Interface Range command not working on Cisco Catalyst Switches

Posted on 2007-10-11
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Hello Cisco folks,

I'm working on implementing some NSA SNAC Guide (excellent guides if you're not familiar with them) suggestions for my Cisco Catalyst switches.  I have three 24 port switches and one 48 port switch.  They're old, but I just upgraded the code to the latest available from Cisco yesterday.  

The upgrade went fine, but the switches still don't take the interface range command, i.e. interface range fa0/1 - 24.  See output below:

Master-Switch#show ver
Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software
IOS (tm) C3500XL Software (C3500XL-C3H2S-M), Version 12.0(5)WC17, RELEASE SOFTWA
RE (fc1)
Copyright (c) 1986-2007 by cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Tue 13-Feb-07 15:04 by antonino
Image text-base: 0x00003000, data-base: 0x00352924

ROM: Bootstrap program is C3500XL boot loader

Master-Switch uptime is 15 hours, 52 minutes
System returned to ROM by reload
System image file is "flash:c3500xl-c3h2s-mz.120-5.WC17.bin"

cisco WS-C3548-XL (PowerPC403) processor (revision 0x01) with 16384K/1024K bytes
 of memory.
Processor board ID FAB0531M1T4, with hardware revision 0x00
Last reset from warm-reset

Processor is running Enterprise Edition Software
Cluster command switch capable
Cluster member switch capable
48 FastEthernet/IEEE 802.3 interface(s)
2 Gigabit Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 interface(s)

32K bytes of flash-simulated non-volatile configuration memory.
Base ethernet MAC Address: 00:06:D7:AF:4A:80
Motherboard assembly number: 73-3903-08
Power supply part number: 34-0971-01
Motherboard serial number: FAB0531B1QC
Power supply serial number: APQ0528003S
Model revision number: A0
Motherboard revision number: C0
Model number: WS-C3548-XL-EN
System serial number: FAB0531M1T4
Configuration register is 0xF

Master-Switch#conf t
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CNTL/Z.
Master-Switch(config)#interface range ?
% Unrecognized command
Master-Switch(config)#interface r?
% Unrecognized command
Master-Switch(config)#interface ?
  FastEthernet       FastEthernet IEEE 802.3
  GigabitEthernet    GigabitEthernet IEEE 802.3z
  Multilink          Multilink-group interface
  Port-channel       Ethernet Channel of interfaces
  VLAN               Switch VLAN Virtual Interface
  Virtual-TokenRing  Virtual TokenRing

Master-Switch(config)#interface range
% Invalid input detected at '^' marker.

Master-Switch(config)#interface fa0/1-24
% Invalid input detected at '^' marker.

Master-Switch(config)#interface fa0/1 - 0/24
% Invalid input detected at '^' marker.


I'm certain there's a way to make a configuration change to multiple interfaces at the same time, but haven't figured it out on my switches yet.  Can anyone see what I'm doing wrong?


Question by:Sma11T0wnITGuy
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    Expert Comment

    by:Don Johnston
    The correct syntax is "interface range f0/1 -4"

    However, you've got an XL switch with 12.0 code. The interface range command did not come out until after 12.1 code. I don't think Cisco is updating code on that platform as it's End Of Sale.

    Author Comment


    It's a pain to keep hitting the up arrow and change the number every time I want to do a command that's the same for multiple interfaces!

    Thanks though donjohnson.

    I'll leave the question open for the day and see if there's any other input offered.  If not, you get the points.
    LVL 50

    Expert Comment

    by:Don Johnston
    Yeah, the XL's have been EOS since around 2002 so I wouldn't expect any real improvements. :-(

    Author Comment


    Is there a usable web interface?  I normally keep http server turned off and use command line, but a web interface might let me select multiple interfaces at the same time.

    LVL 50

    Accepted Solution

    Most of the XL switches do have a web interface. I've never done anything more then just look at it and then disable it though.

    Author Comment


    Thanks for all your help donjohnston.



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