Upgrading firmware on HP ProCurve 1800-24G / J9028B

A recent inventory of network switches showed that the one that is in most active use was on an outdated firmware revision.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.

 

Bringing order to network chaos

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.

ModelManufacturer DescriptionComments/issueslatest firmwareLinksLast updated
HPProCurve 1800-24G / J9028B24 port 100/1000 rack mounted switchWorks great, 24/7 rock steady for years.
No fan so it's totally silent.
PB.03.10Manuals
Specs
Firmware
2015-Jan-20
HPProCurve J4813A

24 port 10/100 rack mounted switchA bit older but still ok, as long as you don't need the 1 Gbit speedF.05.79Manuals
Specs
Firmware
2015-Jan-20
NetgearGS724Tv224 port 100/1000 rack mounted 1.0.3_35GS724Tv2 product page 2015-Jan-20
LinksysSR202424-Port 10/100/1000 rack mounted, unmanagedNice switch, solid build. Unmanaged though => can't configure any parametersSpecs
Docs
2015-Jan-20
AllnetALL4702Wrack mounted
2015-Jan-20
3ComBaseline Switch 2916-SFP Plusrack mounted
2015-Jan-20