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Mix Cisco Access Points? It’s Okay

June 8 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: It’s Okay to Mix Cisco Access Points

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: It’s Okay to Mix Cisco Access Points

FCC 14-30 is a hot topic these weeks. In early June 2016, the FCC published FCC 14-30 Order, which now allows the use of three additional channels (120, 124, and 128) as well as other power adjustment and updated DFS regulations. Cisco’s compliance with new rules requires the assignment of hardware to a regulatory domain, indicating which rules the device complies.

In the following part, let’s read the reviews written by Jim Florwick (a member of the Technical Marketing Engineering team for Cisco's Wireless Business Unit). He talked about Why “It’s Okay to Mix Cisco Access Points”

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: It’s Okay to Mix Cisco Access Points

The new –B regulatory domain was designed to take the place of –A so that access points will be compliant with the FCC 14-30 Order. Per the FCC order, access points shipped before June 1, 2016 are grandfathered to adhere to –A requirements. Access points shipped after the June 1 date must meet the –B requirements. This includes changes in DFS detection requirements, which must re-certify according to the new rules.

I’ve been hearing from a lot of customers who don’t want to mix the two regulatory domains in their networks. But there simply is no reason not to do so.

There are a few nice things in a –B access point that aren’t available in an –A access point. Things that we all want: more 5 GHz channels and more power in U-NII 1. However, other than those minor changes, the –B and –A access points are the same. There are absolutely no operational issues in running both –A and –B on the same controller or controllers.

For example, let’s say you’re adding some access points or building out a new area – and you mix –A and –B access points, what will happen in terms of operations?

If the new channels aren’t added to the DCA list—and by default, they are not—they will not be assigned to any of the –B capable access points. If the new channels are added to the DCA list, it will only be assigned to the –B access points. This won’t be a problem as the clients will still use 120, 124, 128 where it’s available.

I have been in this industry for a long time and I’m not aware of any clients that support U-NII 1, 2, 3 that have failed in these channels. If, for some reason this does happen, simply remove the channels. No harm, no foul.

That leaves different allowed transmit (TX) power. There will be no issues here either – since TPC still works the same as it always has. The Cisco access point product line still operates with a mix of allowed powers in the 5 GHz UNII bands under the –A rules. The Neighbor Discovery Protocol is normalized for this reason and Radio Resource Management (RRM) works just fine. There are no known issues with mixing –B and –A radios in the same air on the same controller. If a user wants to stay consistent about power implications, simply set TPC Max to enforce max power to –A globally and in RF Profiles when in use.

In the last sentence I talked about consistency, and there are a lot of customers—myself included—that just don’t like the idea of a mixing anything. I go so far as to stay away from milkshakes and just eat ice cream cones, when I want a cool treat. But the reality is this is not like mixing Cisco Aironet 1130 and Aironet 3700 Access Points in the same room. Once your –A and –B access points are plugged in and running no one would ever know that a mix existed.

We don’t have operational hiccups absorbing this change like some of our other competitors. At Cisco, we’ve been running mixed environments in Alpha production networks since the Cisco AP 1810 was in development—and that’s a fair amount of time to find irregularities and observe errors. Cisco Mobility Express is built on a –B access point, and supports the –A access points. These devices have been tested over thousands of hours and work as expected.

There is really no reason other than just the perception of a mix to be worried. With that being said, I’m heading down to the ice cream shop and enjoying a frosty milkshake. I hear that they’re really great!

To read the entire Product Bulletin, click here. To read the entirety of Cisco’s response, click here.

…The original article from http://blogs.cisco.com/wireless/dont-sweat-the-small-stuff-its-okay-to-mix-cisco-access-points

More Cisco Wireless Topics you can read here: http://blog.router-switch.com/category/technology/wireless/

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What is the Cisco Intelligent Branch?

June 1 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco & Cisco Network

Intelligent Branch Foundational Components

Intelligent Branch Foundational Components

What is the Cisco Intelligent Branch? What does it can do for you?

Now Business is going digital, and customers expect multiple ways of interacting with you.

Your competitors are delivering personalized in-store content to visitors over Wi-Fi, such as coupons and sales alerts. Some offer remote consultations and demonstrations.

Staying in the game requires the ability to execute your own creative digital solutions quickly.

You can do exactly that with the Cisco Intelligent Branch, an all-in-one, powerful digital network platform. Use it to deliver digital experiences in stores and at branch offices, where 90 percent of today’s business revenue is generated.1 Deliver differentiating services and new business offers with guest Wi-Fi, rich media content, and cloud applications.

Benefits from the Cisco Intelligent Branch

For Lines of Business:

• Create an immersive digital experience for your workforce and customers.

