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Catalyst 1800 Token Ring Switch Release Notes
TRX.2.1.11 and FDU.2.1.11

Catalyst 1800 Token Ring Switch Release Notes
TRX.2.1.11 and FDU.2.1.11

February 3, 1997

This document provides release information and restrictions that apply to Token Ring module software version TRX.2.1.11 and FDDI module software version FDU.2.1.11 for the Catalyst 1800 Token Ring switch. Refer to the System Information menu (Configure...System...Display) from the local user interface to verify the software revision as TRX.2.1.11 or FDU.2.1.11.

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This document is organized into the following sections:

  Cisco Connection Online (CCO) Software Availability
  Supported Features
  Known Restrictions and Limitations
  RMON Information
  SNMP Information
  User Documentation
  Upgrading to New Software Releases Using the Console
  Upgrading to New Software Releases Using TFTP
  Change History
  Cisco Connection Online

Cisco Connection Online (CCO) Software Availability

When using CCO ( to acquire software upgrades, enter the Workgroup / Catalyst 1800 area to find the latest version of the software for both the Token Ring and FDDI modules. The files can be found in that area, under the following names:

CCO: t1800-tr-serial-boot.2-1-11.bin
DOS: citr2111.cof

The 8TR module software image to be used for Xmodem serial port (console connector) download. Specifically the 2.1.11 release.

CCO: t1800-tr-tftp-boot.2-1-11.bin
DOS: citr2111.img

The 8TR module software image to be used for TFTP download over one of the LAN (802.5 or FDDI) ports on the Catalyst 1800. Specifically the 2.1.11 release.

CCO: t1800-fd-serial-boot.2-1-11.bin
DOS: cifd2111.cof

The 4TR+FDDI module software image to be used for Xmodem serial port (console connector) download. Specifically the 2.1.11 release.

CCO: t1800-fd-tftp-boot.2-1-11.bin
DOS: cifd2111.img

The 4TR+FDDI module software image to be used for TFTP download over one of the LAN (802.5 or FDDI) ports on the Catalyst 1800. Specifically the 2.1.11 release.

CCO: t1800-mib.2-1-11.bin
DOS: t18m2111.mib

ASCII text file containing the Catalyst 1800 proprietary MIB in ASN.1 format.

CCO: t1800-readme.2-1-11.txt
DOS: t18rnote.txt

ASCII text copy of this release note.

Download the appropriate file for each module type and the specific download method you will use (Xmodem-serial or TFTP). To perform the download via the serial port or TFTP, refer to the software download procedures found later in this release note.

Note If you download binary (.bin) files from CCO to a DOS system, you must change the file names to conform to DOS file naming conventions. Use the DOS name for each file given in the table above. (t1800-tr-serial-boot.2-1-11.bin becomes citr2111.cof.)

Example: If you download t1800-tr-serial-boot.2-1-11.bin to a DOS system, the filename may be truncated to t1800-tr.bin. Before downloading another file, rename this file to citr2111.cof. (Type ren t1800-tr.bin citr2111.cof, or enter the name citr2111.cof as the DOS target filename for your download utility.) If you download another file without renaming the first file, the second file may overwrite the first one if the first 8 characters of their names are the same.

Cisco recommends that you use the file names listed in the table. If you cannot follow this guideline, note that the string "tr" must occur in the name of every Token Ring software file, and the string "fd" must occur in the name of every FDDI software file. This is required when configuring file names for TFTP download.

Supported Features

The following features are supported by the Catalyst 1800 Token Ring switch:

Known Restrictions and Limitations


  Before changes to these parameters can take effect, you must reboot the switch using the System Reboot command.

Console Interface

RMON Information

This version of the software supports RMON RFC 1757(RMON base) and RFC 1513 (Token Ring specific). Traffic Director 3.3 can access the Catalyst 1800 using its standard menu interface, however, a few exceptions are noted in this section.

Enabling Statistics/Ring Information, Etc.

