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Method for remote physical-layer diagnostics

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012557D
Publication Date: 2003-May-14
Document File: 2 page(s) / 111K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for remote physical-layer diagnostics. Benefits include improved functionality.

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Method for remote physical-layer diagnostics

Disclosed is a method for remote physical-layer diagnostics. Benefits include improved functionality.

Background

      Conventionally, no solution exists for remote physical-layer diagnostics. Administrators must physically determine if a cable is inserted into a connector successfully.

Description

              The disclosed method enables remote physical-layer diagnostics. Network administrators can verify if a network cable is successfully inserted into a connector, the type of connector in the socket (RJ-45 or RJ-11), and if the connector is inserted properly. The information is provided via the network driver, eliminating the requirement for the administrator to physically examine the connection.

              The components of the disclosed method include a female RJ-45 port with solenoids (see Figure 1). They detect the cable type and physical connection status by monitoring the depression state of the pins. For example, when an RJ-45 connector is inserted into a jack, the connector should depress all eight pins. When an RJ-11 connector is inserted, only four pins are depressed. The solenoids detect the depression and report the status via object identifiers (see Figure 2).

Advantages

              The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•             Improved functionality due to enabling remote physical-layer diagnostics

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