Would you like to learn how to configure Cisco Vlan routing using the command-line? In this tutorial, we are going to show you all the steps required to configure Ip routing between virtual interfaces on a Cisco Switch 3750 using the command-line.

You need to verify if your Switch IOS support multiple virtual interfaces.

Usually switches like 2960 support only 1 virtual interface.

You need a switch that supports the minimum of 2 virtual interfaces.

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Tutorial - Vlan Routing on Cisco Switch

First, you need to access the console of your Cisco Switch.

In our example, we are going to use an Opensource software named Putty and a computer running Windows.

The Putty software is available on the putty.org website.

After finishing the download, run the software and wait for the following screen.

Putty windows

To access the console of a Cisco Switch model 2960 or 3750, you will need to select the Serial Connection category and use the following options:

• Connection type: Serial
• Serial line: COM1
• Speed: 9600

If COM1 does not work you will need to try to use COM2, COM3, COM4 or the next.

cisco switch terminal settings

Using either the console, telnet or ssh, connect to the command-line of your switch and log in with a user who has administrative privileges.

On the prompt screen, enter the administrative login information.

After a successful login, the console command-line will be displayed.


Use the enable command to enter the privilege mode.

Switch> enable

Use the configure terminal command to enter the configuration mode.

Switch# configure terminal

Create 2 new Vlans, select an identification number and add a brief description.

Switch(config)# vlan 100
Switch(config-vlan)# name Server Network
Switch(config)# vlan 200
Switch(config-vlan)# name Desktop Network
Switch(config-vlan)# exit

On the configuration mode, you need to create 2 virtual interfaces.

Switch(config)# interface vlan 100
Switch(config-if)# ip address
Switch(config-if)# exit
Switch(config)# interface vlan 200
Switch(config-if)# ip address
Switch(config-if)# exit

On the configuration mode, you need to enable IP routing on the device.

Switch(config)# ip routing
Switch(config)# exit

In our example, the virtual switch interfaces Vlan100 and Vlan200 were configured.

In our example, the IP routing feature was enabled on the device.

To test your configuration, configure a switch port on the Desktop Vlan.

Switch(config)# interface gigabitethernet0/40
Switch(config)# switchport mode access
Switch(config-if)# switchport access vlan 200
Switch(config-if)# exit
Switch(config)# exit

Connect a computer on the switch port 40, configure an IP address on the same network.

Use the Switch's virtual interface IP as the default gateway.

IP address:

Open a DOS prompt and try to ping to the IP address of the virtual interface 100.

C:\> ping

In our example, the Vlan routing feature was configured on a Cisco Switch.

Don't forget to save your switch configuration.

Switch# copy running-config startup-config

You have successfully configured routing between Vlans on a Cisco switch.