Solved

Dell PowerConnect lights - latency issues

Posted on 2008-09-30
3
2,041 Views
Last Modified: 2008-10-01
We have a Dell PowerConnect 6024 and it is fully populated.
Nothing has been added to this switch recently.  We are a few months away from upgrading our switches.
Some lights look orange and I did trace one to a 10/100Mps switch.

Things seem functional, however slow at times across these servers/links.

I know on the Cisco brand that would indicate 10M - fail to auto negotiate the speed.

Are my colors due to gig connections?  Auto negotiate failures?  I do not know the color scheme for these old switches.
0
Comment
Question by:PostQ
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
3 Comments
 
LVL 13

Assisted Solution

by:Quori
Quori earned 50 total points
ID: 22610067
The port being amber would indicate it is running at half-duplex, which would suggest a negotiation failure. Try to console in and manually set the offending ports speed and duplex.
0
 
LVL 12

Accepted Solution

by:
Pugglewuggle earned 200 total points
ID: 22611819
Uggghhh... Dell... I guess I can try to help anways (although I try to avoid anything and everything dell). Cisco is so much better.
Your colors (orange) could be due to negotiation failures according to various sources. Please console in and verify the interface status for these ports. Also, check the servers and do the same thing - verify the speed/duplex.
Here is a link to the LED indicators on this switch for both SFP and RJ-45 connectors:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/network/pc6024/en/ug/html/hardware.htm#1108499 
If you still get this try unplugging for 5 seconds and plugging it back in. If this doesn't work, replace the cable and see if it works.
If that doesn't work upgrade the firmware to the latest version:

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=PWC_6024&os=WNET&osl=en&catid=&impid=
Depending on how old these are and how the ventilation is, they could have been exposed to long-term overheating which can cause long-term damage to the circuit boards and processors. Since you have servers, I'll assume the room is kept cool? Please do let me know though.
Cheers! Let me know if this helps!
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:PostQ
ID: 22613883
I think your both right on the money, I was just making sure Dell didn't stray from duplex mismatch coloring, etc.   These are old switches kept in a room about 65-67F.  We are replacing switches and it will be Cisco, possibly Extreme.  I could not unplug cables yesterday because we had some internal tcp sessions that could not be interrupted.  
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When it comes to security, there are always trade-offs between security and convenience/ease of administration. This article examines some of the main pros and cons of using key authentication vs password authentication for hosting an SFTP server.
Arrow Electronics was searching for a KVM  (Keyboard/Video/Mouse) switch that could display on one single monitor the current status of all units being tested on the rack.
Viewers will learn how to connect to a wireless network using the network security key. They will also learn how to access the IP address and DNS server for connections that must be done manually. After setting up a router, find the network security…
In this brief tutorial Pawel from AdRem Software explains how you can quickly find out which services are running on your network, or what are the IP addresses of servers responsible for each service. Software used is freeware NetCrunch Tools (https…

691 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question