Feb 26, 2016
Another day, another switch. This time i’ve bought a second HP ProCurve 2824, they’re solid and reliable and with a quick replacement to the fans they’re damn near silent. Throw in the full Layer 2 feature set and a basic Layer 3 (named by HP as L3-lite) its a workhorse of a switch suited for small environment or edge switches on larger networks.
Main problem is that most of these ex-corporate switches come pre-configured with some setup you neither know or care about, thankfully resetting this switch is amazingly easy.
Clear buttons at the same time with whatever pokey devices you can find.
Within a few seconds you’ll have a factory default switch, grab your straight through serial cable and have a play with the CLI.
Its worth taking the time to get the firmware up to date, remember to check the change logs and the documentation as some interim steps may be needed to bring it up to the current version. The software for this switch has progressed quite a bit, its still the same horrible Java based Web UI but little features introduced here and there really help out.