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Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Licenses

October 28 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Technology, #Cisco License

LAN Base, IP Base and IP Services these 3 features are available with all Cisco Catalyst 3850 models. What are their features?

●   LAN Base: Enterprise access layer 2 switching features

●   IP Base: Enterprise access layer 3 switching features

●   IP Services: Advanced enterprise layer 3 switching (IPv4 and IPv6) features

1. The LAN Base feature set offers enhanced intelligent services that include comprehensive Layer 2 features, with up to 255 VLANs.

2. The IP Base feature set provides entry-level enterprise services in addition to all LAN Base features, with 1K VLANs. IP Base also includes the support for wireless controller functionality (mobility agent and mobility controller role; additional access point license required for mobility controller role), routed access, smart operations, FNF, and so on.

3. The IP Services feature set provides full enterprise services that include advanced Layer 3 features such as EIGRP, OSPF, BGP, PIM, and IPv6 routing such as OSPFv3 and EIGRPv6. All software feature sets support advanced security and MQC-based QoS.

The Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches with LAN Base feature set can only stack with other Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series LAN Base switches. The same applies to IP Base and IP Services as well. A mixed stack of LAN Base switch with IP Base or IP Services feature set is not supported.

The 12-port and 24-port SFP+- and SFP-based models as well as the 48-port SFP+ model can only be ordered with IP Base or IP Services licenses. Therefore, in order to stack with LAN Base models, they need to be configured in LAN Base mode from the CLI.

Customers can transparently upgrade the software feature set in the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches through Cisco IOS Software CLI using the right to use (RTU)-based software upgrade process. Software activation enables the Cisco IOS Software feature sets. Based on the license’s type, Cisco IOS Software activates the appropriate feature set. License types can be changed, or upgraded, to activate a different feature set.

Software Policy for Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Customers with Cisco Catalyst LAN Base and IP Base software feature sets will be provided with maintenance updates and bug fixes designed to maintain the compliance of the software with published specifications, release notes, and industry standards compliance as long as the original end user continues to own or use the product or up to one year from the end-of-sale date for this product, whichever occurs earlier. Customers with licenses for our IP Services software images require a service support contract such as Cisco SMARTnet Service to download updates. This policy supersedes any previous warranty or software statement and is subject to change without notice.

Cisco ONE Software for Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series

Cisco ONE Software for Access Switching is available for the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches.

Cisco ONE Software is a new way for customers to purchase and use our infrastructure software. It offers a simplified consumption model, centered on common customer scenarios in the data center, WANs, and LANs.

Cisco ONE Software and services provide customers with four primary benefits:

  • Software suites that address typical customer use scenarios at an attractive price
  • Investment protection of their software purchase through software services-enabled license portability
  • Access to ongoing innovation and new technology with Cisco Software Support Service (SWSS)
  • Flexible licensing models to smoothly distribute customer's software spend over time

For ordering information for Cisco ONE Software for the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches, go to http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/software/one-access/switching-part-numbers.html.

Licenses for Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

Software Licenses


Cisco Catalyst 3850 12-port IP Base to IP Services RTU paper license


Cisco Catalyst 3850 24-port Switch LAN Base to IP Base RTU paper license


Cisco Catalyst 3850 48-port Switch LAN Base to IP Base RTU paper license


Cisco Catalyst 3850 24-port LAN Base to IP Services RTU paper license


Cisco Catalyst 3850 48-port LAN Base to IP Services RTU paper license


Cisco Catalyst 3850 24-port IP Base to IP Services RTU paper license


Cisco Catalyst 3850 48-port IP Base to IP Services RTU paper license


Cisco Catalyst 3850 24-port LAN Base to IP Base RTU electronic license


Cisco Catalyst 3850 48-port LAN Base to IP Base RTU electronic license


Cisco Catalyst 3850 24-port LAN Base to IP Services RTU electronic license


Cisco Catalyst 3850 48-port LAN Base to IP Services RTU electronic license


Cisco Catalyst 3850 24-port IP Base to IP Services RTU electronic license


Cisco Catalyst 3850 48-port IP Base to IP Services RTU electronic license


Cisco Catalyst 3850 12-port IP Base to IP Services RTU electronic license

Access Point Licenses


Primary upgrade license SKU for Cisco 3850 wireless controller (e-delivery)


1 access point adder license for Cisco IOS Software based wireless controller (e-delivery)


Primary upgrade license SKU for Cisco 3850 wireless controller (paper license)


1 access point adder license for the Cisco IOS Software based wireless controller (paper license)

Access Point License for Cisco Catalyst 3850: An access point license is required for Cisco Catalyst 3850 operating in mobility controller mode. No access point license is required for 3850 operating in mobility agent mode. This functionality is included in the IP Base feature set. Other devices that can act as mobility controller are the WLC 5760, WLC 5508, and WiSM2 wireless controllers. Access point licenses can be transferred only between two 3850 switches or between 3850 and 5760 controller and vice versa.

More info here: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-3850-series-switches/data_sheet_c78-720918.html?referring_site=RE&pos=1&page=http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-3850-series-switches/qa_c67-722110.html


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New: Cisco 3850 as Mobility Controller

Updated: Cisco StackPower Technology for Cisco Catalyst 3850 Switches

Updated: Comparing the Newest Cisco 3850 Models

How to Change a Switch Member Number in a Cisco 3850 Stack?

How to Form a Stack-Wise and Power-Stack with Cisco Catalyst 3850?

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series-“Auto-Upgrade” Feature

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Top 10 Facts about Cisco Wireless You Should Know

October 24 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP, #Cisco & Cisco Network

In this article we will share 10 facts of Cisco wireless that you should know. Cisco Wireless related facts may make you shout out: “Really?”

really,top 10 facts...

If you have any suggestions for additions, please share with us or go to the original page to have a discussion.

Top 10 Cisco Wireless “Good to Know”

1) Controller interface vlan tagging, native vlan 1

Cisco Switches by default do not tag the native vlan.  Also by default, the native vlan is 1, therefore vlan 1 is untagged.

When establishing a trunk to a Cisco Wireless LAN Controller, it's important to be aware of how tagged vs untagged are identified.

(4400-A) >show interface summary

Interface Name   Port Vlan Id    IP Address      Type    Ap Mgr Guest

---------------  ---- ---------- --------------  -----   ------ -----

ap-manager       1    untagged       Static  Yes    No  

management       1    untagged       Static  No     No  

When going through a WLC's initial startup wizard, if untagged for the Management Interface’s vlan is desired, enter '0' (zero) when prompted for the management interface's vlan, as this is equivalent to 'untagged':

(Cisco Controller)

Welcome to the Cisco Wizard Configuration Tool

Use the '-' character to backup

Would you like to terminate autoinstall? [yes]:


Management Interface VLAN Identifier (0 = untagged): 0


2) AP Image Names: w7 vs w8

ap image names:

w7 = standalone

w8 = lightweight


Lightweight/controller based/capwap/lwapp image:

Cisco IOS Software, C1130 Software (C1130-K9W8-M), Version 12.4(23c)JZ, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1) c1130-k9w8-mx.124-23c.JZ

Autonomous/IOS/Standalone image:

Cisco IOS Software, C1140 Software (C1140-K9W7-M), Version 12.4(21a)JY, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)c1140-k9w7-mx.124-21a.JY


3) AP Part Numbers: LAP vs AP

Most Cisco Access Points are available with two part numbers.

