hi Guys, I''m ordering Metroethernet connection for one of our sites and normally, we provide a router with an RJ45 interface and
the provider basically gives us an RJ45 line. All we do is program the FastEthernet interface of the router with an IP and off we go.
My question is - is it possible to use a Layer 3-enabled 3560 Switch instead and just use one of the 48 ports? I understand normally,
you create a layer 3 interface not by adding an IP to a port but creating a VLAN IP.
Will this work for a metroE deployment or do I need a real router for this?
You can configure one of the compatible ports as a layer 3 port and connect it to the MetroE connection. That will work just like your router. Under the port configuration you need to disable switchport mode (no switchport) and then configure the IP address. One thing you need to remember is the switch will not support some of the features like VPN (terminating on the switch), tunnels, and NAT. If you are not using any of those features, I do not see any reason why you should not be using the switch instead of a router. Hope this helps.