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Operating the LCD Panel


Introducing the LCD panel

The liquid crystal display, or LCD panel, provides the ability to control the unit without attaching a serial or network cable. The following menus are available on the LCD panel.

  • Information menu
    Use the Information menu to find information about using the LCD and its functionality.
  • System menu
    Use the System menu to reboot, netboot, or halt the unit. This menu also has options for setting the properties of the management interface (MGMT) and the serial port.
  • Screen menu
    Use the Screen menu to set up the informational screens you would like the LCD to cycle through. The information screens include system status, statistics, and system alerts.
  • Options menu
    Use the Options menu to configure the properties of the LCD panel.

This chapter describes how to use the LCD panel and its menus. It does not describe each function available in each menu.

Figure 2.1 shows an example of the LCD panel and control buttons.

 

Figure 2.1 An example of the LCD panel and control buttons

Using the LCD panel

You can configure the LCD panel to meet your needs. The following section describes how to perform a number of tasks with the LCD panel:

  • Pause on a screen
  • Use the LCD menus
  • Power up the unit
  • Halt the unit
  • Power down the unit
  • Reboot the unit

Pausing on a screen

Normally, the screens cycle on the LCD at a constant rate. However, push the Check button to toggle the LCD between Hold and Rotate modes. In Hold mode, a single screen is displayed. The Rotate mode changes the screen displayed on the LCD every 4 seconds.

Using LCD menus

Pressing the X button puts the LCD panel in Menu mode. The buttons Left Arrow, Right Arrow, Up Arrow, and Down Arrow are only functional when the LCD is in Menu mode.

Powering up the unit

When you want to power on a unit that is shut down, press the Check button to turn the power on.

Halting the unit

We recommend you halt the unit before you power it down or reboot it using the LCD menu options.

To halt the unit

  1. Press the X button, then use the arrow keys to navigate to the System menu.
  2. Press Check. Navigate to the Halt menu.
  3. Press the Check button. Press the Check button again at the confirmation screen.
  4. Wait 50 seconds before powering the machine off or rebooting it.

Powering down the unit

Hold the X button for 4 seconds to power down the unit. We recommend that you halt the system before you power down the system in this manner.

Rebooting the unit

Hold the Check button for 4 seconds to reboot the unit. You should only use this option after you halt the unit.

Clearing alerts

Press the Check button to clear any alerts on the LCD screen. You must clear any alerts on the screen before you can use the LCD.

Navigating through the LCD menus

To use the LCD menus, you must first put the LCD in menu mode. To put the LCD in menu mode, press the X button.

After you put the LCD in menu mode, use the Left Arrow, Right Arrow, Up Arrow, and Down Arrow buttons to select menu options. There are four menu options:

  • Information
  • System
  • Screens
  • Options

The following tables describe each LCD menu option.

Information menu

You can use the Information menu to access help pages about using the LCD panel functionality. You can also find more information on what different LED activity means, and the failover state of the unit in a redundant pair. The following table, Table 2.1 , shows the options available on the Information menu.

 

Table 2.1 The Information menu
Option
Description
How to use the LCD
Displays a vertical scrolling text description on how to use the LCD panel.
Front Panel LEDs
Displays a vertical scrolling text description of what the front panel LEDs mean.
Port Indicators
Displays a vertical scrolling text description of what the lights above the ports mean.
Console and Failover serial port information
Displays a vertical scrolling text description of the console and failover serial ports.

 

System menu

The System menu provides various options for rebooting, halting, or netbooting the hardware. This menu also provides options for configuring the network on the management interface. The following table, Table 2.2 , lists the options available in the System menu.

 

Table 2.2 The System menu
Option
Description
Reboot
Select this option to reboot the unit.
Halt
Select this option to halt the unit.
Netboot
Select this option if you are installing software from a PXE server.
IP address
Type the management interface IP address. You can only use an IPv4 address.
Netmask
Set the netmask for the management interface IP address.
Default route
Type in the default route for the management interface. This route is necessary if you plan to manage the unit from a different subnetwork.
Commit
Select this option to commit your changes.
Serial port
Use this option to change the baud rate of the serial port. The following options are available:
9600
19200
38400
115200

 

Screens menu

You can use the Screens menu options to view various statistics and information about the system. The following table, Table 2.3 , lists all the general information screens. You can use the LCD button to place a check mark next to the name of the screens you would like to appear when the screens cycle.

 

Table 2.3 The general screen information menu
Option
Description
Version screen
Displays the product version information.
Information screen
Displays the information screen menu.
Date and Time screen
Displays the date and time.
MAC addresses screen
Displays the MAC addresses on the unit.
System information screen
Displays system information.
CPU usage
Displays the CPU usage percentage.
Memory usage
Displays the memory usage.
Auth requests
Displays the number of authentication requests being processed.
Statistics
Displays simple statistics, such as bytes and packets in and out of the system.
Alert screen
Displays system alerts.

 

Options menu

You can use the Options menu to adjust the display properties of the LCD panel. The following table, Table 2.4 , lists the options available on the Options menu.

 

Table 2.4 The Options menu
Option
Description
Contrast
Use the Left and Right arrow keys on the LCD to set the contrast of the LCD.
On Brightness
This setting provides the ability to adjust the LCD backlight brightness.
Off Brightness
This setting controls the brightness of the LCD panel when the backlight is off. Use the Left and Right arrow keys to set the brightness of the LCD panel.

 




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