Switches within GNS3

I wanted to know how I can play around with Cisco Switches within GNS3?
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macoronatCommented:
The latest versions of GNS3 (Graphical Interface) doesn't have the option for a catalyst switch.  

There are two options to simulate switches:

1) Use generic ethernet switch provided by GNS3 features:
- VLANs
- dot1q trunk

2) Use 16 port switch module in 3600 or 3700 series router
- more features than in generic switch
- not features like PVLAN or MSTP (not in real life either)
- here is list of missing features compared to catalyst switch http://www.gns3.net/phpBB/topic229.html
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
Because of the hardware component in switches (ASICs), GNS can't emulate switches like it can routers.
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bplantierCommented:
To simulate Catalyst Switch during exams, Cisco uses a product called l2iou. It's cisco proprietary so your are not supposed to use it.. but if you want to get more "information" about it, you can google it.

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