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Understanding 1-Port and 2-Port E1 Multiflex Trunk Voice/WAN Interface Cards (VWICs)

Document ID: 8017

Updated: Jun 14, 2007

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Introduction

The Cisco 1-Port and 2-Port E1 Multiflex Voice/WAN Interface Card (VWIC-xMFT-E1, VWIC-xMFT-G703, and VWIC-2MFT-E1-DI) supports voice and data applications on the Cisco 1700, 2600, 3600, and 3700 series routers.

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Prerequisites

Requirements

There are no specific requirements for this document.

Components Used

The information in this document is based on these software and hardware versions:

  • VWIC-1MFT-E1

  • VWIC-2MFT-E1

  • VWIC-2MFT-E1-DI

  • VWIC-1MFT-G703

  • VWIC-2MFT-G703

Conventions

Refer to Cisco Technical Tips Conventions for more information on document conventions.

Product Numbers

Product Number Product Description
VWIC-1MFT-E1 1-Port RJ-48 Multiflex Trunk - E1
VWIC-2MFT-E1 2-Port RJ-48 Multiflex Trunk - E1
VWIC-2MFT-E1-DI 2-Port RJ-48 Multiflex Trunk - E1 with drop and insert
VWIC-1MFT-G703 1-Port RJ-48 Multiflex Trunk - E1 for unstructured G.703
VWIC-2MFT-G703 2-Port RJ-48 Multiflex Trunk - E1 for unstructured G.703

Note: NM-HD-1V and NM-HD-2V do not support these VWICs.

Note: Neither NM-HDV nor NM-HD-2VE supports the VWIC-1MFT-G703; only NM-HDV2 supports the VWIC-1MFT-G703. NM-HDV and NM-HDV2 support the VWIC-2MFT-G703; but the NM-HD-2VE does not support the VWIC-2MFT-G703.

Features

Note: The 1-Port and 2-Port E1 Multiflex Trunk VWICs are not like the T1 channel service unit/data service unit (CSU/DSU) (WIC-1DSU-T1).

You can use this multiflex trunk as a voice interface card (VIC) or as a WAN Interface Card (WIC) (in a WIC slot in the 1700, 2600, 3600, or 3700). Therefore, the multiflex trunk is a VWIC.

The multiflex trunk provides physical layer E1 access. The host into which you plug the E1 interface determines the E1 interface capabilities.

  • When you use the multiflex trunk in a high-density voice network module, each digital service zero (DS0) time slot can contain voice calls. The voice network module, and not the multiflex trunk, determines the E1 signaling capability (E1 R2, ISDN PRI).

  • Each multiflex controller can support either one ISDN PRI or E1 channel associated signaling (CAS) or E1 R2 signaling. The reason for this limitation is that each of these signaling types uses the same time slot (16) for trunk signaling.

  • If you set up the card to use ISDN PRI signaling, there is no support for ISDN data connection. The card cannot terminate ISDN 64K or 56K data connection; the card only supports voice-call termination with ISDN PRI signaling.

  • The multiflex trunk, with or without a high-density voice network module, cannot terminate a modem connection on the router.

  • When you use the multiflex trunk in the WIC slot of the 2600, you can configure each E1 into a single channel group as a serial interface.

  • The 3600 NM-1E2W, NM-1E1R2W, and NM-2E2W support one serial channel group per WIC slot. Therefore, there is no support for the VWIC-2MFT-E1. Support is available for the VWIC-2MFT-E1-DI, but with one serial channel group.

  • The NM-1FE2W, NM-1FE1R2W, NM-2FE2W, and NM-2W support two serial channel groups per WIC slot. Therefore, support is available for VWIC-2MFT-E1. Support is available for VWIC-2MFT-E1-DI with two serial channel groups.

    The drop-and-insert feature enables the removal of DS0 time slots from one E1 interface and insertion into time slots of the other E1 interface. This feature is available in VIC and WIC applications. If you configure drop-and-insert, ensure that the E1 framing under the controllers involved (the tdm-groups configuration location) is the same. If you use different frame types, proper understanding of the signaling bits fails. This failure occurs during the drop of a channel from one controller and insertion into a channel from another controller. Drop-and-insert time slots do not need to be contiguous.

  • The VWIC-MFT-E1 receiver operates in a short haul mode and can recover a 20-decibel (dB) attenuated signal. In order to translate this to an accurate cable length, you need to know the cable attenuation characteristics. Typical cable attenuation for .4 millimeter (mm) wire is 3 dB per 100 meter (m) (measured at 1024 kilohertz [KHz]). So the maximum cable length for this card is approximately 600 m. This value includes a 3 dB margin.

