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Giving an IP Address to a switch

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It it possible to give an IP address to an unmanamed switch, such as the HP Procurve 2724?
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by:JFrederick29
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Why would you want to?  If it is unmanaged, there's no reason to connect to the switch.
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by:mikeleebrla
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good point JFrederick29
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by:dannyhofmeyer
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I need to make a port map, as we are trying to document outr network. I would like to connect to it via telnet, so that I can see the arp table. I dont need to manage the switch per say, I just want to see the current table.
Is this only possible with a managed switch?
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by:JFrederick29
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Yes, that is only possible with a managed switch.
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cwisofsky earned 45 total points
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Yes it is possible to give an IP address to SOME unmanaged switches.  They will respond to pings but don't have advanced management features.  (Like forcing 10BT for older connection devices) So you can document their IP address on a map and use programs like whats UP to monitor them.

However, the HP Procurve 2724 is not one of those switches :)
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Cwisofsky -
How about the HP J3202A or the D-Link DSH16?
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by:tonyteri
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Check the specs on them by going to their respective vendor websites.  

If you truly need to give the switch an ip adddress, go with the managed product.

TT
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