A recent inventory of network switches showed that the one that is in most active use was on an outdated firmware revision.
I really like the switch in question, an HP ProCurve 1800-24G, as it is fanless and thus completely silent. It’s been in 24/7 use for 5-6 years now, and hasn’t failed once. It also supports things like SNMP, trunking and LACP (which comes in handy when optimising the network for fast NAS transfers. More on that later..), and configurable LLDP and VLANs. All in all, more than enough for a small network like the one around here.
Oh – the password is not changed or reset by the upgrade – log in as previously.
PB.03.04 firmware installed – should upgrade!
Always a good idea to make a local copy of current config, before updating firmware
Time to upload the new firmware
Select the A or B version, depending on which switch you have
Uploading takes a couple of minutes, the switch restarts automatically when done
Voila – PB.03.10 is the latest and greatest firmware available for this switch
New year – new resolutions. Time to finally bring some order to the various network gear, servers, tools, cables, computer parts, electronics components…….. stuff in general that is in more or less active use around here.
Let’s start with network switches. I only use a couple of these actively, so I should probably sell the rest… One thing at a time though – let’s document them first – never again will I have to dig up a switch to find out exactly what model it is or what firmware is on it.
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