Solved Catalyst 2950 Switch that will not enter Web Console

October 27, 2013 at 08:52:23
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Phenom II 940 8GB
I just got a used Catalyst 2950 Switch from an Amazon seller that will not enter Web Console interface.
I am able to access the address, but when I click on the “Web Console - Manage the Switch through the web interface.” Link I get a 404 error(404 Not Found: The requested URL /homepage.htm was not found on this server):

What’s wrong? Thanks
================================================== address gives me:

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Accessing Cisco WS-C2950T-24 "Switch"

Web Console - Manage the Switch through the web interface.

Telnet - to the router.

Show interfaces - display the status of the interfaces.
Show diagnostic log - display the diagnostic log.
Monitor the router - HTML access to the command line interface at level 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15
Connectivity test - unavailable, no valid nameserverdefined.
Extended Ping - Send extended ping commands.

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October 27, 2013 at 21:25:23
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Try using a telnet session instead. Open a command prompt window and telnet to that IP. If you connect, you should be able to access the CLI.

I'm guessing whomever you purchased it from set it to because the default configuration on a 2950 is to have no IP address at all. You should have received a console cable with the switch which is what you should be using for intial configuration. If you didn't get a console cable with the switch contact the seller and ask for one. The console cable is a flat light blue cable with an RJ45 connector at one end and a DB9 (serial) connector at the other.

A console cable will give you access to the CLI as well regardless of whether it's configured with an IP address.

It's been a couple years since I looked at the http interface on a 2950 but if memory servers me, all it does is open a web page that gives you an entry field for entering CLI commands. So, not really worth bothering with.

Try the telnet session first, but you definitely want to have a proper console cable as well. If the seller doesn't have one, contact cisco or a cisco dealer near you.

As to what's wrong, whoever owned it before you must have deleted the web page interface off of the switch. You might be able to fix that once you access the CLI but as I said, it's not really worth it.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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