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Hello is there anyway to hook up my modem directly into my cisco layer 3 switch and use it as a router? My cable modem is not static by the way
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The articles below suggest (1) some Cisco switches can work as routers and some cannot and (2) using a router for routing tasks and a switch for switching tasks.

http://www.dslreports.com/faq/13563   and

http://www.dslreports.com/faq/8347

Is there an advantage to be gained for you to use a switch in place of a router?  

I use a Cisco RV042G router from my cable modem and it is as fast or faster than the cable modem so it doesn't present any limitation to me.

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I just have an old router and would like to use my 3560g switch partly to experiment part to use because it's probably better than my old link sys router
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A Cisco 3560g should work as a router, but it will probably take more configuration that a router designed for the purpose. I assume the "g" means it is gigabit like my RV042g (which is also gigabit). Yes, almost for certain, it will be faster and probably more reliable than an old router. I have replaced may of those since I first had broadband in 1999.

Can you use your Cisco 3560g as a router? Yes.  As to configuration to do it, you would need a Cisco switch configuration expert (not I).  

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The switch configuration is a little more involved than a Cisco router, but setting up a Layer3 siwtch to be your router is not that difficult.

I used an old Catalyst G-L3 model that used BVI interfaces instead of VLANs, it worked great.
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Can you give me the instructions
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matt can you give instructions please
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I believe all you need to do on the VLAN capable routers is

config terminal
int vlan 100
ip address 192.168.1.1 255.255.255.0
exit
ip route 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 <your cable modem inside ip>
router rip

Point your clients to the 192.168.1.1 address for their gateway.
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