Product Overview of the Cisco 48 Ports Switch
In the ever-evolving landscape of networking solutions, Cisco has consistently been at the forefront, setting the standard for reliability, performance, and innovation. One of their flagship offerings, the Cisco WS-C2960S-48LPS-L, is a 48-port Gigabit PoE (Power over Ethernet) Catalyst 2960S Switch. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the intricate details of this networking powerhouse, exploring its features, benefits, and how it stands out in the competitive market.
Introduction to Catalyst 2960S Series
The Cisco Catalyst 2960S Series has been a cornerstone in Cisco's portfolio, known for its robustness and adaptability. The WS-C2960S-48LPS-L is a prominent member of this series, designed to cater to the demanding needs of modern networks.
Gigabit PoE: Empowering Connectivity
The switch boasts 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports, providing high-speed connectivity for data transfer within the network. What sets it apart is its Power over Ethernet capability, allowing it to deliver power to connected devices like IP phones, cameras, and access points, simplifying cable management and reducing the need for additional power sources.
At the core of the WS-C2960S-48LPS-L is a high-performance architecture, ensuring swift data processing and low latency. With a forwarding rate of up to 77.4 million packets per second, this switch is well-equipped to handle data-intensive tasks and maintain seamless communication across the network.
PoE for Simplified Infrastructure
The inclusion of Power over Ethernet on all 48 ports eliminates the need for separate power sources for connected devices. This not only streamlines the cabling infrastructure but also enhances flexibility in device placement, as it is no longer constrained by proximity to power outlets.
Enhanced Security Features
Cisco is renowned for its commitment to network security, and the WS-C2960S-48LPS-L is no exception. Advanced security features, including access control lists (ACLs), DHCP snooping, and IP Source Guard, fortify the network against unauthorized access and potential threats, ensuring data integrity and confidentiality.
Scalability and Flexibility
In the dynamic realm of networking, scalability is paramount. The Cisco Catalyst 2960S Series is designed with scalability in mind, allowing businesses to expand their networks seamlessly. The WS-C2960S-48LPS-L supports stacking, enabling the creation of a unified, high-capacity system with simplified management. Efficient network management is a cornerstone of the Cisco experience. The WS-C2960S-48LPS-L is equipped with Cisco's renowned management tools, including the Cisco IOS Software and Cisco Prime Infrastructure, providing administrators with a user-friendly interface for configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting.
For large enterprises with diverse connectivity needs, the WS-C2960S-48LPS-L proves to be a reliable backbone. Its scalability, performance, and security features make it an ideal choice for building and managing complex network infrastructures.
IP Telephony Deployments
In environments where IP telephony is a key communication component, the Gigabit PoE capability of this switch shines. It simplifies the deployment of IP phones by providing both data connectivity and power over a single Ethernet cable.
Security is a top priority in many scenarios, and the WS-C2960S-48LPS-L is well-suited for surveillance deployments. With PoE support for cameras and other surveillance equipment, it simplifies the installation process and ensures a robust and secure surveillance network.
General Information about the Cisco WS-C2960S-48LPS-L
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Model Number or SKU# WS-C2960S-48LPS-L
- Product Line: Catalyst
- Product Series: 2960
- Product Type: Ethernet Switch
- Total Number of Network Ports: 48
- Number of PoE (RJ-45) Ports: 48
- Port/Expansion Slot Details:
- 48 x Gigabit Ethernet Network
- 4 x Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Slot
- Media Type Supported: Optical Fiber Twisted Pair
- Ethernet Technology: Gigabit Ethernet
- Network Technology: 10/100/1000Base-T
- Number of Total Expansion Slots: 5
- Expansion Slot Types:
- SFP (Small Form-Factor Pluggable)
- Stacking Module
- Number of SFP Slots: 4
Network & Communication
- Layer Supported: 2
- IEEE 802.1p QoS
- DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)
- IEEE 802.1Q VLAN
- RMON (Remote Monitoring)
- CLI (Command Line Interface)
- CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution
- SNMPv3 (Simple Network Management Protocol version 3)
- Standard Memory: 128 MB
- Memory Technology: DRAM (Dynamic Random-Access Memory)
- Flash Memory: 64 MB
- PoE (RJ-45) Port: Yes
- Power Source: Power Supply
- Redundant Power Supply: Yes
In summary, in the competitive realm of networking equipment, the Cisco WS-C2960S-48LPS-L stands tall as a versatile and powerful solution. From its Gigabit PoE capabilities to advanced security features, this switch is engineered to meet the demands of modern networks. Whether deployed in enterprise environments, IP telephony setups, or surveillance systems, the WS-C2960S-48LPS-L proves to be a cornerstone for connectivity, performance, and security. As businesses navigate the complexities of networking, Cisco remains a trusted ally, empowering them with cutting-edge solutions like the WS-C2960S-48LPS-L.
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