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Cisco 2960-CX Switches
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Cisco 2960-CX Switches
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Overview:

The Cisco® Catalyst® Compact Switches easily expand your Ethernet and Multigigabit Ethernet infrastructure outside the wiring closet to enable new workspaces, extend wireless LANs, and connect PoE devices. These fanless, small form-factor switches are ideal for space-constrained deployments where multiple cable runs would be challenging. With speeds that reach 10Gbps, the Cisco Catalyst 3560CX Multigigabit Ethernet Switches support current and next-generation wireless speeds and standards (including 802.11ac Wave 2) on existing cabling infrastructure

Products:

The Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX and 2960-CX Series Compact Switches help optimize network deployments. These Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and Multigigabit Ethernet (mGig) managed switches are ideal for high-speed data connectivity, Wi-Fi backhaul, and Power over Ethernet (PoE+) connectivity in places where space is at a premium. With a single copper or fiber cable from the wiring closet, Cisco Catalyst compact switches enable IP connectivity for devices such as IP phones, wireless access points, surveillance cameras, PCs, and video endpoints.

With their quiet, fanless design and compact footprint, these switches can come out of the data closet and be placed closer to the users. This means shorter cable runs and greater flexibility as you grow your network

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX and 2960-CX Series Compact Switch Highlights:

  • 8 or 12 Gigabit Ethernet ports with line rate forwarding performance
  • 6 Gigabit Ethernet plus 2 Multigigabit Ethernet (100 Mbps/1/2.5/5/10 Gbps) ports with line rate forwarding performance (selected model)
  • Gigabit and Multigigabit (100 Mbps/1/2.5/5/10 Gbps) copper, small form-factor pluggable (SFP) or 10G SFP+ uplinks
  • Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) support with up to 240W of PoE budget
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) pass-through enables the compact switch to draw Cisco Universal PoE
  • (Cisco UPOE™ ) power from the wiring closet and pass it to end devices (selected model) with the additional option to be powered by auxiliary AC-DC or DC-DC power adapter
  • Cisco Instant Access mode to enable single point of management and simplify operation (selected models)
  • Advanced Layer 2 (LAN Base) and Layer 3 (IP Base) support with an option to upgrade to IP services
  • Fanless design and silent operation

Features and Benefits:

Feature Benefits

Hardware

Small form factor; fanless design; silent operation

The switch can be used in open workspaces and other areas that cannot tolerate equipment noise and where multiple cable runs could be difficult, expensive, and intrusive.

Flexible mounting options

The switch can be mounted on the wall, under a desk, rack, DIN rail, or practically anywhere they are needed.

Cisco Multigigabit Ethernet

With the enormous growth of 802.11ac and new wireless applications, wireless devices are driving the demand for more network bandwidth. This creates a need for a technology that supports speeds higher than 1 Gbps on all cabling infrastructure. Cisco Multigigabit Ethernet technology is a unique Cisco innovation that allows you to achieve bandwidth between speeds of 100Mbps and 10 Gbps over traditional Cat 5e cabling or above. In addition, the Multigigabit ports on the Cisco Catalyst Compact switch support PoE+, which is increasingly important for next-generation workspaces and Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems. The Multigigabit Ethernet ports can also be used as uplinks to connect to traditional access switches such as the Cisco Catalyst 3850/4500 switches.

Cisco Multigigabit technology offers significant benefits for a diverse range of speeds, cable types, and PoE power. The benefits can be grouped into three different areas:

Multiple speeds:Cisco Multigigabit technology supports autonegotiation of multiple speeds on switch ports. The supported speeds are 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, 2.5 Gbps, and 5 Gbps on Cat 5e cable and up to 10 Gbps over Cat 6a cabling.

Cable type:The technology supports a wide range of cable types, including Cat 5e, Cat 6, and Cat 6a or above.

PoE power:The technology supports PoE and PoE+ for all the supported speeds and cable types.

