Manually Configuring Static IP addresses on APC Management Network Cards

Not too long ago I was installing a few APC rack mount Smart-UPS battery backup systems. I also were installing some NICs into these systems so that we could configure network based shutdown and monitoring software. The management NICs came with some APC software that failed to detect the NICs, and the method that APC describes on their website to use the serial connection did not work for me. I ended up having to use the static ARP / ICMP method to configure the NICs, here is how to do it:

1) Obtain the MAC address of each NIC from the sticker on the NIC.

2) Next, on your workstation or server configure a static ARP for each NIC be entering the following commands:

  • On Windows XP/2003: arp -s 123.123.123.123 xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx
  • On Windows Vista/7/2008: netsh interface ip add neighbors LAN 123.123.123.123 xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx
  • on Mac OSX: sudo arp -s 123.123.123.123 xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx

Where 123.123.123.123 is the static IP address you want to use, and xxxxxxxxxxxx is the MAC address of the NIC

3) Once the static ARP entry is configured we need to ping the NIC with a byte size of 113 to tell the NIC to configure itself with the IP address used in the ping command, using the following commands:

  • Windows: ping 123.123.123.123 -l 113
  • Mac: ping -s 113 123.123.123.123
  • Linux: ping 123.123.123.123 -s 113

4) Now that the NIC is configured with an IP address you can telnet into that IP address using “apc” as the username and password, configure any additional settings you may need, and then log out to save the changes.

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