Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L Gigabit Ethernet Switch
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Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L 8 Ports Manageable Switch Catalyst New

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WS-C2960C-8TC-L Catalyst 2960C 8-Ports 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45 Universal Serial Bus (USB) Manageable Layer 2 Rack-mountable, Wall Mountable and Desktop Fast Ethernet Switch with 2x Gigabit Ethernet Uplink Ports and 2x Shared Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) Slot | Made by Cisco | New Factory Sealed
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Product Details of the Cisco Manageable Switch

In the realm of networking, Cisco stands as a prominent name, known for its cutting-edge technologies and reliable products. One such product, the Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L, is a notable addition to their Catalyst 2960C series. This comprehensive guide aims to delve into the intricate details of the Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L switch, shedding light on its features, manageability, and versatile applications.

Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L

The Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L is a managed switch, belonging to the Catalyst 2960C series. With 8 ports switch offers a compact yet powerful solution for various networking needs. Its USB manageability, Layer 2 functionality, and the flexibility of being rack-mountable, wall-mountable, and desktop-friendly make it a versatile choice for businesses of different scales.

Key Features

Port Capacity

The Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L comes equipped with 8 ports, providing ample connectivity options. Each port is strategically designed to handle different networking tasks, offering a balance between performance and scalability. This feature is particularly advantageous for small to medium-sized businesses with growing networking requirements.


USB Manageability

One standout feature of the Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L is its USB manageability. This allows administrators to conveniently configure and manage the switch using a USB interface. This feature simplifies the setup process and enhances the overall user experience, making it accessible even to those with limited technical expertise.

Layer 2 Functionality

The Layer 2 functionality of this switch is a critical aspect of its design. Layer 2, often referred to as the Data Link layer, is responsible for the efficient and error-free transfer of data between devices within the same network. The Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L, with its Layer 2 capabilities, ensures seamless communication, making it an ideal choice for networks where reliable data transmission is paramount.

Physical Flexibility


For organizations with dedicated server rooms or data centers, the ability to mount networking equipment on racks is essential. The Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L addresses this need by being rack-mountable. This feature not only saves space but also contributes to better cable management, improving the overall aesthetics of the networking setup.

Wall Mountable

In scenarios where rack space is limited or unavailable, the wall-mountable feature of the Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L becomes invaluable. This flexibility allows businesses to optimize their available space efficiently. The switch's compact design further enhances its suitability for wall mounting, making it a practical choice for diverse environments.

Desktop Placement

Recognizing the need for adaptability, Cisco has ensured that the WS-C2960C-8TC-L can also be placed on a desktop. This feature is especially beneficial for small offices or workspaces where rack or wall mounting may not be feasible. The desktop placement option adds a layer of convenience to the deployment of the switch, catering to the varied spatial constraints of different settings.

Applications and Use Cases

Small to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs)

For SMBs with limited IT resources, the Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L offers an ideal networking solution. Its manageable 8 ports strike a balance between meeting the current needs of the business and allowing room for future expansion. The USB manageability simplifies the setup process, making it accessible for businesses without a dedicated IT department.

Educational Institutions

In educational environments, where a reliable and secure network is crucial for day-to-day operations, the Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L finds applications in connecting classrooms, labs, and administrative offices. Its compact design and multiple mounting options make it suitable for deployment in various areas within an educational institution.

Retail Spaces

Retail environments often require a flexible and efficient network to support point-of-sale systems, inventory management, and customer interactions. The Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L, with its desktop placement option, can be seamlessly integrated into retail spaces where space optimization and ease of management are paramount.

Remote Offices

Businesses with remote offices or distributed teams can benefit from the Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L's compact design and versatile mounting options. Whether mounted on a rack in a central office or placed on a desktop in a remote location, this switch ensures consistent and reliable connectivity for seamless collaboration.

Security Features

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity threats, the Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L incorporates essential security features to safeguard the network. While a detailed exploration of security features is beyond the scope of this guide, it's crucial to highlight that Cisco switches, including the Catalyst 2960C series, are designed with security in mind. This includes features such as access control lists (ACLs), port security, and encryption protocols to protect data integrity and confidentiality.

