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Bridge a Catalyst 2900 XL (WS-C2924C-XL-EN)

Hi , i've recently got a 2900XL which is running very slow. The network traffic passing through is at very low speeds (2 mbps). I've tried to use a CNET switch instead of the 2900XL and the traffic is about 5 mbps. So , does anyone know how to configure this switch so that the network traffic will get a couple of mbps faster ?

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Purple

Re: Bridge a Catalyst 2900 XL (WS-C2924C-XL-EN)

sounds like you should leave the switchports as auto for both speed and duplex .

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New Member

Re: Bridge a Catalyst 2900 XL (WS-C2924C-XL-EN)

You may want to check for duplex mis-matches between the 2900XL and the devices attached to it ... just an idea.

Dave

Purple

Re: Bridge a Catalyst 2900 XL (WS-C2924C-XL-EN)

Dave is correct check for that on all your ports . Any ports running full duplex should not be seeing any errors . Clear the counters and see if any ports are rapidly increasing errors .

New Member

Re: Bridge a Catalyst 2900 XL (WS-C2924C-XL-EN)

Okay , cleared the counters and transfered a 244 mb file. No errors. I checked the duplex and all ports has full duplex. The CPU usage is:

CPU utilization for five seconds: 27%/5%; one minute: 27%; five minutes: 27%

Also good to know is that the console shows this everytime i boot up that switch:

C2900XL POST FAILURE: front-end post: FastEthernet0/1:

C2900XL POST FAILURE: looped-back packet not received

C2900XL POST FAILURE: front-end post: FastEthernet0/13:

C2900XL POST FAILURE: looped-back packet not received

C2900XL POST FAILURE: front-end post: FastEthernet0/14:

C2900XL POST FAILURE: looped-back packet not received

C2900XL POST FAILURE: front-end post: FastEthernet0/15:

C2900XL POST FAILURE: looped-back packet not received

C2900XL POST FAILURE: front-end post: FastEthernet0/16:

C2900XL POST FAILURE: looped-back packet not received

FOUND an unknown transceiver on port 13

00:00:14: %LINK-4-ERROR: is experiencing errors

FOUND an unknown transceiver on port 14

FOUND an unknown transceiver on port 15

FOUND an unknown transceiver on port 16

The ports 13,14,15,16 are not working , got no link when using them. But the others are working. I can post the config if anyone wants.

Purple

Re: Bridge a Catalyst 2900 XL (WS-C2924C-XL-EN)

Its failing POST you need a new switch .

New Member

Re: Bridge a Catalyst 2900 XL (WS-C2924C-XL-EN)

Yeah , i know but the switch is still working.

I can get a link on other ports but 1,13,14,15,16.

The ports 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,17,18,19,20,21,22 is working perfectly. The problem is that the switch is running slower than my other switches , which has nothing to do with this switch.

Purple

Re: Bridge a Catalyst 2900 XL (WS-C2924C-XL-EN)

You say the ports are set as full duplex you must verify the attached devices are also hardcoded to full duplex if they are set as auto there is a speed duplex mismatch , if your cnet switch was set as auto that would indicate that the pc client nics are auto and your switchports are hardcoded which is incorrect , try setting your ports as auto . Set interfaces

as speed auto , duplex auto .

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Re: Bridge a Catalyst 2900 XL (WS-C2924C-XL-EN)

Okay , tested to hardcode the switchports and auto-code them and everything goes faster when i auto-code them. I have tested Everything with this config:

1.Auto-Duplex - Auto-Speed

2.100-Coded duplex - Auto-Speed

Purple

Re: Bridge a Catalyst 2900 XL (WS-C2924C-XL-EN)

sounds like you should leave the switchports as auto for both speed and duplex .

New Member

Re: Bridge a Catalyst 2900 XL (WS-C2924C-XL-EN)

Maybe...i will soon test a bit more with the bandwidth....I will do that tomorrow.

New Member

Re: Bridge a Catalyst 2900 XL (WS-C2924C-XL-EN)

I have tested the bandwidth with this configuration:

1.Disabled Spanning Tree on all VLANs.

2.Disabled CGMP

3.Duplex Auto on all ports

4.Highest bandwidth set on VLAN 10

5.Disabled CDP

6.VTP mode Transparent

7.Management VLAN: 1

8.Assigned IP Address 192.168.1.83 to VLAN 1

9.Assigned IP Address 192.168.2.83 to VLAN 10

Note: VLAN1 is the management VLAN and VLAN 10 is the "network" VLAN. All Ports are assigned to VLAN10

With this configuration , no bandwidth is lost. I even got 13.4 MB/S as the top speed!

The speed were even better when i tried to shutdown vlan 1

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