LAPxxx = shipped new from manufacturing with lightweight image

APxxx = shipped new from manufacturing with autonomous image

Same physical hardware.


Same physical ap's, the first is shipped with a lightweight image, the second with an IOS image:



Most AP's can be converted between both modes.


4) Wireless  LAN Controller DHCP Handling

Wireless Lan Controllers perform 'dhcp proxy' by default.  The ‘Dhcp Server’ IP Address configured on controller interfaces acts the same way as an 'ip helper' statement on a Cisco router. 

With this configuration in place, an IP Helper statement on the wireless clients’ default gateway router is not necessary.

DHCP Proxy can be configured via the WLC’s GUI in 6.x and 7.x code (Controller -> Advanced -> DHCP).

Earlier code requires CLI access for configuration:

(WLC) >show dhcp proxy

DHCP Proxy Behaviour: enabled

(WLC) >config dhcp proxy disable

(WLC) >show dhcp proxy

DHCP Proxy Behaviour: disabled



5) Lightweight AP modes: Local vs H-Reap (FlexConnect)

Local mode Access Point: tunnels all traffic to controller, controller responsible for tagging packets and putting them on the wired network, AP's switchport configured in access mode/non trunk.

H-Reap mode Access Point: ap's function similarly to standalone ap's, tag their own traffic, AP's switchport configured as trunk.  Vlan tagging requires configuration on each H-Reap mode AP (Via the controller’s Gui).

*H-Reap was renamed to 'FlexConnect' in 7.2 code.


6) Legacy Access Points End of Support

1500 Series, LAP-1505, LAP-1510: Last supported in 4.2.M controller code.

1000 Series, AP1010, AP1020, AP1030:  Last supported in 4.2 controller code.

1120/1230 Series, 1121, 1230, etc.  Last supported in 7.0 code.

1130, 1240, 1520. Last supported in 8.0 code (no support in 8.1 and later).

Software Release Support for Access Points


These Access Points will not join a controller running code later than supported.


7) AP console settings

•9600 baud

•8 data bits

•1 stop bit

•No parity

*********No hardware flow control******

These are the same settings for other Cisco devices.  It is essential that AP's console session have flow control disabled.  Most other Cisco devices will tolerate this setting if not disabled, but AP's will not.  The result is typically no display and/or keyboard response.


8) WLC Dynamic Interfaces, Does it Route?

Those familiar with Cisco routing and switching may get the impression that Wireless Lan Controllers have routing capability.  This may seem apparent due to the fact that multiple dynamic interfaces with ip addresses may be configured.  WLC's do not route.

The ip addresses assigned to the dynamic interfaces are not used for client traffic passing through the controller.

Dynamic interfaces' IP addresses primary functions are:

+ Referenced as Giaddr for DHCP Proxy (relay)

+ Multicast.  For wireless multicast receivers connected to local mode ap's, if the controller has IGMP snooping enabled, it will proxy/spoof IGMP reports to the wired network using the client's corresponding dynamic interface IP address.  If IGMP snooping on the controller is disabled, client IGMP reports are forwarded unmodified to the wired network.

+The IP address is checked when you do an intercontroller roam, so that  the WLC knows if you did a L2 or L3 roam, and whether to anchor your  traffic or to pass the MSCB entry to the new WLC.


9) Multicast

By default, multicast traffic is not forwarded by Wireless Lan Controllers for local mode ap's. 

A common source of confusion is that Autonomous Mode AP's will forward multicast just as they would unicast, so no configuration is required.  In the instance of Autonomous AP's being converted to Controller Based/Lightweight, multicast will no longer work until configured on the controller.

Since Controller based H-Reap mode ap's forward their own traffic, multicast will behave as if the AP were a standalone AP, and no controller configuration is required.


10) Anchored Wlans.  Where does authentication occur?

For Layer 3 authentication, e.g. Web Auth, authentication handling occurs on the Anchor Controller.

For Layer 2 authentication, e.g. 802.1x, authentication handling occurs on the Foreign controller.

…More Discussion

A: Regarding point 8 about the dynamic interfaces configured on the WLC, it is perhaps worth adding that they can act as source addresses when clients try to obtain an ip address via DHCP. This document explains more: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk722/tk809/technologies_configuration_example09186a00805e7a24.shtml


B: You may want to add what else the dynamic-interface IP comes to play for.  The IP address is checked when you do an intercontroller roam, so that the WLC knows if you did a L2 or L3 roam, and whether to anchor your traffic or to pass the MSCB entry to the new WLC.

C: A note on the AP support - I believe that some APs will join WLCs with code 8.1 but new features won't be supported such as AVC on local FlexConnect due to hardware limitations. 


Note The Cisco 1040 Series, 1140 Series, and 1260 Series access points have feature parity with Cisco Wireless Release 8.0. Features introduced in Cisco Wireless Release 8.1 and later are not supported on these access points.

…to be continued here…https://supportforums.cisco.com/blog/151191/top-10-cisco-wireless-%E2%80%9Cgood-know%E2%80%9D


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

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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


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....


  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


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.


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.


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


More Related…

Understanding IP Phone, SCCP & SIP Phone Registration Process with CUCM

Understanding the Cisco IP Phone Boot Process & Voice Vlan
How to Save Power on Cisco IP Phones?
How to Start up a Cisco IP Phone?
Updated: Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series

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Configuring WCCP? GRE Redirection in WCCP Creates New Tunnel Interfaces

August 11 2015 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Data Center

The WCCP (Web Cache Communication Protocol) was initially designed as a component of IOS whose purpose was to intercept HTTP traffic traversing a router and redirects that traffic to a local cache with the aim of reducing access times to web sites and conserving wide area bandwidth. Typically the packets are redirected from their destination web server on the Internet to a content engine that is local to the client. In some WCCP deployment scenarios, redirection of traffic may also be required from the web server to the client. WCCP enables you to integrate content engines into your network infrastructure. With the introduction of WCCPv2 the scope of the protocol widened to include traffic types other than HTTP allowing the protocol to be used as a more general interception mechanism. In WCCPv2 clients specify the nature of the traffic to be intercepted and forwarded to external devices which are then in a position to provide services, based upon the traffic type, such as WAN optimisation and application acceleration.

Cisco IOS Release 12.1 and later releases allow the use of either WCCP Version 1 (WCCPv1) or Version 2 (WCCPv2).

WCCP VRF Support

The WCCP VRF Support feature enhances the existing WCCPv2 protocol by implementing support for virtual routing and forwarding (VRF).

The WCCP VRF Support feature allows service groups to be configured on a per VRF basis in addition to those defined globally.

Along with the service identifier, the VRF of WCCP protocol packets arriving at the router is used to associate cache-engines with a configured service group.

The interface on which redirection is applied, the interface which is connected to cache engine, and the interface on which the packet would have left if it had not been redirected must be in the same VRF.

In Cisco IOS Release 12.2(33) SRE, this feature is supported only on Cisco 7200 NPE-G2 and Cisco 7304-NPE-G100 routers.

Configuring WCCP

Until you configure a WCCP service using the ip wccp {web-cache | service-number} global configuration command, WCCP is disabled on the router. The first use of a form of the ip wccp command enables WCCP. By default WCCPv2 is used for services, but you can use WCCPv1 functionality instead. To change the running version of WCCP from Version 2 to Version 1, or to return to WCCPv2 after an initial change, use the ip wccp version command in global configuration mode.

