Switches use IP addresses and services for management purposes.
IP addresses can be set or obtained using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), BOOTstrap Protocol (BOOTP), or Reverse Address Resolution Protocol (RARP).
Gateways, routes to networks, and default routes are established to allow communications with devices that are not local to the management network.
Static entries or DNS servers can be used to resolve computer names.
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) services are available for some switches to provide a configuration interface.
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) service allows for switch configuration and management.
IP addresses are used in Layer 2 switches ...