Configuring Catalyst Switches

Cisco Catalyst switches come in many flavors—some run 10Mbps, and some jam all the way up to 10Gbps switched ports with a combination of twisted-pair and fiber. These newer switches (specifically the 2960s and 3560s) have more intelligence, so they can give you data fast—video and voice services, too.

It’s time to get down to it—I’m going to show you how to start up and configure a Cisco Catalyst switch using the command-line interface (CLI). After you get the basic commands down in this chapter, in the next chapter I’ll show you how to configure virtual LANs (VLANs) plus Inter-Switch Link (ISL), 802.1q trunking, and Cisco’s Virtual Trunk Protocol (VTP).

Here’s a list of the basic tasks we’ll be covering in the following ...

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