I am trying to buy a set based command switch, like the 5500 series. Does the Supervisor Engine III module act like a router, can I do multi-layer switching ? Do I need additional cards along with the Supervisor Engine III to achieve MLS.
5000 series switches are end of life products. So you should be looking for either 4000/4500 series or the 6500 series switches depending upon the port density and features you need. You can use the Sup III with 4000 series switches to run Layer 3 routing. A set of features supported are listed here. Yes sup III can do layer 3/4 switching.
on the 4000/4500 Series, Layer 2 and Layer 3/4 switching is integrated on a single hardware engine on the Cisco Catalyst Supervisor Engine III, eliminating the need for a separate RSFC. But since you indicated that you need a set-based device, these won´t do you any good since these are all IOS-based. They are a lot more expensive as well; I have seen 5000/5500 switches for accepatable prices (I guess it depends on what you want to spend) on Ebay.
Is there a specific reason why you want a set-based switch (e.g. for studying the set based commands)?
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