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Cisco Catalyst 1900

Can anyone tell me if I can use the Catalyst 1900s for a home lab. I am taking the CCNA and have access to 2 of them for free. Problem is , I believe the ios is version 9. If they are useable, is there an upgrade image out there anywhere?


Re: Cisco Catalyst 1900

They are not a good option as the command line is different than current IOS offerings. If possible dig up a 2950 switch.

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Re: Cisco Catalyst 1900

Thanks. I appreciate your input. They were laying around my office and I was unsure if they had any use at all.

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Re: Cisco Catalyst 1900

Hello David,

1900 actually have a firmware that comes in two versions:

standard edition: a text menu based interface

enterprise edition: can have an IOS like CLI and can use AAA like TACACS+ for authentication but they are different then modern switch : no voice vlan concept for example, also show commands are limited and with different output.

A c2950 would be better, if with enterprise edition you can use them as second switch.

Only possible upgrade is to 9.0.7 or like they are old systems.

Hope to help


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