I just installed a 2801 router with a HWIC-D-9ESW 9-port EtherSwitch. This is my first experience with the EtherSwitches and I'm having some problems.
All of the EtherSwitch ports were recognized by the router, but the switched and routed interfaces were not talking to each other. In order to make it work, I had to patch a cable between a port on the EtherSwitch and F0/0 on the router, assign an IP address to F0/0, and use the "bridge irb" command.
I can't believe that this is the way that this is intended to work - and plus, I'm now short one port for my nine devices. What am I missing?
One thought is that I have 12.4 on the router and maybe I need 12.4T - is this the case?
No necessarily. The only reason to create an additional Vlan other Vlan1 is if you were to have some inter-vlan routing within the module.
In your case, just assign the IP address under Vlan 1 and leave the switchport as is. You should be able to ping from Vlan 1 to the connected device on the switchport if they reside in the same IP subnet.
Thanks for the rating !