Introduction to the L2 Switch
The WS-C2960S-24TS-L Cisco Catalyst switch is a managed, stackable Ethernet switch designed for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as enterprise branch offices. It offers a range of features to help improve network efficiency, traffic management, and security.
The switch has 24 Gigabit Ethernet ports, which can be used to connect devices such as servers, PCs, and wireless access points to the network. It also supports Cisco's StackWise technology, which allows multiple switches to be connected together and managed as a single unit, providing flexibility and resiliency to the network.
The switch also has advanced networking capabilities such as VLANs, Quality of Service (QoS), and Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) for increased network efficiency and improved traffic management. It also supports Cisco's EnergyWise technology, which allows for power management and monitoring of connected devices. Additionally, it has advanced security features such as Cisco Flexible NetFlow and Cisco TrustSec for network segmentation and secure access.
The WS-C2960S-24TS-L Cisco Catalyst switch is easy to set up and manage, with a user-friendly web interface and support for Cisco's Network Assistant software. This makes it a great choice for organizations that want to improve their network performance and security without the need for a dedicated IT staff.
Maximizing Network Performance
Maximizing the network performance of a WS-C2960S-24TS-L Cisco Catalyst switch involves utilizing a combination of features and technologies to optimize network efficiency and ensure that important traffic is delivered in a timely manner.
- Quality of Service (QoS): Configuring QoS on the switch allows you to prioritize different types of network traffic, such as voice, video, or data traffic, based on their importance. This ensures that important traffic is delivered with minimal delay, even during periods of high network utilization.
- Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP): LACP allows you to bundle multiple physical ports together to form a single logical link, providing increased bandwidth and redundancy. In case one link fails, traffic can still be transferred via the other links, which helps to prevent network downtime.
- Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs): VLANs allow you to segment your network into different logical networks, each with its own security and access policies. This improves network security by isolating different types of traffic and reducing the risk of unauthorized access.
- Flow control: Flow control enables the switch to buffer packets during periods of high traffic, which helps to prevent network congestion and ensure that packets are delivered in a timely manner.
- StackWise Technology: StackWise technology allows multiple switches to be connected together and managed as a single unit, providing flexibility and resiliency to the network. This allows to increase the available ports and redundancy to the network.
- Monitor and analyze network traffic: Use tools such as Cisco Flexible NetFlow to monitor and analyze network traffic, providing insight into network usage and identifying potential security threats. This way you can adjust the network settings to optimize performance and troubleshoot issues.
Network Management and Security Features
The WS-C2960S-24TS-L Cisco Catalyst switch offers several network management and security features to help you manage and secure your network:
- Web-based GUI and command-line interface (CLI) for easy switch configuration and management.
- Cisco Network Assistant software for simplified network management and configuration.
- Cisco EnergyWise technology for power management and monitoring of connected devices.
- SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) support for monitoring and managing the switch remotely.
- Access Control Lists (ACLs) for controlling access to network resources based on source and destination IP addresses, ports, and protocols.
- Cisco Flexible NetFlow for detailed monitoring and analysis of network traffic, providing insight into network usage and identifying potential security threats.
- Cisco TrustSec for network segmentation and secure access, allowing you to create secure zones within your network and control access to network resources based on user identity.
- Advanced security features such as 802.1X authentication and DHCP snooping, to help protect against unauthorized access and malicious attacks.
- STP (Spanning Tree Protocol) and RSTP (Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol) provide protection against loops in the network.
General Information about this Cisco WS-C2960S-24TS-L
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Model Number or SKU# WS-C2960S-24TS-L
- Product Line: Catalyst
- Product Series: 2960
- Product Type: Ethernet Switch
Technical Information for 24 Ports Ethernet Switch
- Total Number of Network Ports: 24
- Number of PoE (RJ-45) Ports: 24
- Stack Port: Yes
- Port/Expansion Slot Details: 24 x Gigabit Ethernet Network
- Port/Expansion Slot Details: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Slot
Performance of Catalyst 2960 Managed Switch
- Ethernet Technology: Gigabit Ethernet
- Network Technology: 10/100/1000Base-T
I/O Expansions for Rack Mountable Switch
- Number of Total Expansion Slots 5
- Expansion Slot Type SFP
- Expansion Slot Type Stacking Module
- Number of SFP Slots 4
Network & Communication
- Layer Supported 2
Management & Protocols
- Manageable: Yes
- SNMP v1, v2, v3
- CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution
- Standard Memory: 128 MB
- Memory Technology DRAM
- Flash Memory 64 MB
Dimensions and Weight
- Height 1.8 inch
- Width 17.5 inch
- Depth 11.8 inch
- Weight 10 lbs
- Input Voltage: 110 V AC
- Input Voltage: 220 V AC
- Power Source Power Supply
- Redundant Power Supply Yes
- Compatible Rack Unit 1U
- Form Factor Rack-mountable
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 configuration 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 of 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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