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Cisco Catalyst 4000 Series Switches

Understanding Catalyst 2900 and Catalyst 4000 Naming Conventions

Document ID: 10605

Updated: Sep 25, 2006

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Introduction

The purpose of this document is to clarify the naming conventions among the various Catalyst 2900 and Catalyst 4000 switches. Provided in the tables are the product names, the platform from which the product was derived, any relevant details on the product, the command line interface (CLI) used on the product, the image name, and which software configuration and troubleshooting document can be used for a particular switch platform.

Refer to the respective product link in order to learn more technical details on a particular product in these tables.

Prerequisites

Requirements

There are no specific requirements for this document.

Components Used

This document is not restricted to specific software and hardware versions.

Conventions

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

Catalyst 2900 Platforms

2900 Platforms
Platform Name Derived From Details CLI Used Image Used Supported Configuration/ Troubleshooting Documents
Catalyst 2900 WS-C2901, WS-C2902 Catalyst 5000
  • 5002 chassis
  • Supervisor Engine I with 2100BaseTX uplinks
  • 12 10/100BaseTX (2901) or 12 100BaseFX multimode fiber (MMF) (2902) switch ports
Catalyst OS (CatOS) Uses cat5000-sup image All Catalyst 5000 series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 2926 WS-C2926T, WS-C2926F Catalyst 5000
  • 5002 chassis
  • Supervisor Engine II with 2 100BaseTX (2926T) or 100BaseFX MMF (2926F) uplinks
  • 24 10/100BaseTX switch ports
CatOS Uses cat5000-sup image All Catalyst 5000 series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 2926G WS-C2926GS, WS-C2926GL Catalyst 5000
  • 5002 chassis
  • Supervisor Engine III/NetFlow Feature Card (NFFC) with 2 fixed 1000BaseSX (2926GS) or 1000BaseLX/LH (2926GL) uplinks
  • 24 10/100BaseTX switch ports
CatOS Uses cat5000-sup3 image All Catalyst 5000 series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 2948G WS-C2948G Catalyst 4000
  • Supervisor Engine I
  • 48 10/100BaseTX switch ports + 2 1000BaseX Gigabit Interface Converter (GBIC) switch ports
CatOS Uses cat4000 image All Catalyst 4000 series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 2980G WS-C2980G Catalyst 4000
  • Supervisor Engine I
  • 80 10/100BaseTX switch ports + 2 1000BaseX GBIC switch ports
CatOS Uses cat4000 image All Catalyst 4000 series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 2980G-A WS-C2980G-A Catalyst 4000
  • Supervisor Engine I (with cost-reduced application-specific integrated circuits [ASICs])
  • 80 10/100BaseTX switch ports + 2 1000BaseX GBIC switch ports
CatOS Uses cat4000 image All Catalyst 4000 series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 2948G-L3 WS-C2948G-L3, WS-C2948GL3-DC Catalyst 8540
  • 48 10/100BaseTX Ethernet processor interface (EPIF) + 2 1000BaseX GBIC Gigabit processor interface (XPIF) Layer 3 switched interfaces
Cisco IOS® Software Uses cat2948g-in-mz image All Catalyst 2948G-L3 and 4908G-L3 series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 2900 XL WS-C2912-XL, WS-C2924C-XL, WS-C2924-XL, WS-C2912MF-XL, WS-C2924M-XL, WS-C2924M-XL-EM-DC N/A Fixed configuration switches with various media types available (Some switches support expansion modules for additional ports.) Cisco IOS Software (Layer 2 only) Uses c2900XL image All Catalyst 2900 XL/3500 XL series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 2900 Long-Reach Ethernet (LRE) XL WS-C2912-LRE-XL, WS-C2924-LRE-XL Catalyst 2900XL
  • 4 fixed autosensing 10/100 ports
  • 12 or 24 LRE ports
Cisco IOS Software (Layer 2 only) Uses special c2900XL images All Catalyst 2900 XL/3500 XL series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 2940 2940-8TT-S, 2940-8TF-S N/A
  • 8 10/100 port fixed configuration switches
  • 1 10/100/1000 port (TT-S) or 1 100Base-FX port and 1 small form factor pluggable (SFP) port (TF-S)
Cisco IOS Software (Layer 2 only) Uses c2940 images Catalyst 2940 documentation, most of the Catalyst 2950 documentation, and most of the Catalyst 2900 XL/3500 XL series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 2950 WS-C2950-12, WS-C2950-24, WS-C2950C-24, WS-C2950T-24, WS-C2950G-12-EI, WS-C2950G-24-EI, WS-C2950G-24-EI-DC, WS-C2950G-48-EI, WS-C2950SX-24, WS-C2950SX-48-SI, WS-C2950T-48-SI Catalyst 2955 WS-C2955T-12, WS-C2955C-12, WS-C2955S-12 N/A 12, 24 or 48 10/100 port fixed configuration switches with various media ports available, that depends on the model Cisco IOS Software (Layer 2 only) Uses c2950 or c2955 image, respectively. Catalyst 2950 switches recognize either the Enhanced Image (EI) or the Standard Image (SI), that depends on the model. Catalyst 2955 switches only run the EI. Catalyst 2950 documentation and most of the Catalyst 2900 XL/3500 XL series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
WS-C2950ST-8 LRE, WS-C2950ST-24 LRE, WS-C2950ST-24 LRE 997 (DC) Catalyst 2950
  • 8 or 24 LRE ports
  • 2 10/100/1000 ports and 2 SFP module slots
Cisco IOS Software (Layer 2 only) Uses c2950lre image Catalyst 2950 configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 2970 WS-C2970G-24T, WS-C2970G-24TS N/A
  • 24 10/100/1000 ports (24-T)
  • 24 10/100/1000 port with 4 SFP (24-TS)
Cisco IOS Software (Layer 2 only) Uses c2970 image Catalyst 2970 documentation, most Catalyst 2940/2950 documentation, and´┐ŻCatalyst 2900 XL/3500 XL series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.