If a function is not allowed in WCCPv1, an error prompt will be printed to the screen. For example, if WCCPv1 is running on the router and you try to configure a dynamic service, the following message will be displayed: "WCCP V1 only supports the web-cache service." The show ip wccp EXEC command will display the WCCP protocol version number that is currently running on your router.

Using the ip wccp web-cache password command, you can set a password for a router and the content engines in a service group. MD5 password security requires that each router and content engine that wants to join a service group be configured with the service group password. The password can consist of up to eight characters. Each content engine or router in the service group will authenticate the security component in a received WCCP packet immediately after validating the WCCP message header. Packets failing authentication will be discarded.


1. enable

2. configure terminal

3. ip wccp version {1 | 2}

4. ip wccp [vrf vrf-name] {web-cache | service-number} [group-address group-address] [redirect-list access-list] [group-list access-list] [password password [0| 7]]

5. interface type number

6. ip wccp [vrf vrf-name] {web-cache | service-number} redirect {out | in}

7. exit

8. interface type number

9. ip wccp redirect exclude in

Tunnel Interfaces

In IOS versions where WCCP is VRF aware, such as 15.0M and 15.1T, the use of GRE redirection will result in some new tunnel interfaces appearing. On the ASR platform these tunnel interfaces are also present from IOS XE release 2.5 onwards (although VRF support within WCCP on the ASR platform is not present until IOS XE release 3.1).

Examples of the new tunnel interfaces are shown below:

Router#show ip wccp summary
WCCP version 2 enabled, 3 services

Service     Clients   Routers   Assign      Redirect   Bypass    
-------     -------   -------   ------      --------   ------    
Default routing table (Router Id:
web-cache   1         1         HASH        GRE        GRE       
61          1         1         HASH        GRE        GRE       
62          1         1         HASH        GRE        GRE       

Router#show ip interface brief | include Tun
Tunnel0            YES unset  up                    up     
Tunnel1            YES unset  up                    up     
Tunnel2            YES unset  up                    up     
Tunnel3            YES unset  up                    up     

The tunnels are created automatically to process outgoing GRE encapsulated traffic for WCCP. They appear when a cache engine connects and requests GRE redirection. They're not created directly by WCCP, but indirectly via a tunnel API. WCCP has no direct knowledge of these tunnel interfaces, but knows enough to cause packets to be redirected to them. This results in the appropriate encapsulation being applied, after which the packet is then sent to the cache engine. Note that these interfaces are not used in connection with incoming WCCP GRE return packets.

There is one tunnel created per service group that is using GRE redirection, plus one additional tunnel to provide an IP address to allow the other tunnel group interfaces to be unnumbered but still enabled for IPv4. Some information about the tunnels is shown with the command show tunnel groups wccp, although this is unlikely to be useful to the end-user other than to confirm the connection between the tunnels and WCCP.

Router#show tunnel groups wccp             
 WCCP : service group 0 in "Default", ver v2, assgnmnt: hash-table
   intf: Tunnel0, locally sourced
 WCCP : service group 317 in "Default", ver v2, assgnmnt: hash-table
   intf: Tunnel3, locally sourced
 WCCP : service group 318 in "Default", ver v2, assgnmnt: hash-table
   intf: Tunnel2, locally sourced
Router#show tunnel interface t0
   Mode:multi-GRE/IP, Destination UNKNOWN, Source
   Application ID 2: WCCP : service group 0 in "Default", ver v2, assgnmnt: hash-table
   Linestate - current up
   Internal linestate - current up, evaluated up
Router#show tunnel interface t1
   Mode:multi-GRE/IP, Destination UNKNOWN, Source
   Application ID 2: unspecified
   Linestate - current up
   Internal linestate - current up, evaluated up
Router#show tunnel interface t2
   Mode:multi-GRE/IP, Destination UNKNOWN, Source
   Application ID 2: WCCP : service group 318 in "Default", ver v2, assgnmnt: hash-table
   Linestate - current up
   Internal linestate - current up, evaluated up
Router#show tunnel interface t3
   Mode:multi-GRE/IP, Destination UNKNOWN, Source
   Application ID 2: WCCP : service group 317 in "Default", ver v2, assgnmnt: hash-table
   Linestate - current up
   Internal linestate - current up, evaluated up

Note that service group number shown above is the internal tunnel representation of the WCCP service group number. Group 0 is the web-cache service, but for dynamic services subtract 256 to convert to the WCCP service group number. For interfaces used for redirection, the source address shown is the WCCP router ID.

Information relating to the connected cache engines and encapsulation, including software packet counters, can be seen with the command "show adjacency <tunnel-interface> ...":

Router#show adjacency t0              
Protocol Interface                 Address
IP       Tunnel0         
Router#show adjacency t0 encapsulation
Protocol Interface                 Address
IP       Tunnel0         
  Encap length 28
  Provider: TUNNEL
  Protocol header count in macstring: 3
    HDR 0: ipv4
       dst: static,
       src: static,
      prot: static, 47
       ttl: static, 255
        df: static, cleared
      per packet fields: tos ident tl chksm
    HDR 1: gre
      prot: static, 0x883E
      per packet fields: none
    HDR 2: wccpv2
       dyn: static, cleared
      sgID: static, 0
      per packet fields: alt altB priB
Router#show adjacency t0 detail
Protocol Interface                 Address
IP       Tunnel0         
                                   connectionid 1
                                   0 packets, 0 bytes
                                   epoch 0
                                   sourced in sev-epoch 1
                                   Encap length 28
                                   Tun endpt
                                   Next chain element:
                                    IP adj out of Ethernet0/0, addr
Router#show adjacency t0 internal
Protocol Interface                 Address
IP       Tunnel0         
                                   connectionid 1
                                   0 packets, 0 bytes
                                   epoch 0
                                   sourced in sev-epoch 1
                                   Encap length 28
                                   Tun endpt
                                   Next chain element:
                                    IP adj out of Ethernet0/0, addr
                                    parent oce 0x4BC76A8
                                    frame originated locally (Null0)
                                   L3 mtu 17856
                                   Flags (0x2808C4)
                                   Fixup enabled (0x40000000)
                                         GRE WCCP redirection
                                   HWIDB/IDB pointers 0x55A13E0/0x35F5A80
                                   IP redirect disabled
                                   Switching vector: IPv4 midchain adj oce
                                   IP Tunnel stack to in Default (0x0)
                                    nh tracking enabled:
                                    IP adj out of Ethernet0/0, addr
                                   Adjacency pointer 0x4BC74D8

For more information on configuring WCCP, please refer to the following document:


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Migrate to a 40-Gbps Data Center…with Cisco QSFP BiDi Technology

June 10 2015 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Modules & Cards

Cisco40G BiDi

Cisco40G BiDi

Cisco’s QSFP 40G BiDi (bidirectional) transceiver, allows zero-cost fiber migration by reusing the current 10-Gbit/sec cabling for 40-Gbit/sec device connectivity. With duplex LC ports, it enables 100 meters of 40G transmission over OM3, 125 meters over OM4 fiber, and 150 meters over certain “OM4+” fibers.

Migrate to a 40-Gbps Data Center with Cisco QSSFP BiDi Technology? Cisco makes the case for its transceiver technology, taking direct aim at “the need for a major upgrade of the cabling infrastructure” when transitioning from 10G to 40G, “which can be too expensive or disruptive to allow data centers to quickly adopt and migrate to the 40-Gbit/sec technology.”

