Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L Ethernet Managed Switch
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Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L 48 Ports Managed Switch Catalyst Refurbished

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WS-C2960S-48FPS-L Catalyst 2960 48 Ports 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45 Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Manageable Layer 2 (L2) Rack-mountable and Stackable with 4x Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) Ports and mini-GBIC Uplink Port Ethernet Switch | Made by Cisco | Refurbished
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Product Overview of the Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L 48 Ports Switch

The Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L is a powerful networking device designed to meet the demands of modern business environments. This Ethernet switch offers a robust set of features, including 48 ports for high-speed connectivity, Power over Ethernet (PoE) support, manageability, and layer 2 (L2) functionality. In this detailed explanation, we will delve into each aspect of the Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L, providing a comprehensive understanding of its specifications, capabilities, and how it can benefit businesses.

Key Features of Managed Switch

48 Ports

The Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L comes equipped with 48 ports supporting 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45 connections. This versatile port configuration ensures compatibility with a wide range of devices, from legacy systems to modern high-speed applications.

Power Over Ethernet (PoE)

One of the standout features of this switch is its Power over Ethernet capability. This means that the switch can provide electrical power to connected devices, eliminating the need for separate power sources. This is particularly advantageous for devices like IP cameras and VoIP phones, simplifying installation and reducing cable clutter.


The term "manageable" indicates that the switch offers a high degree of control and configuration options. IT administrators can efficiently monitor and adjust network settings through a user-friendly interface. This is crucial for optimizing network performance, and issues, and ensuring overall reliability.

Layer 2 (L2) Functionality

The "L2" in the product name signifies Layer 2 functionality. In networking, the OSI model is divided into different layers, with Layer 2 focusing on the data link layer. The Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L operates at this layer, facilitating the efficient and reliable transfer of data between connected devices.

Rack-mountable and Stackable Design

The physical design of the Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L adds to its versatility. The ability to be rack-mounted is advantageous for data centers and server rooms where space optimization is crucial. Additionally, the switch is stackable, allowing multiple units to be interconnected. This stacking capability enhances scalability and simplifies management for larger networks.

SFP Ports and mini-GBIC Uplink Port

The inclusion of 4x Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) ports and a mini-Gigabit Interface Converter (mini-GBIC) uplink port expands connectivity options. These ports are essential for linking the switch to other networking devices, such as routers or connecting to fiber-optic networks.

Benefits for the Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L Catalyst Switch

Understanding the features is crucial, but it's equally important to explore the practical benefits and potential use cases of the Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L Catalyst 2960 switch.

Enhanced Productivity

The high port density, coupled with Gigabit Ethernet support, ensures seamless connectivity for a large number of devices. This is particularly beneficial in office environments, data centers, or any setting where a multitude of devices need to be connected.

Simplified Power Management

The PoE capability streamlines power management by eliminating the need for separate power sources for connected devices. This is especially advantageous for IP cameras, VoIP phones, and other PoE-enabled devices, reducing complexity in cable management.

Scalable Network Infrastructure

The stackable design facilitates the creation of a scalable and flexible network infrastructure. As the network grows, additional switches can be seamlessly added to the stack, simplifying expansion and reducing the overall management overhead.

Reliable and Secure Operation

The combination of Layer 2 functionality and robust security features ensures reliable and secure network operation. Whether in an enterprise setting or a small business, the WS-C2960S-48FPS-L provides a stable foundation for data transfer and communication.

Versatile Connectivity Options

The inclusion of SFP ports and a mini-GBIC uplink port offers versatile connectivity options. This is particularly valuable in scenarios where different types of networking equipment need to be interconnected, supporting both fiber optic and copper connections.

Applications and Use Cases

Enterprise Networks

The Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L is well-suited for enterprise-level networks where a large number of devices need to be connected. Its high port density ensures that numerous devices can be linked without compromising on speed or efficiency.

IP Telephony

The PoE capability makes this switch an excellent choice for IP telephony deployments. It simplifies the setup of VoIP phones by providing both data connectivity and power over a single Ethernet cable.

