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What is the difference between LAN Base, LAN Lite and IP Lite.

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they have different feature

they have different feature sets but ip lite is only on XR and X models of 2960s basically can do stripped down version of routing

Q. What are the similarities between the Cisco Catalyst 2960 LAN Base and LAN Lite switches?

A. Both Cisco Catalyst 2960 LAN Base and LAN Lite Switches support the following capabilities:

• Scalable and highly secure network management: Secure Shell (SSH), Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), Secure Copy Protocol (SCP), and SNMPv3 crypto

• Network management tool support by CiscoWorks, Cisco Network Assistant, and Catalyst Device Manager

• Baseline Network Admission Control and 802.1x MAC Auth Bypass and Protected Port

• Voice VLAN and voice-aware port security, BPDU Guard, and Root Guard

• Standard QoS with Class of Service (CoS) marking, Shaped Round Robin, Weighted Tail Drop, and Strict Priority scheduling

• Link aggregation using Port Aggregation Protocol (PAgP) and 802.3ad LACP

• Complete Spanning Tree Protocol support via 802.1s, 802.1w, and PVST+

• VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), Cisco Discovery Protocol v2, and LLDP

• Multicast support in hardware with IGMP Snooping, Filtering, and Querier

• Troubleshooting and monitoring tools such as TDR, SPAN, and UDLD

For a full list of software features supported by the Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series, visit

Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR IP-Lite High-Performance Routing

The Cisco hardware routing architecture delivers extremely high-performance IP routing in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR IP-Lite Switches:

• IP unicast routing protocols (Static, Routing Information Protocol Version 1 [RIPv1], and RIPv2, RIPng are supported for small-network routing applications.

• Advanced IP unicast routing protocols (OSPF for Routed Access) are supported for load balancing and constructing scalable LANs. IPv6 routing (OSPFv3) is supported in hardware for maximum performance.

• Equal-cost routing facilitates Layer 3 load balancing and redundancy across the stack.

• Policy-based routing (PBR) allows superior control by facilitating flow redirection regardless of the routing protocol configured.

• Hot Standby Routing Protocol (HSRP) and Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) provides dynamic load balancing and failover for routed links.

• Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) for IP multicast is supported, including PIM sparse mode (PIM-SM), PIM dense mode (PIM-DM), PIM sparse-dense mode and Source Specific Multicast (SSM).

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The main differences between

The main differences between LAN Base and LAN Lite is that switches running LAN Base are a lot more feature rich such as: 

• Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in 8-, 24-, and 48-port configurations 

• RPS support and support for a wide range of SFP transceivers 

• Enhanced security through Layer 2-4 access control lists (ACLs), DHCP Snooping, and more extensive Network Admission Control capabilities such as Web authentication and 802.1x enhancements

Additional QoS capabilities: The LAN Base IOS supports policing, class and policy maps, differentiated services code point (DSCP), AutoQoS, and configurable queue weights, buffers, and thresholds 

• Higher network-level availability with features such as Flex Links and Link State Tracking  •

•Increased number of VLANs (256) and other enhancements such as IPv6 Host, MLD Snooping, LLDP-MED, RSPAN, MVR, DHCP Option 82, and IP SLA (responder) 

IP LITE is a subset of IP service license with limited functionality.  Here is a list of what some of the features are:

   Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v1

   Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v2

   Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) v2 Routed Access

   Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) v3 Routed Access

   Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) stub

   Equal-cost routing

   Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)

   Protocol Independent Multicast PIM (Sparse Mode, Dense Mode, Sparse Dense Mode, Source Specific Multicast) stub

   Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) for IPv4

   Private VLAN

   IPv6 First Hop Security source guard

   Per-VLAN and per-port policers

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