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Cisco WS-C2960CX-8TC-L 2960-CX Series 8 Ports Switch Layer 3 New

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WS-C2960CX-8TC-L Catalyst 2960-CX Series 8 Ports RJ-45 2x Power Over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) Ports 2x Gigabit Ethernet Uplink Ports and 2x Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) Ports Layer 3 Manageable Desktop, Rack Mountable and Rail Mountable Switch | Made by Cisco | New Factory Sealed
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Product Overview of the 2960-CX Series Switch

In the dynamic landscape of networking, having a reliable and efficient switch is crucial for seamless connectivity. Cisco, a global leader in networking solutions, introduces the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L Catalyst 2960-CX Series, an 8-port Ethernet Manageable Layer 3 Switch. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the intricacies of this powerful networking device, exploring its features, capabilities, and how it can elevate your network infrastructure.

Understanding the Basics: Cisco WS-C2960CX-8TC-L Catalyst 2960-CX Series

The Cisco WS-C2960CX-8TC-L belongs to the Catalyst 2960-CX Series, renowned for its versatility and performance. This Layer 3 switch offers 8 ports, making it suitable for various network setups. Let's break down its key attributes:

Ethernet Manageability

The switch supports Ethernet, a widely used networking technology known for its reliability and speed. With 8 ports, this device allows seamless connectivity for multiple devices within your network.

Layer 3 Switching

Unlike traditional Layer 2 switches that operate at the data link layer, the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L incorporates Layer 3 switching capabilities. This means it can make forwarding decisions based on IP addresses, enhancing network efficiency and performance.

Exploring the Features

Now, let's take a closer look at the notable features that set the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L apart in the competitive networking landscape:

Compact Design for Versatile Deployment

The Catalyst 2960-CX Series is designed with versatility in mind. Its compact form factor makes it suitable for deployment in various environments, including branch offices, retail spaces, and small businesses. This ensures that you can optimize your network infrastructure regardless of the physical space constraints.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) Support

One of the standout features of the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L is its Power over Ethernet (PoE) support. This capability simplifies the deployment of devices such as IP cameras, VoIP phones, and wireless access points by delivering both data and power over the same Ethernet cable. This not only reduces cable clutter but also enhances the flexibility of your network.

Robust Security Measures

Security is a top priority in any network environment. The WS-C2960CX-8TC-L incorporates advanced security features to safeguard your data and infrastructure. From Access Control Lists (ACLs) to secure management protocols, Cisco ensures that your network remains protected against potential threats.

The switch operates on Cisco's renowned IOS (Internetwork Operating System) software, providing a user-friendly interface for configuration and management. This intuitive system streamlines the setup process and allows for efficient monitoring and troubleshooting, even for users with limited networking expertise.


One of the key highlights of the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L is its manageability. This Layer 3 Switch is designed to provide administrators with granular control over network resources. With manageability being a critical aspect of network administration, Cisco ensures that the Catalyst 2960-CX Series meets the demands of both small-scale and large-scale networks.

Layer 3 Capabilities

The inclusion of Layer 3 capabilities in the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L signifies a leap in its functionality. Layer 3 switches operate at the network layer of the OSI model, enabling routing capabilities. This empowers organizations to create more efficient and segmented networks, enhancing overall network performance and security.

Ethernet Ports

The 8 Ethernet ports in the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L open up a plethora of connectivity options. Whether it's connecting end-user devices, other switches, or network appliances, these ports provide the flexibility needed in modern networking scenarios.


Scalability is a crucial consideration for any network infrastructure, and the Catalyst 2960-CX Series, including the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L, is designed with this in mind. As your network grows, these switches can seamlessly integrate additional units to accommodate the increasing demands of connected devices and applications.

Security Features

In an era where cyber threats are a constant concern, the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L doesn't fall short on security features. Cisco integrates advanced security protocols and measures to safeguard data and prevent unauthorized access. From port security to access control lists (ACLs), the switch provides a robust security posture.

Performance and Scalability

A key consideration when evaluating any networking device is its performance and scalability. The WS-C2960CX-8TC-L excels in these aspects, offering:

Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet Support

With support for both Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet, this switch ensures high-speed data transfer, meeting the demands of modern networking applications. Whether you are transferring large files or conducting video conferences, the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L delivers a smooth and responsive experience.

