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How to configure a Cisco Catalyst Express 500 series switch




How to configure a Cisco Catalyst Express 500 series switch


This is the basic setup procedure for the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 series switch:

  1. Make sure that nothing is connected to the switch.
  2. Power up the switch.
  3. Wait for the Setup LED to blink green.
  4. Press the Setup button. When the Setup button is pressed, a switch port LED begins to blink green.
  5. When a switch port LED blinks green, connect the PC to that port. This computer must be configured to get the IP address through Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
  6. When the Setup LED turns green, start a browser session on the PC.
  7. Open a web browser. If the browser does not pull up the GUI automatically, then go to and configure the device.
  8. Enter the network settings, username and password and click Submit.
  9. Select the option No, Thanks when the switch shows the Recommended Smartport Assignments windows. Customize the Smartport role assignment later on.
  10. Click Submit to save changes and finish the basic configuration.
  11. Click Restart/Reset on the GUI dashboard.
  12. When the switch comes up, open a browser and go to http://. Remember to set up you LAN adapter with an IP address within the same subnet of the switch management interface.


For more information, refer to Getting Started Guide for the Catalyst Express 500 Switches.

Franklin Bob

the switch didnt issue ip address to my pc after pressing setup, factory reset and so.

i had set pc's ip to static and it worked

daniel f.

on windows 7/8/8.1 you have to disable apipa first:


  1. Use Registry Editor to create the following registry key:
  2. Add the following value to this key:
    Value name: IPAutoconfigurationEnabled
    Value type: REG_DWORD
    Value in hexadecimal: 0 (A value of 0 disables APIPA support on this computer)
    NOTE: If the IPAutoconfigurationEnabled entry is not present, a default value of 1 is assumed, which indicates that APIPA is enabled.
  3. After you make this change, restart your computer.

I'm so glad I found your response!  It worked like a charm.


Hello daniel f.; you did great with the solution you have provided concerning disabling APIPA through the regedit in windows 7/8/8.1/10. In fact, that is the difference between getting the device to assign IP dynamically to the client PC running any of the versions of windows later than windows XP. Thank you for your contribution.