Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S Ethernet Switch
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WS-C3560CX-12PC-S Cisco Catalyst 12 Ports Managed Switch Refurbished

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WS-C3560CX-12PC-S Catalyst 12 Power Over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) (RJ-45) Ports 2x Combo Gigabit Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) Ports Twisted Pair and Optical Fiber Layer 3 Managed Switch | Made by Cisco | Refurbished
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Product Overview of the Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S 12 Power Ethernet Switch

In the ever-evolving landscape of networking technology, the Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S Catalyst 12 Power Over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) Switch stands out as a robust and feature-rich solution. Designed to meet the demands of modern networking environments, this Layer 3 managed switch offers a total of 12 Power Over Ethernet Plus ports along with 2 Combo Gigabit Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) ports, accommodating both twisted pair and optical fiber connections. In this detailed exploration, we will delve into the key features, functionalities, and benefits of the Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S, shedding light on its role in enhancing network efficiency and performance.

Key FeaturesPower Over Ethernet Plus (PoE+)

The Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S is equipped with 12 Power Over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) ports. PoE technology enables the switch to deliver both data and electrical power over a single Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for separate power sources for connected devices. This is particularly advantageous in scenarios where power outlets are limited or inaccessible. The PoE+ standard provides higher power levels compared to traditional PoE, making it suitable for a diverse range of devices, including IP cameras, VoIP phones, and wireless access points.

Combo Gigabit SFP Ports

The inclusion of 2 Combo Gigabit SFP ports further enhances the versatility of the Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S. These Small Form-Factor Plugable ports support both twisted pair (copper) and optical fiber connections, allowing for seamless integration with various networking infrastructures. This flexibility is crucial for businesses and organizations with diverse connectivity requirements, enabling them to adapt to different networking environments without the need for extensive hardware changes.

Layer 3 Managed Switch

As a Layer 3 managed switch, the Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S operates at the network layer of the OSI model. This means it can make routing decisions based on IP addresses, providing enhanced routing capabilities compared to Layer 2 switches. The Layer 3 functionality enables the switch to intelligently route traffic between different subnets, improving overall network efficiency and performance.

Twisted Pair and Optical Fiber Support

The switch's support for both twisted pair and optical fiber connections is a notable feature. Twisted pair connections, commonly used in Ethernet networks, offer cost-effective and easily deployable solutions for short to medium-range connections. On the other hand, optical fiber connections provide high-speed, long-distance connectivity with immunity to electromagnetic interference. The ability to accommodate both types of connections makes the Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S adaptable to a wide range of networking scenarios.

Functionalities and Benefits

Network Segmentation and VLAN Support

With its Layer 3 capabilities, the Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S facilitates network segmentation through the implementation of Virtual LANs (VLANs). VLANs allow network administrators to logically segment the network into smaller, isolated broadcast domains, enhancing security and reducing unnecessary broadcast traffic. This capability is particularly valuable in large and complex networks where efficient traffic management is essential.

Quality of Service (QoS) Implementation

Quality of Service (QoS) is a critical aspect of modern networking, especially in environments where different types of traffic coexist. The Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S incorporates QoS mechanisms to prioritize and manage network traffic effectively. This ensures that time-sensitive applications, such as voice and video communication, receive higher priority, resulting in a more reliable and responsive network.

Enhanced Security Features

Security is a top priority in any networking infrastructure, and the Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S addresses this concern with a suite of enhanced security features. These may include Access Control Lists (ACLs), which control traffic flow based on defined rules, and Secure Shell (SSH) for secure remote management. These features contribute to a robust security posture, protecting the network against unauthorized access and potential threats.

Energy-Efficient Design

In addition to its advanced features, the Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Power-saving mechanisms, such as Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) and the ability to turn off power to unused ports, contribute to reduced power consumption. This not only aligns with environmental sustainability goals but also translates to cost savings for organizations by lowering energy bills.

