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CISCO Catalyst WS-CE500-24TT Switch

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  • Jeffrey G.
  • 9/16/2007 12:32:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsThere is a CLI back-door on these switches

Pros: + Price
+ Reliability
+ Fully manageable
+ Two 1000TX ports
+ A real IOS device despite appearances

Cons: - "Official" web interface frankly sucks
- Probably not configurable for AAA with TACACS+ / RADIUS

Other Thoughts: There actually is a back door allowing you to interact with these devices in the familiar IOS way. Just append "/exec" onto the URL in your browser, log in as you normally would, and you get a menu with a load of IOS top-level commands. You can enter arbitrary commands in exec mode, and you also can blow in configs (one line at a time) in configure mode. Even features that are not exposed in the "official" config UI can be enabled, including SNMP traps and custom access-lists. I have not yet tried configuring one for AAA with RADIUS or TACACS+.

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  • Kyle W.
  • 3/20/2007 7:22:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Works very well for quick deployment needs. Even though I have a high understanding of Cisco IOS cli, I needed something to bridge one side of a building to the core switch without having to run more cabling. Configured appropriate VLANs, setup port trunking to the core, and not a single glitch ever since.

Cons: Alert lights. Whenever I plug a workstation to the switch, then remove it - after a few days an alert light comes on stating the DHCP delivery failed (obviously bc im not plugged in anymore). No biggie, need to clear the ARP cache somehow through the GUI - just haven't figured out how. ClI would come in handy here :-)

Other Thoughts: I wouldn't base my purchasing decision on the previous reviewer. First with a little research it should be plain that this series of switch doesn't have a CLI, they were meant for SMBs and for applications like I describe above. Also port based VLANs work fine, supporting static of course and dynamic protocols.

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  • Eric M.
  • 9/11/2006 5:23:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: None

Cons: This is one of the worst Cisco products I have ever worked with. I purchased this switch because of the Cisco name and I needed a managed switch that could do port based VLANs.

There is no CLI; only one very slow GUI. The GUI is brain dead. You can't set multiple options on a single web page. If you do, only one option takes. We learned this the hardway. Setting the duplex and the VLAN ID for a port caused the duplex setting to take and the VLAN ID to revert to default-1 thus loosing the port and the same port we remotely used to see the switch. The switch has a hard time with duplex auto negotiation. Connected to a Cisco 2610, we got tons of flapping with set speeds and the stupid switch would lock out its own port as a result. Way too many issues beyond this to list.

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