Getting Started Guide for the Catalyst Express 520 Switches
Getting Started Guide for the Catalyst Express 520 Switches
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Quick Tour

Table Of Contents

Quick Tour

Box Contents

Before Connecting Cables

Set Up the Switch

Cisco Smart Business Communications System

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines


Quick Tour

The Catalyst Express 520 switches are designed to be

Smart—Each switch port is applied with a specific Cisco-recommended configuration (referred to as a Smartports port role) to optimize the switch connections and to ensure security, transmission quality, and reliability for traffic from the switch ports.

Simple—Setup of the switch can be through a connection to an existing network with a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server, such as a Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series, or through the Express Setup feature of the switch device manager GUI.

Secure—The switch supports three levels of business-optimized network security. Traffic between the switch and the network management applications is also encrypted through the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

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AC power connector1

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RPS connector2

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Security slot

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System LEDs

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Admin button

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Admin LED

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Uplink ports3

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Downlink ports4

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Port LEDs

   

1 The model shown is a Catalyst Express 520-24PC-K9 switch. Your switch might look slightly different.

2 Not all Catalyst Express 520 models have an RPS connector.

3 Depending on the Catalyst Express 520 model, the uplink ports can be dual-purpose ports or 10/100/1000 ports.

4 Depending on the Catalyst Express 520 model, the downlink ports can be 10/100 Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports, 10/100 ports, or 10/100/1000 ports.


Box Contents

Verify that you have received the items shown here. If any item is missing or damaged, contact your Cisco representative or reseller for instructions.

The model shown is a Catalyst Express 520-24PC-K9 switch. Your switch might look slightly different.

The Catalyst Express 520-8PC-K9 switch does not ship with a rack-mount bracket kit. You can order the kit (part number RCKMNT-19-CMPCT=) from Cisco.

Before Connecting Cables

For best results in setting up the switch, first follow the procedures in the getting started guide that ships with the Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series, which is part of the Cisco Smart Business Communications System (Figure 1).

If you do not have a Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series, follow the procedure in the "Set Up the Switch" section.

The User Guide for the Catalyst Express 520 Switches provides a complete description of the switch hardware and software features and complete installation and setup procedures. It is available on Cisco.com and on the CD-ROM that ships with the switch.

Before you install, configure, or upgrade the switch, review the information in the Release Notes for the Catalyst Express 520 Switches on Cisco.com.

Before you power on or install the switch, review the safety information in the Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Catalyst Express 520 Switches on Cisco.com and on the CD-ROM that ships with the switch. This document includes warning translations.


Warning To prevent the switch from overheating, do not operate it in an area that exceeds the maximum recommended ambient temperature of 113°F (45°C). To prevent airflow restriction, allow at least 3 inches (7.6 cm) of clearance around the ventilation openings. Statement 17B



Warning This equipment must be grounded. Never defeat the ground conductor or operate the equipment in the absence of a suitably installed ground conductor. Contact the appropriate electrical inspection authority or an electrician if you are uncertain that suitable grounding is available. Statement 1024


Set Up the Switch

Prerequisites

You need the hardware and software described in the "Hardware Requirements" section and the "Software Requirements" section in Chapter 1 of the switch user guide.

You need the Category 5 Ethernet cable that is shipped with the switch.

You should disable any pop-up blockers or proxy settings in your browser software and any wireless clients running on your PC or laptop.


Follow these steps:

Step 1 

Make sure that nothing is connected to the switch.

Step 2 

Use the supplied switch power cable to connect the switch to an AC power source.

Before proceeding to the next step, wait until the SYSTEM LED stops blinking green and becomes solid green. A solid green SYSTEM LED means that the switch is operating properly.

The ADMIN LED should be blinking green. A blinking green ADMIN LED means that the switch does not have an IP address yet.

Troubleshooting:

If the SYSTEM LED does not blink green, does not turn solid green, or turns amber, contact your Cisco representative or reseller. The switch failed the power-on self-test (POST).

Step 3 

Use the supplied Category 5 Ethernet cable to connect your PC or laptop to any of the downlink switch ports (such as port 1).

Before proceeding to the next step, wait until the port LEDs on the switch and your PC or laptop are green (either solid or blinking). The green port LEDs mean a successful connection between the two devices.

The ADMIN LED should still be blinking green.

Troubleshooting:

If the port LEDs are not solid green or if either port LED turns amber, make sure that:

You connected the Category 5 Ethernet cable to one of the downlink switch ports (not to an uplink port such as the dual-purpose port).