10-Gigabit SFP+ uplinks

Accommodates business growth and increased traffic, such as aggregate upstream gigabit traffic loads from 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points.

Increased PoE+ Scale

Provides up to 240W of PoE+ budget (twice the power per switch than previous series).

Perpetual PoE

Provides uninterrupted power to a powered-down device even when the switch is booting. This eliminates the need for a backup power source.

PoE pass-through

PoE pass-through gives the ability to power PoE end devices through drawing Cisco UPOE from the wiring closet. The Cisco Catalyst WS-C3560CX-8PT-S has eight downlink ports with two Cisco UPOE input ports that allow it to be powered by another switch. These switches do not need a power supply and receive power over the uplink from an upstream PoE or Cisco UPOE device, providing deployment flexibility and availability. These switches are ideal for wiring-constrained and space-constrained applications.

Management and Operations

Cisco SDA Extended Node SDA Extended Node provides Cisco DNA Center Automation and Assurance for C3560CX switches. It also extends Fabric Benefits (e.g. stretch subnet) to end points connected to the switches, allowing consistent segmentation and policy-based access.
SDA Extended Node requires Cisco DNA-A license on the C3560CX switches, and a Fabric-Edge Capable switch at the upstream.
Cisco Network Plug ‘n Play (PnP) Network Plug-n-Play (PnP) is a secure, scalable solution that accelerates network device deployments by automating the installation and configuration of Cisco IOS software. The Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX and 2960-CX switches are ‘Network-PnP Ready’ and can be used as part of the APIC-EM solution for automated switch deployments. This feature helps improve productivity, cut costs, reduce downtime, and enhance the user experience.
Cisco Catalyst Smart Operations This comprehensive set of Cisco Catalyst technologies and Cisco IOS Software features simplify LAN deployment, configuration, and troubleshooting.
  • Cisco Smart Install enables the configuration of the Cisco IOS Software image and switch without user intervention.
  • Cisco Auto Smartports provides automatic configuration as end devices connect to the switch port, allowing autodetection and plug-and-play of the device onto the network. Interface templates containing configurations or policies that can be applied to ports are also supported.
  • Cisco Smart Troubleshooting is an extensive array of debug diagnostic commands and system health checks, including Generic Online Diagnostics (GOLD) and Onboard Failure Logging (OBFL).
  • Embedded Event Manager (EEM), supported on the Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX, provides real-time network event detection and onboard automation. You can adapt the behavior of your network devices to align with business needs.
Cloud and System Management
  • Cisco Prime® Infrastructure provides comprehensive network lifecycle management with an extensive library of features that automate initial and day-to-day management. Cisco Prime integrates hardware and software platform expertise and operational experience into a powerful set of workflow-driven configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting, reporting, and administrative tools.
  • Cisco Network Assistant is a PC-based, centralized network management and configuration application for small and medium-sized business (SMB) with up to 250 users. An intuitive GUI lets you easily apply common services across Cisco switches, routers, and access points.
  • Cisco Active Advisor is a cloud-based service that provides essential lifecycle information about your network inventory. Available by itself or as a component of other Cisco network management applications, it helps you reduce your network’s overall risk by keeping you up-to-date on the status of your products.
Operational Simplicity
  • Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) for creating Ethernet channeling with devices that conform to IEEE 802.3ad. Similar to Cisco EtherChannel technology and PAgP.
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) autoconfiguration of multiple switches through a boot server.
  • Multicast VLAN Registration (MVR) continuously sends multicast streams in a multicast VLAN. Isolates streams from subscriber VLANs for bandwidth and security reasons.
  • Voice VLAN keeps voice traffic on a separate VLAN for easier administration and troubleshooting
  • Cisco VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) supports dynamic VLANs and dynamic trunk configuration across all switches.
  • Remote Switch Port Analyzer (RSPAN) allows administrators to remotely monitor ports in a Layer 2 switch network from any other switch in the same network
  • For enhanced traffic management, monitoring, and analysis, the Embedded Remote Monitoring (RMON) software agent supports four RMON groups (history, statistics, alarms, and events).

