> Hi all, i need a bit of creative thinking... (therefore I ask this on a
> linux group)
> I have an old managed hub i bought as salvage, and i'd like to start using
> it's more advanced functions.
> Here's the info on the device:
> David Systems (a chipcom company...now i think 3com bought them)
> ExpressNet secure high density workgroup hub (16 port)
> model: 6370s
> and i do have the management "plugin" for it.
> here's what i need help with...
> I assume this device can be managed with snmp/telnet/whatever so it must
> have a MAC address and be abl to have an ip address set. yes?
Possibly, but maybe it had some custom S/W for managing it.
Quote:> How can I determine (at least) it's MAC address? it is not indicated on
> the case, and i do not know what subnet it was last connected to.
Don't think the MAC address alone will help a lot, you need an IP. Maybe
if you're very lucky it will respond to a broadcast ping. If not, try
nmap. Concentrate on the private IP ranges (10.x.x.x, 192.168.x.x etc)
first, most likely the management address sits in there somewhere.
> --as an alternative, i can go through the serial management port--
> BUT the one refrence i've found to this device online mentions that the
> serial port isn't configured like a standard serial interface....
> does anyone know the correct pin-out for the management port?
You can read this in two ways, one) the pin-out is non-standard, or two)
the pin-out might be standard, but it speaks some proprietary protocol
instead of something that a VT100 emulator can handle.
If you don't find the pin-out, it becomes trial and error....
If you have a RS-232 breakout box, preferably one with LED indicators on
it, it helps a lot, otherwise grab a soldering iron, and build a cable.
The trick is to find the TXD (outgoing from the hub), once you have
that, you can push some data to other pins and see if it echos. Start
measuring pins; ground can be assumed to be connected to chassis ground,
TXD should have a (if I remember correctly) negative voltage on it. Find
any pin with a defined voltage on it, and see if it sends out data when
you power-cycle the unit (it might send out a login prompt or a 'Hello
here I am' message. Once you have located TXD, hook it up to a
terminal(-emulator) and try to push data to one of the other pins to see
if it echoes.
> thanks to all that read this far,