If your network is running up and smooth and nothing is out the norm congratulations, you have successfully kept it that way. Now if you want your network to keep on being reliable it needs to be monitored and maintained if not one day it might just stop working and you wont know where to start to figure out the issues. This is why its important to understand whats going on in your network.
Troubleshooting Network problems.
- Start by pinging the IP addresses of the computer’s default gateway. If this works with out a ping time out error you know its working minimally communicating back and forward. Now if the ping command is not working? Questions like is the computer connected to the network? does the cable have any issues rips disconnected? do the routers and switches have power? is the whole network down? should be answered before moving on.
- If problems persist its time to get connected to your main router, if you have multiple routers make sure you identify which port your working with. Get connected with a USB or serial cable.
- Now that your set start entering commands on the router an be sure to check at the routers status and counters. Look around in the log file of activities, this is a source of allot of value of information about the network.
- Now that you have collected the data from the router its time to interpret what was giving to you. This could be the hardest part of the job, you will want to start by looking at the simplest things first for example interfaces being down or ports with excessive error readings. After that you have to figure out the problem good approach to this is to get clues to come up with a informed decision about the issues.
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