• Improve mobile, social, and online engagement with customers.

• Gather actionable insights that allow you to build new business offerings.

For IT:

• Get an ownership cost advantage with a pay-as-yougrow model.

• Protect your investment through license portability.

• Get operational simplicity and automated management.

• Gain a scalable and resilient infrastructure for digital business needs.

One Platform, Many Functions

The Cisco Intelligent Branch combines key IT capabilities in a small-footprint, zero-touch deployment platform that’s SD-WAN ready. It consists of a modular Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Router (ISR) running the Cisco Unified Computing System™ E-Series server blade. You can add on network services – wireless LAN, WAN optimization, security, and more – so you can easily activate, change, and replace the functions as your business grows. The Cisco Intelligent Branch works with whatever type of wired or wireless WAN you have.

Intelligent Branch Foundational Components

Cisco 4000 Series ISR

• Integrated Cisco UCS E-Series server blade

• Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) architecture

Add-On Network Services

Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (vWAAS) WAN optimization

• Cisco IOS Software Zone-Based Firewall

• Cisco FirePower Virtual Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)

• Cisco Virtual Wireless Controller

• Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv)

Use this technology foundation with cloud-based software-as-aservice (SaaS) applications to increase your business agility. You can also use the network as a sensor to protect your business from attack with embedded security. All while gathering intelligence about your users that lets you create new, personalized business offerings and revenue opportunities.

Use Cases

Here are a few sample scenarios for the Cisco Intelligent Branch:

• The bank branch: No mortgage advisor available? Set the customer up with an advisor in another location using telepresence.

• The retail store: Shoppers need help? Use a kiosk and a remote advisor to provide advice. Showcase an e-catalog and enable mobile point of sale on an associate’s tablet. Customers won’t have to stand in long lines anymore.

• The classroom: Stream HD video to students’ tablets so they can attend live classroom sessions from anywhere. Students can also collaborate with each other and with instructors more engagingly in real time, increasing student comprehension.

• The traditional branch office: Use wireless WAN connections to quickly deploy pop-up sites. Empower employees with superior cloud application performance. Increase customer loyalty with mobile and virtual experiences.

“Digital mastery requires companies to acquire, build, and deploy new technology services at speeds that used to be unthinkable. – Digital Predator or Digital Prey?”

Info from http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/routers/4000-series-integrated-services-routers-isr/at-a-glance-c45-736379.pdf

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Switch Architecture of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series FAQ

May 17 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Cisco & Cisco Network

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR switches, the greenest Cisco Catalyst access switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR switches, the greenest Cisco Catalyst access switches

Why Select Cisco Catalyst 2960-X? What Benefits will you get from migrating to Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR series? We talked about the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X a lot before, such as the added features of Catalyst 2960-X Series, stacking of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR, Comparison of Cisco Catalyst 2960 Switches, etc. As the greenest Cisco Catalyst access switches, Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR switches are the best replacement for the 2960-S series.

The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X models provide Layer 2 switching and have one fixed power supply with an external redundant power supply. They provide 24 or 48 Gigabit Ethernet wire rate ports, PoE/PoE+ support, and four 1G Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) or two 10G SFP+ uplinks.

With FlexStack-Plus technology, the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switches can be stacked up to 8 members with up to 80 Gbps stacking capacity for high scalability.

In this article we will continue to talk about the architecture, Energy Efficiency of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR Series Switches.

Energy Efficiency

Catalyst 2960-X Series introduced new innovative energy saving modes for the switch.

● The Switch Hibernation Mode puts the switch to sleep when the switch is not in use. This feature enables the switch to save up to 90% of power during non-business hours.

● Downlink Hibernation Mode powers down the PHY and the optics of the downlink port when not in use.

● Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) enables dynamic power savings on all switch ports; saves about 15W for a 48port-switch and 8W for a 24 port-switch.

● EnergyWise Puts IP End Points in Energy Saver mode, saving 60%+ power with non-active IP devices.

The collective power savings with different energy efficient technologies will reduce the power consumption by up to 80%.

Downlink Hibernation Mode (DHM) feature enables all 2960-X switches to save power on the downlink ports. The switch supports static downlink port power-down where only the PHY and Optics are powered down when not in use.

When the switch is not in use, switch hibernation mode can be scheduled to save power. When the switch is in hibernation mode, it powers off application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), and connected PoE devices. Power to most of the components is off. The DRAM is in refresh mode, keeping data intact. The switch hibernation mode is integrated with EnergyWise.

Q. Is a Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch usable while in hibernation mode?

A. No. All hardware components on the data path are switched off on Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches during hibernation mode.

