Cisco Gigabits Ethernet Switch
The Cisco Catalyst Gigabit Ethernet Switch is a high-performance, managed network switch designed for use in enterprise and campus environments. It offers 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports, which can be used to connect a variety of devices, including servers, workstations, storage systems, and more.
Some key features of the Cisco Catalyst 48-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch include:
- Gigabit Ethernet connectivity:The switch supports Gigabit Ethernet speeds, providing fast and reliable network connections for your devices.
- Advanced management features: The switch offers a range of advanced management features, including Quality of Service (QoS) settings, VLAN support, and port mirroring, which allow you to customize and optimize your network's performance and security.
- Redundancy and failover: The switch includes redundancy and failover features, which can help ensure that your network stays up and running in the event of a hardware failure or other issue.
- Energy efficiency: The switch is designed to be energy efficient, with features such as Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) support and a power-saving mode that can help reduce power consumption.
Installation and Setup
The WS-C2960X-48FPS-L Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switch is a powerful and reliable Ethernet switch designed for small to medium-sized businesses. Here are some detailed steps for the installation and setup of this switch:
- Unpack the Switch: Unpack the switch and check all the components for any damage. Make sure you have all the necessary components, including the switch, power cord, mounting brackets, and documentation.
- Mount the Switch: The switch can be mounted on a wall or a rack. Use the included mounting brackets to secure the switch in place. Be sure to follow the installation instructions provided in the documentation.
- Connect the Power Cord: Connect the power cord to the switch and plug it into a power outlet.
- Connect the Network Cables: Connect the Ethernet cables to the switch. The WS-C2960X-48FPS-L has 48 Ethernet ports, so you can connect up to 48 devices to the switch.
- Configure the Switch: Once the switch is powered on and connected to your network, you'll need to configure it. You can configure the switch through a web-based GUI or through the command line interface (CLI).
- Access the Web-Based GUI: To access the web-based GUI, open a web browser and enter the IP address of the switch in the address bar. The default IP address of the switch is usually 192.168.1.1, but you should check the documentation for the specific IP address of your switch.
- Log in to the GUI: You'll need to log in to the GUI with a username and password. The default username is usually admin, and the default password is usually also admin.
- Configure the Switch Settings: Once you're logged in to the GUI, you can configure the switch settings. This includes setting up VLANs, configuring port settings, and enabling features such as QoS.
- Save the Configuration: After you've configured the switch settings, be sure to save the configuration to the switch's non-volatile memory. This will ensure that your settings are retained even if the switch loses power.
Securing and Maintaining of Catalyst Switch
The WS-C2960X-48FPS-L Cisco Catalyst 2960-X 48 Ports Ethernet Switch is a network switch designed to provide reliable and high-performance connectivity to multiple devices in a network. To ensure that the switch remains secure and operational, it's important to follow best practices for securing and maintaining it.
Here are some tips for securing and maintaining the WS-C2960X-48FPS-L switch:
- Change default login credentials: The default login credentials for the switch can be easily guessed by attackers. It's recommended to change the default username and password to a strong and unique one.
- Enable SSH or HTTPS: To encrypt the login credentials and data transmission between the switch and management station, it's recommended to enable SSH (Secure Shell) or HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) protocols.
- Disable unused ports: Any unused ports on the switch should be disabled to prevent unauthorized access or attacks.
- Implement VLANs: Implementing VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks) can help separate traffic and limit the access of different devices or users in a network.
- Configure access control lists (ACLs): ACLs can be used to restrict or permit network traffic based on specific criteria, such as IP addresses or protocols.
- Keep firmware up to date: Regularly check for and install firmware updates to ensure that the switch has the latest security patches and bug fixes.
- Monitor switch logs: Monitoring switch logs can help detect any abnormal activity or attacks on the switch.
- Regularly back up configurations: Regularly back up switch configurations to quickly recover from any unexpected errors or configurations that might have been accidentally changed.
- Keep the switch clean: To maintain the switch's performance, make sure to keep the switch clean from dust or debris that could potentially damage the hardware.
- Monitor switch performance: Regularly monitor the switch's performance to ensure that it's operating optimally and not causing any network issues. This can include monitoring CPU utilization, memory usage, and network traffic.
General Information about this Cisco WS-C2960X-48FPS-L
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Part Number or SKU# WS-C2960X-48FPS-L
- Product Line: Catalyst
- Product Series: 2960-X
- Product Type: Ethernet Switch
Technical Information of Catalyst Switch
- Total Number of Network Ports: 48
- Number of PoE (RJ-45) Ports:48
- Port/Expansion Slot Details: 48 x Gigabit Ethernet Network
- Port/Expansion Slot Details: 4 x Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Slot
- Network Connectivity: Wired-Ethernet (RJ-45)
- Network Type: Ethernet
- Interface: Ethernet (RJ-45)
- Ethernet Technology: Gigabit Ethernet (1000-Mbit/s)
- Network Technology: 10/100/1000Base-T
Media and Performance for Managed Switch
- Media Type Supported: Twisted Pair
- Forwarding Rate: 107.1 MPPS
- Jumbo Frames: 9216
- MAC Addresses: 8000
- VLAN IDs: 4096
- Max VLANs: 1023
- Switching Bandwidth: 216 GBPS
- Forwarding Bandwidth: 108 GBPS
I/O Expansions of SFP Switch
- Number of Total Expansion Slots: 4
- Expansion Slot Type: SFP
Network & Communication
- Layer Supported: 2
- Network Management Type: Fully Managed
- Power Supply:Internal
- PoE (RJ-45) Port: Yes
- Input Voltage: 110 V AC
- Input Voltage: 220 V AC
Dimensions and Weight
- Height: 1.8 Inch
- Width: 17.5 Inch
- Depth: 14.5 Inch
- Weight:12.90 LBS
- Package Contents
- Catalyst WS-C2960X-48FPS-L Ethernet Switch
- AC Power Cord
- Green Compliant: Yes
- Green Compliance: Certificate/Authority RoHS
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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