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Configuring Token Ring Interface Features

Problem

You want to configure a Token Ring interface.

Solution

The main thing that you need to take care to set properly for Token Ring interfaces is the ring speed:

Router2#configure terminal 
Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.
Router2(config)#interface TokenRing0
Router2(config-if)#ring-speed 4
Router2(config-if)#exit
Router2(config)#end
Router2#

You can also set the MAC address on a Token Ring interface:

Router2#configure terminal 
Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.
Router2(config)#interface TokenRing0
Router2(config-if)#mac-address 0006.1111.aaaa
Router2(config-if)#exit
Router2(config)#end
Router2#

And some routers can optionally support full-duplex Token Ring:

Router8#configure terminal 
Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.
Router8(config)#interface TokenRing0/8
Router8(config-if)#full-duplex
Router8(config-if)#exit
Router8(config)#end
Router8#

 

Discussion

You can set the Token Ring's ring speed with the ring-speed command:

Router2(config)#interface TokenRing0
Router2(config-if)#ring-speed 4

The default for Token Ring interfaces is 16 Mbps. In this example, we have reduced the speed to support the older 4 Mbps standard. You need to be very careful when doing this, however, because ring speed mismatches can cause serious problems on Token Ring networks. Inserting a device with the wrong ring speed not only means that the new device can't use the ring, but it will disrupt communications among all of the other devices as well:

Changing MAC addresses is actually considerably more common than it is for Ethernet. However, just as we mentioned in Recipe 16.10, you need to be careful to ensure that MAC addresses are unique:

Router2(config-if)#mac-address 0006.1111.aaaa

Full duplex support on Token Ring interfaces is not actually part of the IEEE standard, but many vendors have started to support it. In fact, only a few of Cisco's Token Ring modules, which are designed specifically for full-duplex, support this command. However, if you have a router with this feature, and a Token Ring switch that also supports it, this can significantly improve your network performance.

You can enable full-duplex support, where available, with the full-duplex command:

Router8(config-if)#full-duplex

The default is half duplex.

See Also

Recipe 16.10

Router Configuration and File Management

Router Management

User Access and Privilege Levels

TACACS+

IP Routing

RIP

EIGRP

OSPF

BGP

Frame Relay

Handling Queuing and Congestion

Tunnels and VPNs

Dial Backup

NTP and Time

DLSw

Router Interfaces and Media

Simple Network Management Protocol

Logging

Access-Lists

DHCP

NAT

First Hop Redundancy Protocols

IP Multicast

IP Mobility

IPv6

MPLS

Security

Appendix 1. External Software Packages

Appendix 2. IP Precedence, TOS, and DSCP Classifications

Index

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Cisco IOS Cookbook
Cisco IOS Cookbook (Cookbooks (OReilly))
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