Scalability for Growing Networks

As your network expands, scalability becomes a critical factor. The WS-C2960CX-8TC-L is designed to scale with your growing needs, accommodating additional devices and maintaining optimal performance.

Use Cases and Applications

Understanding how the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L fits into real-world scenarios is essential. Here are some common use cases and applications where this Cisco switch shines:

Branch Office Networking

The compact design and versatile features make the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L ideal for branch office networking. It can seamlessly connect various devices while providing the necessary security and performance.

Retail Environments

In retail spaces, where the network must support point-of-sale systems, security cameras, and inventory management, the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L's PoE support and robust security features become invaluable.

Small Business Networks

For small businesses with limited IT resources, the intuitive management interface of the Cisco IOS software makes configuration and maintenance straightforward. The switch's scalability also caters to the potential growth of the business.

General Information about the Cisco WS-C2960CX-8TC-L
  • Manufacturer: Cisco
  • Model Number or SKU# WS-C2960CX-8TC-L
  • Product Line: Catalyst
  • Product Series: 2960-CX
  • Product Type: Layer 3 Switch
Interfaces/Ports for Layer 3 Switch
  • Total Number of Network Ports: 8
  • Token Ring Port: No
  • LRE Port: No
  • Uplink Port: Yes
  • Bypass: No
  • Modular: No
  • Management Port: No
  • USB: No
  • Number of PoE+ (RJ-45) Ports: 2
  • Stack Port: No
  • Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports: 8
Port/Expansion Slot Details
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Uplink
  • 8 x Gigabit Ethernet Network
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Slot
Performance for 8 Ports Managed Switch
  • Media Type Supported: Twisted Pair, Optical Fiber
  • Ethernet Technology: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Network Technology: 10/100/1000Base-T, 1000Base-X
I/O Expansions of Gigabytes Ethernet Switch
  • Number of Total Expansion Slots: 2
  • Expansion Slot Type: SFP
  • Shared SFP Slot: No
  • Number of SFP Slots: 2
Power Descriptions
  • Frequency Required: 50/60 Hz
  • Power Provided: 300 Watts
  • Power Consumption Operational: 16.7 Watts
  • Nominal Voltage: AC 120/230 V
  • Power Device Type: Internal Power Supply
Network & Communication
  • Layer Supported: 3
  • Form Factor (Hubs & Switches): Desktop, DIN rail mountable, Rack-mountable, Wall-mountable
  • Jumbo Frame Support: 9018 bytes
Management & Protocols
  • Manageable: Yes
  • Management: DHCP, VLAN, CLI, QoS
  • Routing Protocol: RIP-1, RIP-2, static IP routing
  • Remote Management Protocol: SNMP 1, RMON 1, RMON 2, RMON 3, RMON 9, Telnet, SNMP 3, SNMP 2c, HTTP, TFTP
  • Standard Memory: 512 MB
  • Memory Technology: DRAM
  • Flash Memory: 128 MB

Environmental Parameters

  • Min Operating Temperature: 23 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature: 113 °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)


  • Compliant Standards: GOST, CISPR 24, EN55022, EN55024, CISPR 22, CCC, RoHS, UL 60950-1, IEC 60950-1, EN 60950-1, ANATEL, GB 4943, KCC Class A, IEC 60825, KN22, KN24, VCCI V-3/2007.04 Class A, AS/NZS CISPR22:2004 Class A, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1

In summary, the Cisco WS-C2960CX-8TC-L Catalyst 2960-CX Series Layer 3 Switch stands out as a reliable and versatile networking solution for businesses of various sizes. Its 8 Ethernet ports, manageable features, Layer 3 capabilities, and advanced security options make it a compelling choice for organizations seeking a robust and scalable network infrastructure. Whether deployed in small to medium-sized enterprises, branch offices, or remote locations, this switch offers the performance and flexibility needed to meet the demands of modern networking environments. With its ease of installation, comprehensive configuration options, and compatibility with the Cisco ecosystem, the WS-C2960CX-8TC-L represents a valuable investment in building a resilient and future-proof network.

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