Scalability and Future-Ready Architecture

Scalability is a crucial consideration for growing networks. The Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S offers a scalable solution, allowing organizations to expand their networks seamlessly. The switch's architecture is designed to support future technological advancements, ensuring that it remains a viable and valuable component of the network infrastructure over the long term.

Use Cases

Enterprise Networks

The Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S is well-suited for enterprise environments where the demand for efficient and secure networking is high. Its Layer 3 capabilities, combined with PoE+ support, make it an ideal choice for connecting a variety of devices such as IP phones, cameras, and access points while providing the routing capabilities necessary for complex network architectures.

Small to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs)

SMBs with growing networking needs can benefit from the Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S. Its compact form factor, coupled with the ability to support both copper and fiber connections, makes it suitable for businesses with limited rack space and diverse connectivity requirements. The switch's energy-efficient design also aligns with the cost-conscious approach often adopted by SMBs.

Educational Institutions

In educational environments, where a reliable and secure network is crucial for various activities, the Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S can play a pivotal role. Its VLAN support allows for efficient segmentation of networks, enhancing security and traffic management. The PoE+ capability is beneficial for connecting devices like IP cameras and providing power to access points in locations where power outlets are scarce.

Advanced Security Features

The WS-C3560CX-12PC-S is a Cisco Catalyst switch that has 12 ports and is a Layer 3 managed switch. It has advanced security features that include:

  • Access Control Lists (ACLs) to control network access and mitigate threats
  • DHCP Snooping to prevent rogue DHCP servers from assigning IP addresses
  • Dynamic ARP Inspection (DAI) to protect against ARP spoofing attacks
  • IP Source Guard to prevent IP spoofing
  • IEEE 802.1X network login for authenticated network access
  • Port security to control access to specific switch ports
  • Private VLANs to segment a network and increase security
  • Storm control to protect against broadcast and multicast storm attacks

This switch also supports Cisco TrustSec, which is a set of security features that can help you secure and control access to network resources and prevent data breaches.

Additionally, it has Support for Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) and Cisco Stealthwatch which help to provide better security and compliance by providing visibility and control over network access, user behavior, and network infrastructure.

General Information about this Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S
  • Manufacturer: Cisco
  • Model Number or SKU# WS-C3560CX-12PC-S
  • Product Line Catalyst
  • Product Series 3560-C
  • Product Name 3560CX-12PC-S Layer 3 Switch
  • Product Type Layer 3 Switch
Interfaces/Ports for 12 Ports Ethernet Switch
  • Stack Port No
  • Total Number of Network Ports 12
  • Number of PoE+ (RJ-45) Ports 12
  • Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports 2
  • Port/Expansion Slot Details 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Uplink
  • Port/Expansion Slot Details 12 x Gigabit Ethernet Network
  • Port/Expansion Slot Details 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Slot
Performance of Catalyst 3560-C Managed Switch
  • Media Type Supported Twisted Pair
  • Media Type Supported Optical Fiber
  • Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
  • Network Technology 1000Base-X
  • Network Technology 10/100/1000Base-T
I/O Expansions
  • Number of Total Expansion Slots 2
  • Expansion Slot Type SFP
Network & Communication
  • Layer Supported 3
Management & Protocols
  • Manageable Yes

Power Description

  • PoE (RJ-45) Port Yes
  • Input Voltage 120 V AC
  • Input Voltage 230 V AC


  • Green Compliant Yes
  • Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS-6

In summary, the Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S Catalyst 12 Power Over Ethernet Plus Switch is a versatile and feature-rich solution for modern networking needs. Its combination of Power Over Ethernet Plus, Layer 3 managed capabilities, and support for both twisted pair and optical fiber connections make it a valuable asset for a variety of use cases, from enterprise networks to small and medium-sized businesses and educational institutions. The switch's advanced functionalities, enhanced security features, and energy-efficient design position it as a reliable and future-ready component of any network infrastructure. As businesses and organizations continue to evolve, the Cisco WS-C3560CX-12PC-S stands ready to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow, providing a solid foundation for efficient and secure networking.

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