Manage 4 switches from one switch console.

I have 4 switches 3550.
I would like to connect my laptop to one of the switches console and be able to configure all the switches.
by the way, do I need to use straight through cable or cross over cable between switches, in order to access one switch from another?

Thank you
jskfanAsked:
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Ernie BeekExpertCommented:
That's correct, only (not to be nitpicking ;) you just have to create the vlan interface on each switch once.

port1 on switch 1 to be assigned to a Vlan then create vlan interface and assign it Ip address
port 1 on switch2 to be assigned to a Vlan
port 2 on switch2 to be assigned to a Vlan
then create vlan interface and assign it Ip address
port1 on switch3 to be assigned to a Vlan
port2 on switch3 to be assigned to a Vlan
then create vlan interface and assign it Ip address
port 1 on switch 4 to be assigned to a Vlan then create vlan interface and assign it Ip address
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Ernie BeekExpertCommented:
You could use ssh to get to the other three switches to manage them.
In between switches any cable would do, the ports should be auto MDI/MDX.
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Sushil SonawaneCommented:
Configure IP Address for all switches then take console via telnet. You can use any cable.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I will have to use crossover cables my switches don't support mdi/mdx .
So for instance I can just to connect port1 from switch 1 to port 1 on switch2, then connect port 2 on switch2 to port1 on switch3 and port2 on switch3 to port 1 on switch 4 ?

what about the configuration ?
just assign IP addresses for each port that has cable connected to ? it does not matter if all 4 connected ports are in different IP segments?
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abhinavgupta72Commented:
ssh will work in IP are configured but if not (means you want to configure it from scratch) then you have to go to every switch along with console cable and configure it via hyperterminal and you can use usb to serial connector.
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Ernie BeekExpertCommented:
just assign IP addresses for each port that has cable connected to ? it does not matter if all 4 connected ports are in different IP segments?

You could create a (management) VLAN, create a virtual interface in that VLAN (in each switch) with an IP address. Then assign the interconnecting ports to that VLAN. That way you would have all the switches within one IP range and VLAN, keeping that traffic separated from the rest.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
erniebeek
Let say I connect port1 from switch 1 to port 1 on switch2, then connect port 2 on switch2 to port1 on switch3 and port2 on switch3 to port 1 on switch 4 ?

if I understand your statement... i need:

port1 on switch 1 to be assigned to a Vlan then create vlan interface and assign it Ip address
port 1 on switch2 to be assigned to a Vlan then create vlan interface and assign it Ip address
port 2 on switch2 to be assigned to a Vlan then create vlan interface and assign it Ip address
port1 on switch3 to be assigned to a Vlan then create vlan interface and assign it Ip address
port2 on switch3 to be assigned to a Vlan then create vlan interface and assign it Ip address
port 1 on switch 4 to be assigned to a Vlan then create vlan interface and assign it Ip address

The switches can be connected to each other kinda daisy chain...
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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