A little confused.. When trouble shooting excessive output drops on a 3750 i noticed that al switching is done by cpu instead of "route cache". This 3750 has no ip routing enabled and no ip cef (ip cef is only for layer 3 i believe)..

But why isnt this switch using fast switching? I always thought that the first packet was processed by cpu but then it should do switching out of the learned/cached table e.g. fast switching.. But when i issue the command sh interface x/x stats the output is telling me that all packets are forwarded by CPU and none by "route cache"


  • The answer i posted answers your question but does not help resolve your issue. I would suggest starting a different question or a chatroom with me and I can help you troubleshoot the output drops ( im rather good at tshooting OQD) Nov 25, 2013 at 20:05
  • actually i created a room called "helping user209 troubleshoot" in the chat. Please join at your convenience and i can assist you Nov 25, 2013 at 20:08
  • We need to see your config as well as the output of sh proc cpu sort when the problem is happening Nov 26, 2013 at 2:54
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If "IP routing" is disabled then your frames are NOT getting forwarded by your CPU. I am familiar with the output that you are talking about though.

The "show interfaces _ X/X stats" is a hidden command in IOS and as such it really isn't maintained the way most other show commands are.

If you do a "show proc cpu sorted | in Input" then you will see the "IP Input" process. That is the best way that you can see how much of a tax the forwarding plane is putting on your CPU.

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    Note: stats has not been a hidden option for a long time.
    – Ricky
    Nov 25, 2013 at 21:49

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