Product Details of the Cisco 48 Ports Managed Switch
In the fast-paced world of networking, having a reliable and efficient Ethernet switch is paramount. Cisco, a global leader in networking solutions, introduces the WS-C2960-48PST-S Catalyst 2960, a 48 Ports Managed SFP Ethernet Switch. This comprehensive review will delve into the features, specifications, benefits, and applications of this cutting-edge networking device.
Cisco WS-C2960-48PST-S Catalyst 2960
The Cisco WS-C2960-48PST-S Catalyst 2960 is a high-performance Ethernet SFP switch designed to meet the demands of modern networking environments. With 48 ports and support for Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) modules, this managed switch offers versatility and scalability for businesses of all sizes. Let's explore its key features and functionalities.
48 Ports for Enhanced Connectivity
The WS-C2960-48PST-S comes equipped with 48 ports, providing ample connectivity options for devices such as computers, printers, and other networking equipment. This abundance of ports ensures that your network can accommodate the growing number of devices in today's interconnected world.
Managed Switch Capabilities
As a managed switch, the Catalyst 2960 offers advanced features for network administrators to control and optimize network performance. This includes VLAN support, Quality of Service (QoS) settings, and enhanced security protocols, empowering businesses to tailor their networks to specific needs.
The inclusion of Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) ports adds a layer of flexibility to the WS-C2960-48PST-S. These hot-swappable ports allow for the integration of fiber optic connections, extending the reach and speed of the network. Whether it's for long-distance connections or higher data transfer rates, the SFP compatibility makes this switch adaptable to various networking scenarios.
Power over Ethernet (PoE) Support
PoE capability is a standout feature of this Cisco switch. With Power over Ethernet, the WS-C2960-48PST-S can deliver both data and electrical power over a single Ethernet cable. This is particularly beneficial for devices like IP cameras, VoIP phones, and wireless access points, simplifying installation and reducing the need for additional power sources.
Cisco is renowned for its commitment to delivering reliable networking solutions, and the Catalyst 2960 is no exception. With features like redundancy support and advanced error handling, this switch ensures minimal downtime, promoting a stable and robust network infrastructure.
Now, let's delve into the technical specifications that make the Cisco WS-C2960-48PST-S Catalyst 2960 a standout choice in the world of Ethernet switches.
The WS-C2960-48PST-S boasts an impressive switching capacity, capable of handling high volumes of data traffic efficiently. This is essential for networks with heavy data transfer requirements, ensuring smooth and uninterrupted operation.
The forwarding rate of a switch determines how quickly it can process and transmit data. The Catalyst 2960 excels in this aspect, offering a high forwarding rate that contributes to low latency and improved network responsiveness.
Storage plays a crucial role in the performance of network devices. With sufficient flash memory, the WS-C2960-48PST-S can store and quickly retrieve configuration files, firmware updates, and other essential data, enhancing overall efficiency.
Cisco is committed to sustainability, and this is reflected in the energy-efficient design of the Catalyst 2960. With features like Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) and smart power management, the switch optimizes energy consumption without compromising performance.
Benefits of Cisco WS-C2960-48PST-S Catalyst 2960
The 48 ports and SFP compatibility make the Catalyst 2960 highly scalable. As your network grows, this switch can easily accommodate additional devices and connections, providing a future-proof solution for evolving business needs.
Security is a top priority in any network infrastructure. The WS-C2960-48PST-S includes robust security features such as Access Control Lists (ACLs), port security, and secure management interfaces. These features safeguard against unauthorized access and potential threats, ensuring the integrity of your network.
Versatility with SFP Ports
The inclusion of SFP ports adds a layer of versatility to the Catalyst 2960. Whether you need to establish long-distance connections or leverage fiber optic technology for high-speed data transfer, SFP compatibility gives you the flexibility to adapt to diverse networking requirements.
Cost-Effective PoE Implementation
Power over Ethernet simplifies the deployment of devices that require both data and power connections. By eliminating the need for separate power sources, businesses can save on installation costs and enjoy a more streamlined network infrastructure.
Applications of Cisco WS-C2960-48PST-S Catalyst 2960
The Cisco WS-C2960-48PST-S Catalyst 2960 finds application in various scenarios due to its robust features and capabilities.
In large enterprises with a multitude of devices and high data transfer requirements, the Catalyst 2960 excels in providing a reliable and scalable networking solution. Its managed capabilities allow administrators to optimize network performance based on the specific needs of the organization.
IP Surveillance Systems
The PoE support makes this switch an ideal choice for IP surveillance systems. Connecting IP cameras becomes hassle-free, with the switch providing both data connectivity and power over a single Ethernet cable. This simplifies installation and reduces the need for complex wiring setups.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) implementations benefit from the Catalyst 2960's QoS capabilities and PoE support. These features ensure high-quality voice communications by prioritizing VoIP traffic and providing the necessary power to VoIP phones.
The Catalyst 2960's high switching capacity and reliability make it suitable for deployment in data centers. Whether used as a top-of-rack switch or within the network infrastructure, this Cisco switch contributes to the seamless operation of data center environments.
General Information about the Cisco WS-C2960-48PST-S
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Model Number or SKU# WS-C2960-48PST-S
- Product Line: Catalyst
- Product Series: 2960
- Product Type: Ethernet Switch
Interfaces/Ports for 48 Ports Ethernet Switch
- Total Number of Network Ports: 50
- Number of PoE (RJ-45) Ports: 48
- Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports: 2
Port/Expansion Slot Details
- 48 x Fast Ethernet Network
- 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Network
- 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Slot
Performance of Managed Switch
- Ethernet Technology: Gigabit Ethernet
- Network Technology: 10/100Base-TX, 1000Base-T
Network & Communication
- Layer Supported: 2
- Number of Total Expansion Slots: 2
- Expansion Slot Type: SFP
- Shared SFP Slot: Yes
- Number of SFP Slots: 2
- Input Voltage: 110 V AC, 220 V AC
- Power Source: Power Supply
In summary, the Cisco WS-C2960-48PST-S Catalyst 2960 stands as a testament to Cisco's commitment to delivering high-quality networking solutions. With its 48 ports, SFP compatibility, PoE support, and advanced management features, this Ethernet switch caters to the diverse needs of modern networking environments. Whether deployed in enterprise networks, IP surveillance systems, VoIP setups, or data centers, the Catalyst 2960 excels in providing a reliable, scalable, and versatile solution. As businesses continue to rely on robust and efficient networking infrastructure, the Cisco WS-C2960-48PST-S Catalyst 2960 emerges as a valuable asset in building and maintaining a resilient network.
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