I am looking for some useful technical information regarding Managed and Unmanaged switches and their connection.
1) If an unmanaged CISCO switch is in between a managed CISCO switch and a device I want to monitor (by the managed switch) is the managed switch still capable of monitoring that device?.
2) If my network consists of several managed switches (CISCO and other vendors) does the SNMP software of CISCO monitor all these switches if they support SNMP?.
Thanks for your concern
Eng. Helal Ibrahim
No, a unmanged switch will not let you pass vlan traffic correctly among other things. So in our case one time in the field it was dropping tagged (management) packets, not dropping untagged (user) traffic, problem was a unmanged switch in the middle of configuirations. If you have no vlans (gasp!) it will work, otherwise, will not.
I searched google for managed unmanaged switch vlan and got good info.
Here are two great aritcles:
2) No idea, I would hope though a monitoring program would monitor any vendors equipement.