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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) / 884K

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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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