Software Configuration Guide, Cisco IOS Release 15.2(2)E (Catalyst 2960, 2960-S, 2960-SF and 2960-Plus Switches)
Configuring System MTU
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Configuring System MTU

Configuring System MTU

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Restrictions for System MTU

When configuring the system MTU values, follow these guidelines:

  • The switch does not support the MTU on a per-interface basis.

  • If you enter the system mtu bytes global configuration command, the command does not take effect on the switch. This command only affects the system MTU size on Fast Ethernet switch ports.

Information about the MTU

The default maximum transmission unit (MTU) size for frames received and transmitted on all interfaces is 1500 bytes. You can increase the MTU size for all interfaces operating at 10 or 100 Mb/s by using the system mtu global configuration command. You can increase the MTU size to support jumbo frames on all Gigabit Ethernet interfaces by using the system mtu jumbo global configuration command.

Gigabit Ethernet ports are not affected by the system mtu command; 10/100 ports are not affected by the system mtu jumbo command. If you do not configure the system mtu jumbo command, the setting of the system mtu command applies to all Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

System MTU Values

The following MTU values can be configured:

How to Configure MTU

Configuring the System MTU

Follow these steps to change the MTU size for switchedand routed packets:


    1.    enable

    2.    configure terminal

    3.    system mtu bytes

    4.    system mtu jumbo bytes

    5.    end

    6.    copy running-config startup-config

    7.    reload

    8.    show system mtu

     Command or ActionPurpose
    Step 1 enable

    Switch> enable

    Enables privileged EXEC mode. Enter your password if prompted.


    Step 2configure terminal

    Switch# configure terminal

    Enters global configuration mode.

    Step 3system mtu bytes

    Switch(config)# system mtu 1900

    (Optional) Changes the MTU size for all Fast Ethernet interfaces.

    The range is 1500 to 1998 bytes; the default is 1500 bytes.

    Step 4system mtu jumbo bytes

    Switch(config)# system mtu jumbo 7500

    (Optional) Changes the MTU size for all Gigabit Ethernet and 10-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.The range is 1500 to 9000 bytes; the default is 1500 bytes.

    Step 5end

    Switch(config)#  end

    Returns to privileged EXEC mode.

    Step 6copy running-config startup-config

    Switch# copy running-config startup-config

    Saves your entries in the configuration file.

    Step 7reload

    Switch#  reload

    Reloads the operating system.

    Step 8show system mtu

    Switch# show system mtu

    Verifies your settings.


    Configuration Examples for System MTU

    This example shows how to set the maximum packet size for a Gigabit Ethernet port to 7500 bytes:

    Switch(config)# system mtu 1900
    Switch(config)# system mtu jumbo 7500
    Switch(config)# exit

    If you enter a value that is outside the allowed range for the specific type of interface, the value is not accepted. This example shows the response when you try to set Gigabit Ethernet interfaces to an out-of-range number:

    This is an example of output from the show system mtu command:

    Switch# show system mtu
    Global Ethernet MTU is 1500 bytes.

    Additional References for System MTU

    Error Message Decoder

    Description Link

    To help you research and resolve system error messages in this release, use the Error Message Decoder tool.



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