I want to use my raspberry pi as a way of configuring my switch.

My switch is a Netgear brand switch.

The issue I have is that the network itself is not connected to the internet and the RPI is connected to the switch only via an Ethernet cable.

Is this possible? Or should I look for a different approach.


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I don't know your switch but it must have an interface for manageing it, sometimes with an extra serial connection, but mostly with a connection through any of its ethernet ports. You should always find a text console on the management connection but most modern switches also provide a http interface that you can use with an internet browser. With the RasPi connected to the switch you should be able to use the text console of the switch with telnet, or ssh. To use the http interface just put the initial ip address of the switch into the internet browser address line and connect. Details about these connections, e.g. initial ip address, telnet and ssh password etc. you should find in the manual of the switch.


According to the manuals from the link you posted:

Plus switches are plug and play.You can install a configuration utility to select additional options to manage and customize the switch for your network. This utility is on the resource CD that was shipped with the switch. Note: The configuration utility is installed on your computer and is only supported on Windows.

Fortunately, for those not using windows:

Instead of using the ProSAFE Plus Utility, you can also access and configure a NETGEAR Smart Managed Plus switch directly using a web browser and the switch’s web browser–based management interface. For more information, see the NETGEAR Smart Managed Plus Switches User Manual or a user manual that is specific to your switch model.

It would be worth taking Netgears offer up:

Complimentary Support

NETGEAR provides complimentary technical support for NETGEAR products for 90 days from the original date of purchase.

This can be done by contacting them on this site

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