Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S Ethernet Switch
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Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S Catalyst 2940 Series 8-Ports 10/100 Refurbished

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WS-C2940-8TF-S Catalyst 2940 Managed Switch 8 Ethernet Ports & 1 Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) Port & 1 100Base-FX Port | Made by Cisco | Refurbished
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More Information for the Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S 8-Ports Switch

In the world of networking, switches play a crucial role in connecting devices and enabling the smooth flow of data. Cisco, a renowned name in the networking industry, offers a wide range of switches designed to meet various requirements. Among them, the Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S, part of the Catalyst 2940 Series, is a notable 8-Ports 10/100 switch. In this review, we will provide a detailed and straightforward explanation of the Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S Catalyst 2940 Series 8-Ports 10/100 switch, breaking down its features, benefits, and applications.

Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S Overview

What is the Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S Catalyst 2940 Series Switch?

The Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S is a member of the Cisco Catalyst 2940 Series of switches. This series is well-known for providing reliable and efficient networking solutions for various business and industrial needs. The WS-C2940-8TF-S is an 8-port Ethernet switch that operates at speeds of 10/100 Mbps.

Key Features
  • Port Configuration: The Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S offers 8 ports, making it suitable for small to medium-sized networks. Each port operates at either 10 Mbps or 100 Mbps, allowing for flexible and scalable network connections.
  • Compact Design: This switch features a compact and space-saving design, which is ideal for environments with limited space. Its compact form factor ensures that it can be easily deployed in various locations, including crowded network closets or industrial settings.
  • PoE Support: The Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S supports Power over Ethernet (PoE), which means it can deliver both data and power over the Ethernet cables. This feature is particularly valuable for devices like IP phones and surveillance cameras, as it eliminates the need for separate power sources, simplifying installation and reducing cable clutter.
  • Managed Switch: This Catalyst 2940 switch is a managed switch, which provides administrators with greater control and flexibility over their network. It allows for features like VLAN support, Quality of Service (QoS) settings, and remote management, making it suitable for more complex networking needs.
  • Layer 2 Switching: The WS-C2940-8TF-S is a Layer 2 switch, which means it operates at the data link layer and can efficiently manage Ethernet frames. It supports features such as MAC address filtering, spanning tree protocol, and more, ensuring a stable and reliable network.
Benefits of Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S
  • Reliability: Cisco is renowned for its reliability in the networking industry. The WS-C2940-8TF-S continues this tradition, providing a dependable and robust networking solution for businesses and organizations.
  • Cost-Effective: For small to medium-sized businesses, the Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S offers a cost-effective solution to meet their networking needs. It provides essential features without the need for unnecessary extras, helping to keep costs in check.
  • Compact and Space-Saving: The compact design of this switch is a significant advantage in environments where space is limited. It can be easily mounted on walls or placed in tight spaces, making it adaptable to various deployment scenarios.
  • PoE Capability: The PoE support in the WS-C2940-8TF-S enhances flexibility and simplifies the deployment of devices that require both data and power over the Ethernet connection. This feature can lead to cost savings and streamlined installations.
  • Managed Capabilities: The managed capabilities of this switch allow for fine-tuning the network to meet specific requirements. It's an excellent choice for businesses that need to segment their network, prioritize traffic, and manage devices remotely.
Common Applications
  • Small to Medium-Sized Businesses: The Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S is well-suited for small to medium-sized businesses that require a reliable and cost-effective networking solution. With 8 ports and PoE support, it can accommodate essential networking needs while keeping costs under control.
  • Industrial Environments: In industrial settings, where space constraints are common, the compact design of this switch proves advantageous. Its durability and support for PoE make it an excellent choice for connecting devices in manufacturing plants, warehouses, and other industrial locations.
  • IP Telephony: The PoE capability of the WS-C2940-8TF-S makes it a great fit for IP telephony deployments. It can power IP phones and manage their data traffic, ensuring clear and uninterrupted communication.
  • Surveillance Systems: For businesses and organizations looking to set up surveillance systems, the WS-C2940-8TF-S's PoE support simplifies the installation of IP cameras. This switch can power the cameras and manage their data, providing an integrated solution for security needs.
Cisco Catalyst 2940 Series vs. Other Cisco Switch Series
  • Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series: The Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series is a step up from the 2940 Series in terms of capabilities and performance. While the 2940 Series is suitable for small to medium-sized businesses, the 2960 Series offers more advanced features, including Gigabit Ethernet support, more advanced Layer 2 and Layer 3 capabilities, and enhanced security features. Businesses with higher performance and security requirements may opt for the 2960 Series switches.
  • Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series: The Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series is another option for businesses with basic networking needs. These switches are cost-effective and offer a range of port configurations. The 2900 Series switches are typically used for small office or home office (SOHO) environments or for branch offices where a simple and reliable networking solution is required.

