Safire Knowledge Base

Quick Start Guide

1. Connect to Safire

Managing Safire is done via two RJ-45 ports on the front of the tester. The Mgmt port has a configurable static IP address for connecting to the tester from a laptop or stationary PC at a local or remote location.

Safire comes pre-configured with the following IP address on the Mgmt port:

  • Address =
  • Subnet =
  • Gateway =

You need a direct connection from you PC to configure Safire for the proper IP address, subnet, and gateway. Make sure your PC port is configured statically to an IP address in the 192.168.1.XXX range.

Insert the required transceivers into their test-port cages. Remember to always use the small plugs to prevent dust entering optical transceivers when no cable is attached.

Connecting the power cable should cause Safire to power up automatically. If it doesn’t, press the power button on the front panel. The chassis takes 2-3 minutes to start up.

When the chassis is running, the front panel LEDs on the test module start flashing. They stop flashing when the first connection is made.

Connect the Mgmt port on the chassis front panel to the port on your PC.

Open in your web browser.

Login using these credentials:

  • Username: admin
  • Password: admin

Login page

2. Change Chassis IP Address

Once you are logged in, you can change the tester’s name, description, and management interface IP address in Settings > System. You can also create users with different levels of authorizations in Settings > IAM.

IMPORTANT – If you lose IP network connectivity while modifying these settings, please perform the recovery actions outlined below. If this does not work, please contact us for assistance.

Use Settings > System > Management Interface to change the chassis IP address by entering IPv4 address, IPv4 subnet mask, and IPv4 gateway, and then click APPLY CHANGES. Safire will automatically reboot and apply the change.

When the chassis comes back online it will have the new IP address. Open https:// in your web browser.

Change chassis IP address

3. Recover Chassis IP Address

If you forget Safire’s IP address, you need another way to get in touch with it. This is done by making a direct connection from your PC to the Ext port, which is next the Mgmt port.

The Ext port is pre-configured with the following IP setup:

  • Address:
  • Subnet:
  • Gateway: none

You must configure your PC port statically to an IP address in the 172.16.255.XXX range, and then you will be able to ping the chassis again.

Now, open in your web browser.

Under Settings > System > Management Interface > Properties, you can see which IP address is configured for the Mgmt port, and you can change it if necessary. Changes to the IP address of the Mgmt port take effect after rebooting the chassis.

Note that the IP configuration of the Ext port cannot be changed, and that you should not configure the Mgmt port to use this subnet.

4. Recover Admin Password

Safire lets you create multiple admin account on the chassis. Each admin account has the same authorization level. Thus, you can always create a backup admin account if you forget the login password of the usual admin account. But if you have lost passwords for the admin accounts, please contact Xena Support via our support portal.