Security

Cisco TrustSec® A suite of components that secures networks, data, and resources with policy-based access control, identity, and role-aware networking with the following elements:
  • Cisco TrustSec SXP support to simplify security and policy enforcement throughout the network. For more information about Cisco TrustSec security solutions, visit cisco.com/go/TrustSec.
  • Hardware on the Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX for IEEE 802.1AE MACsec for Layer 2, line-rate Ethernet data confidentiality and integrity on host-facing ports. Protects against man-in-the-middle attacks (snooping, tampering, and replay).
  • Flexible authentication that supports multiple authentication mechanisms including 802.1X, MAC Authentication Bypass, and web authentication using a single, consistent configuration. ● Monitor mode that creates a user-friendly environment for 802.1X operations.
  • RADIUS change of authorization and downloadable ACLs for comprehensive policy management.
  • 802.1X supplicant with Network Edge Access Transport (NEAT) for extended secure access; compact switches in the conference rooms have the same level of security as switches inside a locked wiring closet.
Threat Defense Advanced, integrated security features that provide threat defense capabilities for mitigating man-in-the-middle attacks and protecting your critical network infrastructure.
Power Management and Energy Efficiency

Switch Hibernate Mode

Innovative technology that puts the switch in an ultra-low power mode during periods of nonoperation such as nights and weekends. The switch can be configured to be in the hibernate mode using the Cisco Energy Management Suite.

IEEE 802.3az or Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE)

Ports dynamically sense idle periods between traffic bursts and quickly switch the interfaces into a low-power idle mode, reducing power consumption.

Perpetual PoE

Provides uninterrupted power to a powered-down device even when the switch is booting. This eliminates the need for a backup power source.

PoE pass-through

PoE pass-throughgives the ability to power PoE end devices through drawing Cisco UPOE from the wiring closet. The Cisco Catalyst 3560CX-8PT-S has eight downlink ports with two Cisco UPOE input ports that allow it to be powered by another switch. These switches do not need a power supply and receive power over the uplink from an upstream PoE or Cisco UPOE device, providing deployment flexibility and availability.

Power Supply

80-Plus Silver Certified.

Traffic Management and QoS

Application Visibility

NetFlow Lite lets you maintain awareness of all application traffic on the network. It helps capture and record specific packet flows. Exports flow data in the NetFlow Version 9 format for analysis on a wide range of Cisco and third-party collectors.

Advanced Quality of Service

Intelligent traffic management with flexible mechanisms for marking, classifying, and scheduling traffic at wire speed. Includes:
  • Up to eight egress queues per port and strict priority queuing so that the highest priority packets are serviced ahead of all other traffic.
  • Shaped Round Robin (SRR) scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion avoidance.
  • Flow-based rate limiting and up to 256 aggregate or individual policers per port.

Model Comparision:

Product Details

Switch Models

The Cisco Catalyst Compact Switches are available in nine switch models. They vary by whether they support both Layer 2 and Layer 3 services or Layer 2 services only; whether they support Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+); by the number of Gigabit Ethernet and Multigigabit Ethernet ports; the aggregate power provided, and the type of cabling connections they support.

Tables 2, 3, and 4 compare the available switch models and list the software package that ships by default with each model and how much PoE power is available for the downlink ports.

