Would you like to learn how to configure traffic shaper on an HP switch using the command-line instead of using the web interface? In this tutorial, we are going to show you all the steps required to limit the amount of bandwidth used by a switch port using an HP Switch 1910, 1920 or 5500 using the command-line.

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Tutorial HP Switch - Traffic Shaper

First, you need to access the console of your HP Switch.

In our example, we are going to use a Opensource software named Putty and a computer running Windows.

The Putty software is available on the putty.org website.

After finishing the download, run the software and wait for the following screen.

Putty windows

To access the console of an HP Switch model 1910 or 1920, you will need to select the Serial Connection category and use the following options:

• Connection type: Serial
• Serial line: COM1
• Speed: 38400

If COM1 does not work you will need to try to use COM2, COM3, COM4 or the next.

HP Switch 1910 console

On the prompt screen, enter the administrative login information.

Factory default access information:
• Username: admin
• Password: (No password)

After a successful login, the console command-line will be displayed.

HP Switch models like 1910 and 1920 usually hide the complete list of commands available.

Use the following command to enable the Secret access mode.

The secret mode offers access to all the commands available.

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You will be asked for the Factory password to enable the secret command line access.

•  HP Switch 1910: 512900
•  HP Switch 1920: Jinhua1920unauthorized

Use the system-view command to enter the configuration mode.

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Access the interface configuration mode and perform the traffic shaping configuration.

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In our example, we wanted to limit the switch port 10 to a maximum of 50 KBytes.

The system expects the bandwidth value to be presented in Kbits.

To convert a KByte value to Kbit you need to multiply the value by 8.

In our example, 50 KBytes is equal to 400 Kbits.

Use the following command to check your configuration.

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Don't forget to save your switch configuration.

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Connect a computer to this switch port and try to download a file from the internet.

You will be able to see the HP switch traffic shaping feature in use.

hp switch traffic shaping

Congratulations! You have successfully configured the traffic shaper feature.