By garyzhang001 ·
Hi Friends, I want to have router with 2 WAN Ethernet Interface for my MPLS connectivity.HWIC-2FE seems to be very expensive when one of my friend suggested that we can use HWIC-EWS instead of expensive HWIC-2FE.Can you please answer my below queries.
What are the difference between these moduleincludinding advantage/disadvanage
any difference in configuring them as WAN ethernet port
thanks in advance

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by mikejohnson0108 In reply to HWIC-2FE vs HWIC-EWS

You probably meant the HWIC-4ESW module. I believe that for your purposes, there is no significant disadvantage or advantage in using either of these modules. The HWIC-2FE provides you with two router FastEthernet ports. The HWIC-4ESW provides you with a 4-port Layer2 switch whose individual ports can be assigned to different VLANs and routed between. So in essence, what you need can be accomplished with both.
The configuration will be somewhat different because the HWIC-2FE ports are configured just like other built-in ports on your router with IP addresses and so on. The ports on the HWIC-4ESW are assigned into VLANs and for these VLANs, a virtual interface is created that behaves as a routed interface that connects the appropriate VLAN to the router.
There are more details about HWIC-2FE at
Hope it can help you

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