Networking & Wireless forum

General discussion

Need help with used Bay Networks (Nortel) 24 port switch

I bought a 24 port switch at my local used computer parts store, and did not realize what I had gotten myself into until I got it home. I need to start off with a full reset, but being a high end switch (for its day), I cannot figure out how to do it. I have been to the manufacturers website, searched the web for hours, and my personal e-book library and cannot come up with anything resembling a starting point.

I have a good amount of experience with garden-variety home network hubs and networking, but not with these switches. I have a console cable that was left over from a previous job, but I have never used it. Nor do I really know how to use it. They just told me I had to have one. I understand that I may be in a little over my head here, but this is a "skill" I need to have. If I can get pointed into the right direction, I bet I can figure the rest out or research it.

My real questions are:

1) What is the difference between console and telnet. I think I know, but I could use some help. Which is easier, and how do I connect?

2) How can I do a full reset on the switch, back to factory default (if it isn't already)?

The switch is a Bay Networks (apparently bought out by Nortel).
BayStack 450-24T Switch
Model# AL2012A14
Part# 300798-A REV 17
Serial# KEC01034234
MAC# 0060FDA74BE9
In the end, it will be on a domain environment running active directory.

I hope I included enough info, and thanks for any help

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Need help with used Bay Networks (Nortel) 24 port switch
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Need help with used Bay Networks (Nortel) 24 port switch
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
First off. . .

In reply to: Need help with used Bay Networks (Nortel) 24 port switch

A switch is not designed to work alone. Did you connect it behind a router? A switch will not assign IP addresses where a router will. You need this for everything else to work.

Collapse -
Yes, I know this much

In reply to: First off. . .

I know that it needs a form of DHCP server or some such function to work, but I cannot get it to connect because (I think) the IP range set in the switch is different from what I am running. Is there a way to get into it and change that, or if I put it behind my current router/modem I will have better luck?

If I simply connect it to my laptop, with no other network connections, it will (as I expected) go to "limited or no connectivity" status. The IP I get is 169.254.217.16 and a subnet of 255.255.255.0 and nothing listed for the default gateway. On my local network, the internal IP addresses are 168.153.*.*, so how do I get connected to the switch in such a way that I can fiddle with settings?

Collapse -
169 is a known thing.

In reply to: Yes, I know this much

This is not a router or much else. The 169 range is correct. Now go get a router and connect it like this:

internet -> Router -> Your switch.

Bob

Collapse -
Have you looked at the Nortel network site

for any discovery or management software? The only reason you'd need to get into the web interface is for management purposes. Of course you'd need the IP address. If you know or can discover that, you might be able to use a web browser and just http://(IP address) to get to the interface. Your next dilemma will probably be the admin password. If that's been set, you may be dead in the water. Whether or not you can just use the switch as is depends on what someone may have done with the individual ports. They could have been disabled, locked to a MAC address, limited in connection speed, or any of a number of things an administrator might to to control traffic. Have you tried just connecting a few devices to it to see if they connect to your network? If it won't work as a stand alone switch, I'd think it's either defective or it's been altered by someone.

Popular Forums

icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

SMART HOME

This one tip will help you sleep better tonight

A few seconds are all you need to get a better night's rest.