“Existing short-reach transceivers for 40-Gbit/sec connectivity in a QSFP form factor … use independent transmitter and receiver sections, each with 4 parallel fiber strands. For a duplex 40-Gbit/sec connection, 8 fiber strands are required.

Both QSFP SR4 and QSFP CRS4 use MPO 12-fiber connectors. As a result, 4 fiber strands in each connection are wasted.

“With existing QSFP transceivers, each direct connection between two devices requires an MPO-to-MPO 12-fiber cable. In the case of structured cabling with patch panels and fiber trunks, a 40-Gbit/sec connection needs MPO-to-MPO fibers between devices and patch panels, and 4 duplex multimode fibers in the fiber trunk.

“In most of today’s data center networks, the aggregation fiber infrastructure is built for 10Gbit/sec connectivity that either supports direct connections between devices over LC-to-LC multimode fiber or uses LC-to-LC fibers to attach devices to patch panels and provides one duplex multimode fiber in the fiber trunk for each 10-Gbit/sec connection.

“40-Gbit/sec connectivity using traditional 40-Gbit/sec transceivers cannot reuse directly connecting LC-to-LC fibers. It also requires four to six times greater fiber density in the fiber trunks to meet the requirements of a 40-Gbit/sec connection. These characteristics make it expensive for customers to migrate from 10-Gbit/sec connectivity to 40-Gbit/sec connectivity in their existing data centers.

“The Cisco QSFP BiDi transceiver addresses the challenges of fiber infrastructure by providing the capability to transmit full-duplex 40 traffic over one duplex multimode fiber cable with LC connectors. In other words, the Cisco QSFP BiDi transceiver allows 40-Gbit/sec connectivity to reuse the existing directly connecting 10-Gbit/sec fibers and the existing fiber trunk without the need to add any fibers.”

The technical paper details two deployment scenarios/case studies to emphasize the savings accomplished by eliminating the parallel-optic cabling infrastructure. The first scenario is a 288x40G setup with unstructured cabling. The second is a 384x40G setup with structured cabling. In this second scenario, the paper explains, “Cisco QSFP BiDi technology allows the existing cabling system—including the patch cables, patch panels with MTP/MPO LC modules, and fiber trunks—to be repurposed for 40-Gbit/sec connectivity. In contrast, QSFP SR4 transceivers require new patch cables and patch panels because the connector types differ and the size of the fiber trunk needs to be quadrupled.”

From http://www.cablinginstall.com/articles/2014/03/cisco-qsfp-bidi.html

Migrate to a 40-Gbps Data Center with Cisco QSFP BiDi Technology” you can read the full paper report at


More benefits you can get from migrating to 40-Gbps Data Center with Cisco QSFP BiDi Technology


• Reuse existing 10GE fiber infrastructure for 40GE migration

• Lower CapEx and installation labor costs

• Minimal disruption to the data center during migration

• Four times the bandwidth over the same fiber plant

• Up to 70% savings over other current solutions

Cisco’s innovative 40-Gbps Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP) bidirectional (BiDi) transceiver is a pluggable optical transceiver with a duplex LC connector interface for short-reach data communication and interconnect applications. By using the existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet duplex MMF fiber infrastructure for 40 Gigabit Ethernet, the Cisco BiDi transceiver offers significant cost savings and simplifies data center upgrading.

The Cisco BiDi transceiver supports link lengths of 100m and 150m on laser-optimized OM3 and OM4 multimode fibers. It complies with the QSFP MSA specification, enabling customers to use it on all QSFP 40-Gbps platforms to achieve high-density 40 Gigabit Ethernet networks.

Use Your Existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet Fiber for 40 Gigabit Ethernet

Whether your cable plant is structured or unstructured, Cisco’s BiDi transceiver delivers significant savings and a smooth migration to 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The Cisco BiDi transceiver enables the use of an existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet fiber plant infrastructure for 40 Gigabit Ethernet, delivering four times the bandwidth over the same fiber plant and up to 70% savings over other current solutions.

For building out new data centers, deploying 40 Gigabit Ethernet for aggregation and core is no longer an option but a requirement to meet today’s data demands. Designing new cable plants using Cisco’s BiDi transceivers offers:

• 75% less fiber and MPO requirements

• Reduced cable sprawl and rack footprints

• Cost savings with the industry’s lowest-priced 40 Gigabit Ethernet transceiver

•Investment protection with future support for 100 Gbps over duplex fiber

Designing your new fiber cable plant with Cisco’s 40 Gigabit Ethernet BiDi transceiver allows you to reduce your fiber requirements and CapEx and OpEx while future proofing your data center for 100 Gigabit Ethernet.

Cisco’s QSFP 40 Gigabit Ethernet BiDi technology removes 40-Gbps cabling cost barriers for migration from 10-Gbps to 40-Gbps connectivity in data center networks. Cisco’s BiDi transceivers provide simpler and less expensive 40-Gbps connectivity compared to other 40-Gbps transceiver solutions. The Cisco QSFP BiDi transceiver allows organizations to migrate their existing 10-Gbps cabling infrastructure to 40 Gbps with little capital investment.


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40/100 Gigabit Ethernet for Virtualized Data Center and Campus Networks

January 22 2015 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking

It is difficult to achieve optimal performance of your data center and networks, especially in a virtualized environment. Fortunately, effective implementation of 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) can help pave the way for a fully functional virtualized network. 

In the following guide it explores the benefits of 40/100 GbE implementation in a virtualized environment and how it can maximize existing infrastructure investments.

40/100GbE is rapidly gaining traction as a key foundation for building the next generation of virtualized data center and campus environments. The 40/100GbE-based architecture for virtualized data center and campus is illustrated in the paper. IT managers are increasingly aware of the benefits and advantages1 offered by 40/100GbE as well as its promise as an interconnect option among data centers and commercial buildings in the campus.

On the economic side, barriers to entry in the 40/100GbE space continue to fall. Capital investment in 10GbE networks today can be protected when upgrading to 40/100GbE networks in the future. The Ethernet switching and fiber cabling examples in this paper illustrate:

• 55 percent2 of on switching equipment can be protected

• 57 percent3 of investment on fiber cabling can be preserved

On the availability side, more vendors have supplied solutions for the 40/100GbE ecosystem, and a number of multi-vendor interoperability events on 40/100GbE technology have been hosted by the Ethernet Alliance? With both Cisco? and CommScope? Actively participating. So, early adoption anxieties over locked-in vendor relationships have evaporated. The greater availability from multiple vendors and declining deployment costs due to broader adoption in the marketplace make 40/100GbE infrastructure a sound and prudent investment, both for today and tomorrow.

The increased traction of 40/100GbE has led to its best practice status as the standard for the next generation of high-bandwidth virtualized applications. This adoption has been fueled by both its superior performance and economic benefits in virtualized environments.

40/100GbE based architecture for virtualized Data Center and campus


Virtualized Data Center

True data center virtualization is end-to-end virtualization, including server virtualization, storage virtualization, and network virtualization, and can result in many diverse benefits. Virtual machines and networks can be quickly and nimbly deployed. Their energy efficiency and capacity can dynamically scale to meet the demands of variable workloads without wasting resources. Disaster recovery is faster, and both initial and ongoing costs can be lower than those of traditional non-virtualized approaches.

