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WS-C3850-48P-S Cisco 48 Ports Stackable Switch Catalyst 3850 New

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WS-C3850-48P-S Catalyst 3850 48 Ports 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45 PoE+ Manageable Layer 3 Twisted Pair Rack-mountable 1U and Desktop Stackable Ethernet Switch | Made by Cisco | New Factory Sealed
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Overview of the Cisco 48 Ports PoE IP Base Desktop Stackable Ethernet Switch

In the dynamic landscape of networking, choosing the right Ethernet switch is crucial for seamless and efficient operations. The WS-C3850-48P-S Catalyst 3850 is a prominent player in this arena, offering a myriad of features designed to meet the demands of modern networking environments. This comprehensive guide aims to break down the WS-C3850-48P-S managed switch, providing detailed insights into its specifications, capabilities, and how it can enhance your network infrastructure.

Understanding the WS-C3850-48P-S Cisco 48 Ports Stackable Switch

Catalyst 3850 Overview

The WS-C3850-48P-S belongs to the Catalyst 3850 series, which is renowned for its high-performance capabilities. This particular model is equipped with 48 Ports, supporting 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45 connections. These ports enable seamless connectivity for a multitude of devices, making it an ideal choice for enterprises with diverse networking needs.

Power over Ethernet (PoE+)

One standout feature of the WS-C3850-48P-S is its Power over Ethernet (PoE+) support. With PoE+, the switch can deliver both data and electrical power over the Ethernet cables, simplifying the deployment of devices like IP cameras, VoIP phones, and wireless access points. This not only reduces cable clutter but also enhances flexibility in device placement.

Layer 3 Capability

The switch boasts Layer 3 functionality, allowing it to make intelligent routing decisions. Layer 3 switches operate at the network layer of the OSI model, providing advanced features such as IP routing. This capability is crucial for efficient and scalable network operations.

Physical Design and Mounting Options

Rack-mountable and Desktop Stackable

The WS-C3850-48P-S is designed with flexibility in mind. Its 1U rack-mountable form factor makes it suitable for standard server racks, optimizing space in data centers. Additionally, its desktop stackable feature enhances adaptability for smaller setups or offices where rack mounting might not be feasible.

Robust Construction

Built to endure the rigors of networking environments, the Catalyst 3850 series is known for its robust construction. The WS-C3850-48P-S, in particular, is engineered to deliver reliable performance in diverse conditions, ensuring uninterrupted network connectivity.

Connectivity and Expansion Options

Gigabit Ethernet Ports

With 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports, the WS-C3850-48P-S provides high-speed connectivity for a multitude of devices. Whether you're connecting computers, printers, or other networking equipment, these ports offer ample bandwidth to meet the demands of modern applications.

Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) Uplink Ports

In addition to the 48 Ethernet ports, the switch features 4 Gigabit Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplink ports. SFP ports are crucial for connecting the switch to other network devices or uplinking to higher-level network infrastructure. The flexibility of SFP ports allows for different types of connections, including fiber optics, extending the reach of the network.

Management and Configuration

Manageable Switch

The WS-C3850-48P-S is a fully manageable switch, providing administrators with the tools needed to configure and monitor the network. Through a user-friendly interface, users can adjust settings, implement security measures, and optimize performance based on the specific requirements of their network.

StackWise Technology

One notable feature is the StackWise technology, which allows multiple switches to be stacked together and managed as a single entity. This simplifies network management, reduces complexity, and enhances scalability. Administrators can easily expand their network by adding more switches to the stack, streamlining the overall management process.

Security Features

Advanced Security Measures

Security is a top priority in any network infrastructure. The WS-C3850-48P-S comes equipped with advanced security features to safeguard against unauthorized access, data breaches, and other potential threats. These include but are not limited to access control lists (ACLs), port security, and 802.1X authentication.

Threat Defense and TrustSec Technology

To fortify the network against evolving cyber threats, the switch incorporates threat defense mechanisms. Cisco's TrustSec technology adds an additional layer of security, ensuring that only authorized devices gain access to the network. This comprehensive approach to security is vital in today's ever-evolving threat landscape.

Performance and Efficiency

High Performance

The Catalyst 3850 series is celebrated for its high-performance capabilities. The WS-C3850-48P-S, with its Gigabit Ethernet ports and Layer 3 functionality, ensures that the network operates at optimal speeds, meeting the demands of bandwidth-intensive applications and data transfer requirements.

