The very first thing I did was check the firmware version in the
switch. It's the "latest" version. A few years old, but the newest
one they offer. So far I'm sorely disappointed with this switch,
however, it is only 1/3 the cost of their next step up managed
switches, which were TOTALLY out of the budget for this project.
I just got off the phone with Dell's powerconnect support group.
While my problem is not solved, I was impressed by the willingness to
Since I'm quite new to VLANs, and Dell's support knows nothing about
m0n0wall's, I need to eliminate any possible problems. I'm going to
build a new m0n0wall with an extra PC and 3c905b NICs to test this
One question the Dell guy had, what is the m0n0walls default PVID? Or
maybe in other words, what is the default vlan on the m0n0wall? Could
that be the problem with the trunk port, that its not talking the same
I'll report back after I test with a more standard m0n0 hardware
configuration. Thanks for all the ideas!
Founder & Owner, BIGnet Online
On 9/26/07, Chris Buechler <cbuechler at gmail dot com> wrote:
> On 9/26/07, Phil Brutsche <phil at brutsche dot us> wrote:
> > Dell PowerConnect 27xx switches are poorly-supported web-managed switches.
> > No firmware updates ever, no CLI, no SNMP, no spanning trees, etc.
> > I suspect you are thinking of the PowerConnect 34xx 10/100 and 5324
> > 10/100/1000 managed switches.
> Oh yeah, indeed, I was thinking of the 34xx, 5324, 6024, 6224, etc.
> which are the ones I've worked with.
> Still, knowing Dell's track record for buggy switch firmware (it's
> pitiful to put it nicely), make sure it's the latest firmware. If you
> can put up screenshots of the web interface somewhere (the list won't
> let you attach them) and post URL's, I can probably tell you how it's
> supposed to be configured. Whether or not it'll work properly even at
> that is another question entirely...
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