I received a gift: HP ProCurve 2510-24

HP ProCurve 2510-24

As the teaser already told you, I just got a HP ProCurve 2510-24. It's a 19'' 24 port fast ethernet switch with two additional gigabit ethernet / SFP dual personality ports.

So let's have a look at that baby and play around a little bit.

The device

Before doing anything: restoring factory default settings

When I got the switch, the first thing I did was powering it on. It did the self test, which means it fires all LEDs in a beautiful pattern and then it's powered on and ready for use. I didn't check if there is still any configuration present, so for my testing I needed to reset it to factory defaults.

Because the procedure is different for every device and brand, I didn't spend any time to figure the procedure out by myself and instead directly googled how to reset it: ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/networking/software/2510-InstGde-July2006-59913833.pdf

In short:

  • Press the reset and clear button simultaneously
  • Continue to press the clear button while releasing the reset button
  • When the test LED starts blinking, release the clear button
  • The switch completes the self test and is then reset to factory default settings

Configuring the switch

There are three possibilities to manage the switch:

  1. Java applet based web GUI
  2. Console access
  3. Telnet access (I didn't test it)

I knew I had a Cisco console cable somewhere, so I looked for it and eventually found it. In my case I used COM1 with 9600 baud and there it was. If you press the reset button on the switch you can see it boot in the console. After the switch successfully booted, you can type "help" to see all available commands. On the following picture you will see how to connect with putty and how to disable and re-enable interfaces via console:

After doing the first steps on console, I decided to have a look on the web GUI. First, I needed to update my Java because FireFox didn't let me execute the Java plugins - propably for a really good reason ;-)

After I had updated Java, I could login to the switch using the web GUI. The switch tries to acquire an IP address per DHCP, so I just looked for the DHCP lease (in my router) to get the actual IP of the switch.

The following pictures give you a brief overview of the web GUI.

The test setup

I just wanted to test the basic functionality: VLAN.

As you can see on the previous pictures, I configured two VLANs, VID 10 on ports 1 to 4 and VID 20 on ports 5 to 8, port 25 is a trunk port on which both VLANs are tagged.

The next picture is showing the actual physical connections. The black patch cable is connected to port 1 (VID 10), the blue one to port 5 (VID 20), the red one to port 25 and the grey one to port 24 which is my management access.

It's a very simple setup and of course it worked out of the box.

The switch has several other features I cannot test at the moment. Just to name a few:

  • QoS (TOS, DSCP, DiffServe)
  • it's stackable
  • monitoring port
  • STP of course
  • multicast filtering (IGMP)
  • port security features
  • limiting management access

Unfortunatelly I have no real need for the switch, but I like how it looks and blinks, so I think it will stay on my desk for a while ;-)

Bonus: video of self test sequence

I'm sorry for the poor video quality. The camera of my smartphone doesn't like darkness but with daylight you won't see the LEDs. The result won't get an Oscar and is rather dedicated to enthusiasts than to cineasts ;-)

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My Wishlist

If the information I provided was helpful to you, I would really appreciate if you have a look on my Amazon wishlist.

I'm not begging for anything and I will continue to share my knowledge but of course I would be really happy to see some packages arriving ;-)