2501, 2610 Routers & 2916M-XL Switch - ICND2

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Jul 28th, 2008

1.) Can someone please explain to me exactly how I am going to connect a 25XX router to a switch? I have a 2501 and a Cat2916m-xl switch but the router only has serial ports (I knew this to begin with, I just consoled in to practice commands for my CCENT)

2.) Also, does the Catalyst 2916M-XL support all ICND2 functions such as 802.1Q and VTP?

3.) One last thing, will two 2610's be a good lab environment mixed with two 2916M-XL's for ICND2? I'm also hoping to throw my 2501 in as a third wheel somewhere.


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jim_berlow Mon, 07/28/2008 - 13:21

1) Your 2501 has an AUI interface. This is an interface for ethernet. You need to have a transceiver to use that interface. Those are cheap on ebay - buy one so that you can connect the 2501 to your switch.

2) Your safe on VTP - nearly all IOS versions offer support for that. You might have access to 802.1q on that switch - might not. That will depend on the IOS version loaded.

3) Those devices will work fine for a lab. And for what its worth - putting together your own lab is a great way to learn about the various models and wan cards.

Good Luck,


ChaosInMind Fri, 08/01/2008 - 06:07

Thank you! I'm purchasing three 2610's for $90. I'm excited to know that they support OSPF and EIGRP.

I think between two Cat2916M-XL's, One Cisco 2501, and three 2610's, I should have one very nice lab setup.

As for the IOS version of the 2916M-XL, the latest IOS version I was able to load is 11.2(8.12)SA6. Its also documented in the release notes that 11.2(8.12)SA6 is the newest that the device supports, due to limited Flash/DRAM size.


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