Cisco BBSM 5.3 Operations Guide
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Using Port Control

Table Of Contents

Using Port Control

Changing the Port Settings for a Single Port

Changing the Port Settings for a Multiple Ports

Replacing, Adding, or Removing a Cable Modem


Using Port Control


The Port Control web pages enable you to update network device port data and test the ports. (You must have administrator or operator privileges to use these web pages.)

This section is divided into the following three subsections:

Changing the Port Settings for a Single Port—How to change the port data for a single switch, access point, or CMTS port.

Changing the Port Settings for a Multiple Ports—How to change the port data for multiple switch or access point ports.

Replacing, Adding, or Removing a Cable Modem—How to perform these procedures for a cable modem (CMTS port).

Changing the Port Settings for a Single Port

Follow this procedure to change the port data for a single port and test the port. To replace, add, or remove a cable modem, refer to the "Replacing, Adding, or Removing a Cable Modem" section.


Step 1 From the Dashboard, click Port Control. The Port List web page appears. Figure 4-1 shows the type of port control data that appears if you are using a switch or access point. Figure 4-2 shows the type of data that appears if you are using a CMTS.

Figure 4-1 Port List Showing Switch or Access Point Data

Figure 4-2 Port List Showing CMTS Data

Step 2 In the left-hand column, check the port that you want to update. (To refresh the web page, click Requery.)

Step 3 Click Port Settings. The Port Settings window for a single-port change pops up. Figure 4-3 shows the type of data that appears in the window if you are using a switch or access point. Figure 4-4 shows the type of data that appears in the window if you are using a CMTS.


Note If the fields displayed in the Port Settings window do not match the port that was checked in the Port List, press F5 to refresh the window.


Figure 4-3 Port Control Port Settings Window Showing Switch or Access Point Data

Figure 4-4 Port Control Port Settings Window Showing CMTS Data

Step 4 Make the appropriate changes based on the information in Table 4-1.

Step 5 If you want to test the port, click Initiate Port Test in the Port Test pane on the right. (This step is optional and the client must be active on the port for the test to work.) After port testing, the data shown in the Port Test pane is updated to reflect the test results.

Step 6 To save the port changes, click Save. A confirmation dialog box appears to indicate that the changes were successful.

Step 7 To close the dialog box, click OK. You are returned to the Port List web page.

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Table 4-1 Port Control Port Settings Field Descriptions 

Field
Description
Port Settings

Remove Modem
(CMTS only)

Note This button appears only if the port is a CMTS (cable modem) port.

Click this button to remove a cable modem.

Port ID

Displays the unique number automatically assigned to each port during the Network Elements port configuration. This number cannot be changed. The port ID incorporates the cluster, switch, and port number on the switch. The format is xxxxyyyyzzzzz, where xxxx is the cluster, yyyy is the switch, and zzzzz is the port.

Port Location

Enter the location (or room number) associated with this port. This location can be a number or text.

Caution  If you enter port locations the first time using this field, there is no way to verify that ports have been mapped to the correct room number. The only way to ensure that your port-room mapping is accurate is to use the Map Rooms option from the Dashboard. After locations have been mapped the first time, you can update the locations using this field.

Start Authorized Period
(Subscription page set only)

If the port is configured for the Subscription page set, enter the starting date and time of the period that the port is authorized for use. The default is the time that the port was configured.

End Authorized Period
(Subscription page set only)

If the port is configured for the Subscription page set, enter the ending date and time of the period that the port is authorized for use. The default is the time that the port was configured.

Bandwidth Per User

From the drop-down menu, choose the default bandwidth (in kbps) for all users who will be connected to the port. (Bandwidth is applied by IP address, not by port, and is effective only if Bandwidth Management is enabled.) The value is a number from 0 to 2000000 (for example, 2 Gbps), 0 representing the maximum bandwidth available. The default is Full-Speed.

(For information on enabling Bandwidth Management, refer to the chapter on configuring the network and bandwidth management in the Cisco BBSM 5.3 Configuration Guide.

Page Set

From the drop-down menu, choose the page set to be used by the port.

Start Page

Enter the complete URL of the Start page for your page set. The URL must be in the form http://%iport%... because BBSM translates %iport% to be either the BBSM internal IP address or the BBSM domain name, if applicable.

Uplink Port

Check this check box if the port is used as an uplink to another switch. BBSM ignores the MAC addresses on these uplink ports so it does not report that clients are connected to the ports.

Enable Port Hopping

Check this check box if you want to enable port hopping.

Client IP Address Range (DHCP)

If you are using multiple networks, click the default multinet number for clients connected to this network device: Multinet 1 or Multinet 2.

Modem MAC Address
(CMTS only)

Note This field is blank and read only for switches and access points.

For CMTSs, this field displays the cable modem MAC address. If you need to change the MAC address, the format is xx xx xx xx xx xx, such as 0 a0 73 2c 7d 1f.

Comment

Use this field to enter additional information about this port.

Port Test

Switch Mode

Displays the bandwidth rate.

Time of Last Port Test

Displays the last date and time that the port was tested.

Packet Test

Displays the percentage of packets that were transmitted.

Initiate Port Test

Click to begin testing the port.

Buttons

Save

Saves the changes.

Cancel

Cancels the changes and returns you to the Port Control web page.



Changing the Port Settings for a Multiple Ports

Follow this procedure to change the port data for multiple ports and test the ports.


Step 1 From the Dashboard, click Port Control. The Port Control web page appears. (See Figure 4-1.)

Step 2 In the left-hand column, check the ports that you want to update.

Step 3 Click Port Settings. The Port Settings window for multiple-port changes pops up. (See Figure 4-5.)


Note If the fields displayed in the Port Settings window do not match the ports that were checked in the Port List, press F5 to refresh the window.


Figure 4-5 Port Control Port Settings Pop-up Window for Multiple Ports

Step 4 Make the appropriate changes based on the field descriptions shown in Table 4-1. This table also shows the fields that only apply to single-port changes. (Before making any changes, be sure that the Port ID and room or location number correspond to the port you want to change.)

Step 5 Click Save. A confirmation dialog box appears to show that the changes were successful, what fields were changed, and the changed values.

Step 6 Click OK to close the dialog box. You are returned to the Port Control web page.


Replacing, Adding, or Removing a Cable Modem

Follow this procedure to add, replace, or remove a cable modem.


Step 1 From the Dashboard, click Port Control. The Port List web page appears.

Step 2 In the left-hand column, check a cable modem port:

If you are replacing or removing a cable modem, check the appropriate port. (See Figure 4-2.)

If you are adding a cable modem, you must check a spare port. When a spare port is available, the port is designated by Modem Removed in the Modem MAC Address field.

(To refresh the web page, click Requery.)

Step 3 Click Port Settings. The Port Settings window pops up (Figure 4-4):

To add or replace a modem, enter the new MAC address in the Modem MAC address field and click Save. The format is xx xx xx xx xx xx, such as 0 a0 73 2c 7d 1f. A confirmation dialog box appears to indicate that the changes were successful.

To remove a modem, click the Remove Modem button. A confirmation dialog box appears to indicate that the changes were successful.


Note If the fields displayed in the Port Settings window do not match the port that was checked in the Port List, press F5 to refresh the window.


Step 4 To close the dialog box, click OK. You are returned to the Port List web page.


Note You can always add or replace a modem by using the dynamic CMTS port-room configuration. Refer to the section on dynamic port-room configuration for CMTSs in the Cisco BBSM 5.3 Configuration Guide.