Getting started with Ray Switch First time setup guide:
Ray cloud-managed PoE switches address the most demanding enterprise applications by combining the simplicity of the RayONE Platform with powerful switching hardware.
At the time of writing this article, Ray Pte. Ltd has so far 3 main Switch models available in the market.
These include two L2+ Access Switches and One L3 cloud-managed switch.
See the Ray Switch models below:
RAY L2+ PoE Access Cloud Managed Switch RSL2-8P 8-Ports, 2 SFP:
RSL2-8P 8 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Ports and 2 SFP Uplink Ports.
RAY L2+ PoE Access Cloud Managed Switch RSL2-24P 24-Ports, 4 SFP:
RSL2-24P 24 (10/100/1000) Mbps Ethernet Ports and 4 SFP Uplink Ports.
RAY L3 PoE Access Cloud Managed Switch RSL2-24x 24-Ports, 4 (10G) SFP+:
RSL2-24x 24 (10/100/1000) Mbps Ethernet Ports and 4 (10G)SFP+ Uplink Ports.
RAY SWITCH STARTUP GUIDE:
In this Startup Guide, we are going to cover the basic initial configuration required to get your new Ray switch up and running and the different methods of managing your Ray switch.
There are 2 (Two) primary methods of accessing and managing Ray switches:
- Out-of-Band Management (OOBM)
- In-Band Management.
Out-Of-Band Management (OOBM):
Out-of-Band Management (OOBM) is the management of a network device such as a Switch, Router, Firewall, NAS or Servers through a dedicated Serial console port.
Out-of-Band Management is a solution that provides a secure dedicated alternate access method into an IT network infrastructure to administer connected devices and IT assets without using the corporate LAN. This is also useful to provide alternate direct access to network devices that are the organization's backbone communication framework in case of a network outage.
Out-of-band ports have typically been serial console ports using DB-9 (RS232) or specially wired 8-pin modular (RJ-style) and with even USB to RJ45 console cables available on the market.
See the image of Ray switch Out-of-Band Management (Console port) Highlighted Below:
Ray RSL2-24P PoE+ Switch Front View:
On unboxing your brand new Ray switch, you switch will have no ip address assigned to allow network management over the LAN, So for the initial Ray switch configuration, OOBM through the console port is required for initial switch configuration to perform tasks like:
- Assign the switch an IP address for network management (In-Band Management)
- Assign the switch a hostname for example: from Default RSL2# TO 1FLR-RACK-SW#
- Set the VLANs, Trunks, and Access ports on the switch.
- Configure Logging and reporting on the switch so as to get notified of events happening on the switch and hosts connected to the switch.
- Configure correct time and date settings to ensure you get accurate logs and reports from the switch.
Steps for RAY Switch initial Configuration:
The following are required:
- PC workstation with the terminal application such as Putty.exe or SecureCRT installed.
- Console cable with RJ45 pinout
- Direct and physical access to Ray Switch console port.
Your setup should look similar to the setup illustrated in the image below:
The link to Putty terminal emulator can be found here: Download Putty.exe Terminal here!!!
After connecting your PC with a console cable to your Ray Switch console port.
Launch your Putty.exe terminal emulator application downloaded above and use the below settings:
Putty.exe Terminal settings:
- On the highlighted top left under Category: Select a session to start a new session.
- On connection type select Serial.
- On the speed circled in green use 9600 or 115200
- On the serial line underlined with light Blue as COM1, check your computer's device manager Ports (COM & LPT) and identify the COM port no.
- After selecting the COM port, click Open.
- A terminal Window titled COM1 will come up and press Enter.
A black screen will pop up and load the following as shown below:
0x077C0000 RAM OK
Attaching to file system ...
Loading nos.img ... done.
Starting at 0x10000...
Attaching to file system ...
--- Performing Power Power-On Self Tests (POST) ---
PCI Device 1 Test............PASS!
Done All Pass.
Current time is SUN JAN 01 00:00:00 2006
You are now connected to the switch in User exec mode.
From the User exec mode of switch, you can now enter commands to log in and enable in-Band Management
- After completing the previous above command, our switch will move to VLAN 1 interface configuration. this is indicated by the following mode. Switch(Config-if-Vlan1)# By entering this mode, we have enabled L3 functionality for our Ray switch. We can now assign our Ray Switch an IP address. for this example, we shall assign our switch the ip address of 192.168.50.10 /24 using the following command.
- Switch(Config-if-Vlan1)#ip address 192.168.50.10 255.255.255.0
- The above command should be followed by the no shutdown command to ensure interface VLAN 1 is up.
- We can verify our Ray Switch L3 functionality by typing Switch(Config-if-Vlan1)#end to exit to switch Privilege mode. Switch# and typing Switch#ping 192.168.50.1 to test connectivity to our gateway (router), we should receive Success results !!!!!!
The Above commands can be summarized below.
Switch(config)#interface vlan 1
Switch(Config-if-Vlan1)#ip address 192.168.50.10 255.255.255.0
Packet sent with a source address of 192.168.50.10
Sending 5, 64-byte ICMP Echoes to 192.168.50.1, timeout is 30 seconds:
! ! ! ! !
Success rate is 80 percent (4/5), round-trip min/avg/max = 2/5/15 ms
Now that we have configured our Ray switch with L3 functions and assigned it an IP address for in-band management and tested it.
Our final step is to enable a management method for our Ray switch. in this example, we shall enable telnet.
To enable the Telnet Server function, we should type the command telnet-server in the global mode as shown below:
Switch(config)# telnet-server enable
Switch#copy running-config to startup-config
Typing the last command (Copy running-config to startup-config) will save all our previous configurations to the Ray switch's memory.
Kindly view our Ray Switch Configuration Telnet Login: article after viewing this article.