Remote console access and Remote reboot any modem

I have been in the IT Security field for about 5 years now, and starting with desktop support and administration we always needed a way to have console access to our Cisco equipment just in case the internet went down or there was a configuration issue with our equipment. With this solution it does just that, grants physical access to remote users. Required equipment to set up console access and remote reboot.

 

Raspberry Pi – https://www.amazon.com/Raspberry-Pi-RASP-PI-3-Model-Motherboard/dp/B01CD5VC92/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467990411&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=rapbery+pi

IoT Relay – https://www.amazon.com/Iot-Relay-Enclosed-High-power-Raspberry/dp/B00WV7GMA2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467990377&sr=8-1&keywords=IoT+relay

USB to 2-pin power cable – had to make this cable

USB to Console cable – https://www.amazon.com/CISCO-Console-Cable-Replaces-72-3383-01/dp/B00I8CT8YG/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1467991193&sr=8-5&keywords=USB+to+Console+cable

CradlePoint with 2 nic cards – https://www.amazon.com/Cradlepoint-Cellular-Broadband-multi-band-integrated/dp/B00X8D879C/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1467991271&sr=8-10&keywords=CradlePoint

Ethernet cable – https://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-2-Feet-Ethernet-Network-103419/dp/B002RBECAE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467991380&sr=8-1&keywords=2ft+ethernet+cable

 

To setup console access you must have a CradlePoint activated with a valid SIM card. Plug your Raspberry Pi into port 2 on the CradlePoint (port 1 is set to NAT by default) this will give you a public IP address. You should be able to SSH into your Raspberry Pi at this time, log into the pi and install picocom:

 

pi@raspberry:~ $ sudo apt-get install picocom

 

Now plug your serial cable into the raspberry pi. Change directories to the /dev and run the following command.

 

pi@raspberry:/dev $ sudo picocom ttyUSB0

 

Now you should have console access to your Cisco equipment.

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