3662 router pcmcia flash card max size?

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Just bought three 3662 routers with 128M Ram and 32M Flash to add to my CCNP lab. There is two PCMCIA slots (flash cards). What is the max PCMAIA (Flash cards) available? Looking to see if there's 64Meg+ cards available so I can store larger IOS's greater than my 32M internal flash. Also do the 3662 use what is called linear flash?

Thanks Chris

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clewane Thu, 03/27/2008 - 11:16

Hi Chris,

The largest PCMCIA flash card size that should be supported on the 3660s is 20 MB. They are considered linear flash cards (as opposed to ATA flash disks which you will see on some other router platforms). However, using the internal flash SIMMs, you can upgrade a 3660 to support 64 MB flash memory.

If you are looking for additional flash to store larger IOS images, I would recommend purchasing internal flash SIMMs. There are two slots for internal flash memory on a 3660 -- you probably have two 16 MB ones installed now, if your routers have 32 MB flash total. Look for some 32 MB SIMMs (the part number should be MEM3600-32FS) for each router. The SIMMs can be different sizes, so if you only need 48 MB flash you can replace one of your 16 MB SIMMs with a 32 MB one and have a total of 48 MB. If you need 64 MB, then replace both 16 MB SIMMs with two 32 MB ones.

Here's a document for you on replacing memory on the 3600s:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/routers/access/3600/hardware/notes/3636mem.html

Hope this helps,

Chris

clewane Thu, 03/27/2008 - 13:59

Hello again Chris,

On one occasion, I have seen a 3600 series router use a larger size linear flash card (I think it was a 32 MB card), but technically according to Cisco documentation, the largest flash card supported is 20 MB.

These are older routers, and I don't remember if many larger capacity flash cards were even available at the time... so it may be limited due to a combination of the hardware and/or IOS.

Chris

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