Surveillance Systems

With Power over Ethernet, the switch is an ideal choice for surveillance systems employing IP cameras. The switch can power these cameras, simplifying installation and ensuring a reliable power source.

Data Centers

The rack-mountable and stackable design makes the Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L suitable for deployment in data centers. Its scalability and manageability are crucial in environments where network performance is of utmost importance.

Network Management and Security

The WS-C2960S-48FPS-L is a 48-port managed switch from the Cisco Catalyst 2960S series, designed for enterprise-level networking with features such as advanced security, quality of service (QoS), and network management capabilities.

Here are some key network management and security features of the WS-C2960S-48FPS-L:

Network Management

  • Cisco Network Assistant: This is a free software application that allows for easy configuration and management of multiple network devices from a single console.
  • Command-Line Interface (CLI): The switch can be configured and managed through the CLI, which provides a command-line interface for more advanced users.
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP): SNMP allows for the monitoring and management of network devices from a central location, and the WS-C2960S-48FPS-L supports SNMPv1, v2c, and v3.
  • Remote Monitoring (RMON): RMON provides advanced monitoring capabilities, such as traffic analysis and packet capture, to help network issues.


  • Access Control Lists (ACLs): ACLs allow for control over which traffic is allowed or denied on the network, based on criteria such as source and destination IP address or port number.
  • 802.1X Authentication: This provides secure access to the network by requiring users to authenticate with a username and password or other credentials before they can access the network.
  • Port Security: This allows for the restriction of access to network ports based on the MAC address of connected devices, preventing unauthorized access to the network.
  • Secure Shell (SSH) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL): These protocols provide secure remote access to the switch for configuration and management purposes.
  • Network Admission Control (NAC): NAC is a policy enforcement technology that can be used to ensure that only compliant and secure devices are allowed to connect to the network.

General Information for the Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L Ethernet Switch

  • Manufacturer: Cisco
  • Model Number or SKU# WS-C2960S-48FPS-L
  • Product Line: Catalyst
  • Product Series: 2960
  • Product Type: Ethernet Switch

Technical Information

  • Total Network Ports: 48
  • PoE Ports: 48 (Power over Ethernet)
  • Stack Port: Yes (Supports stacking with other switches)
  • Port/Expansion Slot Details: 48 x Gigabit Ethernet Network Ports
  • Port/Expansion Slot Details: 4 x Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Slots
  • Layer Supported: Layer 2 (Operates at the data link layer)


  • Ethernet Technology: Gigabit Ethernet (High-speed Ethernet)
  • Network Technology: 10/100/1000Base-T (Supports various Ethernet speeds)

I/O Expansions

  • Total Expansion Slots: 5
  • Expansion Slot Types: SFP (Small Form-Factor Pluggable), Stacking Module
  • Number of SFP Slots: 4

Management & Protocols

  • Manageable: Yes (Can be controlled and configured)
  • Management Features: DHCP, QoS (Quality of Service), VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network)
  • SNMP Versions Supported: v1, v2, v3 (Simple Network Management Protocol)
  • Syslog: Yes (System Logging)
  • CLI: Yes (Command Line Interface)
  • RMON: Yes (Remote Monitoring)


  • Standard Memory: 128 MB
  • Memory Technology: DRAM (Dynamic Random-Access Memory)
  • Flash Memory: 64 MB
Power Description
  • PoE Ports: Yes (Supports Power over Ethernet)
  • Power Source: Power Supply
  • Redundant Power Supply: Yes (Has a backup power supply)

In general, the Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPS-L Catalyst 2960 Ethernet Switch stands as a robust solution for modern networking challenges. Its combination of high port density, Power over Ethernet capability, and Layer 2 functionality makes it suitable for a variety of applications, from enterprise networks to surveillance systems. The switch's manageability, security features, and scalability further enhance its appeal to IT professionals seeking a reliable and versatile networking solution.

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