Very simple hardware question

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Oct 19th, 2009
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Hey all,

I'm a CCNA without any real world experience. I'm trying to find a WIC for a 2801 that has at least one gigabit interface (fibre). I've been digging around for half an hour online, and most of what I find is HWICs, which it looks like the 2801 doesn't support. What do I need?

Thanks in advance. ;)

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Lucien Avramov Mon, 10/19/2009 - 15:11
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I did read your post too fast.

There is no HWIC for the fiber for 2801.

You need to upgrade the router for that feature.

Sushil Kumar Katre Mon, 10/19/2009 - 20:54
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Hi Anthony,

The links which Lucien has sent states that this GE HWIC is supported on a 2801 router with IOS 12.4(15)T9, IP Base, Table 2.

As far as HWIC slot on 2801 is concerned you get -

2 slots which support HWIC, WIC, VIC, or VWIC

1 slot which supports WIC, VIC, or VWIC 1 slot which supports VIC or VWIC

So to me it looks like HWIC-1GE-SFP is supporte on 2801 router.

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iyde Wed, 10/21/2009 - 05:35
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Correct, the HWIC-1GE-SFP is supported with 12.4(15)T9 or newer. But as Guiseppe writes, you shall not expect to have a full 1GE throughput.


Giuseppe Larosa Tue, 10/20/2009 - 01:37
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Hello Anthony,

be aware that a GE port on a C2801 would be just nominal : router performance are far lower then a GE port.

It could just solve an interconnection issue.

Have you got a free FE port on the device?

Hope to help



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