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Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Fixed GE Access Switch

December 2 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switch delivers converged wired and wireless access on a single platform, creating an uncompromised user experience in any workspace. The converged system provides a single platform for wired and wireless networkwide visibility for faster troubleshooting, advanced security and quality of service (QoS) control, maximum resiliency with fast stateful recovery, and scale with distributed wired and wireless data plane.


The Cisco Catalyst 3650 is built on the advanced Cisco StackWise-160, and takes advantage of the new Cisco Unified Access Data Plane (UADP) application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). This switch can enable uniform wired-wireless policy enforcement, application visibility, flexibility, application optimization, and superior resiliency. The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches support full IEEE 802.3at Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+), and offer modular and field-replaceable redundant fans and power supplies. They can help you increase wireless productivity and reduce your TCO.


All Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches have fixed, built-in uplink ports. Customers can choose from three types of uplink ports at the time of the switch purchase:

• 4 x Gigabit Ethernet with Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP)

• 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet with SFP+ or 4 x Gigabit Ethernet with SFP

• 4 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet with SFP+ or 4 x Gigabit Ethernet with SFP


The SFP+ interface supports both 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet ports. Refer to Table 1 for a description of the basic switch models and the corresponding uplink ports. Refer to Table 2 for a description of the various uplink port interface options.


Cisco Catalyst 3650 Highlights

Built on Cisco Unified Access Data Plane (UADP) application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) with programmability to support Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks

Architecture and software-defined networking (SDN)

Integrated wireless LAN controller functionality

Native Flexible NetFlow (FnF) on all ports

Granular, hierarchical bandwidth management

Cisco TrustSec support


Cisco Catalyst 3650 Primary Features

Integrated wireless LAN controller capability with:

- Up to 40G of wireless capacity per switch (48-port models)

- Support for up to 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack

24 and 48 10/100/1000 data and Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) models with Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE)

-Optional Cisco StackWise-160 technology provides scalability and resiliency with 160 Gbps of stack throughput (for additional wired and wireless capabilities, please visit the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches page)

- Fixed, built-in 4 x Gigabit Ethernet, 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet, or 4 x 10 Gigabit

Ethernet Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) and SFP+ uplink ports

- Dual redundant power supplies and three modular fans, providing higher redundancy

- Full IEEE 802.3at (PoE+) with 30W power on all ports in 1 rack unit (RU) form factor

Software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, modular QoS, FnF Version 9, and advanced security features

Single, consistent Cisco IOS XE Software image across all license levels, providing an easy upgrade path for access points and software features

Enhanced limited lifetime warranty (E-LLW) with next business day (NBD) advance hardware replacement and 90-day access to Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) support


Switch Configurations

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches are available in LAN Base, IP Base, and IP Services feature sets. All switches ship with a default AC power supply. A DC power supply can be purchased as an option or spare. The base switch does not include any access point licenses. Figure 1 shows the Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series.

Figure1. Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches (Front and Back)


Table1. Compare different switch models.


StackWise-160 Technology

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 provides maximum data, power, and wireless resiliency using Cisco StackWise-160 technology, which is built on the highly successful industryleading CiscoStackWise technology. The StackWise-160 technology provides optional stacking with 160 Gbps of bandwidth for providing resiliency within the stack. The stack behaves as a single switching unit that is managed by an active switch elected from one of the member switches. The active switch creates and updates all the switching, routing, and wireless tables. In an event of the active member failure, the standby member assumes the role of the active switch, continuing to keep the stack operational.


Cisco Catalyst 3650 Primary Advantages

Converged Wired and Wireless Platform

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 is a stackable platform that converges wired and wireless services on a Cisco IOS XE Software based platform. The CAPWAP tunnels from the access points terminate at the 3650 switch, enabling users to configure and apply software features such as QoS, security, and FnF across wired ports and wireless SSIDs on the same switch at the same time. The converged wired and wireless platform supports the Cisco Unified Access solution. With “one policy, one management, one network,” the Cisco Catalyst 3650 and Cisco Unified Access help IT spend less time running the network and more time on business innovation.

Advanced Security

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 is hardware capable of supporting Cisco TrustSec functionality. Cisco TrustSec uses the device and user credentials acquired during authentication for classifying the packets by security groups as they enter the network with scalability and simplified management. The classification is maintained through the network by the security group tag (SGT) and through integration with the Cisco Identity Services Engine. The Cisco Catalyst 3650 is also hardware-ready for link layer MACsec encryption, which provides networkwide encryption to protect data traffic across the network.

Application Visibility and Control (AVC)

With the native support for FnF on all the ports, the Cisco Catalyst 3650 can monitor both east-west and north-south wired traffic at the same time. The Cisco Catalyst 3650 switch terminates the wireless CAPWAP tunnels from the access point, providing full visibility into the wireless traffic at the switch. Because the wireless traffic is now isible at the switch, it is possible to identify wireless traffic using FnF and prioritize the traffic using advanced QoS capabilities for an improved user experience and faster troubleshooting.


The Cisco Catalyst 3650 supports Cisco Catalyst SmartOperations. SmartOperations features such as Auto Smartports, Auto QoS, and Smart Install reduce deployment time by automating most of the basic switch and port configurations.

Foundation for Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 is built on the UADP ASIC, which provides wire-rate hardware performance with software programmability. The UADP ASIC features a programmable data plane, enabling deployment of SDN services and support of future software features over the product lifetime. The Cisco Catalyst 3650 supports the Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture for openness, programmability, and operational simplicity.

Reduced Total Cost of Ownership

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 reduces the total cost of ownership and provides superior investment protection through:

Built-in wireless controller functionality

Optional stacking

Support for fixed GE or 10 GE uplink

Support for IP Base and IP Services software options

Dual redundant power supply and three individual fans to help ensure high availability

E-LLW with NBD advance hardware replacement and 90-day access to Cisco TAC support


More Related Cisco 3650 Series News:

New Catalyst 3650 Series, Main FEATURES, Comparisons, Modules and Supports

Cisco to Unveil New Catalyst Access Switch to Converge Wired&Wireless Networking

Cisco Released Wave 2-Ready 802.11ac Access Point and Catalyst 3650

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