The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series provides the following wake-up triggers from switch hibernation mode:

● Wake on scheduled real-time clock alarm/trigger

● Wake on mode button trigger

Q. Can Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches be scheduled to switch hibernation mode using the Cisco EnergyWise management tool?

A. Yes, the switch hibernation mode is integrated with Cisco EnergyWise. Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches can be put to switch hibernation mode using a Cisco EnergyWise management tool like any other IP devices.

Q. Is it possible to wakeup a Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch in switch hibernation mode before the scheduled wake-up time?

A. Yes, the mode button trigger will get the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch out of switch hibernation mode.

Q. Can we schedule switch hibernation mode for some members only in a stack of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?

A. No. The whole stack of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches can only be scheduled to switch hibernation mode.

Q. How long does it take for a Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch to be operational when it wakes up from switch hibernation mode?

A. A Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch coming out of switch hibernation mode is similar to a switch booting from reload. If the switches are stacked, master reelection is triggered after wake-up.

Q. Is Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE) 802.3az supported on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?

A. Yes, Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE) is supported on all downlink ports of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series.

Q. Do we need to enable EEE on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?

A. EEE is enabled by default on all the downlink ports of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series. If needed, EEE can be disabled.

Q. How is power saved with EEE on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?

A. Cisco Catalyst 2960-X downlink ports switch to low-power idle (LPI) mode during gaps in the data stream, saving power.

Q. Do both sides of the Ethernet interface have to support EEE for it to work?

A. Yes. Both endpoints of the Ethernet link must support EEE to get the power-saving advantages.

Q. How do I check if EEE is working?

A. The show eee status interface Gigabit Ethernet xxx” command can be used to check if EEE is agreed between both the endpoints.

The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series provides two types of console ports and one out-of-band Ethernet port:

● USB Type B console port

● Standard RJ-45 serial port

● 10/100 Ethernet management port

Q. Can both USB Type B console and RJ-45 console ports be used simultaneously?

A. No. Only one can be used for input, but both can receive output. When the USB console is connected, “it is used for input (by default)”. This design allows the administrator to see when the USB console port is in use. This capability is useful for remote administrators.

Q. Does the switch support auto-baud on the console port?

A. No. This was a tradeoff between console speed sensing and the ability to use the USB console.

Switch Architecture

Q. What management ports are available?

A. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series provides two types of console ports and one out-of-band Ethernet port:

● USB Type B console port

● Standard RJ-45 serial port

● 10/100 Ethernet management port

Q. Can both USB Type B console and RJ-45 console ports be used simultaneously?

A. No. Only one can be used for input, but both can receive output. When the USB console is connected, “it is used for input (by default)”. This design allows the administrator to see when the USB console port is in use. This capability is useful for remote administrators.

Q. Does the switch support auto-baud on the console port?

A. No. This was a tradeoff between console speed sensing and the ability to use the USB console.

Q. Which management port has priority?

A. The RJ-45 console port is always the default management port, but when a PC is connected to the USB console port, the USB console takes over. The RJ-45 port continues to receive the output (a copy) of everything that gets displayed on the USB console port. This capability allows remote administrators to continue monitoring or logging the output showing what is happening at the switch location, sending it to a storage device.

Q. When a PC is left unattended on the USB console port, would remote administrators get locked out from the RJ-45 management port?

A. The USB console port has a default activity timer that can also be programmed by the user. This activity timer will expire and return control to the RJ-45 management port to avoid locking the remote administrator out.

Q. What can I do with the USB Type A port of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?

A. It is used to connect to an external USB memory drive for additional storage. This USB port can be used to perform software upgrades, store configurations, and even write memory core dumps for troubleshooting purposes. All Cisco USB memory drives can be used. Currently up to 8-GB USB drives are supported.

Q. Can a third-party USB Flash drive be used with the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?

A. Yes, a third-party USB Flash drive can be used with the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series. They will work, but are not officially supported.

Q. What is the performance of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?

A. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series have a nonblocking switching architecture capable of forwarding traffic for all 48 1 Gigabit ports plus 2 10 Gigabit ports at line rate. See the datasheet for the MPPS information for each model.

Q. Do the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches consume less power than the Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switches?

A. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series are based on the same building blocks as the 2960-S-Series Switches for most components. However, these switches have a new thermal design, new highly efficient power supplies, and new efficient fans, which use less power.

Q. Do the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches support front-to-back airflow?

A. The airflow on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series is “front and sides” to back airflow.

Q. Is the airflow reversible in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?

A. No. The airflow is not reversible.

Q. Do Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches support field-replaceable power supplies?

A. Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR switch models have field replaceable power supplies, whereas the 2960-X switch models have fixed power supplies.

