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.
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
Part# 300798-A REV 17
In the end, it will be on a domain environment running active directory.
I hope I included enough info, and thanks for any help