GarrettCom MNS-mP for mP62 Switches
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Magnum MNS-mP for mP62 Switches


• Basic Management
• Menu-driven
• QoS, VLANs
• OEM Customization


Magnum™ Managed Networks Software (MNS), combined with the Magnum mP62 Outdoor Switch, provides power and efficiency in a managed Ethernet platform. Designed for use in small edge-access switches, MNSmP provides basic management services in a simple and easy-to-use menudriven structure.

Ethernet and managed switches continue to take on new and demanding industrial applications. Frequently distributed over long distances and interconnected with fiber media, hardened mP62 Switches with MNSmP work in traffic control systems, as part of surveillance and security systems, in telecommunications facilities, airports, tunnels, mines, and even airborne and shipboard.

The Magnum mP62 switch can be configured to include a user selected mix of 10/100 Mb copper and 10 Mb and 100 Mb fiber Ethernet
segments. With MNS-mP, network managers are able to shape their traffic and control their network operations for efficiency and performance.

The MNS-mP supports the following functions:
• SNMP implements industry standards
• GUI with Hubview/Bitview support
• Menu-driven commands for ease of use
• Link-Loss-Learn™ for fast fault recovery
• Spanning Tree Protocol, 802.1d
• VLAN, Port-based
• Password Security, 2 levels
• QoS, 802.1p
• Broadcast storm control
• Telnet client for remote access
• Port Settings Control, copper and fiber ports
• TFTP for software upgrade
• BootP/DHCP for auto-configuration
• Updates and documentation over the Internet


SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) SNMP provides basic network management by using agent software in the Magnum mP62 that collects and saves predefined data, and responds to queries and commands from a network manager station. The agent’s implementation of SNMP is per RFC1155, RFC1157, RFC1212, RFC1213 (MIB II), Bridge MIB and RFC1493. Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Network Manager Detailed HubView / BitView graphical product representation and Icons to support Castle Rock SNMPc (which can also run under OpenView for Windows).

Menu Interface or CMI (Console Management Interface)
A CMI accessed from the Magnum mP62’s console port or via
Telnet offers a straight-forward set of user-friendly menu options
through a VT100 character terminal or equivalent emulation.
Each menu level provides a number of selections which can be
chosen by a single digit entered at the keyboard to control the use of
that option or feature of the MNS-mP software package.
Link-Loss-Learn (LLL)
The Link-Loss LearnTM (LLL) is a unique feature of the Magnum line
of managed switches (patent pending). LLL simplifies and speed up
fault recovery for Ethernet switches used in redundant LAN topologies.
When LINK is lost on a port on which this function is enabled,
the address table of the switch is immediately reset and the address
learning process is re-initiated. This allows rapid ring re-configuration
and fast fault recovery, rather than waiting for switch buffers to
age out.
STP (Spanning Tree Protocol)
The IEEE 802.1d standard Spanning Tree Protocol provides
interoperable support for redundant paths and connections while
preventing loops in the network.
Port-based VLANs
A user may configure LAN segmentation via groups of ports. All
nodes on the ports in a defined VLAN group can communicate with
each other, whether connected directly to the port or connected
indirectly via attached unmanaged switches and cascaded hubs, and
are secure from activity on other mP62 ports and those associated
nodes. A port may be defined in more than one VLAN, so that, for
example, Internet access on a port can provide service to several
VLAN port groups that are secure from each other.

Password Security
A two level user log-in is enforced to ensure that only authorized
persons can execute commands on the console device. The Administrator
is the higher level than system operator.
Priority traffic is handled with user-established two-level priorities
based on IEEE 802.1p standards. QoS processes packets
through the Switch based on the priority and type of traffic.
Broadcast Storm Control
Magnum mP62 Switches have the ability to limit the bandwidth
on designated ports that can be used by broadcast packets
in order to prevent broadcast storms from spreading
throughout a network and blocking regular packets.
Telnet (Terminal over the Network)
A program that enables access to the mP62 console functions
from a remote user, coming in over the Ethernet LAN instead of
via connecting to the physical console port itself. Telnet functions
are per RFC854 standards.
Port Settings Control
Individual ports may be configured (or set) to operate according
to the system manager’s selections. Commands for settings include
port enable/disable, speed selection, full-or half-duplex
selection, and auto-negotiation on-off selection. Obviously, the
physical port type (especially fiber speed) must be capable of
operating as commanded.
BootP (Bootstrap Protocol)/ DHCP Client (Dynamic Host Configuration
These tools simplify initializing and maintaining a mP62 managed
switch, maintaining the user’s software and configuration settings
for more convenient access on designated servers. DHCP as per
RFC 1531 and BootP as per RFC951.
FTP Server for Updates
Downloads, updates and user manuals for MNS-mP are available
over the Internet for access any time anywhere. Users with TFTP
are supported.

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