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Managing a VigorSwitch using DrayTek Central Switch Management

Products:
Vigor 2862
Vigor 2865
Vigor 2926
Vigor 2927
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DrayTek Central Switch Management

Central Switch Management provides a way to manage VigorSwitch switches through a DrayTek router, with profiles that can be applied to multiple switches and VLAN configuration all handled within the router. Managing multiple switches this way offers a convenient central location from which to control the network devices.  This simplifies the setup of multiple subnets and VLANs, without needing in-depth knowledge of VLAN tagging and reduces setup time, with the time consuming step of configuring VLANs for each port handled by the router instead.

The Switch Hierarchy view gives a graphical overview of devices connected to each port and interconnections between switches.


DrayTek products compatible with Central Switch Management

Note that older router firmware might not recognise newer switches, check the Router Web UI for the switch compatibility list of which switches the router firmware supports.

DrayTek Vigor RoutersFrom Firmware version
DrayTek Vigor 2860 3.8.4
DrayTek Vigor 2925 3.8.4
DrayTek Vigor 2952 3.8.4
DrayTek Vigor 3220 3.8.4
DrayTek Vigor 2960 1.3.0
DrayTek Vigor 3900 1.3.0
DrayTek VigorSwitchFrom Firmware version
DrayTek VigorSwitch G2260 3.18
DrayTek VigorSwitch P2261 3.18
DrayTek VigorSwitch G1241 2.1.0
DrayTek VigorSwitch P1100 2.1.4
DrayTek VigorSwitch P1280 2.3.0 (with router firmware 3.8.7)
DrayTek VigorSwitch G1280 2.3.0 (with router firmware 3.8.7)
DrayTek VigorSwitch P2280 2.3.0 (with router firmware 3.8.7)
DrayTek VigorSwitch G2280 2.3.0 (with router firmware 3.8.7)
DrayTek VigorSwitch P1092 1.04.5 (with router firmware 3.9.0)
DrayTek VigorSwitch G1080 1.04.5 (with router firmware 3.9.0)

Central Switch Management Functionality

Switch Status

 Displays an overview of VigorSwitches connected to the DrayTek Vigor router managing them. The Switch Hierarchy view gives a visual overview of interconnections between switches with details available for each port in use (IP address, Shutdown port)

Profile

 Manages the configuration of a VigorSwitch to provision the switch with VLAN tags linking to the multiple subnets on the DrayTek Vigor router

Group

 Define groups of switches for different departments and quickly set the management password for VigorSwitches in each group

Maintenance

 Manage switch functions remotely through the router's web interface with Configuration Backup, Configuration Restore, Remote Reboot and Factory Reset options

Adding a Switch

DrayTek products have the ability to automatically locate each other on the same physical network. This requires the External Devices feature to be enabled on the DrayTek Vigor router so that the device discovery system is in operation.

To do that, go to [External Devices] and tick External Device Auto Discovery then click OK on that page to save the setting change.

To manage a supported VigorSwitch, simply plug it into the same network as the DrayTek Vigor router and go to [Central Management] > [Switch] > [Profile]. When VigorSwitch switches are detected on the network, the router will determine whether it can control the switch and will display new VigorSwitch switches in the New Switch List:

Click the Add New button for the switch and wait for the router and switch to perform the initial connection.

If the connection fails or the VigorSwitch is not shown in the New Switch List, go to [External Devices] and amend the Password for the switch being added so that the router has the correct credentials to control the switch.

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