More Information about Catalyst Switch
The WS-C2960G-8TC-L is a fixed-configuration, standalone Ethernet switch that belongs to the Cisco Catalyst 2960 series. It has eight 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and is designed to provide a reliable network foundation for small to medium-sized businesses, enterprise branches, and campus environments.
Some of the key features of the WS-C2960G-8TC-L include:
- 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports with support for auto-negotiation and auto-mdix, which allows the switch to automatically detect the link speed and duplex mode of connected devices.
- Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) support, which reduces power consumption and operational costs by dynamically adjusting the power usage of the Ethernet ports based on the link status and cable length.
- Quality of Service (QoS) features, which allow you to prioritize different types of network traffic, ensuring that mission-critical applications and services receive the necessary bandwidth and network resources.
- Advanced security features, including access control lists (ACLs) and IEEE 802.1X authentication, to help protect against network threats and unauthorized access.
The WS-C2960G-8TC-L Cisco 8-Ports Ethernet Managed Switch is a versatile network switch that can be deployed in a variety of scenarios. Here are some common deployment scenarios for this switch:
- Small businesses: The WS-C2960G-8TC-L is an ideal switch for small businesses that need a reliable and affordable solution for connecting their devices to the network. With 8 Ethernet ports, the switch can accommodate a small network with a few devices, such as a printer, a file server, and a few workstations.
- Branch offices: The WS-C2960G-8TC-L can be used in branch offices to connect local devices to the corporate network. The switch can be configured to support VLANs, enabling the branch office to segment its network traffic from the rest of the network.
- Remote sites: The WS-C2960G-8TC-L can be used in remote sites that have a limited number of devices. The switch can be configured to support Quality of Service (QoS) and port security, ensuring that network traffic is prioritized and that unauthorized devices cannot access the network.
- Industrial environments: The WS-C2960G-8TC-L is designed to operate in harsh industrial environments. It can withstand extreme temperatures, humidity, and vibration, making it an ideal switch for use in manufacturing plants, oil refineries, and other industrial settings.
- IP surveillance: The WS-C2960G-8TC-L can be used in IP surveillance deployments to connect IP cameras to the network. The switch can be configured to support multicast traffic, enabling the cameras to stream video to a central monitoring station.
Troubleshooting Common Issues
The WS-C2960G-8TC-L Cisco 8-Ports Ethernet Managed Switch is a network switch designed to connect devices on a Local Area Network (LAN). Here are some common issues that you may encounter with this switch, along with their troubleshooting steps:
- Connectivity issues: If you are unable to connect to the switch or if the switch is not connecting to other devices on the network, check the network cables and ports for any damage or loose connections. Make sure the cables are properly plugged in, and try swapping out the cables or ports if necessary.
- Configuration issues: If the switch is not configured correctly, it may not function properly. Check the configuration settings to ensure that they are set up correctly. If necessary, reset the switch to its default settings and reconfigure it.
- Power issues: If the switch is not powering on, check the power cable and outlet for any issues. Try plugging the switch into a different outlet or using a different power cable.
- Firmware issues: If the switch is not working properly, it may be due to outdated firmware. Check the Cisco website for the latest firmware updates and install them on the switch.
- VLAN issues: If the switch is not properly segmenting the network into VLANs, check the VLAN settings to ensure that they are set up correctly. If necessary, reconfigure the VLAN settings.
- Port security issues: If the switch is not properly securing its ports, check the port security settings to ensure that they are set up correctly. If necessary, reconfigure the port security settings.
- QoS issues: If the switch is not properly prioritizing network traffic, check the QoS settings to ensure that they are set up correctly. If necessary, reconfigure the QoS settings.
If these troubleshooting steps do not resolve the issues with the WS-C2960G-8TC-L Cisco 8-Ports Ethernet Managed Switch, consider contacting Cisco support for further assistance.
General Information about this Cisco WS-C2960G-8TC-L
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Model Number or SKU# WS-C2960G-8TC-L
- Product Line: Catalyst
- Product Series: 2960
- Product Model: 2960G-8TC
- Product Name: Catalyst 2960G-8TC Managed Ethernet Switch
- Product Type: Ethernet Switch
Interfaces/Ports of 8-Ports Switch
- Uplink Port Yes
- Total Number of Network Port: 8-Ports
- Port/Expansion Slot Details 7 x Gigabit Ethernet Network
- Port/Expansion Slot Details 1 x Gigabit Ethernet Uplink
- Port/Expansion Slot Details 1 x Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Slot
Performance for Managed Switch
- Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
- Network Technology 10/100/1000Base-T
I/O Expansions of Ethernet Switch
- Number of Total Expansion Slots 1
- Expansion Slot Type SFP
- Shared SFP Slot Yes
- Number of SFP Slots 1
Network & Communication
- Layer Supported 2
- Additional Information
- LAN Base Image installed
Dimensions and Weight
- Form Factor Rail-mountable Wall Mountable Desktop
- Height 1.7 Inch
- Width 10.6 Inch
- Depth 8.1 Inch
- Weight (Approximate) 3 Lbs
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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 configurations 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 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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