  • Bit error rate tester (BERT) support requires Cisco IOS® Software Release 12.1(1)T or later.

  • V.54 loopback requires Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(1)T or later.

    Note: The 2-port E1 Multiflex Trunk VWICs has only one shared clocking domain between the two E1 controllers. So, if both E1 controllers are configured to derive clocking from the line, the clock references received must be synchronous. Otherwise, timing slips will occur on at least one of the controllers. If the clocking sources are pleisochronous and one controller is configured for "clock source line primary" and the other for "clock source line", it is likely the second controller will exhibit controlled slips in the output of the "show controllers E1" command. This behaviour is a hardware limitation of the 2-port E1 Multiflex Trunk VWIC product and is by design. However, independent clocking sources can be supported on the 2-port T1/E1 VWIC2 product when both controllers are used for data-only purposes.

Multiple Channel Groups on One Port

  • Two channel groups on one port require Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(1)T or later on the 2600. Two channel groups on one port require Cisco IOS Software Releases 12.1(2)X, 12.1(3)T, or later on the 3620, 3640, and 3660.

  • Support is available for two channel groups on one port in Cisco 2600 chassis WIC slots. This support is not available on NM-1E2W, NM-2E2W, or NM-1E1R2W, but is available on NM-1FE2W, NM-2FE2W, NM-1FE1R2W, and NM-2W.

  • When you have enabled the two-channel group mode, the WIC slot supports only one physical port. The two-channel group mode still supports add/drop multiplexing because only one port terminates on the router.

Configuration

Note: Configuration of the E1 multiflex trunk ports is not like the T1 CSU/DSU WIC (WIC-1DSU-T1).

Configure the E1 multiflex trunk ports as controller e1 slot/port , which is similar to the channelized E1/ISDN PRI network module.

For the configuration of voice features in Cisco IOS Software, refer to Configuring Voice over IP for the Cisco 3600 Series.

Note: The commands to configure VoIP on Cisco routers are very similar on all the router platforms (see the Platform Support section of this document).

For the configuration of voice features in Catalyst OS (CatOS) on a Cisco Catalyst 4000, refer to Configuring Voice Interfaces.

Platform Support

Cisco IOS Software Support 1721 1751/1760 VG200 2600 2600XM, 2650XM 3620, 3640, 3660
Carrier Module Not Required Not Required NM-HDV Chassis WIC Slot NM-2W NM-HDV Chassis WIC Slot NM-2W NM-HDV2 NM-HDV NM-HD-2VE NM-1E2W, NM-1E1R2W, NM-2E2W 2 NM-1FE2W, NM-1FE1R2W, NM-2FE2W, NM-2W NM-HDV NM-HD-2VE6
VWIC-1MFT-E1 12.2(8)YJ5 12.2(4)YB4 12.1(3)T 12.0(5)XK 12.0(7)T 12.1 12.1T 12.2 12.2T 12.0(7)XK 12.1(1)T 12.2, 12.2T 12.0(7)XK 1 12.1(2)T 12.2 12.2T 12.1(14) 12.2(12) 12.2(8)T1 12.2(12) 12.3(7)T 12.2(8)T1 12.2(12) 12.2(15)ZJ 12.0(5)XK 12.0(7)T 12.1 12.1T 12.2 12.2T 12.0(7)XK 12.1(1)T 12.2 12.2T 12.0(7)XK 1 12.1(2)T 12.2 12.2T 12.2(15)ZJ
VWIC-2MFT-E1 12.2(8)YJ5 12.2(4)YB4 12.1(3)T 12.0(5)XK 12.1 12.1T 12.2 12.2T 12.0(7)XK 12.1(1)T 12.2 12.2T 12.0(7)XK 1 12.1(2)T 12.2 12.2T 12.1(14) 12.2(12) 12.2(8)T1 12.2(12) 12.3(7)T 12.2(8)T1 12.2(12) 12.2(15)ZJ Not supported 12.0(7)XK 12.1(1)T 12.2 12.2T 12.0(7)XK 1 12.1(2)T 12.2 12.2T 12.2(15)ZJ
VWIC-2MFT-E1-DI 12.2(8)YJ5 12.2(4)YB4 12.1(3)T 12.0(5)XK 12.1 12.1T 12.2 12.2T 12.0(7)XK 12.1(1)T 12.2 12.2T 12.0(7)XK 1 12.1(2)T 12.2 12.2T 12.1(14) 12.2(12) 12.2(8)T1 12.2(12) 12.3(7)T 12.2(8)T1 12.2(12) 12.2(15)ZJ 12.0(5)XK 3 12.0(7)T 12.1 12.1T 12.2 12.2T 12.0(7)XK 12.1(1)T 12.2 12.2T 12.0(7)XK 1 12.1(2)T 12.2 12.2T 12.2(15)ZJ
VWIC-1MFT-G703 12.2(8)YJ5 12.2(4)YB4 Not supported 12.1(1)T 12.2 12.2T 12.1(1)T 12.2 12.2T Not supported 12.2(8)T1 12.2(12), 12.2(8)T1 12.2(12) 12.3(11)T Not supported Not supported 12.1(1)T 12.2 12.2T 12.1(1)T 12.2 12.2T Not supported Not supported
VWIC-2MFT-G703 12.2(8)YJ5 12.2(4)YB4 12.1(3)T 12.1(1)T 12.2 12.2T 12.1(1)T 12.2 12.2T 12.0(7)XK1 12.1(2)T 12.2 12.2T 12.2(8)T1 12.2(12), 12.2(8)T1 12.2(12) 12.3(7)T 12.2(8)T1 12.2(12) Not supported Not supported 12.1(1)T 12.2 12.2Td 12.0(7)XK1 12.1(2)T 12.2 12.2T Not supported

