In the hunt to introduce VLANs across all segments of my home network I managed to pick-up a L2 managed switch for a lot cheaper than I expected, the TL-SG3210 only offers the bare basics but its enough to get some control to the last remnant of the unmanaged network hidden behind a powerline ethernet adapter. At £36 I couldn’t say no to it.
As to expect, it all came pre-configured for the last user’s network, and this time I had no helpful IP sticker like the HP 2824 (I have no idea how I managed to reset that). This switch however had a RJ45 console port, which luckily responded to a standard Cisco rollover cable. Once you’re all plugged all you need to do is:
- Set the port to 38400 baud, 8 data bits, No parity, 1 stop bit (8/N/1)
- Reboot the device, when prompted hit CTRL+B
- At the prompt
resetagain and the device should reboot.
Once alive again the switch should be available on
admin as the username and
admin as the password. I’ve yet to really delve into the CLI of this device but i’d expect some nicer features to be tucked away in there, for the moment its doing a fine job of splitting out that dirty Murdoch device (Sky TV box) and the snooping LG TV off the main network.