Catalyst 4000 Platforms

4000 Platforms
Platform Name Derived From Details CLI Used Image Used Supported Configuration/ Troubleshooting Documents
Catalyst 4000 WS-C4003 3-slot Catalyst 4000 chassis N/A Supports the Supervisor Engine I (WS-X4012) only CatOS Uses cat4000 image, cat4000.x-y-z image, or cat4000-k8.x.y.z image (uses cat4000-cv for the CiscoView image) Almost all CatOS (Catalyst 4k/5k/6k) configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 4000 WS-C4006 6-slot Catalyst 4000 chassis N/A Supports the Supervisor Engine II (WS-X4013)
  • CatOS only on the Supervisor Engine II
Uses CatOS images: cat4000.x-y-z or cat4000-k8.x.y.z (uses cat4000-cv for the CiscoView image) Almost all CatOS (Catalyst 4k/5k/6k) configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Supports the Supervisor Engine II-Plus (WS-4013+), Supervisor Engine III (WS-X4014), Supervisor Engine IV (WS-X4515), and Supervisor Engine V (WS-X4516)
  • Cisco IOS Software only on the Supervisor Engine II-Plus, III, IV, and V
Uses Cisco IOS images: cat4000-is-mz or cat4000-i9s-mz (Basic L3 feature set) or cat4000-i5s (Enhanced L3 feature set), cat4500, that depends on the software release and Supervisor Engine Almost all Cisco IOS (Catalyst 4k/6k) configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 4500 WS-C4503, 3-slot Catalyst 4500 chassis N/A Supports the Supervisor Engine II (WS-X4013)
  • CatOS only on the Supervisor Engine II
Uses CatOS images: cat4000.x-y-z or cat4000-k8.x.y.z (uses cat4000-cv for the CiscoView image) Almost all CatOS (Catalyst 4k/5k/6k) configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Supports the Supervisor Engine II-Plus (WS-4013+), Supervisor Engine II-Plus-10GE (WS-X4013+10GE), Supervisor Engine II-Plus-TS (WS-X4013+TS), Supervisor Engine III (WS-X4014), Supervisor Engine IV (WS-X4515), Supervisor Engine V (WS-X4516), and Supervisor Engine V-10GE (WS-X4516-10GE)
  • Cisco IOS Software only on the Supervisor Engine II-Plus, II-Plus-10GE, II-Plus-TS, III, IV, V, and V-10GE
Uses Cisco IOS images: cat4000-is-mz or cat4000-i9s-mz (Basic L3 feature set) or cat4000-i5s (Enhanced L3 feature set), cat4500, that depends on the software release and Supervisor Engine Almost all Cisco IOS (Catalyst 4k/6k) configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 4500 WS-C4506 6-slot Catalyst 4500 chassis N/A Supports the Supervisor Engine II (WS-X4013)
  • CatOS only on the Supervisor Engine II
Uses CatOS images: cat4000.x-y-z or cat4000-k8.x.y.z (uses cat4000-cv for the CiscoView image) Almost all CatOS (Catalyst 4k/5k/6k) configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Supports the Supervisor Engine II-Plus (WS-4013+), Supervisor Engine II-Plus-10GE (WS-X4013+10GE), Supervisor Engine III (WS-X4014), Supervisor Engine IV (WS-X4515), Supervisor Engine V (WS-X4516), and Supervisor Engine V-10GE (WS-X4516-10GE)
  • Cisco IOS Software only on the Supervisor Engine II-Plus, II-Plus-10GE, III, IV, V, and V-10GE
Uses Cisco IOS images: cat4000-is-mz or cat4000-i9s-mz (Basic L3 feature set) or cat4000-i5s (Enhanced L3 feature set), cat4500, that depends on the software release and Supervisor Engine Almost all Cisco IOS (Catalyst 4k/6k) configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 4500 WS-4507R 7-slot Catalyst 4500 chassis N/A Supports the Supervisor Engine II-Plus (WS-4013+), Supervisor Engine II-Plus-10GE (WS-X4013+10GE), Supervisor Engine IV (WS-X4515), Supervisor Engine V (WS-X4516), and Supervisor Engine V-10GE (WS-X4516-10GE) with Supervisor Engine redundancy
