Cisco WS-X5203 12 Port Networking Switch
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Cisco WS-X5203 Catalyst 12 Ports Switching Module Refurbished

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WS-X5203 Catalyst 5000 12 Ports 100basetx Fast Ether Channel Switching Module | Made by Cisco | Refurbished
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Product Overview for the Cisco WS-X5203 Catalyst 12 Ports Switch

The Cisco WS-X5203 Catalyst 5000 is a powerful networking module designed to enhance the performance of Cisco Catalyst 5000 series switches. This module, known for its 12 Ports 100basetx Fast Ether Channel Switching capabilities, plays a crucial role in facilitating high-speed data transfer and efficient network management. In this detailed exploration, we will delve into the key features, specifications, and applications of the Cisco WS-X5203 module.

Key Features
  • Port Configuration and Speed: The Cisco WS-X5203 module is equipped with 12 ports, providing ample connectivity for various devices within a network. These ports operate at a speed of 100basetx, ensuring fast and reliable data transfer. The Fast Ether Channel Switching capability further enhances performance by bundling multiple ports together to create a high-bandwidth channel.
  • Compatibility: Designed specifically for the Cisco Catalyst 5000 series switches, the WS-X5203 module ensures seamless integration with these networking devices. This compatibility allows for easy installation and integration into existing network infrastructures, minimizing downtime during upgrades or expansions.
  • Ether Channel Support: One of the standout features of the WS-X5203 module is its support for Ether Channel technology. This allows network administrators to group multiple physical ports into a single logical interface, effectively increasing the overall bandwidth and providing redundancy in case of individual link failures. This feature is instrumental in creating a robust and resilient network architecture.
  • Managed Switching: The WS-X5203 module operates as a managed switch, offering advanced features for network management. Administrators can configure and monitor the module using Cisco's comprehensive command-line interface (CLI) or through a user-friendly web-based interface. This level of control enhances the adaptability of the module to diverse network environments.
  • Physical Characteristics: The Cisco WS-X5203 module adheres to industry-standard form factors and dimensions compatible with the Catalyst 5000 series chassis. Its compact design ensures efficient use of rack space, making it suitable for both enterprise and data center environments.
  • Data Transfer Rates: With support for 100basetx technology, the WS-X5203 module delivers data transfer rates of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) per port. This high-speed connectivity is crucial for meeting the demands of modern applications and ensuring low-latency communication within the network.
  • Ether Channel Capacity: The module's Ether Channel support enables the aggregation of multiple ports into a single logical channel, providing aggregated bandwidth and improved fault tolerance. The WS-X5203 supports various Ether Channel modes, including Static, Dynamic, and Protocol-based, offering flexibility in implementation.
  • Compatibility Matrix: To ensure a seamless integration process, the Cisco WS-X5203 module has a compatibility matrix specifying the supported Cisco Catalyst 5000 series switches and their corresponding software versions. This information is critical for network administrators planning upgrades or expansions.
  • High-Density Network Environments: The Cisco WS-X5203 module's 12 ports and fast data transfer rates make it ideal for high-density network environments where numerous devices need to be connected. Examples include large enterprises, educational institutions, and data centers where a multitude of users and devices rely on a robust and high-performance network infrastructure.
  • Data Centers and Server Farms: In data center environments, where rapid data transfer and low-latency communication are paramount, the WS-X5203 module shines. Its support for Ether Channel technology allows for the creation of high-bandwidth connections between switches, ensuring optimal performance for server-to-server communication and storage access.
  • Multimedia Streaming and VoIP: The module's fast Ether Channel switching capability is well-suited for applications with demanding bandwidth requirements, such as multimedia streaming and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). The high-speed connectivity ensures a smooth and uninterrupted user experience for voice and video communications.
  • Redundancy and Load Balancing: With Ether Channel support, the WS-X5203 module offers network administrators the ability to implement redundancy and load-balancing strategies effectively. This is particularly crucial in mission-critical environments where uninterrupted network availability is a priority.
Benefits of WS-X5203 Module
  • Enhanced Bandwidth: The WS-X5203 module's support for Fast Ether Channel switching allows for the aggregation of multiple links, resulting in enhanced bandwidth. This is particularly advantageous for applications requiring high data transfer rates.
  • Improved Redundancy: Fast Ether Channel technology not only boosts bandwidth but also provides redundancy. In the event of a link failure, traffic is automatically rerouted through the remaining links, minimizing downtime and ensuring continuous network operation.
  • Scalability and Flexibility: With 12 ports, the WS-X5203 module offers scalability to accommodate the growing needs of a network. Its modular design allows organizations to tailor their network infrastructure to specific requirements.
  • Seamless Integration: Designed specifically for the Catalyst 5000 series, the WS-X5203 module seamlessly integrates into existing Cisco environments. This ensures a smooth upgrade path for organizations already relying on Cisco networking solutions.
  • Cost-Effective Upgrade: Instead of investing in an entirely new networking infrastructure, organizations can opt for the WS-X5203 module to upgrade their Catalyst 5000 series switches. This cost-effective approach allows businesses to leverage the latest technology without a significant capital outlay.
Security and Management

