Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, string given in /virtual/theblogs.bestsolution.at/httpd/htdocs/wp-content/plugins/google-one/google-plus-one.php on line 344

Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, string given in /virtual/theblogs.bestsolution.at/httpd/htdocs/wp-content/plugins/google-one/google-plus-one.php on line 346

accessing the CLI of Cisco “Small Business” Switches


Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, string given in /virtual/theblogs.bestsolution.at/httpd/htdocs/wp-content/plugins/google-one/google-plus-one.php on line 344

Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, string given in /virtual/theblogs.bestsolution.at/httpd/htdocs/wp-content/plugins/google-one/google-plus-one.php on line 346

Preface: Cisco’s “Small Business” network equipment is based on hardware formerly manufactured by Linksys. When Cisco bought Linksys, they incorporated the Linksys hardware as “Cisco Small Business” equipment.

Now, at first glance that doesn’t sound too bad. Cisco, being the major player when it comes to network equipment, is well known for its very well designed and quite well supported devices.

However, when the story comes to the formerly Linksys products, Cisco looses everything it has to loose, both in terms of support and also in terms of design.

One example for that failure is documented here [1] for example.

Another story is the completely unuseable web interface of the former managed Linksys switches, like the SRW224G4 [2] for example.

We are unfortunate enough to purchase a couple of those devices, in the hope that the web based management facilities would be useful to some degree.

The truth however is, that the web UI is completely unuseable if you use any other browser than IE6. Neither IE7, IE8, FF2, FF3 or Opera can be used to access the Web UI …

There are many people complaining about this situation (for example here [3], but obviously – once more – Cisco’s support is completely ignorant.

The only thing you can do is to use the command line interface of those switches. In order to do so, you must access the switch like this (taken from here):

– Telnet to the switch & login
– Once you get to the menu, hit ctrl+z, you should now see a “>” (type ? to all available commands from this point on)
– Type lcli, hit enter, and put the user name in again (admin usually)
– now you should see “console#”

How you can configure your script in a similar way known from Cisco’s IOS.

A good starting point of how the CLI works can be found here [5].

And what remains for the bottom line is that: just don’t buy Cisco’s “Small Business” products until they are ready to give real support for them. After all: even those products are business products!

[1] http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r22733060-RVS-4000-Support-email-to-Cisco
[2] http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps9987/index.html
[3] http://davehall.com.au/blog/dave/2007/12/04/linksys-srw224g4-webgui-broken
[4] http://davehall.com.au/blog/dave/2007/12/04/linksys-srw224g4-webgui-broken#comment-393
[5] http://lcli.wikidot.com/

Spread the love

Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of

Post Navigation