Q. Are Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR field-replaceable power supplies hot swappable?

A. Yes. Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR power supplies are hot swappable.

Q. Can a non-PoE Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch support PoE by replacing its power supply with a PoE-capable power supply?

A. No. A non-PoE Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch will not support PoE by using a PoE-capable power supply.

Q. Can we increase the PoE budget of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch by replacing its power supply with a high-capacity power supply?

A. The available PoE budget is fixed for a given model of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch. Replacing the switch power supply will not increase the PoE budget.

…More questions to help you know Cisco 2960-X and 2960-XR series well you can read more information here: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-2960-x-series-switches/qa_c67-728348.html

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Cisco Aironet 1570 Family

April 26 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP, #Cisco & Cisco Network

Cisco Aironet 1570 Family

Cisco Aironet 1570 Family

Three model types of Cisco Aironet 1570 Series

Three model types of Cisco Aironet 1570 Series

Cisco Aironet Outdoor Access Points

Cisco Aironet Outdoor Access Points

Performance of Cisco Aironet 1570 Series Access Points

Performance of Cisco Aironet 1570 Series Access Points

AP 1570 Product Family

AP 1570 Product Family

There are three 1572 models:

  • Cisco Aironet 1572IC—Internal Antennas with cable modem
  • Cisco Aironet 1572EC—External Antennas with cable modem
  • Cisco Aironet 1572EAC—External Antenna AC powered Model

The AP1572 highlights include:

  • Most advanced carrier-grade outdoor Wi-Fi AP.
  • Dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz with 802.11ac Wave 1 support on the integrated 5 GHz radio.
  • Maximum radiated RF power allowed by law.
  • High Density Experience (HDX):
    • Cisco CleanAir 2.0 technology provides integrated spectrum intelligence for a self configuring and self-healing network on 80 MHz channels.
    • ClientLink 3.0 improves reliability and coverage for legacy 802.11n and 802.11ac data rates.
    • Optimized Roaming to allow clients to join the most optimal access point.
    • Turbo performance which uses Cisco ASIC design to maximize radio performance.
  • Improved 802.11ac range and performance with 4x4:3 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology.
  • 1.3 Gbps (5 GHz) 802.11ac data rates.
  • Cisco Flexible Antenna Port technology.
  • DOCSIS 3.0 / EuroDOCSIS / JapanDOCSIS 3.0, 24x8 hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) cable modem option.
  • Improved radio sensitivity and range performance with four antenna MIMO and three spatial streams.
  • Multiple uplink options (Gigabit Ethernet-10/100/1000 BaseT, Fiber SFP, Cable modem).
  • Power: AC, DC, Cable, UPOE, PoE-Out (802.3at).
  • 4G LTE coexistence.
  • NEMA Type 4X certified enclosure.
  • Module option: Investment protection and future proofing.
  • Low visual profile design.
  • Unified or autonomous operation.

More about the Aironet 1570 Deployment Guide you can read here:

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/controller/technotes/8-0/1570-DG/b_Aironet_AP1570_DG.html

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Comparing AP 1550 vs. AP 1570

Comparing AP 1550 vs. AP 1570

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Introducing Cisco DNA (Digital Network Architecture)

April 19 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco News

Cisco DNA-5 Principles

Cisco DNA-5 Principles

Network Evolution for the Digital Era

Network Evolution for the Digital Era

The Digital Network Architecture (DNA) building blocks and their programmable interfaces.

The Digital Network Architecture (DNA) building blocks and their programmable interfaces.

Watch this video for an overview on Cisco Digital Network Architecture.

Raakhee Mistry (Marketing Manager, has been with Cisco for over 12 years, serving in product management, partner program and solutions marketing roles.) collected the different audiences’ responses to Cisco Digital Network Architecture. She pointed out: Analysts agree that Cisco DNA is a Game Changer. Yes. The New Cisco DNA is a Game Changer for the Digital Era.

Cisco DNA is short for Digital Network Architecture. The Cisco Digital Network Architecture is a platform that will give our customers both a roadmap to digitization and a path to recognize immediate benefits of network automation, assurance and security. Cisco released it at Cisco Partner Summit 2016.

Cisco DNA complements Cisco’s market leading, data center based Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) technology by extending the policy driven approach and software strategy throughout the entire network: from campus to branch, wired to wireless, core to edge.

Cisco DNA is delivered within the Cisco ONE Software family, enabling simplified software-based licensing, and helping with investment protection and flexibility.

The IT networking industry continues to demand knowledgeable professionals to help manage, secure and optimize their network infrastructure. Networking jobs can be found worldwide in exciting industries such as fashion, sports, and entertainment. Research indicates that a certification is second only to a four year college degree as a way to qualify people for positions and certifications were rated to be the top criteria in being able to determine an applicant's qualifications.

