Have the switch connected to a router doing DHCP to any of the further most right network ports and it will will get an address. If in doubt, use the reset button for 10 seconds. When the system light stops blinking, it has an IP, default login is cisco/cisco.
ah, maybe I didn't wait long enough for it to boot then when I tried port 24. thank you for taking the time to respond probably saved me hours of searching through old cables looking for a DB9 null modem or $30 at Microcenter!
Most network switch ports these days typically take a db9 (pc/lappy/console server end <-> rj-45 conn (believe it is a rollover pinout) on network device end. A 'blue' cisco standard cable works a wonder on my HP procurve 2910al switch and my Juniper EX3300. Nothing out of the ordinary. My old HP procurve 2824 took a true null modem db9 <-> db9