You have a new out of the box Dell PowerConnect Switch and need to assign it an IP address so you can remotely access and manage it. Connect a 9 pin serial (female to female) cable to the switch. You’ll probably need a USB to Serial Port adapter on the computer end since most computers (especially laptops) no longer have serial ports.
Open up Hyper Terminal or another terminal emulation program. Configure the connection for: Bits Per Second = 9600, Data Bits = 8, Parity = None, Stop Bits = 1, and Flow Control = None. Press enter and you should end up at a console> prompt.
The following commands configure the switch with a username of admin, password of password, IP address of 192.168.0.10, subnet mask of 255.255.255.0, and a default gateway of 192.168.0.1:
username admin password password level 15
int vlan 1
ip address 192.168.0.10 255.255.255.0
ip default-gateway 192.168.0.1
copy run start
To verify the configuration, enter:
show ip int vlan 1
Once it’s connected to your network, you should be able to remotely access the switch through a web browser using the IP address that it’s been assigned.