Cisco Digital Network Architecture Benefits

  • Insights. The network touches all things digital – users, devices, applications, sensors and cloud – and networking professionals are in a unique position to help their organizations capture insights in real time that allows businesses to make better decisions instantly and deliver better experiences.
  • Automation. This area is centered on IT speed and simplicity. Today’s networking professionals are CLI jockeys, but that will offer less value as time goes on. The network is evolving to software with software-defined networking, open APIs, network function virtualization and more. These new technologies provide networking IT with unprecedented agility that helps IT deliver business requirements faster and can free up cycles to support more strategic projects for their organization.
  • Security. While digital technologies have opened up new opportunities, they have also introduced a level of risk. As we see the proliferation of mobile devices and cloud adoption, the network perimeter is evolving and the attack surface has the potential to grow significantly. To combat that risk, networking professionals will be able to offer the business a new approach to inject security pervasively through the network, which can be the sensor and enforcer of security threats.

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About Cisco IP Phone Registration & Boot Up

April 1 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco IP Phones, #Cisco & Cisco Network

CISCO IP Phone Boot UP Process

CISCO IP Phone Boot UP Process

Do you know the Cisco IP Phone Registration, Boot UP Sequence and related issues? Someone shared the main issues of IP Phone, SCCP & SIP Phone Registration Process with CUCM before. In this article we will talk something about the IP PHONE REGISTRATION ISSUES.

Firstly, let’s understand what Cisco IP Phone Registration & Boot UP Sequence are.

Step 1: Phone Loads Software (Image) and Starts the Configuration Process

Step 2: a. Phone Sends DHCP Request

b. DHCP Server Sends DHCP Response

Step 3: a. Phone Sends TFTP Request for a Configuration File

b. TFTP Server Sends the Default Configuration File

Step 4: a. TFTP Server Sends the Specific Configuration File of the Phone

b. Phone Registration Finishes

FIRST UNDERSTAND THE BOOTUP PROCESS, START TROUBLESHOOTING ACCORDING:

General Troubleshooting Sequence:

  • Disable DHCP and DNS to Test a Phone
  • Check for the Incorrect MAC Address on the Phone Label
  • Cisco CallManager and TFTP Services Do Not Run
  • Delete and Recreate a Phone
  • Understand a Network Trace File
  • Use Performance Monitor to Analyze Phone Activity
  • Manually Configure the IP Parameters on a 12 SP+ or 30 VIP Phone
  • Add Phones to Cisco CallManager
  • Enable, Configure, and Disable Auto−Registration
  • Manual Registration (Add an IP Phone Manually) etc....

THESE ISSUES COULD BE THERE:

  1. IP Phone Registration Toggles between Primary and Secondary CallManagers.
  2. Registration Rejected
  3. Cisco IP Phones Not Registered But seems to be working fine.
  4. Cisco IP Phones Take Too Long to Register.
  5. Cisco IP Phone Always Get Registered to the Publisher Server.
  6. Get "version error" on the Cisco IP Phone screen When Try to Register.
  7. Cisco phones causing excessive DHCP requests.

See the Figure"CISCO IP Phone Boot UP Process" above

Step 1: Phone Loads Software (Image) and Starts the Configuration Process:

During this step, these issues could be there,

* Registration with a Cisco CallManager server is successful only when the server adds the phone or when the server has Auto−Registration enabled. (The default for Auto−Registration is disabled.)

* Note: If the phone LCD screen does not light up, you could have a faulty phone. The phone also could be faulty if the message the phone displays never changes after you plug in the phone. Contact Cisco Technical Support to request a replacement if your phone is under warranty.

* If your phones do not use DHCP, see the Step 3a: Phone Sends TFTP Request for a Configuration File section of this document.

Step 2:

a). Phone Sends DHCP Request:

During this step, these issues could be there,

For Cisco 7940 and 7960: (to manually enable the DHCP Parameter on the phone itself):

Complete these steps on the Cisco 7940 and 7960:

1. Choose Settings.

2. Choose 3 (Network).

Scroll down to the DHCP Enabled parameter.

The selection must be Yes.

__________

Complete these steps on the Cisco 7910:

1. Choose Settings.

2. Choose 6 (Network).

3. Scroll down to the DHCP Enabled parameter.

The selection must be Yes.

__________

Cisco 12 SP+ and 30 VIP

Complete these steps on the Cisco 12 SP+ and 30 VIP:

1. Enter **#.

2. Enter 1.

3. Set all parameters to zero (0).

Note: Cisco 7910G supports only 10 MB speed, but 7910G+SW supports 10/100. If you have a 7910G, be sure to set the switch port that connects to the phone to 10 MB or Auto.

