Cisco 7000 Series Gains Fast Ethernet Interface, Becomes Only Router Family to Support Three High-Speed Network Types
NETWORLD+INTEROP, LAS VEGAS, March 28, 1995 -- Cisco Systems, theworldwide leader in LAN switching, today announced a Fast Ethernetinterface that enables its high-end Cisco 7000 seriesrouters tocommunicate at speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) with networkdevices such as switches, servers and other routers.
The new Fast Ethernet Interface Processor (FEIP) card, which operatesin a slot of the Cisco 7000 or 7010 core router chassis, is available witheither one or two 100Base-TX ports.
With the new interface, the Cisco 7000 becomes the only router familyto support all three of the key high-bandwidth networking technologies onthe market. The 7000 has supported 100-Mbps Fiber Distributed DataInterface (FDDI) since early 1993, and 155-Mbps Asynchronous Transfer Mode(ATM) since mid-1994.
Larry Lang, Cisco's director of marketing for core products, said,"Fast Ethernet is a key element for bringing routers into theCiscoFusionarchitecture for switched internetworks. It will especiallyappeal to users who are replacing traditional shared-media hubs with newdedicated-LAN switches in the wiring closet.
In conjunction with the new Catalyst 5000 switching system (
Fast Ethernet Interface Supports Virtual LANsVirtual LAN (VLAN) support on the FEIP enables network managers togroup users logically rather than by physical location, easing adds, movesand changes. VLAN traffic can be transported using one of two mechanisms:the industry-standard IEEE 802.10 protocol or Cisco's Inter-Switch Link(ISL) protocol for communication with Catalyst 5000 switches (
Each 100Base-TX port on the FEIP has an RJ-45 connector to attach toCategory 5 unshielded twisted pair (100Base-TX); a Media IndependentInterface (MII) connector permits connection through external transceiversto multi-mode fiber (100Base-FX) or to Category 3, 4 and 5 UTP or STP(100Base-T4) physical media. Both full- and half-duplex operation aresupported. Online insertion and removal maximizes router availability byletting users add or remove FEIPs during system operation.
The FEIP can be managed using the