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WIRED NETWORK WALL PLATE WITH INFORMATIONAL SCREEN DISPLAYS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236715D
Publication Date: 2014-May-12
Document File: 4 page(s) / 101K

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David White: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A solution is presented for a physical networking wall plate that has one or more small, embedded screens which display a variety of information about the status of a switch port to a user who visually observes the screen adjacent to the port. This screen provides the user with feedback, information, and actionable next steps prior to, during, and after use of the switch port.

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WIRED NETWORK WALL PLATE WITH INFORMATIONAL SCREEN DISPLAYS

AUTHORS:

  David White Jay Johnston Magnus Mortensen

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

    A solution is presented for a physical networking wall plate that has one or more small, embedded screens which display a variety of information about the status of a switch port to a user who visually observes the screen adjacent to the port. This screen provides the user with feedback, information, and actionable next steps prior to, during, and after use of the switch port.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    A solution is provided to easily obtain information about the state of a network switch port in a wall plate by looking at the switch port itself. Existing wall plates use static labels and cards to convey information about the location or configuration of the port, traditionally targeted toward support or Information Technology (IT) personnel. This information is not dynamic nor is it targeted towards the end user of the port.

    Many buildings contain structured wiring with multiple Ethernet plugs going into each cube or into each conference room. A user who plugs a network device directly into a port usually does not have access to information specifying the operational status of the port. In some cases, color coding schemes have been used to distinguish ports. However, in the absence of a lookup table to indicate what the color coded ports actually mean, such information may be of little use to a user. In some cases, obtaining information about the status of a wall plate Ethernet connection generally requires access to the network equipment or a monitoring server (such as a network management system).

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    Two example situations in which the solutions presented herein may be applied are provided below.

    Example 1: A user experiences connectivity problems with a switch port, e.g., the switch port may be blocked due to a spanning-tree bridge protocol data units (BPDU) guard feature. Accordingly, the user will have no idea that this is the cause of the problem and will contact the IT department in the building, or the network administrator, to diagnose the issue further. Opening a case with the IT department to investigate and correct the issue is a cumbersome and expensive process.

    Example 2: If a user is plugged into a hotel wired network connection that uses a pay-as-you-go model for internet access, it is not easy for that user to understand how much longer their internet access will work before they must renew the service. Such information could be displayed in accordance with embodiments of the solutions presented herein.

    This solution is related to a network wall plate comprising small screens above each wired network port, allowing customized information to be displayed for each port....