RMON groups are off by default. Per specification, each group on each port can be separately enabled/disabled. To enable or disable RMON groups in the Catalyst 1800, first add a new agent type specifying the interface (physical port) and IP address of the switch. Next, create a domain for that agent by selecting Domain Manager from the main screen. From Domain Manager, you need to install the new agent. Select Install to enter the Install Domain. In the Install Domain first select the agent, then select RMON from the Domain List. Select Host from the Enable Groups section if you would like host information (time creation, per host statistics, and so on). Finally, select OK and the RMON groups in the switch will be automatically created by Traffic Director.

Enabling Ring Station Groups from Traffic Director

To enable the Ring Station groups of RFC 1513 from Traffic Director, enter the Traffic Director shell. In the shell you need to execute the following command for each agent that you would like to acquire ring-information for:

dvtrstn add agent
  In this command, agent is the agent you're adding, for example, P3-CAT1800.

You can then exit the shell window.

Note From CiscoView for the Catalyst 1800, disable and then re-enable the associated interface (physical port) the very first time you configure a ring-station group to immediately obtain ring-station information.

These commands only need to be executed the first time you create a new agent or enable a ring-station group. The switch stores this configuration information for subsequent reboot(s) of the switch.


SNMP Information


A proprietary MIB is now supported. For the latest version of the MIB, visit Cisco Connection Online (CCO) at, or contact Cisco Systems customer support at 1-800-553-2447. CCO and customer support are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

SNMP Implementation Notes

The following notes represent the implementation of the standard MIBs in the switch. Logical Segment Configurations are of the most interest when dealing with the Bridge and SR MIB groups. If you are implementing a Network Management Client for this switch or need a more detailed view of the MIB implementation, you may request the Network Management FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions listing) from customer support.

User Documentation

A current set of documentation can be found in the shipping box with the system.

Known issues:

    1. The Token Ring Physical Ports Statistics screen (Monitor...Physical) now displays Ring State before Ring Status.

    2. The following new Ring Status values have been added:

    3. The System Overview screens (Monitor...System—both Token Ring and FDDI screens) now display Ring State instead of Ring Status.

    4. The System Information menu (Configure...System...Display) now displays the part number as PCA-0048-xx instead of MOD-0048-xx.

    5. In 16-port systems the ports are numbered left to right from one to eight, beginning with the bottom board.

    6. An example in the Port Security Calendar screen description specifies an access time setting in 30 minute increments. This function of the switch only permits whole hour settings of 0 through 23. The example is incorrect.

    7. The manual does not discuss the Unknown setting available when configuring ring speed for a port. 4 Mbps, 16 Mbps and Unknown (Auto config) are valid ring speed options. The Unknown option detects the current ring speed and inserts the port at that speed. If the port is the first to insert into a ring, it inserts at the last speed detected, or at 16 Mbps if no speed was previously detected.

Upgrading to New Software Releases Using the Console

Release TR.01.4.0 and later supports dual-board 16-port operation. Both 8-port boards must be updated with the new image for proper operation of the switch. Dual board systems are updated by placing the console cable on each board and performing the update procedure that immediately follows. This procedure must be performed on both boards followed by a reboot of the switch.

You must use a terminal emulation program that supports the Xmodem protocol, such as PCPLUS, to download the new image.

Step 1   Attach the console cable that was originally shipped with the switch from the terminal emulation system to the front console port on the switch. (See the Catalyst 1800 Cable Kit Guide for more information on how to connect the console cable.)

Step 2   Use the software download command (System....Download). This will place you at the monitor prompt (=>). (If unreadable bytes appear on your screen or the prompt does not appear, press Return several times so that the monitor can autobaud the serial line). It is recommended that you set your terminal emulation program communication speed to 38400. (At 38400 a download normally takes 4 to 5 minutes.)

Step 3   At the monitor prompt (=>) type do for download. The message "Downloading" appears. The monitor is now ready to accept the Xmodem download file.

Step 4   Start the Xmodem download procedure. (In PCPLUS, do this by pressing the Page Up key, selecting the Xmodem download protocol from the menu (X), and typing in the download image name, for example citr2111.cof for the Token Ring card.)

Step 5   Once the image has been downloaded, a "Download Complete" message and the monitor prompt are displayed.

Step 6   Type go. Messages are displayed to indicate that the image is being stored in Flash for use by subsequent reboots.