In the journey to the virtualized data center and cloud, data center managers face a number of design and operational challenges. One of the most conspicuous challenges for network design is to provide enough bandwidth for the applications of today and the foreseeable future. With converged network technologies, 10GbE, which is becoming a de facto choice for server access networks, can be a good choice for a storage access network as well. Given 10GbE at the access layer, 40/100GbE is recommended for aggregation and core layers of networks in data centers, and this is where 40/100GbE removes the constraints that have previously prevented virtualized data centers from fulfilling their maximum potential.


Virtualized Campus

Video is a strongly growing application in campus networks. Video applications are more than just video conferencing or video streaming. Enterprise video applications include desktop high definition video, video phone, enterprise TV, IP video surveillance and other video generation and sharing. Bring your own device (BYOD) is another emerging trend in the campus network. Video, voice, data and BYOD put pressure on a campus’s distribution and core networks.

Compared to traditional layer 2 and 3 network design in the campus, the core and distribution networks can be virtualized by using Virtual Switching System (VSS) with Cisco Catalyst 6500 series switches. VSS is a network system virtualization technology that pools two or more Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches into a virtual one. A VSS scales system bandwidth capacity with automatic load sharing. A VSS increases operational efficiency by simplifying the network and reducing switch management overhead by at least 50 percent. A VSS boosts nonstop communications with no disruption to applications. A VSS enhances existing multilayer switching architecture without fundamentally changing the architecture, resulting in ease of adoption and migration of the technology.



A list of examples of 40/100GbE Ethernet switching and cabling solutions from Cisco and CommScope.

40/100GbE ecosystem examples


The new Cisco Catalyst 6900 Series 4-Port 40GbE Fiber Module (WS-X6904-40G) for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches was developed for deployment in the enterprise campus distribution layer and core layer, in traditional data centers with 10 Gigabit aggregation, and in metro-Ethernet-based data center interconnections, as well as in multipurpose service provider networks, which require high-performance data throughput coupled with security, manageability, virtualization, and quality of service.

The WS-X6904-40G module supports 10GbE and 40GbE interfaces. Figure 2 shows the 10GbE and 40GbE interfaces of Cisco Catalyst 6500 series switches. This new module is the only solution that supports both connections in a single format, for flexible migration. There are also many other new and exciting capabilities unique to the WS X6904-40G module, such as CTS (Cisco Trust Sec) for end-to-end role-based security deployment using SGT (Security Group Tagging) and SGACL (Security Group Access Control List) and link-by-link encryption based on IEEE 802.1AE MACsec (MAC based Security) standard, VNTag (Virtual Network Tag), and extensive quality of services features. The 40GbE Fiber Module is a perfect choice for forming a campus core network by interconnecting the physical switches of a VSS in core/distribution layer networks in the campus. It also can be utilized to connect access switches to a VSS at the distribution layer of the campus network. Users are deploying this module today and using it for four 10GbE links until they really need a true 40GbE channel.

Cisco Catalyst 10GbE and 40GbE Fiber Modules and optical transceivers


CommScope SYSTIMAX? InstaPATCH? 360 Pre-Terminated Fiber Solutions enable network operations in the data center at the current 10GbE speed of today, while provisioning for eventual upgrades to 40GbE and/or 100GbE. These solutions were tested, qualified and demonstrated in multi-vendor closed-door and open-to-public environments at both transceiver and system levels.4 Results repeatedly demonstrated that the performance of InstaPATCH 360 Pre-Terminated Fiber Solutions and LazrSPEED? Multimode fiber solutions far exceed the cable reach specified in IEEE Std. 802.3baTM-2010, “40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet” standards.

SYSTIMAX InstaPATCH 360 Pre-Terminated Fiber Solutions utilize the standard Method B polarity scheme. Customers who have chosen the fiber solution have invested in high-performance and high-quality fiber solutions, but also have purchased peace of mind: their data center fiber cabling infrastructure is ready for 40/100GbE whenever and wherever they need it. The eventual upgrade can be a simple and painless process. Figure 3 shows samples of SYSTIMAX InstaPATCH 360 Pre-Terminated Fiber Solutions.

Samples of SYSTIMAX InstaPATCH 360 Pre-Terminated Fiber Solution



Solutions Designed to Maximize Return on Investment

The switching solutions from Cisco and cabling solutions from CommScope enable easy adoption of 10GbE today and seamless upgrades to 40/100GbE in the future.

The Cisco Catalyst 6500 E-Series chassis, 6900 series 10GbE and 40GbE modules, and Supervisor T2 module provide the easy upgrades. End users’ investment protection can be achieved by redeploying the common components. The common switching components may include a Catalyst 6500 E-Series chassis, a supervisor module Sup2T, and two power supplies. As illustrated in the example in Figure 4, end users can save 55 percent1 of capital expense on the common components for 40GbE short reach (SR), or 47 percent1 of expenses for 40GbE long reach (LR) when upgrading from 10GbE.

40GbE deployment in campus


Similarly, CommScope SYSTIMAX InstaPATCH 360 Pre-Terminated Fiber Solutions offer seamless migration from 10GbE to 40/100GbE with investment preservation. A typical preterminated multimode fiber cabling channel is composed of components such as apparatus, patch cord, patch panel or shelf, and Multi-Fiber Push On (MPO) trunk cable. Figure 5 illustrates the fiber cabling channel for 10, 40 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet link, respectively. It’s noticeable that the common cabling component among the three channels in Figure 5 is the pre-terminated fiber trunk cable. Figure 5 also provides a cabling infrastructure migration path from 10GbE today to 40 or 100GbE in the future.

Fiber cabling migrations from 10GbE to 40/100GbE


Each physical Ethernet link has one cabling channel. The cabling cost of four 10GbE links (or channels), one 40GbE link, ten 10GbE links and one 100GbE. The cost is the result of adding the costs of all the cabling components and then dividing the sum by the number of Ethernet links (or cabling channels) for each corresponding speed.

The investment preservation example5 on pre-terminated fiber cabling


With the reuse of the common cabling components—which are the SYSTIMAX InstaPATCH 360 Trunk Cable and 360G2-1U Modular Shelf in this example—end users can save 57 percent2 of the capital expense on multimode fiber cabling when migrating from today’s 10GbE to either 40GbE or 100GbE in the future.

The costs for 4x10G and 10x10G fiber cabling are denoted in Figure 6 for a rough reference to their corresponding counterparts of 40 and 100GbE, respectively. The fiber cabling cost for 1x40G is close to the one for 4x10G, while the 1x100G cost is 19 percent less than the one for 10x10G’s cost, in this example.

You may be wondering why the cost of the MPO cable increases when migrating from 4x10G to 1x40G and from 10x10G to 1x100G. This is because, as there are unused fibers, only a fraction of the trunk cost is allocated to the 10GbE scenarios; but for the 40G and 100G scenarios, the total trunk cost is allocated. In other words, only four out of six possible fiber circuits are lit in the 4x10G case, so only 4/6ths of the cost is applied. Similarly, only 10 out of 12 possible fiber circuits are lit in the 10x10G case so only 10/12ths of the cost is applied. Notice that the 57 percent investment preservation on fiber is not the only saving for end users.

When the distribution and core layer networks migrate to 40/100GbE, the apparatus and cords can be reused in other parts of the networks: for example, the access layer network for 10GbE or even Fibre Channel SAN networks. By doing so, end users may preserve more of their investment.

