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More Cisco 2960-S Reviews, Model Comparison

June 24 2014 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

Cisco 2960-S series is the most popular enterprise-class switches for campus and branch access applications among the previous access switches. (Cisco2960G and 2960 Series are end of life and end of sale.) What features of Cisco 2960-S series would you care more about while selecting?

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First of all, let’s check the main features:

Cisco 2960-S Switches-Main Features

24/48 10/100/1000 ports with fixed uplinks–PoE and Non-PoE models

Fixed Uplink Options: 4x1G or 2x10G SFP+

FlexStack Technology: Features 20G stacking links

Power over Ethernet

  • Full standards-based PoE on every port
  • PoE+ support for next-generation high-power devices

Sustainability–GREEN

 

  • Very low power for Gigabit Ethernet Switch
  • New EnergyWise functionality to control PHY power
  • Half the power of Catalyst 2960G

 

E-LLW, NBD and 90 day TAC support

LAN Lite and LAN Base Software Options

LAN Lite option provides entry-level Gig-E platform

 

More Details of Cisco 2960-S Series

10/100 Ethernet for Out Of Band (OOB) network mgmt (new for C2960-S series)

USB Flash-type A, external Flash storage

USB console (type B) and RJ45 console supported

Dram: 128MB

On board Flash: 64MB

  • Low Latency

RPS support: CAB-E type cable. (CAB-RPS2300-E=)

 

GOLD–OnLine Hardware Diagnostics

Crypto images (K9)–shipped from Mfg

Single SDM Template–Fixed TCAM Resources

 

  • More security ACL resources than Catalyst 2960
  • IPv6 functionality built-in to TCAM Resources
  • No modification and reboot required

 

9198 Bytes max MTU

  • 9000 bytes max for Catalyst 2960

OBFL–HW failure logging capability

 

C2960-S Model Comparison

Model

10/100/1000 Ethernet ports

Uplinks

IOS Feature Set

Available PoE Power

FlexStack Stacking

Cisco Catalyst
2960S-48FPD-L

48

2 SFP+

LAN Base

740W

Optional

Cisco Catalyst
2960S-48LPD-L

48

2 SFP+

LAN Base

370W

Optional

Cisco Catalyst
2960S-24PD-L

24

2 SFP+

LAN Base

370W

Optional

Cisco Catalyst
2960S-48TD-L

48

2 SFP+

LAN Base

-

Optional

Cisco Catalyst
2960S-24TD-L

24

2 SFP+

LAN Base

-

Optional

Cisco Catalyst
2960S-48FPS-L

48

4 SFP

LAN Base

740W

Optional

Cisco Catalyst
2960S-48LPS-L

48

4 SFP

LAN Base

370W

Optional

Cisco Catalyst
2960S-24PS-L

24

4 SFP

LAN Base

370W

Optional

Cisco Catalyst
2960S-48TS-L

48

4 SFP

LAN Base

-

Optional

Cisco Catalyst
2960S-24TS-L

24

4 SFP

LAN Base

-

Optional

Cisco Catalyst
2960S-48TS-S

48

2 SFP

LAN Lite

-

No

Cisco Catalyst
2960S-24TS-S

24

2 SFP

LAN Lite

-

No

 

Key LAN Lite vs LAN Base Highlights of Cisco 2960, 2960-S Series

Key-LAN-Lite-vs-LAN-Base-Highlights-of-Cisco-2960-S-Series.jpg

 

Catalyst 2960-S FlexStack

FlexStack available with optional Module

  • Hot Swappable with two wire-speed 10G ports
  • Copper cables, NOT fiber. No SFP needed

Up to 4 switches in a stack

Unified switch management, and control

  • similar look and feel as StackWise

3 FlexStack Cable lengths supported. Cisco Proprietary

  • 0.5 meters, 1.0 meter, 3.0 meter

 

Catalyst 2960-S FlexStack Stack Module

FlexStack available with optional Module

  • Hot Swappable with two wire-speed 10G ports
  • Up to fourswitches in a stack
  • Unified management, control, and data plane (similar look and feel as StackWise)
  • Cross-stack EtherChannel, SPAN, and FlexLink supported
  • Support same CISCO-STACKWISE-MIB

 

FlexStack Module inserted in the left rear of the switch.

FlexStack module is optional for C2960-S switch operation

Yes–Hot Swappable

Blank plate required when FlexStack Module not inserted

 

Catalyst 2960-S Sustainability Green

Cisco Technology Innovation

Lowest Power Consumption in Industry

  • Improving Gigabit Ethernet switching power efficiency
  • Cisco low power consumption ASICs
  • Uses 50% power of equivalent Ethernet switches in the market

Additional Power savings

Reduce power per with Interface “sleep mode” when not in connected

EnergyWise Capable

 

Why it’s low power of Catalyst 2960-S?

New Cisco ASIC Designed for low power consumptionnew ASIC: Enhancements made from current ASIC in 2960

High density: all interfaces on same physical ASIC

Enhanced efficiency of power supplies.

HW designed for power savings, not just cost savings

Power supply efficiency improvements

5% improvement over previous generation C2960G


Cisco 2960-S is a green network switches that can save more power, and cost-effective. It is the top choice for Cisco users who need to set up a network for branch office, entry-level enterprise and midmarket.

 

If you want to read more Cisco 2960-S models, you can visit: http://www.router-switch.com/Price-cisco-switches-cisco-switch-catalyst-2960_c19

 

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