Connecting to the CLI using a local console

Local console connections to the CLI are formed by directly connecting your management computer or console to the FortiGate unit, using its DB-9 or RJ-45 console port. To connect to the local console you need:

  • A console cable to connect the console port on the FortiGate to a communications port on the computer. Depending on your device, this is one of:
    • null modem cable (DB-9 to DB-9)
    • DB-9 to RJ-45 cable (a DB-9-to-USB adapter can be used)
    • USB to RJ-45 cable
  • A computer with an available communications port
  • Terminal emulation software
To connect to the CLI using a local serial console connection
  1. Using the console cable, connect the FortiGate unit’s console port to the serial communications (COM) port on your management computer.
  2. Start a terminal emulation program on the management computer, select the COM port, and use the following settings:

    Bits per second

    9600

    Data bits

    8

    Parity

    None

    Stop bits

    1

    Flow control

    None

  3. Press Enter on the keyboard to connect to the CLI.
  4. Log in to the CLI using your username and password (default: admin and no password).

    You can now enter CLI commands, including configuring access to the CLI through SSH.