Cisco Hardware question
Posted on 2009-05-12
how does a cisco 4506 switch differ from a 7000 series router.
OK the question is a bit more generaly than that, I use GNS3 to simulate networks quite a lot, however I have 4506 switchs on site which are not suported in this software.
So I need to use a router. However how do I know what features are only avalible on the 700 series and what is avalible on the 4500?
if both have the same ios image name, release, and service level on them, would they suport the same features?
the reson is that I want to be able to simulate HSRP with IP SLA monitering, on a 4506 switch. So I am going to have to use a router image.
It seems to me that the term router and switch have a massive cross over when it comes to CISCO, most of there switcsh are now fully routing enababled, I just wondered if any one could tell me the differences between the 7000 range of routers and the 4500 range of switchs. and how the IOS images compare in features.
Ie. 7000 enterprise image and a 4506 enterprise image.
The area of CISCO images seems to be massive and although I have got my head round the seperate images for a single switch/router. I still wonder how the images with simmler releases differ between devices. It there anyrelationship, or are seperate device series completely seperate from each other?