Dell PowerConnect 5524 / 5548 Serial Cable

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  1. Patrick

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    I have two Dell PowerConnect 5524 switches that I am trying to coax into a stack. These use the HDMI stacking which free up the 10gb SFP+ ports for connections. Also, in very cool temperatures (~60F) the switch's fans stay off most of the time which is nice.

    The issue I had was a lack of serial cable with either unit. Here is what I did:
    1. Plug in my standard USB to serial cable making USB COM3
    2. Fired up putty, selected Serial and selected COM3 and 9600 baud (default
    3. Used a Cisco serial to RJ-45 console cable. (here is the one that worked for me)
    4. Powered on the switch

    The console came right up.
     
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  2. Hank C

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    so did you stack them using the hdmi? does the sfp+ work with server sfp+ or does it have to be a switch?
     
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  3. NetWise

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    The SFP+ Will connect to any device - server or switch. It's just a network port. You can LAG it together or not, but it otherwise behaves like any other port.
     
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    Bolded the part I found most exciting. I've been sweet on those switches especially as their price seems to be dropping on ebay; but the 40mm fans made me think I could never run a pair in my apartment. Might have to start saving up for a stack of my own.
     
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    I have two of these switches (5524) and they have been brilliant! Have them stacked with some slimline HDMI leads.

    10GbE performance over the HDMI cables easily gits 9.9Gbit :)

    When the fans kick in, they are pretty loud. To solve this I have attached two Arctic Cooling F8 fans to the side blowing air in. The internal fans now never kick in and the setup is pretty quiet now!
     
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  6. Hank C

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    Can you manage it through GUI?
     
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  7. herby

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    I glanced at the manual once and I believe the initial setup needs to be though the console, but there is a browser based GUI you can use after that.
     
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    Yes, it's actually a pretty good interface too.

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. Black Ninja

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    Can somebody tell me where to get dell stacking cables. I am trying to get it right from then start. I don't wont to keep swapping hdmi cables till something seems to work. It could turn in to nightmare very easy and I know it will work (from what i read) great with the right cables ?
     
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    Back in 2014, I bought a bunch of these HDMI cables from Monoprice - Commercial Series High Speed HDMI® Cable, 1ft Black - Monoprice.com

    They worked well as stacking cable for the 5548 switches, with no complaints from the switch. But the cable is perfectly short enough, it's thickness and the jacket makes it hard to bend to fit stack HDMI ports diagonally. But it works.
     
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