INSTALLING AND CONFIGURING IP ADDRESS ON HWIC-4ESW INTERFACE

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Dec 29th, 2008

Hi everybody,

compliments of the season.

I added a four ports interface card (HWIC-4ESW) to our router 2800 series router (2811).

when i tried to configure an ip address on the fast ethernet 0/0/0 interface, it was showing me that i may not configure ip address on L2 link.

please what does this mean.

And how can i assign ip address to the interfaces.

The interfaces were installed so that I wouldnt have to use sub interfaces to link some of my networks.

I prefer using physical interface instead of sub interfaces which was why we got the extra interfaces but without being able to set ip address on the interfaces the purpose will be defeated.

Can some one help me out please.

Thanks for sharing from your experience.

Tom.

I have this problem too.
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Correct Answer by Sushil Kumar Katre about 8 years 3 weeks ago

Hi Tom,

The behavior for HWIC-4ESW which you have observed is normal. This module is a layer 2 module and does not have layer 3 functionality. Just the way you can not assign IP addresses directly on a 2960 switch, you can not assign ip address directly on the physical interface of this router.

However, what you can do is, to create 4 VLANs and 4 SVIs on the router. Assign an IP address on each of these SVIs and then bind each physical interface with a particular VLAN.

Have a look at the following link - http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios/12_3t/12_3t8/feature/guide/esw_cfg.html#wp1051418

HTH.

-> Sushil

Correct Answer by Jon Marshall about 8 years 3 weeks ago

Tom

The HWIC-4ESW is the equivalent of a layer 2 switch only so you can't assign IP addresses to the physical ports. What you can do is create a L3 SVI and assign the port into that vlan ie.

create the vlan

2811# vlan database

2811(vlan)# vlan 10

2811(vlan)# exit

int vlan 10

ip address 192.168.5.1 255.255.255.0

and then assign the interface into that vlan

int fa0/0/0

switchport access vlan 10

Jon

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Jon Marshall Tue, 12/30/2008 - 00:21

Tom

The HWIC-4ESW is the equivalent of a layer 2 switch only so you can't assign IP addresses to the physical ports. What you can do is create a L3 SVI and assign the port into that vlan ie.

create the vlan

2811# vlan database

2811(vlan)# vlan 10

2811(vlan)# exit

int vlan 10

ip address 192.168.5.1 255.255.255.0

and then assign the interface into that vlan

int fa0/0/0

switchport access vlan 10

Jon

tomocisco Tue, 12/30/2008 - 05:38

Hi Jon,

I've noted your input above.

I'll now try it out on my network. I believe it will work.

I'll get back to you.

Thanks so much.

Tom

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Sushil Kumar Katre Tue, 12/30/2008 - 03:04

Hi Tom,

The behavior for HWIC-4ESW which you have observed is normal. This module is a layer 2 module and does not have layer 3 functionality. Just the way you can not assign IP addresses directly on a 2960 switch, you can not assign ip address directly on the physical interface of this router.

However, what you can do is, to create 4 VLANs and 4 SVIs on the router. Assign an IP address on each of these SVIs and then bind each physical interface with a particular VLAN.

Have a look at the following link - http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios/12_3t/12_3t8/feature/guide/esw_cfg.html#wp1051418

HTH.

-> Sushil

tomocisco Tue, 12/30/2008 - 05:35

Hi Sushil,

Thanks so much.

I looked at the link you suggested and it is very informative. I will now try out the configurations on our network.

I'll get back to you.

Thanks

Tom

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