High Performance of Catalyst 2940 Series Switch

The WS-C2940-8TF-S Cisco Catalyst 2940 Series 8-Ports 10/100 Switch is designed to provide high-performance connectivity for small to medium-sized networks. This switch is a Fast Ethernet switch, meaning it provides 10/100Mbps connectivity for up to 8 devices.

The WS-C2940-8TF-S supports advanced features such as Quality of Service (QoS) and advanced security features like IEEE 802.1X network login, port security, and dynamic access control, which helps to ensure the network traffic is prioritized and the network is secure.

In terms of performance, the WS-C2940-8TF-S provides a fast data transfer rate of up to 100Mbps on each of its 8 ports. It supports a maximum of 4,096 MAC addresses, providing room for growth for the network. The switch also has a non-blocking architecture, which ensures that all ports are available for use at all times, minimizing the risk of network congestion and bottlenecks.

The switch also supports Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), which can help to reduce energy consumption and costs. Its compact design makes it easy to install in a variety of settings and it's also designed to withstand harsh environments, with an extended operating temperature range.

Reliability for SFP Managed Switch

The Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S Catalyst 2940 Series 8-Ports 10/100 Switch is considered a highly reliable switch. It is part of the Cisco Catalyst 2900 series, which is known for its robustness and durability. This particular model has 8 10/100 ports, making it suitable for small to medium-sized networks.

One of the key features of the Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S is its Layer 2 switching capabilities, which allow for fast and efficient data transfer between devices. It also supports VLANs, Quality of Service (QoS), and advanced security features such as port security and dynamic access control.

The switch also includes an internal power supply, which is a redundant feature that ensures the switch will continue to operate even if one power supply fails. Additionally, the switch has been tested and certified to work with various Cisco network devices, which ensures compatibility and easy integration into existing networks.

General Information about this Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S
  • Manufacturer: Cisco
  • Part Number or SKU# WS-C2940-8TF-S
  • Product Line: Catalyst
  • Product Series: 2940
  • Product Name: Networking
  • Product Type: Ethernet Switch
Interfaces/Ports for 8 Ports Ethernet Switch
  • Total Number of Network Ports: 8
  • Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports: 8
  • Port/Expansion Slot Details:
  • 8 x Fast Ethernet Network
  • 1 x Fast Ethernet Uplink
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Slot
Performance of Catalyst 2940 Managed Switch
  • Media Type Supported: Optical Fiber
  • Fast Ethernet: Network Technology10/100Base-TX, 100Base-FX
Network & Communication
  • Layer Supported: 2
Management & Protocols
  • Manageable: Yes
Power Description
  • Input Voltage
  • 110 V AC
  • 220 V AC

In summary, the Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S Catalyst 2940 Series 8-Ports 10/100 switch is a reliable and cost-effective solution for small to medium-sized businesses, as well as industrial environments, IP telephony, and surveillance applications. Its compact design, PoE support, and managed capabilities make it a versatile choice for a range of networking needs. While it may not offer the advanced features of the higher-end Cisco switch series, it provides a dependable and efficient solution for businesses looking for a practical and budget-friendly networking option.

The Cisco WS-C2940-8TF-S is a valuable addition to Cisco's networking product line, offering a balance between cost-effectiveness and essential features. Businesses looking for a dependable and space-saving switch for their network infrastructure should consider this versatile switch from Cisco's Catalyst 2940 Series.

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