HP ProCurve 3400cl/4200vl/5300xl/6400cl Switch Series - Configuring The Device
Recommended minimal configuration
In the factory default configuration, the switch has no IP (Internet Protocol)
address and subnet mask, and no passwords. In this state, it can be managed
only through a direct console connection. To manage the switch through inband
(networked) access, you should configure the switch with an IP address
and subnet mask compatible with your network. Also, you should configure
a Manager password to control access privileges from the console and web
browser interface. Other parameters in the Switch Setup screen can be left at
their default settings or you can configure them with values you enter.
Many other features can be configured through the switch’s console interface,
to optimize the switch’s performance, to enhance your control of the network
traffic, and to improve network security. Once an IP address has been configured
on the switch, these features can be accessed more conveniently through
a remote Telnet session, through the switch’s web browser interface, and from
an SNMP network management station running a network management
program, such as ProCurve Manager.
Using the console setup screen
The quickest and easiest way to minimally configure the switch for management
and password protection in your network is to use a direct console
connection to the switch, start a console session, and access the Switch Setup
Using the method described in the preceding section, connect a terminal
device to the switch and display the switch console command (CLI)
prompt (the default display).
The CLI prompt appears displaying the switch model number:
Here is an example for ProCurve 3400cl-24G Switch
ProCurve Switch 3400cl-24G#
At the prompt, enter the setup command to display the Switch Setup
screen. The following illustration shows the Setup screen with the default
Use the Tab
key to select the Manager Password
field and enter a manager
password of up to 16 characters.
to the IP Config (DHCP/Bootp)
field and use the Space bar to select the
to the IP Address
field and enter the IP address that is compatible with
to the Subnet Mask
field and enter the subnet mask used for your
- Press Enter
, then S
||Optional; up to 25 characters, including spaces
||Optional; up to 48 characters, including spaces
||Recommended; up to 16 characters (no blank spaces)
||The default setting selects the command line interface for console access.
The alternative is the menu interface.
|| 0 (none)
||Optional; 1440 to -1440. The number of minutes your location is to the West (-)
or East (+) of GMT.
||Default setting recommended.
|Spanning Tree Enabled
||Default setting recommended unless STP is already running on your network
or the switch will be used in complex network topologies.
||Optional; Enter the IP address of the next-hop gateway node if network traffic
needs to be able to reach off-subnet destinations.
|Time Sync Method
||Optional; The protocol the switch uses to acquire a time signal. The options
are SNTP and TimeP.
||Optional; The method the switch uses to acquire the TimeP server address.
|IP Config (DHCP/Bootp)
||Set to Manual unless a DHCP/Bootp server is used on your network to
configure IP addressing.
||Recommended; If you set IP Config to Manual, then enter an IP address
compatible with your network.
||Recommended; If you entered an IP address, then enter a subnet mask
compatible with your network.
For more information on the console, web browser, and SNMP
management interfaces and all the features that can be configured on the
3400cl/4200vl/5300xl/6400cl Switch series, refer to Management and Configuration Guide
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