Half function will light up all the ports that have been forced
into half duplex mode. This works much the same way that the
100M function does as you can set which ports you would like
in half duplex mode. Next the Trunking mode when selected will
illuminates a ports' LED that is currently working in trunk
mode, this works the same way that the half and 100M functions
work. You will cycle through the ports by clicking the set button,
and once you have arrived at the port you would like to trunk
simply hold the set button for a few seconds.
the last the Priority mode will light up all ports that are
using this mode. You can cycle and select each individual port
the same way as with Trunking and Half. Priority setting will
allow for certain ports to receive priority in terms of bandwidth,
this is great if you have certain computers on the switch that
need the bandwidth more than others. Finally, the last function
on the LED panel is Default. This will essentially return the
switch to its factory settings, and remove any special functions
you have setup, holding the set button down while this LED is
illuminated will set all ports to default.
There is a wealth of LED indicators on the front, which has
been somewhat described in the previous section. There are actually
25 LEDs total which makes it very simple to understand what
is actually happening with the switch. There are also two buttons
located on the left hand side, one is the "set" button,
the other a "mode" button. Sixteen of the lights are
arranged the same way the ports are so that one can view each
port's activity. Every function one will perform on this router
will be denoted by proper illumination of a LED.
cool feature of this switch is 10/100 Way Auto-Negotiation
or forced mode. By default this unit is set to auto-negotiate
for the highest operation mode between nodes. This basically
translates into the switch being able to automatically detect
the best possible configuration for each port to maximize performance.
The forced mode will allow the use to select the best possible
connection if the switch couldn't do it properly.