Using minicom to connect to Cisco Console

sudo minicom --device /dev/ttyUSB0 --baudrate 9600 --8bit;

sudo is a command that allows the user to run another command with superuser privileges.

minicom is a terminal emulation program that allows the user to communicate with a serial device.
The --device flag followed by /dev/ttyUSB0 specifies the serial device that minicom should use for communication.
The --baudrate flag followed by 9600 specifies the baud rate (i.e. the speed at which data is transmitted) of the serial connection.
The --8bit flag sets the number of data bits to 8.

So this command is running minicom as a superuser, connecting to the device at “/dev/ttyUSB0” with a baud rate of 9600 and 8-bit data

In addition to the command line arguments above, we had to ensure that flow control (both hardware and software) was off and no parity was given.

Free dial-in to WebEx

The following video demonstrates how to dial into a WebEx online meeting without using the WebEx client.

In some countries, there are no toll-free numbers for people to call. Not having toll-free numbers can be problematic for people with issues with their connection or the WebEx client is not working for them.

From our experience, we noticed that there is usually a US-based toll-free number available for most WebEx meetings (a cheaper package for the owner, maybe). Considering some people’s problems and the US-based toll-free number, we propose dialing in to the meeting via Viber.

Viber offers a service called “Viber Out.” This service allows you to phone call almost anywhere globally as if you were performing a local call (so you get lower rates).

Our proposal is the following since WebEx offers toll-free numbers for the US, then use “Viber Out” to perform that free call and join your meeting. To the best of our knowledge, Viber should not charge you as their partners should not charge them for this call.

Hope it helps; it helped us!

We cannot be sure if Viber will change its policy in the future, so be sure to check where and when you use your financial tools.

View Cisco Webex Recordings (or Join certain Live Sessions) on 64-bit Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Recently, we were trying to view some Webex recordings on an updated Ubuntu 18.04LTS. After several attempts and various browsers (including the latest versions of Firefox, Google Chrome, Chromium), we could not view the recordings.

When clicking on the link, we would be redirected to install the Webex browser plugin, and then after we had installed it, we would either be redirected to a macOS installation file (Cisco_WebEx_Add-On.dmg) or to a Java servlet configuration file (CiscoWebExServlet).

We did lots of tests that are not worth mentioning, so we will go straight to the solution we followed from this page:
What the solution recommended, was to install the 32-bit ESR version of Firefox, along with a 32-bit version of the Oracle JRE.

Enable support for 32-bit executables

Add the i386 architecture to the list of dpkg architectures :

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Install the libraries required to execute ELF-32 executables:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libc6:i386 libncurses5:i386 libstdc++6:i386

Install Firefox 78.7.0esr ESR (32-bit)

Beginning with Firefox 52 (released March 2017), plug-in support is limited to Adobe Flash and drops support for NPAPI, impacting plugins for Java, Silverlight, and other similar NPAPI-based plugins. Hence you need the ESR release. You can read more on that here:
Download Firefox ESR for Linux (32-bit) from here.
Unpack it to somewhere, for example, to /opt/webex/:

sudo mkdir -p /opt/webex/
sudo tar -xjvf firefoxesr.tar.bz2 -C /opt/webex/

Install the libraries required for Firefox (i386) to run smoothly:

sudo apt-get install libgtk-3-0:i386 libasound2:i386 libdbus-glib-1-2:i386 libxt6:i386 libxtst6:i386 libcanberra-gtk-module:i386 libcanberra-gtk-3-module:i386 topmenu-gtk3:i386

Install 32-bit Oracle JRE

Download Oracle JRE for Linux (a tar.gz archive for x86 architecture) from here. Unpack it to /opt/webex/:

sudo tar -xzvf jrelinux-i586.tar.gz -C /opt/webex/
sudo mv /opt/webex/jre /opt/webex/jre

Enable Java support in Firefox

Create symbolic links for the Java browser plugin libraries:

sudo apt-get install libpangoxft-1.0-0:i386 libxft2:i386 libpangox-1.0-0:i386 libxmu6:i386 libxv1:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386;

Create a Firefox launch script

cat << 'EOF' | sudo tee /opt/webex/

export ENV_HOME=/opt/webex
export FIREFOX_HOME=$ENV_HOME/firefox
export MOZ_PLUGIN_PATH=$ENV_HOME/firefox/plugins
export JAVA_HOME=$ENV_HOME/jre
export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH

$FIREFOX_HOME/firefox --no-remote -P

This script will start a new instance of Firefox with the ProfileManager. Choose an existing Firefox profile or create a new one.
You might want to specify a specific profile to start with. Just add the profile name after the -P flag.
Don’t forget to make the script executable:

sudo chmod a+x /opt/webex/

You might want to create a symlink, like this to make it easier to start the 32-bit version of Firefox using a custom name:

sudo ln -s /opt/webex/ /usr/local/bin/firefox-i386

Start a Webex session

Launch the 32-bit Firefox using the script and join a Webex session.
If sends you a jnlp (or a CiscoWebExServlet) file, and Firefox asks what to do with it, download it.
Further, in the Firefox Preferences > Applications, set the action for JNLP files: they should be opened with javaws (Java Web Start) which can be found here:


(Optional) Install the missing libraries required by Webex

Find out what required libraries are be missing (note that the session number may be different):

ldd ~/.webex/T30_MC/*.so | grep "not found"

You can use to find out which packages contain the libraries.