Can someone please help me configure my switch?

  • This isn't really a linux specific problems but I didn't know where else to turn so I'm hoping someone here can at least point me in the right direction.

    Last year my cousin set me up with a network setup. It is a server that is running ESXi with 2 VM's on it. 1) is pfSense router 2) Zimbra ZCS.

    During the setup he was going to setup a VM for an asterisk PBX but never ended up getting that going (Trixbox installed but not running).

    During his setup he purchased a used Nortel Networks Baystack 325-24G Switch. He had a java app (I think) that he ran which basically visualized the switch and he was able to assign each port to different vlans, etc.

    There are 4 vlans configured on the network (192.168.x.x) where x.x is 1.x, 2.x, 3.x and 4.x.

    He's very busy now because he is getting married and I'm stuck as I'm trying to add some devices to the switch but they are not working. I believe that he doesn't have the ports on the switch connected to any of the vlans.

    My question: How can I configure this thing? I haven't got a clue how to do it and the software that he had I think was very expensive.

    Can someone please tell me if there is an open source program that I can run that I can configure the ports and assign them to the different vlans?

  • Netgate Administrator

    That switch has web based management. Alternatively it has a serial console connection on the front.

    If you can't find or don't know the web address of the switch use a null modem cable and connect to the serial console.


  • I'm not sure how to connect with the null modem.  Would any serial cable work for that?

    I've used telnet before but only over a network connection and only when I knew the IP address.  How can I connect with the serial cable when I don't know the IP address?

  • Netgate Administrator

    You need a null modem cable (a serial cable in which the transmit and receive lines are crossed over) or a null modem adapter and a standard serial cable. However I haven't seen one of those adapters for many years!
    You can get them in many electronics outlets or very cheaply online. E.g. if you're in the USA.
    You will need a computer with a serial port (becoming rare these days) and a terminal program such as putty (if you're running windows).

    You don't need to know the IP address to use the serial console.


    Edit: Looks like newegg also have the adapters but you might as well get a cable.

  • I just discovered that I don't have a serial port on any of my computers.

    Is there another way that I can communicate with this switch without that program/utility that he was using?

    Is there some open source program to manage switches?

  • You can get a USB to serial adapter or use the web interface that stephenw10 has said it has. Alternatively you'll need that Java app. For both the web interface and Java app you'll likely need the IP address.

    Of course, you could try tracking down a forum that's specific to network infrastructure (ideally one specialising in Nortel) and ask for help there ;)

  • Netgate Administrator

    You can read through the long and complex manual, here.
    However you still need to know the IP address to use the web interface.
    You can reset the switch to default settings but you'll then have to reconfigure everything yourself.
    If you look at the install guide, here, you'll see that there is no default IP address. Your cousin must have set one because he was able ti use the java management utility. There is listed a default VLAN for the management interface, it's 1. That can be confusing however as that can be either traffic tagged as vlan1 or untagged traffic depending on the manufacturer. I would expect it to be untagged but I'm not sure.


  • Thank you for your help.  My cousin got in touch with me and has told me how to connect to it.

    Thanks again!

  • Netgate Administrator

    Ah, good news!  :D


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