The ongoing adoption of 40/100GbE is already redefining the IT landscape. It represents the first step toward the next generation of high-bandwidth connectivity demanded by virtualized data centers and campuses. As 40/100GbE continues to unlock the full performance and economic potential of virtualized environments and more campus deployments, it will undoubtedly solidify its position as the new standard for best practice, speed and reliability.

Because it affords instant benefits as well as a streamlined upgrade path, forward-looking IT managers would be well advised to include 40/100GbE as a key part of any upgrade or new deployment plans, particularly those that include a need for campus-wide interconnectivity between data centers, and inside data centers and office buildings. In particular, Cisco Catalyst 6500 series switches with their 40GbE fiber module and CommScope SYSTIMAX InstaPATCH 360 pre-terminated, LazrSPEED and TeraSPEED? fiber solutions deliver the performance and reliability that position today’ s investment for rich returns in the future.

References and Notes

1. G. Chanda from Cisco and Y. Yang from CommScope, “40 GbE: What, Why & Its Market Potential”, Ethernet Alliance white paper, November, 2010

2. The two percentages can vary based on a number of factors, such as hardware configurations, purchasing prices, etc. The new installation must be tested and meet the specifications issued by Cisco Systems.

3. The percentage can vary based on a number of factors, such as MPO trunk cable length, cabling channel configurations, purchasing prices, etc. The new installation must be tested and meet the specifications issued by CommScope SYSTIMAX.

4. D. Hall and Y. Yang from CommScope, “40/100 Gigabit Ethernet Eco-System is Alive and Well”, CommScope white paper, 2011

5. In the example of Figure 6, the MPO trunk cable length is 174 feet and the cord length is 10 feet. These lengths are determined based on Paul Kolesar’s contribution to IEEE 802.3 Next Gen 40G and 100G Optics Study Group in May 2012, “Cabling Cost-Centroid Lengths for Simplified Total Cost Comparisons”.

The multimode fiber cabling channel configuration for the example in Figure 6 is an interconnect configuration. In the 10GbE cabling channels, two fiber modules are connected back to back by MPO trunk cables, and LC jumpers are plugged in to connect the fiber modules at both ends. In the 40/100GbE cabling channels, two MPO adapter panels are connected back to back by an MPO trunk cable, and equipment cords are plugged into MPO adapter panels at both ends.

The following table lists the products used in the cost study for the investment preservation example5 on pre-terminated fiber cabling



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The Different Types of Ethernet Cables

December 31 2014 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking

As the standard cables that are commonly used to connect a modem to a router, and to connect a router to a computer’s network interface card (NIC), Ethernet cables have many different categories, such as Category 3, Category 5, Category 5e, Category 6, Category 6a, and Category 7. These types of Ethernet Cables have been developed, and each category has different specifications as far as shielding from electromagnetic interference, data transmission speed, and the possible bandwidth frequency range required to achieve that speed. It may be hard to decide which one you need while looking at all the available options for Ethernet cabling. Actually, the category of cable is usually clearly printed on the cable’s sheath, so there can be no doubt as to the type of cable being used. But do you know about the main differences between these categories of Ethernet cable? So in the following part we will tell about the main features of each type of Ethernet Cable.

Category 3

Category 3 Ethernet cable, also known as Cat 3 or station wire, is one of the oldest forms of Ethernet cable still in use today. It is an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable that is capable of carrying 10 megabits per second (Mbps) of data or voice transmissions. Its maximum possible bandwidth is 16 MHz. Cat 3 cable reached the peak of its popularity in the early 1990s, as it was then the industry standard for computer networks. With the debut of the faster Category 5 cable, however, Cat 3 fell out of favor. It still can be seen in use in two-line telephone systems and older 10BASE-T Ethernet installations.


Category 5

Category 5 (Cat 5) Ethernet cable is the successor to the earlier Category 3. Like Cat 3, it is a UTP cable, but it is able to carry data at a higher transfer rate. Cat 5 cables introduced the 10/100Mbps speed to the Ethernet, which means that the cables can support either 10 Mbps or 100 Mbps speeds. A 100 Mbps speed is also known as Fast Ethernet, and Cat 5 cables were the first Fast Ethernet-capable cables to be introduced. They also can be used for telephone signals and video, in addition to Ethernet data. This category has been superseded by the newer Category 5e cables.


Category 5e

The Category 5e standard is an enhanced version of Cat 5 cable, which is optimized to reduce crosstalk, or the unwanted transmission of signals between data channels. This category works for 10/100 Mbps and 1000 Mbps (Gigabit) Ethernet, and it has become the most widely used category of Ethernet cable available on the market. While Cat 5 is common in existing installations, Cat 5e has completely replaced it in new installations. While both Cat 5 and Cat 5e cables contain four twisted pairs of wires, Cat 5 only utilizes two of these pairs for Fast Ethernet, while Cat 5e uses all four, enabling Gigabit Ethernet speeds. Bandwidth is also increased with Cat 5e cables, which can support a maximum bandwidth of 100 MHz. Cat 5e cables are backward compatible with Cat 5 cables, and can be used in any modern network installation.


Category 6

One of the major differences between Category 5e and the newer Category 6 is in transmission performance. While Cat 5e cables can handle Gigabit Ethernet speeds, Cat 6 cables are certified to handle Gigabit Ethernet with a bandwidth of up to 250 MHz. Cat 6 cables have several improvements, including better insulation and thinner wires, that provide a higher signal-to-noise ratio, and are better suited for environments in which there may be higher electromagnetic interference. Some Cat 6 cables are available in shielded twisted pair (STP) forms or UTP forms. However, for most applications, Cat 5e cable is adequate for gigabit Ethernet, and it is much less expensive than Cat 6 cable. Cat 6 cable is also backwards compatible with Cat 5 and 5e cables.


Category 6a

Category 6a cable, or augmented Category 6 cable, improves upon the basic Cat 6 cable by allowing 10,000 Mbps data transmission rates and effectively doubling the maximum bandwidth to 500 MHz. Category 6a cables are usually available in STP form, and, as a result, must have specialized connectors that ground the cable.


Category 7

Category 7 cable, also known as Class F, is a fully shielded cable that supports speeds of up to 10 Gbps (10,000 Mbps) and bandwidths of up to 600 Mhz. Cat 7 cables consist of a screened, shielded twisted pair (SSTP) of wires, and the layers of insulation and shielding contained within them are even more extensive than that of Cat 6 cables. Because of this shielding, they are thicker, more bulky, and more difficult to bend. Additionally, each of the shielding layers must be grounded, or else performance may be reduced to the point that there will be no improvement over Cat 6, and performance may be worse than Cat 5. For this reason, it’s very important to understand the type of connectors at the ends of a Cat 7 cable.

 The following table summarizes the most common types of Ethernet cables, including their maximum data transmission speeds and maximum bandwidths. 


Cable Type

Maximum Data Transmission Speed

Maximum Bandwidth

Category 3


10 Mbps

16 MHz

Category 5


10/100 Mbps

100 MHz

Category 5 e


1000 Mbps

100 MHz

Category 6


1000 Mbps

250 MHz

Category 6 a


10,000 Mbps

500 MHz

Category 7


10,000 Mbps

600 MHz

With each successive category, there has been an increase in data transmission speed and bandwidth. To fully future-proof a network installation, the highest categories are recommended, but only if all of the other equipment on the network is capable of similar speeds. Otherwise, expensive cables will be only as fast as the slowest piece of hardware on the network.


