No. Sups are designed for their appropriate family of switches. So a Cat5xxx sup cannot be used in CAT6xxx. For the 6500 sup to do Layer 3 routing, you need to have an MSFC. Sup1 engine does not come with MSFC. We have Sup1a which comes with an optional MSFC/MSFC2
Maybe you can help with this delema. I had a very nice proposal for a 4006 with a sup II engine for a new back bone. The CTO found and bought a 5500 with a sup III engine, and 6 ws-x5239-rj21 blades. and a 6509 with a sup I engine. ( do not know yet if it an (a) or not ) with 48 Gigabit ports on 4 blades and a 36 10/100 copper blade.
Will the blades interchange between a 5500 and a 6500 ( ie) the fiber gigabit blades. If so I can use the 5500 for the backbone and the 6500 somewhere else?
The blades are not compatable between the 5500/6500. The 6500 has the capability of 256 Gbps with the use of SFM and is loaded with features. The Cat5500 with SupIII does have features, but it an older product. If you are looking to investing in backbone, I would suggest using the Cat6500 for investment protection and new features will only be available on Cat4k/6500.
If you are going to get a 4006, get it with a SupIII instead of SupII even if you are not planning on using Layer 3 functionality.
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