-918-001 Rev. A R 9635, and (3) DB-9 female to DB-25 male adapter to join to your computer’s serial port, so you can use the internet in your computer to play video games with sites where you can learn the csgo ranking system.

Pin Signal Type Signal
1 Output from Annex Female RJ-45 RTS
2 Output from Annex Female RJ-45 DTR
3 Output from Annex Female RJ-45 TXD
4 Input to Annex Female RJ-45 DCD
5 Input to Annex Female RJ-45 RXD
6 Ground Signal GND
7 Input to Annex Female RJ-45 DSR
8 Input to Annex Female RJ-45 CTS

A DTE Crossover Terminal Cable should be configured as follows:

Annex Signal Direction 25-Way Female DB25
RXD <– Pin 2 / TXD
TXD –> Pin 3 / RXD
CTS <– Pin 4 / RTS
RTS –> Pin 5 / CTS
DTR —> Pin 6 / DSR
+–> Pin 8 / DCD
DSR <— Pin 20 / DTR
DCD <–+
GND –> Pin 7 / GND

How do I get to the monitor:: prompt?

To get to the monitor:: prompt, you will need a terminal program set at 9600 bps, 8N1, using software flow control. You will also need a properly pined-out console cable.

To get to the monitor:: prompt, attach the console cable to Port 1 of a MicroAnnex XL, ELS, or 2000 unit. Annex 3 and 4000 units have a dedicated console port which should be labeled on the back of the unit. Turn on the terminal server, and immediately press and release the “Test” button on the front panel of the terminal server. The Test LED should light up. After a little while, press enter on your keyboard a few times… The unit should respond with “monitor::”. If you do not get a response most likely your console cable is not correctly pined-out.

How do I reset the admin (superuser) password and the port settings?

First, get to the monitor:: prompt (see above). At this prompt, type “erase” and press enter. Next, choose to erase the EEPROM (i. e. Configuration information) of the terminal server. Do not erase the FLASH (i. e. Self Boot image) (self-booting units only) unless you want to load a new boot image onto the unit (see below).

Along with erasing the password and port settings, the network configuration will also be erased. You will want to reconfigure those settings using the “addr” command at the monitor:: prompt.

How do I load a fresh version of the boot image?

Each model Annex terminal server comes in two varieties; a self-boot version and a network-boot version. Network booting versions lack the FLASH memory of self-boot units, and must load their operating system over a network connection from a load host each time the unit is powered on or rebooted. Annex units support a number of protocols for loading the boot image including TFTP, ERPC, and BOOTP. ERPC requires the erpcd software from the hardware manufacturer. ERPCD also allows for user authentication when using dialup modems and SLIP/PPP protocols.

Network Booting Units. Set your load host via the monitor:: prompt by typing “addr”.

Self Booting Units. Get to the monitor:: prompt by pressing the test button upon unit bootup, ‘erase’ the FLASH (i. e. Self Boot image) (if any), use the ‘addr’ command to assign an IP address and load host, type ‘boot -l’ to load the OS image from the boot host to the Annex unit FLASH memory. Of course, your load host must be offering the software for download through TFTP, ERPC, or BOOTP. After the OS loads, get back to the monitor:: prompt and type “sequence” and set the boot sequence to self.

How do I assign an IP address to the network interface?

Use the “addr” command at the monitor:: prompt.

How do I set the default route?

Method #1 (Not Tested): When using the “addr” command from the monitor:: prompt, set the load host so that it is not on the same subnet — the annex will then ask you for a default route.

Method #2 (Tested on Self-Boot Annex XL): After booting to the operating system, go into super-user mode by using the “su” command. Next, at the annex# prompt type “edit config.annex” then enter:

%gateway
net default gateway 192.168.1.1 metric 1 hardwired
end

Substitute your own default gateway instead of 192.168.1.1. Use control-W to write the file. Next, reboot the annex.

What manuals and documentation are available?

Here are the only manuals we have been able to locate in PDF format. The OS versions throughout all the model lines take the exact same commands, so these manuals are applicable to the Annex ELS, Annex XL, Annex 2000, Annex 3, and Annex 4000 product lines.


Xylogics Administrators Guide to Unix A
Xylogics Administrators Guide to Unix B
Xylogics Administrators Guide to Unix C
Xylogics Quick Start Guide to Unix
Xylogics Quick Start Guide to Windows
Xylogics Server Tools Windows NT

2017-12-09T12:03:08+00:00 February 25th, 2010|Technical|