  • Cisco IOS Software only on the Supervisor Engine II-Plus, II-Plus-10GE, IV, V, and V-10GE
Uses Cisco IOS images: cat4000-is-mz, cat4000-i9s-mz (Basic L3 feature set) or cat4000-i5s (Enhanced L3 feature set), cat4500, that depends on the software release and Supervisor Engine Almost all Cisco IOS (Catalyst 4k/6k) configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 4500 WS-4510R 10-slot Catalyst 4500 chassis N/A Supports the Supervisor Engine V (WS-X4516), and Supervisor Engine V-10GE (WS-X4516-10GE) with Supervisor Engine redundancy
  • Cisco IOS Software only on the Supervisor Engine V, and V-10GE
Uses Cisco IOS images: cat4000-is-mz, cat4000-i9s-mz (Basic L3 feature set) or cat4000-i5s (Enhanced L3 feature set), cat4500, that depends on the software release and Supervisor Engine Almost all Cisco IOS (Catalyst 4k/6k) configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 4912G WS-C4912G Catalyst 4000 Supervisor Engine I + 12 1000BaseX GBIC switch ports CatOS Uses cat4000 image Almost all CatOS (Catalyst 4k/5k/6k) configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 4908G-L3 WS-C4908G-L3 Catalyst 8540
  • 8 1000BaseX GBIC (XPIF) Layer 3 switched interfaces
Cisco IOS Software Uses cat2948g-in-mz image All Catalyst 2948G-L3 and 4908G-L3 series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 4840G WS-C4840G Catalyst 2948G-L3 + 6k Multilayer Switch Feature Card (MSFC)
  • 40 10/100BaseTX + 2 1000BaseX GBIC Layer 3 switched interfaces for server load-balancing (SLB)
Cisco IOS Software Uses cat4840g-i-mz image All Catalyst 2948G-L3 and 4908G-L3 series configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 4900 WS-C4948, WS-C4948-10GE Catalyst 4500
  • 48 10/100/1000BASE-T with 4 alternative 1000BASE-X SFP optics
  • 48 10/100/1000BASE-T with 2 10 Gigabit Ethernet (X2 optics).
Cisco IOS Software Uses cat4500 image Almost all Cisco IOS (Catalyst 4k/6k) configuration/troubleshooting documents can be used.
Catalyst 4000 Layer 3 Services Module WS-X4232-L3 Catalyst 8540
  • Switch fabric is same as Catalyst 2948G-L3/4908G-L3
  • 2 internal 1000BaseSX Gigabit Ethernet (XPIF) Layer 3 switched interfaces connected to 2 internal 1000BaseSX Layer 2 switch ports
  • 2 external 1000BaseX GBIC (XPIF) Layer 3 switched interfaces
  • 32 10/100BaseTX switch ports
  • Cisco IOS Software (4 Gigabit interfaces)
  • CatOS (2 internal 1000BaseX ports + 32 10/100 ports)
  • Uses cat4232-in-mz image
  • Uses cat4000 image
The configuration is the same as all other Layer 3 modules and the troubleshooting is the same as the Catalyst 2948G-L3 switch.

caution Caution: The Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engines I and II can run only Catalyst OS Software and cannot be converted to run with Cisco IOS Software.

caution Caution: The Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engines II+, II+10GE, II+TS, III, IV, V, and V-10GE can run with only Cisco IOS Software and cannot be converted to run with Catalyst OS Software.

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Updated: Sep 25, 2006
Document ID: 10605