The process I'm using is as follows:
- Setup a repeated ping from one machine (that's already connected to the switch) to the IP address of a second machine.
- Plug the second machine (which is powered on, etc) into the switch.
- Time how long it takes for the ping to be successful.
When I use a Dell Powerconnect 5524, that time is consistently about 30 seconds. I managed to borrow another switch off a friend, and that time is consistently 4 seconds.
It may be the switch I borrowed is just a higher spec, but I'm hopeful that the 30 seconds is a kind of refresh rate/update rate that is configurable. I've had a look through the switch admin interface & user manual but I couldn't tell what I should be changing. Is anyone able to help me by directing me to the kinds of settings that I could modify?
Many thanks :)