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Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series FAQ

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General

Q. What is the primary positioning of the Cisco ® Catalyst ® 4500 E-Series?
A. The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series is the Cisco lead modular access portfolio. This platform is positioned for enterprise wiring closet, small and medium-sized business (SMB) core/aggregation, and metro fiber to the home, office, and so on (FTTX)/aggregation.

Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisors

Q. What is being introduced with the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E launch?
A. The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E is the next generation of enterprise-class switching engine and provides full convergence between wired and wireless networks on a single platform.
Q. What it means to be converged wired and wireless platform?
A. Wired and wireless convergence brings IOS excellence and consistency to wireless by extending wired infrastructure features, resiliency, application visibility and granular QoS.
Q. How much wireless traffic is terminated on Catalyst 4500E?
A. New Supervisor Engine 8-E is hardware ready to provide up-to 20G of wireless termination.
Q. Are the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E, 7-E, and 7L-E supported in classic chassis?
A. No. The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E, 7-E, and 7L-E work only with E-Series chassis.
Q. What type of uplinks are supported on the different supervisor engines?
A. Table 1 summarizes available uplinks

Table 1. Available Uplinks

Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E

Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 7‑E

Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 7L-E

Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6‑E

Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6L-E

Uplinks

8x10G or 8x1G

4x10G or 4x1G

2x10G or 4x1G

2 X2

2 X2

Type

Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+)/SFP

SFP+/SFP

SFP+/SFP

X2

X2

Q. Are Nonstop Forwarding (NSF), Stateful Switchover (SSO), and In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) supported with redundant supervisor engines?
A. Yes, these features are supported on all shipping Cisco Catalyst 4500E supervisor engines.

Licensing

Q. What different levels of software licenses are available on the Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series?
A. The following levels are available:

Cisco IOS® XE Software LAN Base: This feature set on the bundles provides Layer 2 features for access.

Cisco IOS XE Software IP Base: This feature set is upgradable with a software activation license (SAL). Itincludes all Layer 2 features and some basic Layer 3 features. ISSU and SSO are supported in this package.

Cisco IOS XE Software Enterprise Services: This feature set is upgradable with a SAL; it supports full Layer 3 protocols and advanced features such as complete routing scalability, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Virtual Route Forwarding (VRF), Policy-Based Routing (PBR), and so on.

These features can be enabled using the software-licensing mechanism. For details about software licensing, refer to the "Licensing" section later in this document or visit http://www.cisco.com/go/sa.
Q. What licensing model does the Cisco Catalyst 4500E use?
A. The Cisco Catalyst 4500E uses a right-to-use (RTU) licensing model. RTU is a trust-based licensing model designed to give customers the flexibility to upgrade, downgrade, or move the license for RMA purpose by using simple EXEC CLI commands.
Q. Is the Enterprise Services image required to enable IPv6 in hardware?
A. No. The IPv6 capability is provisioned in the hardware. Like IPv4, Layer 2+ IPv6, such as static routes and Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) snooping, provides multicast support in the IP Base image. The Enterprise Services image is required to enable Layer 3.
Q. What licenses are required to enable wireless termination capability on available on an Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E?
A. No additional license on top of IP Base is required to enable wireless termination. Note that this feature is targeted for 1HCY14.
Q. What licenses are required to enable wireless controller capability on available on a Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E?
A. In addition to IP Base or Enterprise Services, the customer would need to buy access point licenses to enable wireless controller functionality. Note that this feature and license are targeted for 1HCY14.
Q. What licenses are required to configure Virtual Switch System (VSS) on the Cisco Catalyst 4500E platform?
A. For VSS support with the Supervisor Engine 7-E, an IP Base license is required, and with the Supervisor Engine 7L-E, and Enterprise Base license is required.

Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series Line Cards

Q. Is there a price premium for a Universal Power over Ethernet (UPOE) line card?
A. No. The UPOE line card is priced the same as the Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) line card.
Q. What is a UPOE splitter?
A. The UPOE splitter is designed to support end devices that don't support PoE natively but can benefit from being powered over PoE.
Q. Are the E-Series line cards supported in non-E-Series chassis?
A. No. The classic Cisco Catalyst 4000 and 4500 chassis maximum per slot capacity is 6 gigabits per slot.
Q. Is local switching supported on the E-Series line cards?
A. No.
Q. Are there any visual differentiators between the E-Series line cards and the classic line cards?
A. Yes. The E-Series line cards will have a subtle cross-hatch pattern and a yellow circle on the right end tab, visually identifying them as E-Series line cards. This will be useful in a mixed E-Series/classic line-card configuration.

Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series Chassis

Q. Can I use the classic Cisco Catalyst 4500 line cards in the E-Series chassis?
A. Yes. They will continue to operate at 6 gigabits per slot.
Q. Can I mix and match classic line cards with E-Series line cards?
A. Yes. This requires a Supervisor Engine 6-E to support both types of line cards.
Q. When mixing classic line cards with E-Series line cards, is there a downspeed to 6 gigabits?
A. You can mix and match with no downspeed. The E-Series line cards will operate at 48 or 24 gigabits per slot, and the classic line cards will continue to operate at 6 gigabits per slot.
Q. Can I use the existing Cisco Catalyst 4500 power supplies in the E-Series chassis?
A. Yes.
Q. Can I use Cisco Catalyst 4006 and 4003 power supplies in the E-Series chassis?
A. The Cisco Catalyst 4006 and 4003 power supplies only operate in a Cisco Catalyst 4006 or 4003 chassis.

Cisco Catalyst 4500 E Series Software

Q. What network automation features are supported on the Cisco Catalyst 4500E?
A. The Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series supports Cisco Smart Operations innovations such as Smart Install to automate deployment of switches and Auto Smart Ports (ASP) to automate configuration of ports for devices such as access points.