How stable is the switch Cisco 2960G with BGP4

Hi, I have a switch cisco 2960G with some vlans configured, all is ok, now I need to receive an additional link with BGP4 and receive a C class ip pool.

I have always used a dedicated router to receive BGP4, but have never used a switch to do it. My doubts are:

-Is the switch able to do it without problems? (we graph cpu usage, it's low for the moment)
-Is it recommended or a common practice?
-If I add the port in a production service, won't it affect the default route?


Omar ArmasAsked:
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
No. While the 2960 is capable of some limited layer 3 operations, BGP is not one of them.
Bryant SchaperCommented:
correct, no BGP, routing is meant for InterVLAN
Omar ArmasAuthor Commented:
The switch accepts the bgp commands, so it seems possible to configure it. Now, is it not recommended then?
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Bryant SchaperCommented:
very surprised, could have been added, it didn't have other routing protocols initially.

I would say that it depends on your network, certainly you could try but if you have 100's of clients I would expect it to fail.
Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
It is my understanding that the 2960's only support static routes... and maybe RIP.

But no OSPF, EIGRP or and advanced routing protocols.

What model switch and what IOS version do you have?
Omar ArmasAuthor Commented:
Hi, IOS Version 12.2(44)SE6, Cisco 2960G-48.

This is what the prompt shows:

SW-DC(config)#router ?
  bgp Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
  isisISO IS-IS
  iso-igrpIGRP for OSI networks
  mobileMobile routes
  odr On Demand stub Routes
  ospfOpen Shortest Path First (OSPF)
  rip Routing Information Protocol (RIP)
Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
The fact that you see a command does not necessarily mean that the device supports it.

If you go just a little further ("router bgp 2000", for example) you'll see that you get an error.  Something along the lines of "This feature not supported in this image".

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Omar ArmasAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot, it solved my doubt.
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