Ethernet Cable Connectors

The ends of Ethernet cables that connect into a NIC, router, or other network device are known by several names. Modular connector, jack, or plug are the most commonly used terms. Shorter lengths of Ethernet cable are usually sold with the connectors already installed, but for custom installations requiring longer lengths, cable is often sold in bulk quantities, and connectors must be installed on the ends.

The most common type of connector for Ethernet installations is referred to as an "RJ-45" connector. It is officially known as an 8P8C connector, but this term is rarely used in the field, and the term "RJ-45" which was the telephone industry’s term for this connector’s wiring pattern, has become the customary colloquial name for the connector itself. Categories 3 through 6 all use the RJ-45 connector, but Cat 7 utilizes a specialized version of the RJ-45 called the GigaGate45 (GG45), which grounds the cable and allows for higher data transmission rates. There are two standard pin assignment configurations for RJ-45 connectors: T568A and T568B. The T568A standard is typically used in home applications, while T568B is used in business applications.

In every case, the specifications of the cable, such as its category, whether or not it is shielded, and whether or not it needs to be grounded, must match the specifications of the connector. For those who are confused or uncertain about crimping and installing connectors to cables manually, it is best to buy cables that already have connectors professionally installed.


Other Qualities of Ethernet Cables to Consider

There are a few important considerations that apply to all Ethernet cables. Data transmission rate and bandwidth both decrease with the increase of cable length, so the shorter the length, the better. For 10/100/1000BASE-T networks (those that have maximum speeds of 10, 100, or 1000 Mbps, including all the aforementioned cable types except for Categories 6a and 7), 100 meters is the maximum allowable cable length before the signal will degrade. For category 6a cables running at 10 Gbps speeds, 55 meters is the maximum allowable length, and even this length is only allowed in very good alien crosstalk conditions, or areas of low interference, such as when the cable is located far away from other cables that could cause interference.

There are some other terms regarding cable terminations that can complicate the shopping experience. Some cables are referred to as patch cables, while others are called crossover cables. Even though crossover and patch cables may look the same, they function differently. A patch cable is one that terminates with the same type of connector standard at both ends. The connectors terminating a patch cable can use the T568A or T568B standards, but both ends must be the same. A crossover cable, on the other hand, has one end that terminates in a T568A connector and another that terminates in a T568B connector. Patch cables are used to connect devices that are different from one another, such as a switch and a computer. Crossover cables are used to connect similar devices, as when a switch is connected to another switch, for example.

Another important distinction in Ethernet cables is whether they contain solid or stranded conductors.


Solid conductor cables have one solid wire per conductor, while stranded conductor cables have several strands of wire (typically seven) wrapped around each other to form a single conductor. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Solid conductor cables are best for fixed wires within the walls or structure of a building. The single conductors are sturdy enough to be punched down into wall jacks and patch panels, but not as easy to install into a typical RJ-45 connector. Stranded conductors, on the other hand, can fray when punched down into wall jacks, so they are better suited to be crimped into an RJ-45 connector. They are also more flexible and forgiving when bent at sharp angles, so they are better suited for patch cables and applications where the cable may be rolled up or otherwise moved around.

So when you’re setting up an Internet connection in your home or office, you’ll need to obtain the proper Ethernet cable to attach your computer to the modem. While connecting the cable is typically a simple task, finding the right one may be a bit more complex. While Ethernet cables may all look similar to one another, their specifications vary widely. It’s important to research what type of cable will work with your equipment, and you’ll also want to consider things like the price and quality of the cable, as well as the types and number of devices you’ll be connecting to your network. You could go for a cheap, industry standard solution such as Cat 5e cable or future-proof your network by opting for a Cat 7 cable. If you’re looking to connect one switch to another or bypass a router, maybe crossover cables are the solution, or maybe you need a lot of patch cables to connect more devices to your network. In any case, you’ll also want to ensure you’re purchasing the right length of Ethernet cable, and properly addressing any interference concerns. No matter what your networking needs are, eBay is sure to have the category, length, and condition of Ethernet cable to get you connected.


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CAT5 vs. CAT5e vs. CAT6

December 3 2014 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking

What is the difference between CAT5, CAT5E and CAT6 cable? Most people may be familiar with them. Because they are often used in computer networks, and also can be used to move data in home theatre applications. Category 5 (CAT5), Category 5E (CAT5E) and Category 6 (CAT6) cables are all twisted pair cables, available in solid and stranded varieties. What are their own features? In the following part, we will talk about the main difference between CAT5, CAT5e and CAT6.



CAT5 cable is the most common, and comes in two types—Unshielded Twisted Pair, known as UTP, and Screened Twisted Pair, called SCTP. The SCTP cable has an extra shield to limit outside interference, and is generally only used in Europe. UTP cables are used all over the states and come either solid or stranded. Solid CAT5 cables are stiff and the best choice for long distance transmissions. Stranded CAT5 is bendier and is often used as patch cable. The standard amount a CAT5 cable can handle is 100MHz, with the option for 10 or 100 Mbps Ethernet. A CAT5 cable can also carry more than one signal—such as two phone lines and a single 100BASE-T channel in one cable.


CAT5e is very similar to CAT5,the ‘e’ standing for enhanced. This cable has more ability for data transmission, with the option to transfer data at 1000 Mbps. Cat5e can also be used with Gigabit Ethernet and generally has less near-end crosstalk, or NEXT than standard CAT5 cables. When installing a new system, CAT5e cables are almost always used over CAT5, though most existing installations are still CAT5.

The most sophisticated of the three cables is CAT6. Although it is also comprised of four pieces of twisted pair copper wire, it has a longitudinal separator. This allows the cables to be separated from each other and, in turn, allows not only for an increased data transfer speed, but less crosstalk and double the bandwidth. CAT6 cabling is a good choice for most new systems, especially those that are evolving and might need more options in the future. CAT6 is perfect for 10 Gigabit Ethernet and can work at up to 250 MHz. The really intelligent aspect of CAT6 is that it is compatible with already installed CAT5 and CAT5e cabling.

With the ever-changing landscape of technology, when you are installing a new system, the best choice for an easily adaptable future is CAT6. However, CAT6 is more expensive, and often some companies just don’t need anything quite that sophisticated. If you are just wanting to expand your network a bit, CAT5e is a more cost-effective and the simpler choice. CAT5, though perfectly adequate for many existing systems, will just not be able to keep up with the speed and performance needs of tomorrow.

Category 5 Network Cable

Bandwidth up to 100MHz

Supports 10/100 Ethernet (Ethernet and Fast Ethernet)

Category 5E Network Cable

Bandwidth up to 350MHz

Supports 10/100/1000 Ethernet (Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet)

Backwards compatible with CAT5 cable

Reduced crosstalk compared to CAT5

Category 6 Network Cable

Bandwidth up to 550MHz

Supports 10/100/1000 Ethernet (Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet)

Backwards compatible with CAT5/CAT5E cable

Reduced crosstalk compared to CAT5/CAT5E

CAT5E supports Gigabit networking, but CAT6 is certified for Gigabit networking and will perform better over longer distances. Keep in mind that your network is only as fast as your slowest component, so unless every piece of your network (routers, cables, etc.) supports Gigabit Ethernet, you will not be able to reach those speeds.


