jakea at xmission.com
Fri Sep 14 12:04:08 MDT 2012
On Thursday, September 13, 2012 09:45:02 AM Merrill Oveson wrote:
> Anybody know anybody who could help me:
> a) troubleshoot this. I need to nail down the problem.
> b) if indeed the problem is with the switches, recommend a switch
> manufacturer I not that impressed with NetGear.
> I called technical support and they said that I had to pay for
> technical support because the switches are more than a year old.
> And if my switches were indeed bad or going bad - tough luck - because
> they are more than a year old.
> Do switches go bad?
Two things come to mind in my experience. One was once I was having issues
with a port on a managed switch. It turns out the port I was plugged into was
set at some time to echo another port on the switch for something someone was
troubleshooting a while back before I was hired and then forgot to turn it off.
So check to make sure the port is not set to something unexpected.
The other is cabling. When I was first hired at my job, the cabling for the
office was a nightmare in the server room. I set out to clean it up. We had a
couple of different switches and a cable between them to extend the number of
other cables we could plug into the office network. Turns out if you have such a
mess that you accidentally put two cables connecting the switches instead of
one, the Cisco could handle that fine, the Dlink freaked out.
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