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Cisco 2960s Can Route

May 10 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

As of 12.2(55) SE, Cisco 2960s are layer 3 switches. Configuring Catalyst 2960s to route is pretty simple. The Switch Database Management template (SDM) needs to be changed to “lanbase-routing”. A reboot is (always) needed after changing the SDM template. After reboot, it’s just like enabling routing on any other L3 switch with the command “ip routing” from global config.

 

First we’ll change the SDM template:

SwitchA(config)#sdm prefer lanbase-routing

Changes to the running SDM preferences have been stored, but cannot take effect until the next reload.

Use 'show sdm prefer' to see what SDM preference is currently active.

SwitchA(config)#^Z

SwitchA#reload

System configuration has been modified. Save? [yes/no]: y

Proceed with reload? [confirm]

 

After changing the SDM template, we are reminded that we’ll need to reboot and also given a command to verify the change after the next boot.

 

Now we verify:

SwitchA#show sdm prefer

The current template is "lanbase-routing" template.

 The selected template optimizes the resources in

 the switch to support this level of features for

 8 routed interfaces and 255 VLANs.

  number of unicast mac addresses:                  4K

  number of IPv4 IGMP groups + multicast routes:    0.25K

  number of IPv4 unicast routes:                    4.25K

  number of directly-connected IPv4 hosts:          4K

  number of indirect IPv4 routes:                   0.25K

  number of IPv4 policy based routing aces:         0

  number of IPv4/MAC qos aces:                      0.125k

  number of IPv4/MAC security aces:                 0.375k

The change was successful and we’re given the details about this SDM template.

 

Now seems like a good time to touch on the limitations of the layer 3 capabilities on 2960s. As we see in the output above, we’re limited to 8 routed interfaces. These will be SVIs. At this point, the Cisco 2960s don’t support routed physical interfaces (“no switchport”). Another important note is that we’re only allowed 16 static routes and there is no dynamic routing capability.

 

Now we’ll enable IP routing and configure a couple SVIs:

SwitchA#conf t

SwitchA(config)#ip routing

SwitchA(config)#

SwitchA(config)#int vlan 15

SwitchA(config-if)#ip add 192.168.15.1 255.255.255.0

SwitchA(config-if)#

SwitchA(config-if)#int vlan 25

SwitchA(config-if)#ip add 192.168.25.1 255.255.255.0

SwitchA(config)#^Z

SwitchA#sh ip route

...

C    192.168.15.0/24 is directly connected, Vlan15

C    192.168.25.0/24 is directly connected, Vlan25

Even now, I’m still amazed that we can do this with a 2960. As expected, it’s working. We have two SVIs and we can see the routing table reflect this.

 

More Related Cisco 2960 Tips:

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Enables Routing

Cisco Catalyst 2960 LAN Base Series & Catalyst 2960 LAN Lite Series

How to Configure a Cisco 2960 Switch/Layer 2 Switch?

Layer 2 Switches & Layer 3 switches

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