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EoL / EoS for Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3 and 4908G-L3 Switches

Product Bulletin No. 2125


End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement for


Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3 and 4908G-L3 Switches


Cisco Systems® announces the end of life and end of sale for the Cisco® Catalyst® 2948G-L3 and 4908G-L3 switches. The last day to order the Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3 and 4908G-L3 products is October 31, 2003. Customers will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) until October 31, 2008. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for these products.
The Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3 and 4908G-L3 are fixed-configuration Layer 3 Ethernet switches featuring wire-speed switching for IP, Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX), and IP Multicast. The switches support all the routing protocols used in mid-sized networks. They support additional protocols for scalable, reliable networks and features such as quality of service (QoS), security, CiscoWorks2000, and EtherChannel® technology.

Important: This bulletin does not pertain to the Cisco Catalyst 2948G, 2980G, or 4912G switches.

Table 1   End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3 and 4908G-L3

Milestone  Definition  Date 
End-of-life announcement

The document that announces the end of sale and end of life of a product to the general public.

May 1, 2003

End of sale date

The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale.

October 31, 2003

Last shipment date

The last possible date that Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers ship the affected product.

January 30, 2004

End of routine failure analysis date

The last possible date a routine failure analysis may be performed to determine the cause of a product failure or defect.

October 31, 2004

End of software maintenance releases date

The last date that Cisco Engineering may release any final software maintenance releases or bug fixes. After this date, Cisco Engineering will no longer develop, repair, maintain, or test the product software.

October 31, 2004

End of new service attachment date

For equipment and software that is not covered by a service-and-support contract, this is the last date to order a new service-and-support contract or add the equipment and/or software to an existing service-and-support contract.

October 31, 2004

End of service contract renewal date

The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product. The extension or renewal period cannot extend beyond the last date of support.

July 31, 2008

Last date of support

The last date to receive service and support for the product. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete.

October 31, 2008

Table 2   Product Part Numbers Affected by the Announcement

End-of-Sale Product Part Number  Product Description 
WS-C2948G-L3

Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3, fixed-configuration 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100 port with 2 1000BASE-X gigabit interface converter (GBIC) ports Layer 3 switch

FR2948GL3-IP

Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3 IP switching license

FR2948GL3-IPX

Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3 IPX switching license

WS-C2948G-EM-LIC

Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3 RMON agent license

WS-C4908G-L3

Cisco Catalyst 4908G-L3, fixed-configuration 8t 1000BASE-X GBIC ports Layer 3 switch

FR4908GL3-IPX

Cisco Catalyst 4908G-L3 IPX switching license

WS-C4900-EM-LIC

Cisco Catalyst 4908G-L3 RMON agent license

Replacement Product Information

The recommended replacement products for the Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3 and 4908G-L3 are the Cisco Catalyst 3550, 4500, and 6500 switches.

Table 3   Recommended Replacement Products

Replacement Product Part Number  Product Description 
WS-C3550-48-EMI

Cisco Catalyst 3550 with 48-port 10/100 and 2 GBIC ports and Enhanced Multilayer Image (EMI) Software

WS-C3550-12G

Cisco Catalyst 3550 with 10-port 1000BASE-X GBIC and 2-port 1000BASE-T with EMI software

WS-C3550-12T

Cisco Catalyst 3550 with 10-port 10/100/1000BASE-T and 2-port 1000BASE-X GBIC with EMI software

WS-C4503 WS-X4515

Cisco Catalyst 4500 3-slot chassis with Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine IV and Cisco IOS® Software Release 12.1(13)EW for IPX and AT support in software

WS-C6503 WS-X6K-S2-MSFC2

Cisco Catalyst 6500 3-slot chassis with Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine II with Multilayer Switch Feature Card 2, Policy Feature Card 2, and 2 gigabit Ethernet ports

Additional Information

Additional product information is available at:

http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/cc/pd/si/casi/ca2900/prodlit/29gl3_ds.htm and

http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/cc/pd/si/casi/ca4000/prodlit/4908g_ds.htm

Release notes for the Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3 are available at:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/l3sw/2948g-l3/rel_12_0/index.htm

Release notes for the Cisco Catalyst 4908G-L3 are available at:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/l3sw/4908g_l3/ ios_12/index.htm.

For more information about Cisco products, please contact your Cisco account manager and/or Cisco Channel Partner.

For more information about the Cisco End-of-Life Policy, go to:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/prod_end_of_life.html