ZTE MF286D instruction breakdown

I'm a bit lost on the instructions for this device: https://openwrt.org/toh/zte/mf286d
Would appreciate if anybody could help me.

  1. So the router is the tftp client and my computer will be the tftp server? Is the ip something I choose myself or I need to get it from somewhere (I'm on Ubuntu)
  2. What is a serial console and a X8 connector?
  3. I connect with ethernet my computer to the router. I suppose no difference which port.
  4. How do I initiate "the needed shell" to run setenv and the other commands listed? Or do I get that by running bootm $loadaddr previously?
  5. Backup is done using tftp?
  6. How do I get needed ip addr/login of router etc to be able to ssh into it?

See https://openwrt.org/docs/techref/hardware/port.serial

See https://openwrt.org/toh/zte/mf286d#serial

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