How do I Configure an HP 2650 Switch?

Updated April 17, 2017

Network performance can be greatly enhanced by replacing older network hubs with switches, which are designed to eliminate the broadcast overhead of hubs. The HP 2650 switch is an example of solid switching technology. It is available in 8, 24, and 48-port models and supports power over Ethernet, or POE, and is stackable and manageable. The HP 2650 switch is a good fit for a small or branch office, and its feature list makes it a sound competitor in the networking hardware marketplace.

Connect your computer to the switch with the serial cable that came with the HP 2650 switch. Plug one end into the console port on the switch, and the other end into your computer's serial port.

Power up your computer and using your terminal emulation software configure a terminal session to the switch. Any VT-100 terminal emulation software should work fine. Set the terminal session parameters as follows:

Xon/Xoff flow control

1200-115200 baud (the switch will autosense the speed)

8 data bits

1 stop bit

no parity

Start the terminal session.

Power up the HP 2650 switch and you should soon see the "HP Procurve Switch 2650#" prompt. If the prompt does not appear within a minute or so, check your terminal session parameters for correctness.

Enter "setup" at the prompt and press "Enter" to bring up the Switch Setup screen.

Tab to the "Manager Password" field and enter a password of up to 16 characters. Be sure to record the password and put it in a safe place.

Tab to the "IP Config (DHCP/BootP)" field and using the space bar, select the "Manual" option. Tab to the "IP Address" field and enter the IP address for this switch. Tab to the "Subnet Mask" field and enter the subnet mask for the switch. You may have to ask your network administrator for the IP address and subnet mask specifics.

Enter any of the optional information that you want to configure and press "Enter." Press "S" to save the configuration.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with terminal emulation software
  • Serial cable
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Alan Hughes has more than 30 years of experience in IT including mainframes, programming, client/server, networks, project management, security, disaster recovery, information systems and hardware. He holds a master's degree in applied computer science and several certifications. He currently teaches information technology at the university level.