Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-L 8 Ports Switch
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Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-L 8 Ports Ethernet Switch Catalyst Refurbished

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WS-C2960-8TC-L Catalyst 2960 8 Ports Ethernet 10Base-T RJ-45 Manageable Layer 2 Rack-mountable, Wall Mountable and Desktop Switch with 1x Shared Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) Slot | Made by Cisco | Refurbished
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Product Details of the Cisco 8 Ports Ethernet Switch

The Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-L 8-Port Ethernet Catalyst 2960-8TC Switch is a powerful networking device designed to meet the demands of modern business environments. In this detailed review, we will delve into its features, specifications, performance, and the benefits it brings to network management. Whether you're an IT professional seeking a reliable 8 Ports switch for your organization or a tech enthusiast curious about networking equipment, this review aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-L.

Catalyst 2960-8TC Layer 2 Switch

The WS-C2960-8TC-L is a Cisco Catalyst switch that provides reliable and cost-effective Ethernet connectivity for small to medium-sized businesses. It features 8 Ethernet ports, including 2 dual-purpose uplinks that can be used as either additional Ethernet ports Switch or as fiber-optic uplinks.

The switch supports fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) and provides Layer 2 switching capabilities, which means it can efficiently forward traffic between devices connected to the switch. It also supports advanced features such as Quality of Service (QoS) for prioritizing network traffic, and VLANs for segmenting the network into different virtual LANs.

The WS-C2960-8TC-L switch is designed for easy deployment and management. It features Cisco's Smart Install technology, which simplifies the initial deployment and configuration of the switch. It also supports Cisco's Network Assistant tool, which provides a graphical interface for managing the switch and monitoring network performance.

The switch is built with Cisco's reliability and security features, including Port Security, which allows you to control access to the network by limiting the number of devices that can connect to each port, and 802.1x authentication, which requires users to authenticate before they can access the network.

Power Options and Redundancy

The WS-C2960-8TC-L Cisco Catalyst 2960-8TC 8 Ports Ethernet Switch has several power options and redundancy features that enhance its reliability and availability.

Power Options

  • AC power supply: The switch can be powered using an AC power supply that operates at 100 to 240 volts AC and 50 to 60 Hz.
  • PoE power supply: The switch can also be powered using Power over Ethernet (PoE) through its four PoE ports. The PoE feature allows the switch to provide power to PoE-enabled devices such as IP phones, wireless access points, and cameras, eliminating the need for a separate power supply.

Redundancy Features

  • Dual power supply support: The switch supports dual power supplies for redundancy. This means that if one power supply fails, the other will take over, ensuring uninterrupted operation.
  • Redundant fans: The switch has two fans that work in a redundant configuration. If one fan fails, the other will take over, ensuring adequate cooling to prevent overheating.
  • IEEE 802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol: This protocol allows the switch to provide rapid convergence during network failures, ensuring that network downtime is minimized.

Key Features

8-Port Ethernet Connectivity

The Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-L switch comes equipped with eight Ethernet ports, providing ample connectivity for various devices. These ports facilitate high-speed data transfer, making it an ideal choice for businesses with multiple networked devices.

Catalyst 2960 Series

As part of the Catalyst 2960 series, this switch benefits from Cisco's renowned networking technology. The Catalyst series is synonymous with reliability, performance, and advanced features, making it a preferred choice for organizations worldwide.

Ease of Deployment

Cisco has designed the WS-C2960-8TC-L with user-friendly deployment in mind. The switch is easy to set up, making it suitable for both experienced IT professionals and those with limited networking knowledge. The intuitive interface simplifies configuration, reducing the time and effort required for installation.

Technical Specifications

Switching Capacity

With a robust switching capacity, the Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-L can handle significant data loads. This is crucial for environments where high data traffic is a norm, ensuring smooth and uninterrupted network operation.

Forwarding Rate

The forwarding rate of the switch determines how quickly it can process and transmit data packets. The WS-C2960-8TC-L boasts an impressive forwarding rate, contributing to low latency and responsive network performance.

Quality of Service (QoS) Support

QoS is essential for prioritizing network traffic, ensuring that critical applications receive the necessary bandwidth. This switch supports QoS features, allowing administrators to prioritize data streams based on specific criteria, such as application type or user.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) Capability

Some models within the Catalyst 2960 series support PoE, enabling the delivery of power to connected devices like IP cameras and VoIP phones over the Ethernet cable. While the WS-C2960-8TC-L may not have PoE support, this feature is crucial for certain deployment scenarios and is available in other models within the Catalyst 2960 series.

Performance Evaluation


Cisco is renowned for producing networking equipment with high reliability, and the WS-C2960-8TC-L is no exception. Its robust build and quality components contribute to a dependable networking infrastructure, minimizing downtime and ensuring continuous business operations.


Scalability is a key consideration for growing businesses. The WS-C2960-8TC-L provides scalability options, allowing organizations to expand their network infrastructure seamlessly as their needs evolve. This scalability is particularly valuable for businesses experiencing growth or planning expansions.

Security Features

Security is a top priority in any network environment. The Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-L includes security features such as port security, which helps prevent unauthorized access by limiting the number of devices connected to a port. Additionally, it supports VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks) for network segmentation, enhancing security by isolating different parts of the network.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is increasingly important in today's environmentally conscious world. Cisco has integrated energy-saving features into the WS-C2960-8TC-L, contributing to lower power consumption without compromising performance. This not only reduces operating costs but also aligns with sustainable business practices.

Use Cases and Deployment Scenarios

Small to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs)

The Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-L is well-suited for SMBs with moderate networking needs. Its compact size and eight-port configuration make it an excellent choice for small offices or businesses with limited space.

Branch Offices

Branch offices requiring a reliable and efficient networking solution will find the WS-C2960-8TC-L beneficial. Its ease of deployment and scalability make it suitable for branch offices that may need to expand their network infrastructure over time.

Educational Institutions

Educational institutions, including schools and colleges, can leverage the Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-L to create a robust and secure network for students and staff. The switch's performance and security features align well with the demands of educational environments.

Remote Work Environments

As remote work becomes increasingly prevalent, the need for reliable networking equipment persists. The Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-L can be deployed in home offices or remote work setups, providing a stable and secure network connection for remote workers.

General Information about the Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-L

  • Manufacturer: Cisco
  • Model Number or SKU# WS-C2960-8TC-L
  • Product Line: Catalyst
  • Product Series: 2960
  • Product Type: Ethernet Switch

Key Features of Ethernet Switch

  • Total Number of Ports: 8
  • Number of RJ-45 Ports: 8
  • Port Details
  • 8 x Fast Ethernet Network
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Slot
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet Uplink


  • Managed Switch
  • Media Type Supported: Twisted Pair
  • Ethernet Technology: Fast Ethernet
  • Network Technology: 10/100Base-TX
  • Layer Supported: 2

Management & Protocols

  • Manageable: Yes

Power Description

  • PoE (RJ-45) Port: No
  • Input Voltage: 220 V AC, 110 V AC

In general, the Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-L 8-Port Ethernet Catalyst 2960-8TC Switch offers a robust and feature-rich solution for networking needs. Its combination of performance, scalability, and security features make it a versatile choice for various deployment scenarios, from small businesses to branch offices and educational institutions. Cisco's commitment to quality and innovation is evident in this switch, making it a reliable investment for organizations seeking a dependable networking infrastructure.

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