Energy Efficiency

In an era where sustainability is a key consideration, the switch is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Its PoE+ capabilities contribute to a reduction in power consumption by delivering power only where and when it is needed. This not only lowers operating costs but also aligns with eco-friendly practices.

Deployment Scenarios

Enterprise Networks

The WS-C3850-48P-S is well-suited for enterprise-level networks where a combination of high performance, scalability, and security is paramount. Its ability to support numerous devices, coupled with robust security features, makes it an ideal choice for organizations with diverse connectivity needs.

Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs)

For small to medium-sized businesses, the switch's flexibility in mounting options, manageable features, and scalability via StackWise technology make it an attractive solution. It provides a balance between performance and cost-effectiveness, catering to the specific requirements of SMBs.

High Performance of Switch

The WS-C3850-48P-S is a member of the Cisco Catalyst 3850 series, which is a line of enterprise-level network switches designed for use in enterprise networks, campus networks, and data centers. The switch is capable of delivering high performance and a high level of network resiliency, as well as support for advanced security and quality of service (QoS) features.

In terms of performance, This Product is capable of delivering up to 160 Gbps of switching capacity and up to 95 Mpps of forwarding rate. It is also equipped with a number of features that help to optimize network performance, such as Quality of Service (QoS), Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), and Cisco StackWise-480 technology.

The switch also supports a number of advanced features that can help to improve network resiliency, such as Cisco StackPower, which allows multiple switches to be connected together and share power, and Cisco StackWise-480, which allows multiple switches to be connected together to form a single logical unit that can be managed as a single entity.

Network Access Control

Network Access Control (NAC) is a security feature that helps to enforce policies for controlling access to a network. The WS-C3850-48P-S Cisco Catalyst 3850 switch is a manageable switch that supports NAC.

NAC works by authenticating devices attempting to access the network, enforcing policies to determine the level of access granted, and monitoring the network for potential security threats. With NAC, only authorized devices are granted access to the network, which helps to prevent unauthorized access and potential security breaches.

The Cisco Catalyst 3850 switch uses the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) to provide NAC. ISE is a comprehensive policy management platform that allows network administrators to define and enforce policies across multiple network access points.

To implement NAC on the WS-C3850-48P-S switch, the switch must be configured to work with the ISE server. This involves configuring the switch with the necessary authentication and authorization protocols, such as 802.1X or MAC Authentication Bypass (MAB), and configuring ISE to define policies for controlling access to the network.

General Information for the Cisco WS-C3850-48P-S 48 Ports Managed Switch

  • Manufacturer: Cisco
  • Model Number or SKU# WS-C3850-48P-S
  • Product Line: Catalyst
  • Product Series: 3850
  • Product Type: Ethernet Switch

Key Features for Layer 3 Stackable Switch

  • Total Number of Network Ports: 48 Ports
  • Enclosure Type: Desktop, Rack-mountable - 1u
  • Ports: 48 X 10/100/1000 (poe+)
  • Power Over Ethernet (PoE): Poe+
  • Poe Budget: 435 Watt

Performance of Ethernet Switch

  • Media Type: Supported Twisted Pair
  • Twisted Pair Cable Standard Category: 5e
  • Ethernet Technology: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Network Technology: 10/100/1000Base-T
  • Switching Capacity: 176 GBPS
  • Stacking Bandwidth: 480 GBPS

Network and Communication

  • Layer Supported: 3


  • Standard Memory: 4 GB
  • Memory Technology: DRAM
  • Flash Memory: 2 GB
  • MTBF: 241050 Hour
Power Description
  • PoE (RJ-45) Port: Yes
  • Input Voltage: 110 V AC
  • Input Voltage: 220 V AC
  • Power Source: Power Supply
  • Redundant Power Supply: Yes

In general, the WS-C3850-48P-S Catalyst 3850 Ethernet switch is a powerful and versatile networking solution that brings together high performance, advanced security, and energy efficiency. Its comprehensive feature set makes it suitable for a wide range of deployment scenarios, from large enterprises to small and medium-sized businesses. By understanding its capabilities and considering its design, administrators can make informed decisions when integrating this switch into their network infrastructure. As technology continues to evolve, the WS-C3850-48P-S stands as a reliable and future-ready networking solution.

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