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Offline JaySmith

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5510-48t and 5520-24t
« on: May 07, 2014, 11:02:07 AM »
I picked up a 5510-48t recently for my home rack. I've loved the stability and durability of the switch. It's performance is beyond anything I've used before, mainly being the netgear 48 port managed switch and a linksys 48 port managed switch. I built a console cable and managed to configure several nic teams, as well as poke around the rest of the software, get it an ip and access the web console.

I came across the 5520 series, and thought it might be nice to pick up a few PoE cameras to put around my house. I can get the cascade cables easy enough and connect them.

If they're on different software versions, will they still connect and communicate properly?

If they're on different software versions, will one upgrade the other?

Is there a way to get the latest software, or at least some software, to upgrade the switches?

Thanks much

Jay
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Offline Telair

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Re: 5510-48t and 5520-24t
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2014, 03:01:45 PM »
If two 5500 switches are connected via cascade cables, they must be using the same software revision.  If your going to connect a 5510 and 5520 switch together, it is recommended to make the 5520 unit the base as it has more processing power and flash space.  The secondary unit will pickup and auto-upgrade to the same level of code as the base unit once they are hooked together as long as they are reasonably modern code levels.  The only official way to get updated code from Avaya is to have a support agreement to allow you to download the software.

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Re: 5510-48t and 5520-24t
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2014, 03:08:31 PM »
Thank you for hte information, the 5510 I have now is at 5.x so it doesn't seem to old. I have hte paper manuals, and it's good for detailing essentially every aspect of the 5510, but doesn't mention how to set up the cascade system, or how to specify one as primary vs the other.

Just out of curiosity's stake, could you give a general idea of what a support agreement costs, just so I can put the thought of upgrading out of my mind? I'm sure they're designed and priced for a corporate environment and not end user.

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Re: 5510-48t and 5520-24t
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2014, 03:40:33 PM »
Actually, the ERS 5000 v5 software is quite old at this point and went end-of-life back in 2011 now.  So you would need to go from v5.x to v6.0 to v6.2 to v6.3.3 now to be up to date.

To stack ERS 5000 switches you need two cascade cables.  They would connect to the rear stacking ports on the switches in an "X" fashion.  Unit 1 down to unit 2 up.  And Unit 1 up to unit 2 down.  As for the base unit, there is a small switch on the back right by the stacking ports.  That's what sets which unit is the base unit.  Make sure only the base unit is set to base on the back or else the stacking doesn't work.

I am not sure what the current pricing is for a software-only support package, but I'll ask someone who may know.