Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: 16 Port Switch and NAS devices question


01 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)
 
 
16 Port Switch and NAS devices question

I recently had a power supply failure on a Netgear 16 port switch (GS116) and managed to get a refurbed switch and power supply.

My system set-up includes a number of terastations ranging from 1TB to 4 TB, all connected to the 16 port switch. My question relates to my oldest terastation, which cannot be accessed if connected to the new switch but can if use my old one.

I thought a switch was pretty simple, it appears to not have any firmware to update. Is this a hardware issue?

Regards
UKMedia

My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

01 Nov 2009   #2

Win7x64
 
 

Yes. If the choice of switch makes a substantial difference, then it's a hardware issue, though not necessarily in the switch - it may also be the Terastation.

Without wishing to be seen to cast aspersions, the Buffalo Terastation is built to a budget - around $2.45 in resistors, transistors, and solder. It's entirely possible that the signal-level voltages given off by that thing are not considered acceptable by the new switch, whose standards are stricter, but were OK as far as the old switch was concerned.

Otherwise, it could indeed be the new switch. Unlike a "hub", switches are actually relatively sophisticated bits of kit which understand MAC (hardware) addresses and keep internal tabs on which MAC address is to be found on which switch port. When it notices two of those addresses attempting to talk to each other, a switch sets up a temporary link between the ports in question. It's far from a dumb amplifier, and things can go wrong.

I'd suggest borrowing a 3rd switch. Hell, I'd gladly give you one if you lived closer, just to get rid of some hardware and create space! If the third switch also refuses to acknowledge the existence of your "problem" Terastation, that just about seals it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by H2SO4 View Post
Yes. If the choice of switch makes a substantial difference, then it's a hardware issue, though not necessarily in the switch - it may also be the Terastation.

Without wishing to be seen to cast aspersions, the Buffalo Terastation is built to a budget - around $2.45 in resistors, transistors, and solder. It's entirely possible that the signal-level voltages given off by that thing are not considered acceptable by the new switch, whose standards are stricter, but were OK as far as the old switch was concerned.

Otherwise, it could indeed be the new switch. Unlike a "hub", switches are actually relatively sophisticated bits of kit which understand MAC (hardware) addresses and keep internal tabs on which MAC address is to be found on which switch port. When it notices two of those addresses attempting to talk to each other, a switch sets up a temporary link between the ports in question. It's far from a dumb amplifier, and things can go wrong.

I'd suggest borrowing a 3rd switch. Hell, I'd gladly give you one if you lived closer, just to get rid of some hardware and create space! If the third switch also refuses to acknowledge the existence of your "problem" Terastation, that just about seals it.

Thanks for the advice. I'm a firm believer in the principle that the last bit of kit to be changed is the cause of any new issue. So I'll try and get another switch.

UKMedia
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


01 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Have you enabled Jumbo Frame packets on the Terastation?

I found when this is enabled on my Terastation and not enabled on my Netgear switch the Terastation becomes inaccessible, it has to be enabled on both devices.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DC187 View Post
Have you enabled Jumbo Frame packets on the Terastation?

I found when this is enabled on my Terastation and not enabled on my Netgear switch the Terastation becomes inaccessible, it has to be enabled on both devices.
Is it possible to config the switch? I wasn't aware that this was an option?

Regards
UKMedia
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 16 Port Switch and NAS devices question




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: 16 Port Switch and NAS devices question
Thread Forum
need help for setting a network using dlink 5 port switch. Network & Sharing
How to switch between audio output devices? Sound & Audio
Solved usb devices plugged in one port only lights up.. Hardware & Devices
USB 3.0 Port Not Working with USB 3.0 Devices Hardware & Devices
Only 1 IDE port but 2 IDE devices.. Hardware & Devices
Automatic switch between Playback Devices Sound & Audio
Removable devices USB port drive letter issue Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:15 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33