The WS-C2960-24TC-L is a 24-port Ethernet switch from the Cisco Catalyst 2960 series. It is designed to provide small and medium-sized businesses with a cost-effective and flexible networking solution.
The switch has 24 Ethernet ports that support Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps) and Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps) speeds. It also has 2 SFP (Small Form-Factor Pluggable) uplink ports, which can be used to connect the switch to other networking devices or to extend the network to other locations.
The model supports a number of advanced features to help improve network performance and security. These include Quality of Service (QoS) for prioritizing different types of network traffic, access control lists (ACLs) for filtering traffic, and support for Power over Ethernet (PoE) for powering devices over the Ethernet cable.
Features and Benefits
The WS-C2960-24TC-L is a Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet switch, which means that it is capable of supporting both 100 Mbps and 1000 Mbps speeds on its 24 Ethernet ports. It uses a store-and-forward switching method, which means that it receives the entire Ethernet frame before forwarding it to the destination port. This can help improve network performance by reducing the number of errors and collisions on the network.
In terms of forwarding performance, this is capable of a maximum of 9.7 million packets per second (mpps) for 64-byte packets. This means that it can handle a large amount of traffic without experiencing any significant performance degradation.
The switch also supports Quality of Service (QoS) features, which allow you to prioritize certain types of traffic over others. This can be useful in situations where you want to ensure that mission-critical applications or services receive a higher level of network resources.
Interface Provided for Digital Workplace
The WS-C2960-24TC-L is an Ethernet switch that provides 24 Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet ports. These ports can be used to connect a variety of different devices, including computers, servers, printers, and other networking equipment.
In addition to the 24 Ethernet ports, the model also has 2 SFP (Small Form-Factor Pluggable) uplink ports. These ports can be used to connect the switch to other networking devices or to extend the network to other locations using fiber optic cables.
The model also has a management interface that can be used to configure and manage the switch. This interface can be accessed through a web browser or using a command-line interface (CLI).
General Information about this Cisco WS-C2960-24TC-L
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Model Number or SKU# WS-C2960-24TC-L
- Product Line: Catalyst
- Product Series: 2900
- Product Model: 2960-24TC
- Product Name: Catalyst 2960-24TC Managed Ethernet Switch
- Product Type: Ethernet Switch
Interfaces/Ports for 24 Ports Ethernet Switch
- Total Number of Network Ports: 24
- Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports: 24
- Port/Expansion Slot Details: 24 x Fast Ethernet Network
- Port/Expansion Slot Details: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Uplink
- Port/Expansion Slot Details: 2 x Fast Ethernet Expansion Slot
Performance of Catalyst Managed Switch
- Media Type Supported: Twisted Pair
- Ethernet Technology: Fast Ethernet
- Network Technology: 10Base-T
- Network Technology: 100/1000Base-T
Network & Communication
- Layer Supported: 2
Management & Protocols
- Remote Management: HTTP, HTTPS, RMON 1, RMON 2, RMON 3, RMON 9, SNMP 1, SNMP 2, SNMP 2c, SNMP 3, SSH, Telnet, TFTP
- Status Indicators: Link OK, Link/activity, Port duplex mode, Port transmission speed, Power, System
- Number of Total Expansion Slots: 2
- Expansion Slot Type: SFP
- IEEE 802.1ab (LLDP), IEEE 802.1D, IEEE 802.1p, IEEE 802.1Q, IEEE 802.1s, IEEE 802.1w, IEEE 802.1x, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3ad (LACP), IEEE 802.3ah, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3z
- Access Control List (ACL) support, ARP support, Auto-negotiation, Auto-sensing per device, Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X), BOOTP support, Broadcast Storm Control, DHCP snooping, DiffServ support, Dynamic IP address assignment, Dynamic Trunking Protocol (DTP) support, IGMP snooping, IPv6 support, Layer 2 switching, Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP), Load balancing, MAC Address Notification, Multicast Storm Control, Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) support, Port Aggregation Protocol (PAgP) support, Port Security, Quality of Service (QoS), Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) support, Remote Switch Port Analyzer (RSPAN), Syslog support, Unicast Storm Control, VLAN support
- Standard Memory: 64 MB
Dimensions and Weight
- Height: 1.7 inch
- Width: 17.5 inch
- Depth: 9.3 inch
- Weight: 7.94 LBS
- Input Voltage: 110 V AC
- Input Voltage: 220 V AC
Different Types of Switches
Networking switches vary widely depending on the number of devices they can support, network bandwidth/speed, and form factor. Switches for small offices will have anything between 4 and 8 ports and can fit on a desk. For larger office network implementation, switches may have 24 ports, 48 ports, 96 ports, and 128 ports and are rack-mountable between 1U and 4U. Switches come in different types depending on the network speed and tasks they support. These include 40/100 Gbps, 10 Gigabit (up to 10000 Mbps), Gigabit Ethernet (up to 1000 Mbps), Power over Ethernet, and Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps).
The unmanaged switches offer fixed configuration on a plug-and-play basis. It is the most basic switch and there are a few choices in the market. These switches are affordable, but the basic features make them inappropriate for enterprise applications.
The number of features and level of functionality improves with managed switches, making them ideal for enterprise and business applications. These switches are built with the command-line interface for ease of configuration. Equally, they support SNMP agents that come in handy when troubleshooting network issues.
The security on managed switches is better and will protect different types of traffic. Other features include support for virtual LANs, IP routing, and quality of service settings. Managed switches are more expensive compared to all other types of switches.
Smart switches refer to switches that possess more features than those of unmanaged switches but do not have the full features of managed switches. Smart switches are more cost-effective than managed switches.
Some of the limitations of the smart switches are a lack of telnet access support, Web GUIs, and a lack of many features for VLANs. They are affordable compared to a fully managed switch and are suitable for a smaller computer network.
Modular switches allow the addition of expansion modules as the network expands. The expansion modules allow for more networked devices but are application-specific. They may include wireless access points, firewalls, or network analysis tools. The flexibility of a modular networking switch comes at a higher cost.
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