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Is that port live?

Posted on 2011-10-17
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Is there any eays way to identify if a netowkr port is live as opposed using it to try login to the network?

Are there any ways to centrally "disbale" a port" or does something phsyical need to be done?
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irweazelwallis earned 1000 total points
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depending on what switches you have you can get details from that

If will show if its enabled or disabled and if there is anything connected on that port and what the MAC of that equipment is

you can enable port security which will associate the port with MAC addresses - you can usually specify how many and if a device is plugged in that doesn't match one of those it disables it automatically

You can also leave a port in disabled mode so that you have to enable it from the switch for something to work

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But physically going up to the port theres no obvious way to tell if its live or disabled?

Without trying to plug a device in and see if it connects?
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if you have disabled the port you can physically plug a device in and see if the light comes on - there is no real need to ping, open a file or anything like that.

I am not sure if a cable tester would do the trick but something with a live connection on it - a laptop in standby when the NIC isn't turned off in power saving mode would do it
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You mean like the command prompt PING or some other technique?

If you get a reply its connected to the network?
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what i meat was if you are doing physical checks to see if a port it live you can

plug an item in and if the activity light comes on then you know the port is live

If you change the function of the activity light then I am sure on most switches you can change it between port speed, activity and port status -enabled or disabled

you don't really need to use the item to see if its connected
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Callandor earned 1000 total points
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If you have a device connected to a port and it is on, then ping'ing it and getting a response is an indication that the port is active.  Enterprise network switches allow you turn on and off individual ports through their interfaces, so that would be the easiest way to manage it centrally.

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