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HP A3100-8 v2 SI Configuration Manual: Testing The Cable Connection Of An Ethernet Interface

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You can use both crossover and straight-through Ethernet cables to connect copper Ethernet interfaces.
To accommodate these types of cables, a copper Ethernet interface can operate in one of the following
Medium Dependent Interface (MDI) modes:
Across mode
Normal mode
Auto mode
A copper Ethernet interface uses an RJ-45 connector, which comprises eight pins, each of which plays a
dedicated role. For example, pins 1 and 2 transmit signals, and pins 3 and 6 receive signals. The pin
role varies by the MDI modes as follows:
In normal mode, pins 1 and 2 are transmit pins, and pins 3 and 6 are receive pins.
In across mode, pins 1 and 2 are receive pins, and pins 3 and 6 are transmit pins.
In auto mode, the interface negotiates pin roles with its peer.
To enable the interface to communicate with its peer, ensure that the local transmit pins are connected to
the remote receive pins. If the interface can detect the connection cable type, set the interface in auto MDI
mode. If not, set its MDI mode following these guidelines:
When a straight-through cable is used, set the interface to work in the MDI mode different than its
peer.
When a crossover cable is used, set the interface to work in the same MDI mode as its peer, or set
either end to work in auto mode.
Follow these steps to set the MDI mode of an Ethernet interface:
To do...
Enter system view
Enter Ethernet interface view
Set the MDI mode of the Ethernet
interface

Testing the cable connection of an Ethernet interface

NOTE:
Fiber interfaces do not support this feature.
If the link of an Ethernet interface is up, testing its cable connection will cause the link to come down and
then go up.
You can test the cable connection of an Ethernet interface for a short or open circuit. The switch displays
cable test results within five seconds. If any fault is detected, the test results include the length of the faulty
cable segment.
Follow these steps to test the cable connection of an Ethernet interface:
To do...
Enter system view
Use the command...
system-view
interface interface-type
interface-number
mdi { across | auto | normal }
Use the command...
system-view
12
Remarks
Optional
By default, a copper Ethernet
interface operates in auto mode to
negotiate pin roles with its peer.
Remarks

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