I am putting together a lab with two 2600 routers. I have two serial WICs: WIC 1DSU T1 and WIC 2T but I do not have a Smart Serial cable. If I buy one, can these two cards be used without an external CSU to connect two routers back-to-back?
Does it matter which side provides clock?
If I use an RS-232 break out box to verfiy I have the correct leads mapped to RJ45 pins, does it mattter whether I get a DCE or DTE Smart Serial cable?
No, you have one card with a CSU/DSU on it, one card without it. You are going to have to match cards or match CSU/DSU's. All this stuff is super cheap on eBay though.
A WIC-1T card is like $9. Another WIC-2T goes for a bit more, but not much. A WIC-1DSU-T1 card goes for $25.
An Adtran TSU CSU/DSU unit is like $15, although I did find one for a penny.
Cisco 3rd party serial cables are cheap. Back to Back smart serial to smart serial are $9. Back to back 60 to 60 pin are $9. I didn't look hard enough to see if there were any DTE-DCE smart serial to 60 pin, but most likely there are.
The WIC-2T needs smart serial, the WIC-1T is 60-pin.
So, your choices (in the order I'd do them) are
Get another WIC-1DSU-T1 and do two WIC-1DSU-T1s back to back. You can make your own cross-over T1 cable for this (Wikipedia shows how).
OR, get another WIC-2T card, and do two serial ports back to back with a DTE-DCE smart serial to smart serial cable.
OR, get an Adtran TSU CSU/DSU, get a smart serial to V.35 cable to hook the Adtran up to your WIC-2T, and then run a cross-over T1 cable between your WIC-1DSU-T1 and the Adtran CSU/DSU.
In real life, if you are doing Cisco routers, the odds of you installing a new setup with an external CSU/DSU are next to never. The odds of you even seeing an external CSU/DSU are probably less than one in 10 depending on what areas you are working in. Most likely, anything you see will be using the cards with the builtin CSU/DSU's like the WIC-1DSU-T1. That is why I suggest using them.
No, just one side does. Typically the ISP/telco provides the clock, but if its private link in a biz setup, then you have to make sure one side does.
Eh? I don't think you're going to be able to do that very easily. One of the things you will have to test on for CCNA is what a DCE is vs. what a DTE is, so you might as well learn up on that now. That is (or was at least) a big part to know about.
While we are dealing with serial ports here, they aren't generally RS-232 at all, unless you do special conversions over to accomidate that. Don't try to think of things in terms of RS-232 at all, you'll just go down the wrong path.
Just buy the correct cabling for what you want to do. Its extremely rare for techs to fiddle with breakout boxes for this. With proper cables being less than $10, its not worth anybody's time to try to hack together something.
It won't work because its two totally different protocols and signalling between the two ports.
By default (with no other setup), The output of the CSU/DSU card is two pair balanced B8ZS encoding at a clock rate of 1.544mbps, framed up in ESF T1 framing.
The output of the WIC-2T is a synchronous serial bit (which can use balanced output or unbalanced) stream with a clock pin, as well as extra control pins. (ie. at a minimum its 6 pins, compared to the 4 of a T1).
How would you account for the seperate clock signals of the serial output, let alone the serial bit stream being re-encoded to B8ZS, and then framed up in T1 framing to match the CSU/DSU? (other than the framer and encoder sections of a CSU/DSU?).
In PC terms, its like you have an RS-232 port trying to plug into a USB jack. You can do it, but you need a chip that talks RS-232 on one side, and USB on the other. Its not just a cable.
The proper stuff to use is *dirt* cheap. The V.35 cables alone used to be like $125, let alone those octal-V.35 cables at over $900 a piece.
If I purchase another WIC-1DSU-T1 and build a 1,2 - 4,5 crossover cable (instead of using another WIC-1T and back-to-back serial cables), do I eliminate the clock rate command on one router since the internal CSUs provide clocking to both sides?
Doug, I just searched ebay for WIC-1DSU-T1 and see some cards are listed as version 2. Since my card is not labelled Version 2, I presume that means I have verison 1. Are there any compatibility issues in connecting a WIC-1DSU-T1 V2 directly to a WIC-1DSU-T1 using a crossover cable? Bob
Yes, a T1 is a T1, as long as you match the framing and encoding, you should be able to talk to anything that talks T1.
As you later saw, the version 2 hardware works only in newer hardware (I seem to remember having a huge problem finding an IOS image for the XM chassis that could support it, even though it is listed).
Doug, Thanks very much for all your help. You've save me a lot of time and probably some money by steering me away from buying a specialized cable that wouldn't do me any good. I especially appreciate the config help with "service-module t1 clock source internal" because I had no idea that command was needed (or even existed).
Finally, based on your comment about limited IOS support for WIC-1DSU-T1 V2 , I'm going to buy the original one. Bob