Any IP parameters that you have hard coded on the phones override the parameters that the DHCP server provides. In particular, the Alternate TFTP Server option overrides the TFTP server IP address that the DHCP provides. For information on how to reset your phone configuration to the original factory defaults, refer to either of these documents:

¨ Resetting 7900 Series IP Phones to Factory Defaults

b). DHCP Server Sends DHCP Response:

The DHCP response contains the phone IP address and the IP address of the TFTP server (which is usually a Cisco CallManager server). The response can also contain any of or all these common options:

· IP address of the default router (gateway)

· IP address of the Domain Name System (DNS) server

· Domain name includes option 150 for the TFTP server.

Step 3:

a). Phone Sends TFTP Request for a Configuration File:

  • The phone requests a specific configuration file. The name for this file is SEPMAC−Address.cnf. For example, the file name for a phone with the MAC address 0030.94C2.D5CA is SEP003094C2D5CA.cnf. If the file exists on the Cisco CallManager server, see the Step 4a: TFTP Server Sends the Specific Configuration File of the Phone section of this document.
  • If the phone is not in the Cisco CallManager database, the request for the specific configuration file results in a TFTP File Not Found response from the TFTP server. The phone then requests the file with the name SEPDEFAULT.cnf. If you have configured the Cisco CallManager server for Auto−Registration, this file exists and the server sends it to the phone. See the Step 3b: TFTP Server Sends the Default Configuration File section of this document.

Otherwise, the TFTP server of the Cisco CallManager server sends another File Not Found TFTP response. At this point, the phone restarts the configuration process.

b). TFTP Server Sends the Default Configuration File:

Note: This step only occurs if you have enabled Auto−Registration and the phone has not already registered

with the Cisco CallManager server.

If you have configured the Cisco CallManager server for Auto−Registration, it sends the SEPDEFAULT.cnf

file in response to the phone request. After the Cisco CallManager server database adds a phone by Auto−Registration, the phone has a SEPMAC−Address.cnf file. It does not reference the SEPDEFAULT.cnf

again.

Step 4:

a). TFTP Server Sends the Specific Configuration File of the Phone:

Note: This step only takes place if the phone creation occurred on the Cisco CallManager server. The configuration file contains several parameters for the phone. These include the device pool, the Cisco CallManager servers to use, configured speed dials, and other parameters. In general, any time you make a change in Cisco CallManager that requires the phone (device) to be reset, you have made a change to the phone configuration file.

b). Phone Registration Finishes:

The Cisco CallManager server sends the phone additional configuration elements during the final phases of the registration process.

In general, the registration process must complete successfully if the process goes this far.

To learn what takes place at this point, you need to set up a network analyzer to capture the IP packets that the phone sends to and receives from the server.

FACTS:

7961G Phone does not Register until it is Configured as a 7961>

IP phones CP−7961 and CP−7961G are basically the same platform. The G stands for global use that supports all languages.

So when you add a 7961G phone, you should add it as a regular 7961 phone. CP−7961G−GE is another IP phone with two gigabit Ethernet ports (10/100/1000).

If IP phone 7961G is added as 7961G−GE, it does not register with Cisco CallManager.

TASKS TO PERFORM:

Disable DHCP and DNS to Test a Phone

Check for the Incorrect MAC Address on the Phone Label

Cisco CallManager and TFTP Services Do Not Run

Delete and Recreate a Phone

Understand a Network Trace File

Use Network Monitor to Analyze Phone Activity

By default, Cisco phones are DHCP−enabled. If you do not use DHCP, you need to disable DHCP on the phone and manually assign the phone an IP address. In order to disable DHCP on a phone, use the phone keypad to program the phone IP address and other network addresses.

Enable, Configure, and Disable Auto−Registration

Manual Registration (Add an IP Phone Manually)

Note: If you have your Cisco CallManager servers set up in a cluster, every server has the configuration files for every phone that is in the Publisher database. Therefore, any Cisco CallManager server can serve as a TFTP server for the phones. The device pools to which you have assigned the phones determine the server with which the phones register. A phone can obtain the configuration file from a different server than the server with which the phone registers.

Original reference and more discussions from

https://supportforums.cisco.com/document/113336/ip-phone-registration-issues

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Using DHCP and DHCP Option 82

March 30 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco Technology - IT News

DHCP Option 82 Operation

DHCP Option 82 Operation

DHCP is short for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. We know that DHCP is used in LAN environments to dynamically assign host IP addresses from a centralized server, which reduces the overhead of administrating IP addresses.

