Posts Tagged ‘MAC address table’

Gratuitous ARP and Basics of Connecting a Cisco IOS Switch with a Cisco CatOS Switch

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Cisco Catalyst C4003

Cisco Catalyst C4003

Some of you may have an old Cisco Catalyst switch laying around that you may want to put to use. CatOS is the old Cisco operating system for Catalyst switches that predates IOS; it can still be found on some of the old Catalyst switches which are now End of Life (EOL). In this lab I connect a Cisco Catalyst 3548-XL (Model WS-C3548-XL-EN) [IOS 12.0(5)WC13] with a Cisco Catalyst 4003 chassis (Model WS-C4003) [CatOS 5.5(20)] to demonstrate basic configuration and switching between the two. Gratuitous ARP is also discussed and demonstrated in this lab. The setup is as shown in the below lab diagram. (more…)

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Functionality of Layer 2 Switches/Bridges

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Layer 2 Switching

Layer 2 Switching (STP Needed)

Layer 2 switches and bridges switch frames on a network while layer 3 routers route packets between networks. I once heard a network engineer being asked if a network can be made faster if the network is optimized to use more switches than routers. The network engineer answered that it shouldn’t matter. Of course, this is wrong. Think about it, if your network is just switching, the switches do not have to concern themselves with looking at the network layer; this significantly cuts down on the overhead since there is no need to decode the network header information at every stop like is done by a router. There are some concerns to keep in mind if your network starts to get too big which I discuss near the end of the blog. (more…)

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