I just bought a Cisco 3825 and a NME-16es-1g-P because I needed an extra gig port. What I didn't realize at the time was that this card has its own OS and routing engine, etc, so it can't be managed directly from the router's OS.
My question is this: I need the 3 gig ports, 2 native and one on the card, to connect to parts of our internal infrastructure.
Can I, and if so how, use one of the 16 Fa ports on the card to act as the WAN link instead of one of the gig ports? I know it's probably complicated, but it's the best I can come up with given the equipment available. The would have been easier if it was an ESW card, but such is not the case.
Could one of you awesome people give me a step by step guide in how to configure this so that it runs smoothly? I know Cisco commands etc, but this interaction between the two systems is a bit beyond my reach.
Thanks in advance!
I should be clear that I HAVE researched this for the better part of a week. I've read through this guide: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/interfaces-modules/network-modules/82288-es-mod-config.html (and about a dozen others) And, while informative, it doesn't address the question I have.