Step 7   To start the new, downloaded image, cycle the system power.

The switch starts running the new code when you power it on. The Password menu appears after boot-up.

Note When updating a board from a software revision prior to TRX/FDU.2.0 to the current revision, it is recommended that the configuration database on the switch be reset (Menu selection System...Reset...Yes). Also, if after update the Token Ring ports on the top card fail to insert for connected ports, reset the configuration database from a console connected to the bottom board.

Note When performing a software download over an asynchronous modem you'll need to configure the modem for Auto-answer and Disabled result codes. This can be accomplished by executing the following standard modem commands:
ATS0 Enables auto-answer
ATQ1 Disables result codes

Upgrading to New Software Releases Using TFTP

TFTP upgrades can be performed while the switch is in operation. Switching will continue with only a three-second pause in operation while the image is being stored in the on-board Flash memory. To configure and initiate a TFTP download, refer to the TFTP menu selection (Configure...TFTP) on the console. Use the files citr2111.img and cifd2111.img to upgrade using TFTP.

Change History

The TR.2.1.11 release includes the following changes from the previous release:

    1. With spanning-tree bridging enabled, specifically routed frames (SRFs) were incorrectly dropped if destined for the same ring number as the one the SRFs arrived on. This has been corrected in this release. (DDTs #80477)

    2. Dynamic configuration of segment numbers (ring#s) could possibly create an incorrect forwarding path through the switch. This would occur if creating more than two new segment numbers among the ports found on the upper module in a 2-module system. This has been corrected in this release. (DDTs #78655)

    3. Setting the FDDI port to SR or SRT mode via SNMP was not permitted in previous releases. This capability has been added to this release. (DDTs #80481)

    4. Quitting a Telnet session would not cause the Telnet session to disconnect, but rather returned the user back to the Catalyst 1800 password prompt. This has been changed to cause the Telnet session to terminate if the quit command is executed from a Telnet session. (DDTs #74709)

    5. The dot1dBasePortCircuit SNMP variable would return incorrect segment (ring number) information when more than nine logical segments were configured. This has been corrected in this release. (DDTs #77315)

    6. The hardware-type field of BOOTP/DHCP traffic was not being translated between Token Ring and FDDI segments. This has been changed so that all BOOTP/DHCP traffic traversing the switch will encode a type 1 hardware-type on FDDI and a type 6 hardware-type on Token Ring. (DDTs #80488)

The TR.2.1.10 release included the following changes from the previous release:

    1. RMON alarms are now sent with an enterprise OID of "RMON". Previously, some RMON clients may not have accepted Catalyst 1800-generated RMON alarm traps. (DDTs #74642).

    2. BPDU frames were not being sent on all ports participating in spanning tree. This has been corrected in this release. (DDTs #74754, #74713)

    3. SNMP access to large MAC and NetBIOS databases would time out. This has been corrected in this release (DDTs #74715, # 74732).

    4. Client to server connections were sometimes blocked when running Token Ring and FDDI redundant configurations.This has been corrected in this release (DDTs #74778).

    5. Ports configured to participate as SPAN ports would not take effect if the output SPAN port was located in the upper module of a 2-module system (12-port, 16-port configurations). This has been corrected in this release (DDTs #74718).

    6. NetBIOS names were defined as octet strings via the Catalyst 1800 proprietary MIB. These have been changed to display strings for friendlier viewing of those names. (DDTs #74727).

    7. IP ARPs were being incorrectly flooded to multiple ports with spanning tree enabled. This has been corrected in this release. (DDTs #74760).

    8. Removing a cable from ports 6, 7, or 8 in a 12-port configuration under heavy load would sometimes cause the top card in the switch to stop forwarding frames. This has been corrected in this release (DDTs #76365).

    9. Telnet sessions were being refused following a series of network reconfigurations (due to Spanning Tree changes or cable moves/adds/changes). Telnet now supports a default 5 minute timeout to recover from such events (DDTs #77138).

    10. Changing the ring number of a port with spanning tree enabled left all ports on the top card of a two-card switch in Learning state in which forwarding of frames is blocked. This has been corrected in this release (DDTs #77142).

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