The Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules seen above, expands the router’s capabilities by integrating Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching feature sets identical to those found in the Cisco Catalyst 3560-E and Catalyst 2960 Series Switches.
The new Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules are the first modules to take advantage of the increased capabilities on the Cisco 3900 and 2900 Series Integrated Services Routers. Additionally, these service modules enable Cisco’s industry-leading power initiatives, Cisco EnergyWise®, Cisco Enhanced Power over Ethernet (ePoE), and per-port PoE power monitoring-all of which enhance the ability of the branch office to scale to next-generation requirements and still meet important initiatives for IT teams to operate a power efficient network.
Furthermore, the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules not only perform local line-rate switching and routing but also support direct service module-to-service module communication through the Integrated Services Router Generation 2 multigigabit fabric (MGF) which separates LAN traffic from WAN resources.
Below, you have a hands on demonstration how to add, remove or replace a module in the new Cisco 2900 chassis and what to is recommended to do or avoid during this operations. This is nothing new for the engineers that have to change modules everyday in chassis like 6500 or 7600 platform, but may be very useful for the beginners.