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Cisco 2500 & 2600 support for MPLS ???

Can Cisco Router 2500 & 2600 Series provide provide MPLS switching?

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Re: Cisco 2500 & 2600 support for MPLS ???

According to the CCO Feature Navigator, the 2500 and 2600 do not support MPLS. On the other hand I don't see any mention of the 3600 platform in there but I have used 3640 in testing MPLS features.

I wouldn't recommended using anything smaller than a 7200 as a PE router anyway.

If it is for testing purposes only you could probably try load a service provider image (12.0S) on one of these devices and see if you get the results you expect.

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Re: Cisco 2500 & 2600 support for MPLS ???

I've heard that a 2651 can act as a very limited PE router but I'm not sure on the IOS image required.

Minimum spec PE router I've used is the 3620.

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Re: Cisco 2500 & 2600 support for MPLS ???

2600 is fine for lab use....

milt-vpn-1>sh ver

Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software

IOS (tm) C2600 Software (C2600-J1S3-M), Version 12.3(1), RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc3)

Copyright (c) 1986-2003 by cisco Systems, Inc.

Compiled Thu 15-May-03 13:12 by dchih

Image text-base: 0x80008098, data-base: 0x819BC684

ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 11.3(2)XA4, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

milt-vpn-1 uptime is 1 week, 6 days, 21 hours, 12 minutes

System returned to ROM by reload

System image file is "flash:c2600-j1s3-mz.123-1.bin"

cisco 2611 (MPC860) processor (revision 0x202) with 59392K/6144K bytes of memory


Processor board ID JAB0321051M (1822838117)

M860 processor: part number 0, mask 49

Bridging software.

X.25 software, Version 3.0.0.

TN3270 Emulation software.

2 Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 interface(s)

1 Serial network interface(s)

2 Serial(sync/async) network interface(s)

32K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.

16384K bytes of processor board System flash (Read/Write)

Configuration register is 0x2102

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Re: Cisco 2500 & 2600 support for MPLS ???

2600 series router do support most function of mpls such as p, pe, they even support LDP in 12.3 telcom feature version IOS. but 2500 does not support any mpls features.

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Re: Cisco 2500 & 2600 support for MPLS ???

A 2500 supports MPLS features. Sort of...

It has NO problems running as a CE router. :)

= K


Re: Cisco 2500 & 2600 support for MPLS ???

For 2500 support ,the same query was raised long time ago on MPLS-OPS

R Raszuk had replied for the same.

Personally have used the 2500 for testing and it can emulate PE(2547b) and P function quite well.

Use it for Lab not prod.

R.Raszuk's reply:

2500 does not support MPLS simply because 2500 business unit decided so.

For lab trials, education etc ... Almost a year back Oct 20 2001 I have

compiled totally unsupported image which can be used on 2500 to run MPLS

and even some MPLS based applications (L3VPNs, TE etc ...) The location

is: name: *20oct2001

Feell free to play with it but don't call tac or complain when something

is not working !


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Re: Cisco 2500 & 2600 support for MPLS ???

Beside 2500, did 2620 / 3600 / 1700 support it? I just want a testing equipment. In fact, CPU of 1700 is faster than that of 2500, so did 1700 able to handle it?

And I found 7200 support MPLS, what about uBR7200 ?

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Re: Cisco 2500 & 2600 support for MPLS ???

2600 can be mpls pe , I did mpls vpn & TE lab with a few 2600 router. but i forget the ios version

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