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Hi everyone,

My step dad is moving his company/business to a larger building which has previously been networked with CISCO routers, switches and some other patch panels.

The previous owners of the building have left all of this stuff so my step dad can use it. The hardware he has to play with is, a CISCO 1801 router. The CISCO Catalyst 3560 (12 port switch) and two Connectix Patch Panels each with 24.

The thing that is puzzling me is, why would there be two telephone lines into this equiptment? My guess is one for internet and one for telephones, but if this is the case what should plug into what.

Thanks in Advance,
Grant.

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Why are there 2 patch panels? Lots of reasons, maybe the network was larger then what it is now.

Trace the patch panel connection to the wall jacks you want to use > Patch panel -- Ethernet cables -- 3560 -- single ethernet cable from the 3560 to one of the ports on the 1801.

Do you have any idea how to use the Cisco IOS to configure the 3560 or 1801?
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Thanks for the clarification scottsee, yeah there were lots of computers and telephones before. And I believe you plug a computer with the CISCO configuration tools on into the console port to configure. I dont think they have web interfaces, correct me if im wrong. You know alot more than me.

Also how would phones and laser printers be used with this hardware??

Thanks for your help, its much appriciated.
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Thanks for the clarification scottsee, yeah there were lots of computers and telephones before. And I believe you plug a computer with the CISCO configuration tools on into the console port to configure. I dont think they have web interfaces, correct me if im wrong. You know alot more than me.

Also how would phones and laser printers be used with this hardware??

Thanks for your help, its much appriciated.

Cisco devices use rollover cables to connect to their devices. Essentially it's just a db9 connection on one end and an Ethernet on the other. But unless you have an old laptop or pc that has a RS232 console port you need a USB-to-DB9 adapter. Preferably one that supports the Break sequence for disaster recovery (password recovery, etc.) There really is not special software Cisco uses, any terminal emulation software will do fine, Putty Connection Manager is my favorite for windows, even though it does has it's downfall, supporting free multi-tabbed environments is a nice feature!

The 1801 does support SDM, so it can be configured through a Java enabled browser after doing some initial configurations to the router to enable HTTP or secure HTTP server, local http authentication, a privilege level 15 user, host name, domain name, and RSA key. But the real trick is to find the right Java version / Web browser combination that will allow SDM to work. It's can be a pain in the azz.

Are you administering this or are you simply curious?
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Phones and Laser Printers:

It depends on how your father wants it. Most of the time you map static IP address to laser printers outside of the DHCP pool and just run the add printer from the network Microsoft method.

Phones are a bit trickier, It really depends if your father is deploying PBX, VOIP, or IP Telephony. That's a whole different animal, way to much to just brain dump onto you without knowing what his current telephony deployment looks like and what his intentions are.
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Honestly you need to find a network tech to hire for a day to set up the router with your ISP and configure the switch after you figure out where the cables from your patch panel meet wall jacks. It's pretty aparent you don't have any experience with this advanced cisco equipment. It's not anything against you, it's just everyone has had different experiences, and this one appears to be out of your knowledge scope at this time. Once you've done it for a while, it's not hard, but it seems like you really don't have any cisco IOS experience whatsoever. Figuring out where the patch panel leads and how many ports you plan on using would be a major step besides getting internet in the building and then making it all work.
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Thanks for all of the inputs,

Herkalurk, thanks for the advise, there is no way I would like to sacrafice my step dads business. Therefore I should tell you that I have a month to get this all setup as this is when he will be moving in, the ISP tech guys are coming on 14-04-11 to sort out the BT ADSL master socket(s). It should be mentioned that this equipment has been left as it was when the building was vacant so all of the settings for the router and switch should still be applied, and the patch panels are labelled, with the corresponding ethernet ports in the rooms which are also labelled.

However, I am by no means naive to the fact that I have never done something on this scale before, thus I have no experience with cisco IOS, therefore in light of this I will plan for the worst case scenario which will obviously mean hiring a network technician to do this job.

Again thanks for the help.
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