You are using the Category 5 Ethernet cable that shipped with the switch. If not, make sure that the cable that you are using is an undamaged Category 5 Ethernet cable.

The other device is turned on.

Step 4 

Start a web browser session on your PC or laptop to any URL, such as www.cisco.com.

Before proceeding to the next step, wait until the Express Setup window appears.

The ADMIN LED should still be blinking green.

Troubleshooting:

If the Express Setup window does not appear, make sure that any pop-up blockers or proxy settings on your browser are disabled and that any wireless client is disabled on your PC or laptop.

Step 5 

1. Enter the network setting in the Express Setup window.

The network settings, such as an IP address, enable the switch to operate with its standard default settings and to be managed through the device manager and the Cisco Configuration Assistant. You must apply these settings to access and to take advantage of the monitoring, troubleshooting, and configuration features on the switch. Otherwise, your switch management is limited to using only the LEDs on the switch front panel.

Username-and-password pairs prevent unauthorized access by those who could guess the password. We recommend that the switch has at least one username-and-password pair to secure access to the device manager. The default username is cisco. The default password is cisco.

2. (Optional) Enter the optional administrative settings in the Express Setup window.

The optional administrative settings identify and synchronize the switch so that it can be managed properly. The switch clock is automatically synchronized with the system clock on your PC or laptop. You can manually set the system clock settings if the switch should have different time settings.

3. Click Submit to save your changes and to complete the initial setup.

If you need more information about the Express Setup fields, see the device manager online help.

Step 6 

After you click Submit, these events occur:

The Express Setup program ends.

The connection between the switch and your PC or laptop ends.

If your PC or laptop is connected to a DHCP server, your PC or laptop loses its IP address that was used during the initial setup.

Your browser session displays an error page.

Verify that the ADMIN LED is off, which means that the switch is configured with the IP address that you entered in the Express Setup window and that the initial setup is complete.

Troubleshooting:

If the ADMIN LED continues to blink green, it means that the switch is still not configured with an IP address. Repeat Step 1 to Step 5.

If the problem persists:

1. Disconnect the Ethernet cable from the switch.

2. Repeat Step 3 to Step 5.

Step 7 

Assign an IP address to your PC or laptop. Make sure that the IP address that you assign is in the same network as the switch IP address (assigned in Step 5).

To change the IP address of your PC or laptop, either

Connect your PC or laptop to the network where a DHCP server allocates IP addresses within the range that is assigned to your switch.

Enter a static IP address through your PC or laptop Control Panel.

Step 8 

You can now manage the switch through the Cisco Configuration Assistant and the device manager.

We strongly recommend that you download the Cisco Configuration Assistant from Cisco.com and use it to manage the switch. You can download it from the CD-ROM that ships with the switch or from this Cisco.com site:

http://www.cisco.com/go/configassist

You can display the device manager by following these steps:

1. Start a web browser on your PC or laptop.

2. Enter the switch IP address, username, and password (assigned in Step 5) in the web browser, and press Enter. The device manager page appears.

Troubleshooting:

If the device manager does not appear, make sure that you entered the correct switch IP address in the browser.

If you entered the correct switch IP address in the browser, make sure that the switch and your PC or laptop are in the same network or subnetwork. For example:

If your switch IP address is 172.20.20.85 and your PC or laptop IP address is 172.20.20.84, both devices are in the same network.

If your switch IP address is 172.20.20.85 and your PC or laptop IP address is 10.0.0.2, the devices are in different networks and cannot directly communicate without a router. You must either change the switch IP address or change the PC or laptop IP address.


Tip We recommend running a secured session with the switch. See the "Secured Sessions with the Switch" section in Chapter 2 of the switch user guide for information on how to ensure that your management session with the switch is protected from unauthorized access.


Cisco Smart Business Communications System

The Catalyst Express 520 switches are the recommended companion switches to the Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series. These devices are part of the Cisco Smart Business Communications System solution (Figure 1).

The Cisco Smart Business Communications System is a unified communications solution for small businesses that provides voice, data, video, security, and wireless capabilities while integrating with existing desktop applications like calendar, e-mail, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Figure 1 Cisco Smart Business Communications System Solution

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

For information on obtaining documentation, obtaining support, providing documentation feedback, security guidelines, and also recommended aliases and general Cisco documents, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html