Cisco Catalyst 2950 LRE Series Switches

EoS and EoL Announcement for the Cisco Catalyst 2950 LRE 997 Switch

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Cisco Systems® announces the end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for the Cisco® Catalyst® 2950 LRE 997 Switch. The last day to order the Cisco Catalyst 2950 LRE 997 Switch will be January 25, 2005. Customers with active service contracts may continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) until January 25, 2010. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the Cisco Catalyst 2950 LRE 997 switches.


Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco Catalyst 2950 LRE Series switches, which provide advanced Layer 2-4 intelligent services. Customers can deploy advanced quality of service (QoS), granular rate-limiting, enhanced network security, and multicast management networkwide-while maintaining the simplicity of traditional LAN switching.
Information about the Cisco Catalyst 2950 LRE Series can be found at:


Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco Catalyst 2900 LRE XL 997 Switches and Modules




End-of-sale and end-of-life announcement

The date the document that announces the end of sale and end of life of a product is distributed to the general public.

October 25, 2004

End-of-sale date

The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.

January 25, 2005

Last shipment date

The last-possible ship date that can be requested of Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers. Actual ship date is dependent on lead time.

April 25, 2005

End of software maintenance releases

The last date that Cisco Engineering may release any final software maintenance releases or bug fixes. After this date, Cisco Engineering will no longer develop, repair, maintain, or test the product software.

January 25, 2006

End of routine failure analysis date

The last-possible date a routine failure analysis may be performed to determine the cause of product failure or defect.

January 25, 2006

End of new service attachment

For equipment and software that is not covered by a service-and-support contract, this is the last date to order a new service-and-support contract or add the equipment and/or software to an existing service-and-support contract.

January 25, 2006

End of service contract renewal

The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product. The extension or renewal period cannot extend beyond the last date of support.

October 25, 2009

Last date of support

The last date to receive service and support for the product. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete.

January 25, 2010


Table 2. Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement

End-of-Sale Product Part Numbers

Product Description


24-port LRE switch DC power Plan 997


LRE CPE Plan 997


LRE CPE Plan 997-6 pack


LRE CPE Plan 997-24 pack



The recommended replacement products for the Cisco Catalyst 2950 LRE 997 switches are listed in Table 3.


Table 3. Product Migration Options

End-of-Sale Part Number

Recommended Replacement Part Number

Replacement Product Description



24 LRE Ports + 2 10/100/1000BASE-T ports + 2 SFP
Enhanced Software Image



Long Reach Ethernet CPE



Long Reach Ethernet CPE-6 pack



Long Reach Ethernet CPE-24 pack


Customers can use the Cisco Technology Migration Plan (TMP) to trade in products and receive credit toward the purchase of new Cisco equipment.


Frequently asked questions about the Cisco Catalyst 2950 LRE Series can be found at: