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I want to use Motorola FRAD as a core FRAD device for Cisco lab

I want to use Motorola FRAD as a core FRAD device for Cisco lab

I want to use Motorola FRAD as a core FRAD device for Cisco lab

Hello, colleagues,
I have 2 FRAD racks (Motorola 6400), I was used to support them 10 years ago, and just couldn't waist this reliable peace of hardware, when it became absolate. Now I found some possible use for it, but have no  manuals (and don't remember much myself), just only boxes.
    So if somebody have experience needed and information handy, I would be very glad to receive it.

I plan to use FRAD as a core device for Cisco laboratory (for Cisco training courses). Most labs use core FRAD device, which just interconnects Cisco routers, so I need to make tips how to configure FRAD cloude with say 16 interfaces to be connected with Cisco serial ports. As I remember, Motorola FRAD ports had speed 2 MB/s which is more than enough in my case.
As much as I remember, I'll need to interconnect FRAD cards by some interfaces, as they were not interconnected internally, right?
I also would need serial cable pin-out for FRAD ports, and if possible some sample of working config of FRAM relay and Cisco router serial interface in FRAD mode.
It's all really because I just want to give some second life to absolutly the most reliable hardware I ever used (during 5 years I had spare rack on shelf, but never had problems with it).

Thanks in advance,

RE: I want to use Motorola FRAD as a core FRAD device for Cisco lab

Sorry about the delayed response.  It appears that you are one of the remaining few that still have some lingering faith in the Motorola Vanguard.

Yeah, these were absolutely incredible boxes.  They did stuff that Cisco only dreamed of (back when Cisco was a tiny little company).  And they said Motorola only made cell phones and pagers....

Cruise over to www.dagwoodsystems.com; you'll find plenty of ways to contact me.  It would be a lot easier to send private emails or chat on the phone than it would for me to describe the config to you in a thread.

Vanguards ARE still supported.  Motorola simply sold off the division, which is now called Vanguard Managed Solutions.  You can still find all the manuals on http://www.vanguardms.com/support/documentation/vanguard/

Hope that helps.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from Magix. --Arthur C. Clarke (imbellished).

RE: I want to use Motorola FRAD as a core FRAD device for Cisco lab

Thnanks for valuable tip, "dagwoodsystems" !
I'll have a look on the site, I have to check exact part number of boxes I have, as I looked on manuals on vanguard site, and they looks all stand-alone units, but I have 19" rack with cards.
Anyway, as it's mainly hobby, I'll do it later,  Monday I have a busienss trip for exibition (Cisco Expo in Tallinn), as one of our businesses is Cisco training...

But is till would like to use Motorola FRAD for something, as when I used this boxes, I really liked them for incredible stability and relaibility...

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