I’ve read an article “DHCP Snooping and DHCP Snooping Configuration” that is about a CCIE’s experience. In that article it also shares the DHCP Option 82 concept.

In this article we will share some info of using the DHCP Option 82.

DHCP also helps conserve limited IP address space because IP addresses no longer need to be permanently assigned to client devices; only those client devices that are connected to the network require IP addresses. The DHCP relay agent information feature (option 82) enables the DHCP relay agent (Catalyst switch) to include information about itself and the attached client when forwarding

DHCP requests from a DHCP client to a DHCP server. This basically extends the standard DHCP process by tagging the request with the information regarding the location of the requestor. (See the Figure “DHCP Option 82 Operation”)

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The following are key elements required to support the DHCP option 82 feature:

• Clients supporting DHCP

• Relay agents supporting option 82

• DHCP server supporting option 82

The relay agent information option is inserted by the DHCP relay agent when forwarding the client-initiated DHCP request packets to a DHCP server. The servers recognizing the relay agent information option may use the information to assign IP addresses and to implement policies such as restricting the number of IP addresses that can be assigned to a single circuit ID. The circuit ID in relay agent option 82 contains information identifying the port location on which the request is arriving.

Note:

1. The DHCP option 82 feature is supported only when DHCP snooping is globally enabled and on the VLANs to which subscriber devices using this feature are assigned.

2. DHCP and the DHCP option 82 feature have not been validated in the lab for EttF version 1.1. At this time, Cisco recommends considering only DHCP with option 82 for the application servers at level 3.

Reference from http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/solutions/Verticals/EttF/EttFDIG/ch3_EttF.pdf

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Is It Cisco ClientLink 4.0 or ClientLink 3.0?

March 23 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP, #Cisco Technology - IT News

Optimize Your Mixed-Client Wi-Fi Network

Optimize Your Mixed-Client Wi-Fi Network

The Cisco ClientLink Advantage

The Cisco ClientLink Advantage

Mobile devices are so popular today, which range from laptops, tablets, smartphones to others. And now all kinds of mobile device types now connect to your wireless LAN. All these mobile devices might use a mix of new and old Wi-Fi technologies – 802.11ac, 802.11n, and 802.11a connections – for access. To keep the older and slower clients from impeding the performance of newer and faster 802.11ac Wave 1 and 2 connections, there is Cisco ClientLink.

ClientLink is a beamforming capability built into Cisco Aironet wireless LAN access points. When the access point (AP) concentrates signals toward the receiving client, that client is better able to “hear” the AP’s transmission, so throughput is greater. ClientLink also enhances performance in the uplink (client-to-AP) direction, so that the AP can also better hear the client communications. The result is improved performance in both directions.

By comparison, many competing 802.11ac-capable APs offer uplink-only enhancements, from client to access point. Many 802.11ac-capable AP suppliers also base their downlink enhancements on the optional transmit beamforming (TxBF) feature in 802.11ac, which requires TxCBF support in the client device to operate. Cisco ClientLink technology is unique in offering both uplink and downlink performance improvements, and it doesn’t require any special capabilities in the client device to work.

ClientLink works with all client technologies. It makes sure each client type always operates at the best possible rate, as determined by the 802.11 access technology supported, network conditions, and the distance of the client from the Wi-Fi AP. ClientLink helps maintain maximum client rates even at cell boundaries, when clients are farthest away from the AP.

How to Get the Most from 802.11ac?

The 802.11ac standard inherently provides performance increases compared with earlier 802.11 technology versions. But because 802.11-based equipment is backward-compatible with older versions of the standard, it pays to run a mixed-client network to get the most out of your device investments. At the same time, however, your older clients can delay communications for the faster 802.11ac clients, hindering 802.11ac performance benefits.

Cisco ClientLink overcomes this issue for more reliable mobile experiences. In Aironet 802.11ac APs, ClientLink uses four transmit antennas to focus transmissions in the direction of the Wi-Fi client, surpassing the industry norm. This support improves downlink signal-to-noise ratio (for better client “hearing”) and boosts the data rate over range so you can reduce coverage holes and enhance overall system performance. Table 1 illustrates the Cisco performance advantages of using ClientLink technology.

You get beamforming enhancements across your entire client population of new and old devices: Cisco ClientLink beamforming works with all client types, and IEEE-standard transmit beamforming (TxBF) is also built into all Cisco Wi-Fi-Certified 802.11ac access points to benefit the 802.11ac clients that support it.

