I'm looking forward to build my own network infrastructure, and for that, I have bought a Cisco 2514 router and two Catalyst 3500 series Cisco switches.

I have been advised, after the purchase, that a Catalyst 2500 series would work better with my 2514 router than a 3000 series one.

So, will my 2514 router work properly with my Catalyst 3500 switch, or shall I consider to buy another router before trying to mount them together?

Thanks for your inputs! =)

  • When you say your own network infrastructure are you talking about for home, small office, or something else (training)? – murisonc Jan 26 '11 at 1:32
  • I'm talking about a small office with about 10 people. Thanks for having read my question! =) – Will Marcouiller Jan 26 '11 at 1:36

I'm unclear what you mean by "work properly with". I think you're going to be disappointed with the results because of the age of the 2514 router, but I'll give you the technical details and let you decide. I think the router is going to be the biggest disappointment, and using a 2500-series Ethernet switch isn't going to make the router any prettier.

A 2514 router has two Ethernet ports. The Catalyst 3500 series devices are Ethernet switches. You will be able to connect the devices to each other and the 2514 router will be able to route packets (protocols supported will depend on the specific IOS version installed on the router) received from the switches via Ethernet.

That's not to say it'll be easy to connect the two.

A 2514 has dual 10Base Ethernet connections on AUI (DB-15) ports. You'll have to use an AUI transceiver to connect it to any modern 10/100 Ethernet switch via UTP cabling. You'll be limited to 10Mb/sec bandwidth between the switch and the router, which rules out using the router for any kind of "router on a stick" application for inter-VLAN routing.

Finally, from a software perspective you'll probably be disappointed in the IOS versions you can run and the capabilities of the router, given its age.

If you're talking about using this router to route, say, a T1-based Internet or WAN connection I think you'd be better off spending a little more money and getting a more modern used router (a 2600 series, for example) and not having to deal with the AUI ports.

  • Thanks for your answer, Evan! In fact, the 2514 is the only router I know about and that I could buy for less on eBay. What other router would you suggest me? Thanks! =) – Will Marcouiller Jan 26 '11 at 1:42
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    Based on your comment above I agree with Evan. I would suggest a 2600 series router (2621 I think or the XM models) and some 2950 switches. These are both available on ebay for low cost and I think you'd be much happier with the capabilities. I'm up voting Evan's answer. – murisonc Jan 26 '11 at 1:42
  • You're both mentionning the 2600 series router, is there none in the 3500 series? Just curious to know! =) – Will Marcouiller Jan 26 '11 at 1:44
  • The 3500 series are switches, although the 3560 is a multilayer device which can handle routing. But it depends on what kind of interface you need to connect to. If you have a T1 coming in then you'll need a router that has that type of interface. A switch will not work in that situation. If your provider gives you an Ethernet connection then a 3560 will do nicely. It all depends on which model of 3500 series switch you have. The older ones or the new ones. – murisonc Jan 26 '11 at 1:50
  • Please see my new question about issued from this one. (serverfault.com/questions/229834/…) – Will Marcouiller Feb 1 '11 at 21:22

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