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Starting And Configuring The Device; Management Modes; Connecting The Device To The Network - Dell PowerConnect 28 SERIES Getting Started Manual

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Starting and Configuring the Device

After completing all external connections, proceed as follows:
If the device is to be used as an unmanaged switch, there is no need for a terminal connection.
A terminal connection is useful if the device is to be used in a managed mode.
Before proceeding, read the release notes for this product. The release notes can be downloaded
It is recommended that you obtain the most recent revision of the user documentation from the Dell
support website at

Management Modes

The PowerConnect 2808/16/24/48 has a Mode push button on the front panel. The Mode button
changes between Managed and Unmanaged modes, or changes from Secure to Managed modes.

Connecting the Device to the Network

To connect to an uplink port, use Category 6 Shielded Twisted-Pair (STP) cables with RJ-45
connectors at both ends. The RJ-45 ports on the Ethernet device support automatic Media-
Dependent Interface/Media-Dependent Interface with internal crossover wiring (MDI/MDIX).
Standard straight-through twisted-pair cables can be used to connect to any other Ethernet
network (systems, servers, switches or routers).
Do not plug a phone jack connector into an RJ-45 port. This will damage the Ethernet device. Use
only twisted-pair cables with RJ-45 connectors that conform with FCC standards.
To connect the device to the network:
1 Attach one end of a Twisted-Pair cable to the device's RJ-45 connector and the other end to a
switch or server.
2 Make sure each twisted pair cable does not exceed 328 feet (100 meters) in length.
As each connection is made, the link LED corresponding to each port on the device is illuminated
(green or amber) indicating that the connection is valid.
Starting and Configuring the Device


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