Simple question on Hosts connected to a switch/router?

BeanyBeany Posts: 177Member
Morning,

what do you do to test a dummy host connected to a switch or a router?

So for example, a home lab set up, how would i connect several hosts to a switch for testing without physically attaching the PCs in? I wouldnt have the space/money for physical connections! do you use loopback addresses?
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  • DCDDCD Posts: 449Member
    I'm not sure if you want to see the interface up or trying to do more than that. You can use no keep alive command or set every port on the switch to a different vlan and connect them.
  • JeanMJeanM Posts: 1,117Member
    Well, you could use a laptop/netbook, or even another cheap router/switch or whatnot.

    Another way is to do it in Packet Tracer or gns3 OR run virtual machines/pc's and add multiple network interface cards to your pc for the virtual pc's to use....
    2015 goals - ccna voice / vmware vcp.
  • earweedearweed Posts: 5,192Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    I have a couple quad nics on my server at home and run cables to the switch and run VMs connected to those NICs so that it resembles several actual hosts. I don't know that just connecting to the switches set to different VLANs would work as you are going to be testing things only a host would do.
    No longer work in IT. Play around with stuff sometimes still and fix stuff for friends and relatives.
  • FuturaFutura Posts: 191Member
    you can create a loopback adapter like so

    https://scottlinux.com/2011/08/03/how-to-create-ethernet-rj45-loopback-adapter/

    not sure if this is waht your looking for, but usefull anyways
  • earweedearweed Posts: 5,192Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Futura wrote: »
    you can create a loopback adapter like so

    https://scottlinux.com/2011/08/03/how-to-create-ethernet-rj45-loopback-adapter/

    not sure if this is waht your looking for, but usefull anyways

    I think for what the OP seems to need you have to be able to ping the host along with some other stuff for labs like the switch putting the MAC address into the MAC address table.
    No longer work in IT. Play around with stuff sometimes still and fix stuff for friends and relatives.
  • DCDDCD Posts: 449Member
    With a Loopback address basically all you can do with it is ping it. So it hard to figure out what he what's to do. By the way with a real lab I got the vlan to work.
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