Technical Specifications

Number of Ports and Type

With 8 ports, this switch accommodates multiple devices, making it suitable for both small-scale and medium-scale network configurations. The type of ports may vary, supporting Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet.


The switch's manageability is a key aspect, and with Cisco's reputation, users can expect a robust management interface. This includes features such as remote configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting.

USB Management

The USB management feature simplifies the configuration process, allowing administrators to update firmware, manage settings, and perform other tasks conveniently.

Layer 2 Functionality

Layer 2 functionality involves the Ethernet layer, where the switch focuses on efficiently forwarding data frames within the local network. This ensures optimal network performance.


The ability to manage each port individually contributes to the switch's scalability. As the network grows, administrators can adapt the switch configuration to meet evolving needs.

General Information about the Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L

  • Manufacturer: Cisco
  • Model Number or SKU# WS-C2960C-8TC-L
  • Product Line: Catalyst
  • Product Series: 2960-C
  • Product Type: Ethernet Switch

Key Features

  • Total Number of Ports: 8
  • Uplink Port: Yes
  • USB Port: Yes
  • Network Ports (RJ-45): 8
  • Fast Ethernet Network Ports: 8
  • Gigabit Ethernet Uplink Ports: 2
  • Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Slots: 2


  • Media Type Supported: Twisted Pair
  • Ethernet Technology: Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Network Technology: 10/100/1000Base-T, 10/100Base-TX

I/O Expansions

  • Number of Total Expansion Slots: 2
  • Expansion Slot Type: SFP (Small Form-Factor Pluggable)
  • Shared SFP Slot: Yes
  • Number of SFP Slots: 2


  • Standard Memory: 128 MB
  • Memory Technology: DRAM
  • Flash Memory: 64 MB


  • PoE (Power over Ethernet) Port: No
  • Input Voltage: 110 V AC, 220 V AC
  • Power Source: Power Supply
  • Redundant Power Supply: No
Network & Communication
  • Layer Supported: 2
  • Routing Protocol: RIP-1, RIP-2
  • Remote Management Protocol: SNMP 1, SNMP 2, RMON 1, RMON 2, RMON 3, RMON 9, Telnet, SNMP 3, SNMP 2c, HTTP, CLI
  • DHCP support, auto-negotiation, BOOTP support, ARP support, VLAN support, auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X), IGMP snooping, Syslog support, DiffServ support, Broadcast Storm Control, IPv6 support, Multicast Storm Control, Unicast Storm Control, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) support, DHCP snooping, Dynamic Trunking Protocol (DTP) support, Port Aggregation Protocol (PAgP) support, Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) support, Access Control List (ACL) support, Quality of Service (QoS), Dynamic ARP Inspection (DAI), STP Root Guard, Uni-Directional Link Detection (UDLD), fanless, DHCP relay, Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP), Remote Switch Port Analyzer (RSPAN)
Compliant Standards
  • IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3z, IEEE 802.1D, IEEE 802.1Q, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.1p, IEEE 802.3x, IEEE 802.3ad (LACP), IEEE 802.1w, IEEE 802.1x, IEEE 802.1s, IEEE 802.1ae, IEEE 802.1ab (LLDP)
Environmental Parameters
  • Min Operating Temperature: 23 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature: 104 °F
  • Humidity Range Operating: 5 - 95% (non-condensing)
  • Min Storage Temperature: -13 °F
  • Max Storage Temperature: 158 °F
  • Humidity Range Storage: 5 - 95% (non-condensing)

In summary, the Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L switch, with its 8 ports, USB manageability, Layer 2 functionality, and flexible mounting options, stands as a versatile solution in the networking arena. Whether deployed in small to medium-sized businesses, educational institutions, retail spaces, or remote offices, this switch caters to diverse networking needs. Its security features further enhance its appeal, ensuring that data remains secure in an era where cybersecurity is of paramount importance. By understanding its features and applications, businesses can make informed decisions when selecting networking equipment, and the Cisco WS-C2960C-8TC-L emerges as a reliable and adaptable choice in this regard.

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