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By PC_master ·
We are looking for a piece of software that will give us the ablility to see if something is plugged into that port on a switch/router.We would like to be able to pull it up and tell how many open ports we have left on a switch. We have software that will let us know if a port is active, but it does not tell us if anything is plugged in on both ends. Any suggestions?

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by PC_master In reply to router/switch port manage ...

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by singh In reply to router/switch port manage ...

Hi, You did not mention what sort of switch you have. Normally all cisco swicthes and many other can be accessed via web page by typing their ip address. If you can tell me the name of your siwtch i might be able to help

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by PC_master In reply to router/switch port manage ...

We have a mix of 3com and Nortell switches.

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by mshavrov In reply to router/switch port manage ...

First of all, all your switches should be "managed" switches. If you have switch without ability to telnet into it or get information through SNMP - you can't do anything. In this case you can just count a number of ARP entries (MAC addresses) on your router. If you get number increased - you got a new PC.

If you lucky enough and you have all switches with SNMP capability, you can write some kind of script to retrieve port status and count "active" ports. I prefere UNIX (Linux, FreeBSD, etc.), but you probably can do it with another SNMP tools.

I believe, both methods will work, but first method, I think, easier to implement, since you will work with one device - core router.

If you have more questions or comments, just e-mail me.

Good luck,

Michael Shavrov
MCSE W2K, MCSE+I, CCNP, CCDP, Sun SCSA, Security+, ...

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by Rasman In reply to router/switch port manage ...

www.solarwinds.net
get the 30 day trial of of the engineers edition.
Works great about 900.00 to purchase. if you are loking for full strength software take a look at Fluke network inspector. I use that in conjunction with a Fluke One Touch and get great results. IF you have a copy of Visio 2000 Enterprise you can get some of same types of configuration information. Did I mention that Solarwinds is a 0 day trial.
Later,
Ras.

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