Switch logs show problems

This member-submitted tip reinforces the importance of learning and using switch error logs.

Switch logs are important. Switch logs can show a lot of information that most take for granted. Collisions mean retrys, and retrys mean more network traffic. Switch error logs can fix a lot of problems on individual ports such as: port and NIC speed or duplex mismatch, bad cables (CAT3 when CAT5 needed), or bad NIC hardware or drivers. Remember, eliminating collisions equals increased network speed. Learn to read the switch error logs and use them.
This was first published in August 2001

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