1. A network device adapted for indicating status information of a network switching subsystem via a light-emitting diode (LED) array, the network device comprising:a plurality of network interfaces;
said network switching subsystem, comprising:
one or more packet processors configured to where to forward packets received via the plurality of network interfaces;
one or more buffer memories configured to temporarily store the packets while the packets await processing by the one or more packet processors; and
a reporting component configured to collect status information of components of the network switching subsystem, generate status messages based on the collected status information, and send the status messages to a message decoder coupled to the network switching subsystem;
said message decoder, configured to receive at least particular status messages generated by the reporting component, determine one or more manners in which to light particular LED indicators of the LED array based on the particular status messages, and send formatted output data to the LED array configured to cause the particular LED indicators of the LED array to light in the determined one or more manners.