ClientLink also works with multiuser multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO), part of the 802.11ac standard that enables concurrent transmissions between an AP and multiple 802.11ac client devices that also support MU-MIMO. As a result, Cisco ClientLink can now also provide performance boosts across a mixture of 802.11ac, 802.11 n, and 802.11a clients to further benefit your entire wireless network.

The wireless difference is in the implementation details. Turn to Cisco ClientLink-enhanced APs to get best performance from all Wi-Fi clients on your network.

From http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/wireless/aironet-3600-series/at_a_glance_c45-691984.pdf

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New: Quick Start Guide-Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series for Third-Party Call Control

March 14 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco IP Phones, #Cisco & Cisco Network

What are these buttons exactly used for?

What are these buttons exactly used for?

Quick Start Guide-Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series for Third-Party Call Control-01

Quick Start Guide-Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series for Third-Party Call Control-01

Quick Start Guide-Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series for Third-Party Call Control-02

Quick Start Guide-Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series for Third-Party Call Control-02

The IP Phone 7800 Series introduced 4 models to the portfolio: Cisco IP Phone 7811, 7821, 7841 and IP Phone 7861. The models range in their support, from a single-line model for users with light voice communications needs to a 16-line model for highly active users of VoIP communications.

The Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series delivers advanced IP Telephony features and crystal clear wideband audio performance to deliver an easy-to-use, full-featured voice communications experience on Cisco on-premises and hosted infrastructure platforms and third party hosted call control.

Small-to-large enterprise companies are well suited for the Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series.

The 7800 Series supports secure connectivity for remote worker access to the Cisco network, such as for full-time teleworkers.

Note: Support is provided on 7821, 7841, and 7861 endpoints with IP Phone software update 10-3-1-1 or later. The 7811 is also planned for support–contact your Cisco representative for timing details.

How to start your Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series for Third-Party Call Control? Firstly, let’s look at the Cisco IP Phone 7841 shown.

Refer to the photo graphic above...

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Discussion: Management of ASA with Firepower Services

March 3 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Cisco & Cisco Network

Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services-Key Security Features

Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services-Key Security Features

Discussion: Management of ASA with Firepower Services

We talked Cisco ASA with Firepower Services a lot before. With Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services, you consolidate multiple security layers in a single platform, eliminating the cost of buying and managing multiple solutions.

The Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall is the industry’s first fully integrated, threat-focused next-gen firewall with unified management. It includes Application Visibility and Control (AVC), optional Firepower next-gen IPS (NGIPS), Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP), and URL Filtering. Cisco Firepower NGFW provides advanced threat protection before, during, and after attacks.

Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services, Stop more threats with a threat-focused NGFW

Beat sophisticated cyber attacks with superior security. We offer the industry’s first threat-focused next-generation firewall (NGFW). You get the confidence of the most-deployed stateful firewall combined with application control, next-generation intrusion prevention system (NGIPS), and advanced malware protection (AMP).

Discussion: Management of ASA with Firepower Services

There are a few questions about the Management of ASA with Firepower Services. Let’s look at the discussion from Cisco Communities

1. An ASA with Firepower Services requires a Firesight management device (physical or virtual) - Correct?

Yes, that’s correct.

2. Is there a High Availability option for a physical Firesight management?

Read about this in the bottom of Table 2 on this page:

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/security/firesight-management-center/datasheet-c78-732251.html

3. Does the Firesight management also manage the ASA's firewall rules?

--Not yet. Cisco is developing Firepower Threat Defence that does excately that.

4. I ask because I believe there was mention that a rule could have a specific IPS policy assigned to it. This is correct in the terms on Firepower Access Control Rules. Not ASA firewall rules.

5. If this is true I would believe that the use of CLI or ASDM on the ASA would no longer be usable - Correct?

The new Threat Defence system will be managed from Firepower Management Center. Not CLI nor ASDM.

6. When changes are made on the Firesight management station are they applied immediately to the ASA, like managing via CLI or is there another step to applying he changes?

No. You will have to deploy the new policy to the Firepower sensor first.

7. When change are applied what if anything happens to existing connections?

- I actually am not sure about this. I have never seen any connections being dropped when applying policy. Cisco has made a note about this in their manual: Firepower Management Center Configuration Guide, Version 6.0 - Policy Management [Cisco FireSIGHT Management Center] -…

  • When you enable Inspect traffic during policy apply:
    • Certain configurations can require the Snort process to restart.
    • When the configurations you deploy do not require a Snort restart, the system initially uses the currently deployed access control policy to inspect traffic, and switches during deployment to the access control policy you are deploying.
  • When you disable Inspect traffic during policy apply, the Snort process always restarts when you deploy.
  • How a Snort restart affects traffic depends on the interface configuration and the platform.

Original Discussion from https://communities.cisco.com/thread/59509

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