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Cat 5505 with Sup Engine IIIG cannot support EtherChannel??

I tried enabling port channel on the GE ports on the Sup IIIG engine, i received a prompt telling me that the feature is not supported. Below is the output of sh version ->

WS-C5505 Software, Version McpSW: 6.1(1) NmpSW: 6.1(1)

Copyright (c) 1995-2000 by Cisco Systems

NMP S/W compiled on Sep 30 2000, 11:58:58

MCP S/W compiled on Sep 30 2000, 11:40:00

System Bootstrap Version: 5.1(1)

Hardware Version: 1.0 Model: WS-C5505 Serial #: 066567783

Mod Port Model Serial # Versions

--- ---- ---------- --------- ----------------------------------------

1 2 WS-X5550 013485373 Hw : 1.1

Fw : 5.1(1)

Fw1: 5.1(1)

Sw : 6.1(1)

2 2 WS-X5550 013520165 Hw : 1.1

Fw : 5.1(1)

Fw1: 5.1(1)

Sw : 6.1(1)

3 24 WS-X5234 024706778 Hw : 1.1

Fw : 4.5(2)

Sw : 6.1(1)

DRAM FLASH NVRAM

Module Total Used Free Total Used Free Total Used Free

------ ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ----- ----- -----

1 32768K 17448K 15320K 8192K 4321K 3871K 512K 173K 339K

Doing a show port capabilities confirmed that the GE ports on the Sup IIIG engine doesn't support port channel. Upgrading the CatOS to version 6.3(5) doesn't help either. Is it because the bootstrap version is too old?

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Re: Cat 5505 with Sup Engine IIIG cannot support EtherChannel??

Most of the limitations on the 5500s are due to the cards and not in fact to the OS running on the switch. You may want to look into the cards themselves rather than the OS. Also, the 5500 has a 3.2GB backplane, so adding a port channel isn't really buying you too much. This may have been a design consideration in whether or not to support GECs in the 5500.

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