Cisco Gigabit Ethernet High-Speed WAN Interface Card
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Updated:January 2, 2014
Q. What is a Cisco
® High-Speed WAN Interface Card (HWIC)?
A. The Cisco High-Speed WAN Interface Card (HWIC) is an updated and enhanced version of the current WIC for Cisco 2600 and 3700 series chassis. The HWIC offers greater speeds and higher port density than the current WIC. It also has a third row of pins for increased power to the cards, as well as support for both Power over Ethernet (PoE) and inline power based on Cisco Systems
® technology. HWICs are available in single-wide and double-wide form factors.
Q. What is the HWIC-1GE-SFP?
A. The HWIC-1GE-SFP is a single-wide HWIC with one Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) slot. The SFP slot can be populated with Cisco copper and optical Gigabit Ethernet SFPs to provide 1-port Gigabit Ethernet connectivity on all Cisco Integrated Services Routers. The HWIC does not come with any default SFP; it must be ordered separately. For a list of SFPs supported, please refer to Table 1.
Q. Is the HWIC-1GE-SFP supported on Cisco 1700, 2600, 3600, and 3700 series routers?
A. No. The HWIC-1GE-SFP is not supported on Cisco 1700, 2600, 3600, and 3700 series routers. The WIC slots on Cisco 1700, 2600, 3600, and 3700 cannot accommodate HWICs because the HWIC connector is different from that of a WIC.
Q. Are there differences between the on-board Gigabit Ethernet ports and the HWIC-1GE-SFP?
A. The feature set of the on-board Gigabit Ethernet ports and the HWIC-1GE-SFP is the same, except that Cisco EtherChannel
® is not supported on the on-board Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.
Q. Is the Gigabit Ethernet Network Module (NM-1GE) also supported in Cisco 2800 and 3800 series integrated service routers?
A. The NM-1GE is only supported on Cisco 3800 series routers.
Q. Is online insertion and removal (OIR) supported for modules in the HWIC slots?
A. No. OIR of modules in the HWIC slots is not supported.
Q. Which Cisco IOS
® Software Release and feature set is required?
A. Cisco IOS Software Release 12.3(8)T4 is required.
Q. What is the maximum throughput on the Gigabit Ethernet HWIC?
A. The HWIC bus interface is limited to 400 Mbps of full duplex. The actual throughput of the Gigabit Ethernet HWIC is limited by the throughput of individual platforms. Under bidirectional traffic of 1518 bytes or larger, the Gigabit Ethernet HWIC can support up to an aggregate of 350 Mbps on Cisco 2811 and 2821 routers, 400 Mbps on Cisco 2851 routers, and 500 Mbps on Cisco 3800 Series platforms.
Q. How many HWIC-1GE-SFPs are supported per chassis?
A. Only SFPs certified by Cisco are supported on the HWIC-1GE-SFP. Table 1 shows a list of all supported Cisco SFPs. SFPs from other vendors will not be enabled. A syslog message like the following reports that a nonsupported SFP is inserted.
%HWIC_1GE_SFP-3-VN_DATA_CRC_ERROR: SFP in interface Gi0/2/0 has bad crc
%HWIC_1GE_SFP-6-SFP_IN: Interface GigabitEthernet0/2/0 unknown SFP has been inserted
A. Yes. OIR is supported on the SFP module slot. When the SFP is inserted and removed when the system is operational, a syslog message like the following is generated.
%HWIC_1GE_SFP-6-SFP_IN: Interface GigabitEthernet0/2/0 1000BaseT SFP has been inserted
%LINEPROTO-5-UPDOWN: Line protocol on Interface GigabitEthernet0/2/0, changed state to up
%HWIC_1GE_SFP-6-SFP_OUT: Interface GigabitEthernet0/2/0 SFP has been removed
%LINEPROTO-5-UPDOWN: Line protocol on Interface GigabitEthernet0/2/0, changed state to down
Q. Are jumbo frames supported?
A. Yes. The maximum transmission unit (MTU) is user-configurable and can be set from 64 to 9576 bytes. The MTU specifies the size of the Ethernet packet payload, excluding the Ethernet header.
Q. Is Cisco EtherChannel supported?
A. Yes. Cisco EtherChannel is supported for link redundancy, and can only be set up manually. Negotiation protocols such as Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) (802.ad) and Port Aggregation Protocol (PAgP) are not supported.
Q. Is flow control supported?
A. Yes. The HWIC supports 802.3x PAUSE frames operation for transmit and receive control.
Q. What trunking protocols are supported?
A. Only 802.1Q is supported. Inter-Switch Link (ISL) is not supported; it is proprietary to Cisco and is not commonly deployed.
Q. What modes of loopback are supported?
A. Gigabit Ethernet HWIC supports loopback at the transceiver level and the MAC controller level.
driver Loopback at the transceiver level
mac Loopback at the MAC controller level
Q. Does HWIC-1GE-SFP support 10/100BASE-T by using 1000BASE-T SFPs?
A. No. HWIC-1GE-SFP only supports 1000 Mbps in full duplex. "Speed" or "duplex" commands are not supported under the interface.
Q. What are possible applications of the HWIC-1GE-SFP?
A. The HWIC-1GE-SFP is intended for:
• Low-cost, high-speed, and long-distance connectivity for all Cisco Integrated Services routers into metropolitan backbones
• Gigabit Ethernet uplink for WAN gateways as an upgrade from Fast Ethernet
• Access link between customer premises equipment (CPE) and service provider POPs; this will target metro-area applications where Gigabit Ethernet-based services are available from service providers.
• VLAN access trunk supporting multiple customers and multiple VLANs from the same CPE
• High-speed short- or long-distance connectivity in the wiring closet or in the same building
• Interoffice connectivity to avoid expensive leased lines