METHOD OF ACCEPTING AND REJECTING NEW DEVICES ON A NETWORK
Original Publication Date: 1998-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-18
Adding a mis-configured device to a cell site's Local Area Network (LAN) can adversely affect communications at the site by causing a degradation in voice and data services. Normal maintenance at a cell site may consist of (1) replacing a failed device on the site's LAN and (2) adding a new device to the site's LAN. When either of these two activities introduces a device with a duplicate or invalid phys- ical layer address, the mis-configured device is a potential source of problems. A method is described which automatically detects and prevents the accep- tance of such a device on the site's LAN. In addi- tion, this method provides a means to add a properly configured device without negative impact at the cell site.