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How to Connect 2 Routers and 3 Switches Correctly?

July 2 2014 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking

How to connect 2 routers and 3 switches correctly? It’s a common question for users to set or reset their network. What’s your experience and suggestions about this? One of Cisco champions called Hamza shared his problem of connecting 2 routers and 3 switches. And more Cisco champions discussed it together. Let’s check it. Any idea? Welcome…

The problem is: “I know how to connect a router with two switches and they're able to do successful communication. But If I extend the scenario to two routers and three switches, they don't communicate…

Consider the scenario details in the image


The thing is router 1 is unable to communicate with the third network. Similarly third network is unable to communicate with the first one.”

Adam Loveless: My guess would be that you need to configure some routing. Please either post up your sanitized configs or the Packer Tracer file.

Kev Santillan: Hello, you need some form of routing. A router will make its decision based on the information that it has in its own routing table. If Router 1 or Router 0 does not have a route to each remote network, then you will not be able to establish communication. Either use static routes or a routing protocol.

I also noticed that you have the same address ( for both routers. Is this just a typo?

…Hamza uploaded the pkt file



Kev Santillan (again): The reason why the routes are not learned by each node is because you have assigned a duplicate address ( to the interfaces that are in the same segment. Change the address of one of the routers to any other address within the /24 subnet and things will work as expected.

Hamza: So basically they should be of the same class in order to work but not the same id i.e the gateway?

Chandan Singh Takuli: Router conencts 2 different networks of any class or classless. If you know a & i know a too why would i ask you. same happens in routers too.

Every router must have all of its interface in different networks and every port must have a unique ip in a single topology or network. so that it can be identified accurately and reached.

Gateway is just like a door of a room. a single network/subnet is like a room. So when you wanna go to another network or room, you need to go through gateway or door in the room. 

Gateway ip must be a part/ip of the source network/subnet.


More than this problem

Rick raised his question: to Kev and Chandan: I tried that out-change one of the router interfaces from to But ping from far left hosts still can't reach far right hosts.  And for the two hosts in the middle, what default gateway can they use?

Kev Santillan: Hi Rick, ‘I tried that out-change one of the router interfaces from to  But ping from far left hosts still can't reach far right hosts.’ I believe modifying either of the addresses in Hamza's file should make things work immediately. Note that he is using /16 for the 172.16.X.X network. Check the mask that you have specified. Otherwise, please share the PT file.

‘And for the two hosts in the middle, what default gateway can they use?’ They can use either of the routers' addresses. If the "middle LAN" uses Router 2's address as the DG and tries to reach non-local networks, it will always pass through Router 2 first before being routed elsewhere. You can also use HSRP to have one dedicated gateway address but the logic will be the same. The active router will be the one to route traffic accordingly.

What’s your idea? Share here…

Discussion from https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/thread/72202?tstart=0


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Network Types: LAN, WAN, PAN and MAN

May 12 2014 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking

Learning the networking technology can help you understand the internet better. This is the media of connecting one or more persons with each other. By using internet, we can share our stories, knowledge, opinions and experiences with other people. We also can discuss interesting and hot topics with new friends by internet. Through internet you also can broaden our minds. Well, wow, wow, we know that internet is a network of networks. The main network types: LAN, WAN, PAN, and MAN. Are you confused with these network types? What do they all mean? In this article we will discuss and talk about what the exact LAN, WAN, PAN, and MAN network types are. The key difference is the geographical areas they serve.



LAN (Local Area Network) stands for local area network. It covers, as the name suggests, a local area. This usually includes a local office and they're also pretty common in homes now, thanks to the spread of Wi-Fi.

Whether wired or wireless, nearly all modern LANs are based on Ethernet. That wasn't the case in the 80s and 90s, where a number of standards, including NetBEUI, IPX and token ring and AppleTalk. Thanks in large part to its open technology, Ethernet rules supreme. It's been around since the early 70s and isn't going away anytime soon.

There are two ways to implement Ethernet: twisted-pair cables or wireless. Twisted pair cables plug into switches using RJ-45 connectors, similar to phone jacks. (Remember those?). Cables plug into switches, which can be connected to other networks. A connection to another network is a gateway that goes to another LAN or the Internet.

The other popular Ethernet access method is over Wi-Fi under the IEEE 802.11 standard. Almost all new routers can use the b/g/n standards. IEEE 802.11b and g operate in the 2.4 Ghz spectrum, while n operates in 2.4 and 5 Ghz, allowing for less interference and, thus, better performance. The downsides to wireless are the potential for interference and potential eavesdropping.


WAN (Wide Area Network), in contrast to a LAN, refers to a wide area network. The name is exactly what it sounds like: a network that covers an area wider than a LAN. Beyond that, the definition is less clear. Distances can range from a network connecting multiple buildings on a corporate or college campus to satellite links connecting offices in different countries. The most popular WAN is the one you're using to read this article: the Internet. It's actually a collection of other networks, including other LANs and WANs - hence, the name.

WANs can be wired, using fiber-optic cable, for example, or wireless. A wireless WAN might use microwave or infrared (IR) transmission technology, or even satellite. Laying fiber may make sense when connecting a campus but becomes more expensive when connecting greater distances. To save money, an organization may opt for wireless technology or lease lines from a third party.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Another method that has become popular in recent years is the use of a virtual private network, or VPN. It uses the Internet to allow people to log into a network remotely and access its resources, but encrypts the connection to thwart eavesdroppers. If your company sets you up with a VPN, you can access your corporate intranet, file servers or email from home or a coffee shop - just as if you were using it in your office. This makes VPN a popular way to support remote workers, especially in fields where privacy is paramount, such as healthcare. Windows, Mac OS X and many Linux distributions can act as VPN clients’ right out of the box.

Remote desktop virtualization takes this process even further. The entire desktop and applications run on a remote server, and are accessed from a client, which can run on a conventional laptop or even on mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones. This makes virtual desktops great for supporting BYOD (bring your own device) schemes. If a device is lost or stolen, the data is safe because it lives on a central server. Citrix and VMware are the biggest known vendors of virtual desktops.

Personal Area Network (PAN)

PAN stands for personal area network, and again, it's exactly what it sounds like: a network covering a very small area, usually a small room. The best known wireless PAN network technology is Bluetooth, and the most popular wired PAN is USB. You might not think of your wireless headset, your printer or your smartphones as components in a network, but they are definitely talking with each other. Many peripheral devices are actually computers in their own right. Wi-Fi also serves as a PAN technology, since Wi-Fi is also used over a small area.


A MAN (Metropolitan Area Network) (not to be confused with "man pages" in the UNIX and Linux world) connects nodes located in the same metro area. For example, a company located in the San Francisco Bay Area might have its buildings in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose linked together via a network.

One of the most common ways for organizations to build this kind of network is to use microwave transmission technology. You might have seen a microwave antenna on a TV news van, extended high in the air, beaming video and sound back to the main TV studio. It's also possible to wire buildings together using fiber-optic cable, but as with WANs, most organizations that use wires will lease them from another carrier. Laying cable themselves is quite expensive.

In the past, organizations that had a MAN used asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), FDDI or SMDS networks.

After we have got the main information of these main network types, we find that the concepts are really self-explanatory. We hope these tips and information useful for you to understand the essential internet in our life.

Rs from http://www.techopedia.com/2/29090/networks/lanwanman-an-overview-of-network-types

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