They should have done an Apple and claimed it was a feature - to reduce carbon emissions.
Cisco has forgotten to install all the light emitting diodes (LEDs) in some routers. The Register understands that the LTE-enabled C800 integrated service routers. models C896, C897, and C898, lack LEDs that indicate traffic is passing over the WAN. Cisco has 'fessed up to the mess in a field notice that says "... two LEDs and …
That's blatantly unrealistic. Something believable as a properly flexible bare minimum might look like this:
sudo solder LED --led-color green --regular-intensity --mounting smd --case 1206 --side-view -I /home/myroom/wall\ part\ drawers -I /home/myroom/desk\ drawer -I /home/myroom/junk\ parts\ bin --use-tweezers --use-leaded-solder --use-extra-flux | fume_extractor > /dev/null
...with a few hundred additional entirely optional parameters that every user worth his salt ought to know by heart because that's the way Real Men do it, obviously.
Lieutenant as in 'lew', like 'in lieu of' - you don't say 'in lef of', correct?
Example of Southern craziness: They pronounce bedroom suite as 'bedroom suit' - I'd hear them advertising bedroom suits on the car radio and I'm WTF is a bedroom suit? Pajamas? Some damn expensive pjs... They don't use 'peTIT' for the word petite...
"PS, to our American contingent, why the quiet "L" in the American use of the word "solder"??"
<sjw mode>Hey, that "l" is differently enabled! And despite its lack of sound, it finds gainful employment in other words too, such as "Salmon".
Don't be such a letterist!</sjw mode>
While it'll make the rack less lively and colorful, most admins aren't going to be looking at the device for confirmation that it's working. SNMP and flow enabled devices (NetFlow for Cisco) are going to be monitored and their traffic analyzed with the various network monitoring solutions out there. Something like NetCrunch (Cisco partner to boot) will not only give you deep traffic analytics, but also has pretty blinkenlights dashboards to soothe management.
Except when you plug it in initially. When you're looking at a network rack or in a networking closet, are you going to be staring at your monitoring software, or the port you just plugged a cable into? Besides, most of the time the physical cabling is done by low-level technician and the actual software side of things is done by a different person / group who are waiting on word from that technician that the cable is plugged in and working. And given that this is port 8 of a block of interfaces, I'd imagine that there've been several cable monkeys wasting hours of time trying to figure out why the other seven ports seem to be working but that one does not.
Not to mention the C800 series are SOHO/SMB routers so chances are it won't be in a rack full of gear with SNMP enabled and teams of admins pouring over it keeping an eye on every bit that runs past.
It will be some poor secretary in a plumbers office on the phone to their nephew asking why they can't search for google!
Doubt it. I started working on C801/803 ISDN routers in 1999, and they were most definitely Cisco boxes - proper IOS and everything - I'm still running an 897 at home, which was especially nice when TalkTalk wrote to me to tell me that they couldn't scan my router for security issues as they couldn't connect to it...
Yeah, I have an 865 myself. Most definitely full IOS.. Great little router, really helped cutting my teeth on CISCO config. Now I have the most complicated home network ever... (two fully managed switches, two routers, and House LAN, WIFI and Shed LAN on seperate subnets with full routing and access control/QoS)
> Meanwhile: anonymous faux engineer in stock shot burns the crap out of C109 for no apparent reason
That photo looks like a composite for me. The iron is too much in focus for the narrow focal plane on the PCB and there's something 'wrong' looking about the tip in relation to its surroundings.
I'm assuming that the problem is automated manufacturing. The board were very likely populated by a pick and place machine, moved to soldering by conveyor belt, then tested with an automated bed-o-nails. Since those tests would've passed, the board would've been pushed to assembly and screwed in the case by assembly line workers who neither know nor care about what they are putting together, regardless of nationality.
The problem likely stemmed from an electrical engineer cleaning up the gerber file from the approved prototype and accidentally cut the two LEDs and forgot to paste them; accidentally moved them off of the board; or maybe deleted them along with the added programming and testing points / LEDs that were on the prototype the production model was based on (I would believe that the testing folk would use port 8's LEDs to indicate specific test conditions and ended up marked as such and being removed when going to production). I've done such things on my own private projects when I'm going over the schematics several times and not under a single deadline, someone working 50+ hours a week could easily make these kinds of mistakes late Friday night before the boards go into production.
But what bothers me is that Cisco isn't using ports with built-in LEDs like everyone else does, especially since external LEDs cost more in terms of both engineering and manufacturing.
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