PA-F-MM and PA-F-SM Half-Duplex FDDI Port Adapter Installation and Configuration
Preface: PA-F-MM and PA-F-SM Half-Duplex FDDI Port Adapter Installation and Configuration
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This preface explains the objectives and organization of this document and explains how to find additional information on related products and services. This preface contains the following sections:



Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation

Obtaining Technical Assistance


This document describes how to install and configure the PA-F-MM(=) and PA-F-SM(=) half-duplex Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) port adapters, hereafter referred to as the PA-F, which can be used in the following platforms:

Catalyst Route Switch Module (RSM) VIP2 in the Catalyst 5000 family switches

Cisco 7200 series routers—which consist of the two-slot Cisco 7202, the four-slot Cisco 7204, and the six-slot Cisco 7206

Versatile Interface Processor (VIP) in all Cisco 7500 series routers and in Cisco 7000 series routers with the 7000 Series Route Switch Processor (RSP7000) and 7000 Series Chassis Interface (RSP7000CI)

Note The PA-F-MM and PA-F-SM are not supported in Cisco 7200 VXR routers.

For complete descriptions of interface subcommands and the configuration options available for interfaces, and which ones support PA-F functionality, refer to the appropriate software configuration publication listed in the "Related Documentation" section.


This document is organized into the following sections:


Chapter 1


Describes the half-duplex PA-F and describes its LEDs, cables, and receptacles.

Chapter 2

Preparing for Installation

Describes safety considerations, tools required, and procedures you should perform before the actual installation.

Chapter 3

Removing and Installing Port Adapters

Describes the procedures for installing and removing the PA-F in the supported platforms.

Chapter 4

Attaching the PA-F Cables

Provides instructions for installing port adapter cables on the supported platforms.

Chapter 5

Configuring the PA-F

Provides instructions for configuring your port adapter on the supported platforms.

Related Documentation

Your router or switch and the Cisco IOS software running on it contain extensive features and functionality, which are documented in the following resources:

Cisco IOS software:

For configuration information and support, refer to the modular configuration and modular command reference publications in the Cisco IOS software configuration documentation set that corresponds to the software release installed on your Cisco hardware.

Note You can access Cisco IOS software configuration and hardware installation and maintenance documentation on the World Wide Web at,, or

Catalyst RSM/VIP2:

For hardware installation and maintenance information, refer to the following publications:

Route Switch Module Catalyst VIP2-15 and VIP2-40 Installation and Configuration Note

Catalyst 5000 Series Route Switch Module Installation and Configuration Note

The installation and configuration guide that shipped with your Catalyst 5000 family switch

Cisco 7200 series routers:

For port adapter hardware and memory configuration guidelines, refer to the Cisco 7200 Series Port Adapter Hardware Configuration Guidelines.

For hardware installation and maintenance information (including the Cisco 7206 or Cisco 7206VXR as a router shelf in a Cisco AS5800 Universal Access Server), refer to the installation and configuration guide that shipped with your Cisco 7200 series router.

For information on Network Processing Engines or Network Services Engines, refer to the Network Processing Engine and Network Services Engine Installation and Configuration publication.

VIP in Cisco 7000 series and Cisco 7500 series routers:

For hardware installation and maintenance information, refer to the following publications:

The installation and configuration guide that shipped with your Cisco 7000 series or Cisco 7500 series router

Second-Generation Versatile Interface Processor (VIP2) Installation and Configuration

Fourth-Generation Versatile Interface Processor (VIP4) Installation and Configuration

For international agency compliance, safety, and statutory information for WAN interfaces:

Site Preparation and Safety Guide

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Cisco 7000 Series Routers

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Cisco 7200 Series Routers

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Cisco 7500 Series Routers

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Customer service at 800 553-6387 or 408 526-7208. Customer service hours are 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday (excluding Cisco-observed holidays). You can also send e-mail to

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