Advanced Switching Features and Technologies of Interface Module
he WS-X6148-GE-TX Cisco Catalyst 48 Ports Switching Module is a high-performance switching module that provides advanced features and technologies for efficient network management and operation. Some of the key advanced switching features and technologies of this module include:
- Quality of Service (QoS): The WS-X6148-GE-TX supports advanced QoS features such as traffic shaping, prioritization, and congestion management to ensure that critical applications and services receive the necessary bandwidth and resources.
- Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP): The module supports LACP, which allows for automatic configuration of link aggregation groups (LAGs) to increase bandwidth and provide redundancy.
- Virtual LANs (VLANs): The module supports VLANs, which allow for segmentation of the network into multiple logical networks, providing increased security and improved traffic management.
- Spanning Tree Protocol (STP): The module supports STP, which prevents loops in the network by automatically blocking certain ports to create a loop-free topology.
- Access Control Lists (ACLs): The module supports ACLs, which provide granular control over network traffic by allowing administrators to create rules to permit or deny traffic based on specific criteria.
- Security: The module supports advanced security features such as 802.1X port-based authentication and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) snooping to help protect the network from unauthorized access and malicious attacks.
- Management and Monitoring: The module supports advanced management and monitoring features such as Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and CiscoWorks management software to provide detailed information on the performance and status of the network.
Implementing Spanning Tree Protocol
The Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) is a network protocol that helps prevent loops and broadcast storms in a network by creating a loop-free topology. The WS-X6148-GE-TX Cisco Catalyst 48 Ports Switching Module supports the implementation of STP.
To implement STP on the WS-X6148-GE-TX, the following steps can be taken:
- Configure the switch as the root bridge: The switch that is configured as the root bridge will be responsible for sending out Bridge Protocol Data Units (BPDUs) and determining the best path for data to travel through the network.
- Configure the switch ports: Each port on the switch can be configured as either a root port or a designated port. Root ports are the ports that are connected to the root bridge, while designated ports are the ports that are connected to other switches.
- Configure the STP timers: STP uses timers such as the hello timer and the forward delay timer to determine when a switch should send out BPDUs and when it should transition a port from blocking to forwarding state.
- Enable STP on the switch: Once the switch has been configured as the root bridge, the ports have been configured, and the timers have been set, STP can be enabled on the switch.
- Verify the STP configuration: The configuration can be verified by checking the status of the ports and ensuring that they are in the correct state. Additionally, the switch can be checked to ensure that it is sending out BPDUs.
By following these steps, the WS-X6148-GE-TX Cisco Catalyst 48 Ports Switching Module can successfully implement the Spanning Tree Protocol, ensuring a loop-free topology and preventing broadcast storms.
Network management and security of Catalyst Switch
The WS-X6148-GE-TX Cisco Catalyst 48 Ports Switching Module is a powerful and reliable network switch that can be used to manage and secure large enterprise networks. The following are some key features and capabilities of this switch that are relevant to network management and security:
- VLAN Support: The WS-X6148-GE-TX supports up to 4,096 VLANs, which allows for the creation of multiple isolated network segments within a single switch. This can be used to segment networks for security and management purposes, such as creating separate VLANs for different departments or user groups.
- Quality of Service (QoS): The switch supports advanced QoS features, such as traffic shaping and prioritization, which can be used to ensure that critical applications and services receive the necessary bandwidth and low latency.
- Access Control Lists (ACLs): The WS-X6148-GE-TX supports ACLs, which can be used to control and restrict network access based on various criteria, such as IP address, MAC address, or protocol. This can be used to implement security policies and prevent unauthorized access to the network.
- Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP): The switch supports LACP, which can be used to bundle multiple physical links into a single logical link for increased bandwidth and redundancy. This can be used to improve network availability and reduce the impact of link failures.
- Network Management: The WS-X6148-GE-TX can be managed and configured using a variety of tools, such as the Cisco IOS command-line interface, the Cisco Network Assistant, or a web-based interface. This allows for easy and centralized management of the switch and the network as a whole.
Manufacturer Cisco Systems, Inc
Manufacturer Part Number WS-X6148-GE-TX
Brand Name Cisco
Product Name 48-Port Interface Module for 6500
Product Type Interface Module
Interface Type 10/100/1000Base-T
Number of Ports/Channels 48
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches
Application/Usage Data Networking
Interfaces/Ports 48 x 10/100/1000Base-T LAN
48 x RJ-45 10/100/1000Base-T Network LAN
48 x RJ-45 100/1000Base-T LAN
Category 6 STP/UTP 10/100/1000Base-T
Category 5 UTP 10/100/1000Base-T
Certifications & Standards-
Distance Supported 328.08 ft Category 5 UTP
Memory 128 MB Buffer Memory Per Port
Data Transfer Rate-
10 Mbps Ethernet
100 Mbps Fast Ethernet
1 Gbps Gigabit Ethernet
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