1 Support is available on Cisco IOS Software Release 12.0(5)XK, ISDN PRI with Q Signaling (QSIG) only.

2 Support is available on 3660 with NM-1E1R2W, NM-1E2W, or NM-2E2W in any Cisco IOS Software Release.

3 Support is available for only one serial channel group.

4 No support is available in 1750. Cisco 1751 and 1760 support only voice applications in Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2(4)YB. Support for data and/or voice applications requires Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2(8)YJ.

5 No support is available in 1710 or 1720. Data-only support is available for the 1721.

6 Cisco 3620 series routers do not support NM-HD-2VE.

Cisco IOS Software Support 2691, 3725, 3745 3631 Catalyst 4000
Carrier Module Chassis WIC Slot NM-1FE2W, NM-1FE1R2W, NM-2FE2W, NM-2W NM-HDV2 NM-HDV NM-HD-2VE Chassis WIC Slot WS-X4604 AGM
VWIC-1MFT-E1 All Cisco IOS Software releases All Cisco IOS Software releases 12.3(7)T All Cisco IOS Software releases 12.2(15)ZJ All Cisco IOS Software releases 12.1(3a)XI
VWIC-2MFT-E1 All Cisco IOS Software releases All Cisco IOS Software releases 12.3(7)T All Cisco IOS Software releases 12.2(15)ZJ All Cisco IOS Software releases 12.1(3a)XI
VWIC-2MFT-E1-DI All Cisco IOS Software releases All Cisco IOS Software releases 12.3(7)T All Cisco IOS Software releases 12.2(15)ZJ All Cisco IOS Software releases 12.1(3a)XI
VWIC-1MFT-G703 All Cisco IOS Software releases All Cisco IOS Software releases 12.3(11)T Not supported1 Not supported All Cisco IOS Software releases Not supported
VWIC-2MFT-G703 All Cisco IOS Software releases All Cisco IOS Software releases 12.3(7)T All Cisco IOS Software releases1 Not supported All Cisco IOS Software releases Not supported

Note: These Cisco IOS Software releases are typically the minimum releases that you need to support the platform, module, or feature in consideration. For a complete list of Cisco IOS Software releases that support a feature, module, interface card, or chassis, refer to the Software Advisor (registered customers only) tool.

1 NM-HDV does not support the 1-port G.703 card. The NM-HDV only supports the VWIC-2MFT-G703.

Digital Voice Port Pinout (RJ-48C)

Pin Signal
1 Receive (Rx) Tip

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2 Rx Ring
3 Not used
4 Transmit (Tx) Tip
5 Tx Ring
6 Not used
7 Not used
8 Not used

Note: Pinout of the RJ-48C receptacles on the multiflex trunk card occurs at the customer premises equipment (CPE), rather than at the central office equipment. Use a T1/E1 crossover cable to connect to other CPE pinned out devices (for example, PBXs).

Related Information

Updated: Jun 14, 2007
Document ID: 8017