The WS-X5203 Cisco Catalyst 12 Ports Switching Module can be secured and managed through a variety of methods to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of your network. Some of the key security and management features of the module include:

  • Access Control Lists (ACLs): These allow you to specify which traffic is allowed or denied on a specific port or VLAN. This can be used to restrict access to sensitive resources, block malicious traffic, and implement other security policies.
  • VLANs: VLANs can be used to segment the network into different broadcast domains, which can help to improve security and reduce the risk of broadcast storms.
  • Port Security: Port security allows you to specify which MAC addresses are allowed to access a specific port, which can help prevent unauthorized access to your network.
  • Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP): LACP allows you to bundle multiple physical ports together to form a single logical link, which can provide increased bandwidth and redundancy.
  • Cisco IOS Software security features: Cisco IOS software provides a range of security features such as SSH, SNMPv3, and access control to manage and secure the switch.
  • Network Management tools: Cisco Prime and other network management tools can be used to monitor and troubleshoot the module remotely.

Quality of Service (QoS) Capabilities

The WS-X5203 Cisco Catalyst 12 Ports Switching Module has a wide range of Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities that can be used to prioritize network traffic and ensure that critical applications receive the bandwidth they need. Some of the key QoS features of the module include:

  • Class of Service (CoS): CoS allows you to assign different priority levels to different types of traffic, such as voice or video so that they can be treated differently by the switch.
  • Weighted Random Early Detection (WRED): WRED can be used to prevent network congestion by randomly dropping lower-priority traffic when the network becomes congested.
  • Traffic Shaping and Policing: Traffic shaping and policing can be used to control the rate of incoming and outgoing traffic, which can be useful for preventing network congestion and ensuring that bandwidth is allocated fairly.
  • Priority Queuing: Priority queuing allows you to assign different priority levels to different types of traffic so that higher-priority traffic is always sent first.
  • Congestion Management: Congestion management features, such as tail drop, can be used to prevent network congestion by dropping packets when the network becomes congested.
  • Quality of Service (QoS) groups: QoS groups allow you to assign different priority levels to different VLANs, ports, or protocols.
General Information about this Cisco WS-X5203
  • Manufacturer: Cisco
  • Part Number or SKU# WS-X5203
  • Product Type: Ethernet Switch
  • Product Name: Catalyst 5000 Series 12 Ports Switch Module
  • Line Extension: Catalyst
  • Series Extension: 5000
Technical Specifications
  • Application/Usage: Switching Network
  • Interfaces/Ports: 12 x 10/100Base-TX LAN
  • Interfaces/Ports Details: 12 x RJ-45 10/100Base-TX LAN
  • Connectivity Media: Category 5 UTP 10/100Base-TX
Data Transfer Rate
  • 10 Mbps Ethernet
  • 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet
  • RMON (Remote Monitoring) 1/2/3/9
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 802.1q VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network)
  • IEEE 802.1p QoS (Quality of Service)
  • Cisco WorkGroup MIB (Management Information Base)
  • Cisco Discovery Protocol

Catalyst 5000 Series Switches

In general, the Cisco WS-X5203 Catalyst 5000 12 Ports 100basetx Fast Ether Channel Switching Module stands as a testament to Cisco's commitment to providing high-performance networking solutions. Its robust features, compatibility, and versatile applications make it a valuable asset for organizations seeking to enhance their network infrastructure. Whether in high-density enterprise networks, data centers, or multimedia-intensive environments, the WS-X5203 module delivers the speed, reliability, and manageability required for modern networking challenges. As technology continues to evolve, Cisco's dedication to innovation ensures that the WS-X5203 remains a relevant and effective component in building and maintaining advanced network architectures.

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