Table 2. - Cisco Catalyst 3560-X Compact Switch Models and Default Software

Model Ethernet Ports PoE Output Ports Available PoE Power Uplinks Default Software

3560CX-8TC-S

8 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

NA

-

2 x 1G copper plus 2 x 1G SFP

IP Base (IP Services with RTU License)

3560CX-12TC-S

12 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

NA

-

2 x 1G copper plus 2 x 1G SFP

IP Base (IP Services with RTU License)

3560CX-8PC-S

8 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

8 PoE+

240W

2 x 1G copper plus 2 x 1G SFP

IP Base (IP Services with RTU License)

3560CX-12PC-S

12 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

12 PoE+

240W

2 x 1G copper plus 2 x 1G SFP

IP Base (IP Services with RTU License)

3560CX-12PD-S

12 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

12 PoE+

240W

2 x 1G copper plus 2 x 10G SFP+

IP Base (IP Services with RTU License)

C3560CX-8PT-S

8 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

8 PoE+

Up to 146W

2 x 1G copper (Cisco UPOE+ uplinks)

IP Base (IP Services with RTU License)

C3560CX-8XPD-S

6 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet plus
2 Multigigabit Ethernet 100/2500/5000/10000

8 PoE+

240W

2 x 10G SFP+

IP Base (IP Services with RTU License)

Table 3. - C3560CX-8PT-S Switch PoE and PoE+ Power Capacity

Model Powering Option Available PoE Power (W) Can Switch Be Powered with Uplinks?

3560CX-8TC-S

Internal power supply

0W

No

3560CX-12TC-S

Internal power supply

0W

No

3560CX-8PC-S

Internal power supply

240W

No

3560CX-12PC-S

Internal power supply

240W

No

3560CX-12PD-S

Internal power supply

240W

No

C3560CX-8PT-S

1 PoE uplink

0W

No

2 PoE uplinks

0W

Yes

1 PoE+ uplink

0W

Yes

2 PoE+ uplinks

20W

Yes

1 Cisco UPOE uplink

22W

Yes

2 Cisco UPOE uplinks

68W

Yes

Auxiliary input

54W

Yes

1 PoE uplink plus auxiliary input

65W

Yes

2 PoE uplinks plus auxiliary input

76W

Yes

1 PoE+ uplink plus auxiliary input

76W

Yes

2 PoE+ uplinks plus auxiliary input

98W

Yes

1 Cisco UPOE uplink plus auxiliary input

100W

Yes

2 Cisco UPOE uplinks plus auxiliary input

146W

Yes

3560CX-8XPD-S

Internal power supply

240W

No

Table 4. - Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Compact Switch Models and Default Software

Model Ethernet Ports PoE Output Ports Available PoE Power Uplinks Default Software

2960CX-8TC-L

8 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

N/A

-

2 x 1G copper plus 2 x 1G SFP

LAN Base

2960CX-8PC-L

8 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

8 PoE+

124W

2 x 1G copper plus 2 x 1G SFP

LAN Base

Specifications:

Table 6. Physical specifications of Cisco Digital Building Series

Specification Cisco Catalyst 2960-CX
Performance
Forwarding bandwidth 12 Gbps
Switching bandwidth (full-duplex capacity) 24 Gbps
Flash memory 128 MB
Memory DRAM 512 MB
Max VLANs 255
VLAN IDs 4000
Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) Up to 9000 bytes
Jumbo frames 9198 bytes
Connectors and cabling
  • 10BASE-T ports: RJ-45 connectors, 2-pair Category 3, 4, or 5 unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cabling
  • 100BASE-TX ports: RJ-45 connectors, 2-pair Category 5 UTP cabling
  • 1000BASE-T ports: RJ-45 connectors, 4-pair Category 5 UTP cabling
  • 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports: RJ-45 connectors, 4-pair Category 5 UTP cabling
Power connectors
  • Customers can provide power to a switch by using the internal power supply. The connector is located at the back of the switch. The internal power supply is an autoranging unit
  • The internal power supply supports input voltages between 100 and 240VAC
  • Use the supplied AC power cord to connect the AC power connector to an AC power outlet
Indicators

Per-port status: Link integrity, disabled, activity, speed, full-duplex System status: System, link status, link duplex, link speed

Documentation:

Download the 2960-CX Switches Datasheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

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Our Price: $1,933.55
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