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New access layer switches

Hey all,

we need to buy new access layer switches, which model should we pick?

2960X, 3850, 9200, xyz ?

 

We always would like to stack two 48 Port Switches.

- So they need to support stack.

- We need PoE

 

Thank you!

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VIP Mentor

Re: New access layer switches

2960-X and 3650/3850 are solid workhorses, but nowadays they are the legacy product-line and I would go for 9200. Be aware of the needed DNA-licenses that you have to buy also if you don't use DNA.

Another option could be to use Meraki MS210/MS225 cloud manages switches. Not that many features as the Catalyst series, but very easy to manage and probably enough features for 90% of the typical customers.

Engager

Re: New access layer switches

Hi @as00001111 ,

 

Among the models that indicate the C9200-48P is the most modern and to which Cisco suggests migrating from the 3850 models. I leave the link with the models of these series:

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-9200-series-switches/nb-06-cat9200-ser-data-sheet-cte-en.html

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/switches/catalyst-3850-series-switches/models-comparison.html

 

Obviously, you should review the different models well to choose the one that best suits your network.

 

Regards

 

 

VIP Advisor

Re: New access layer switches

Cat 9200 is moving forward. (if you need some advanced feature Cat 9300)

 

 

 

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Re: New access layer switches


Currently 3850 are my favorite as they can be used in Access or Distribution layers.
3850 include IOS-XE, PoE, and StackWise solution with up to 9 switches stackable in 1 stack. Adding new Switch to the stack is easy and c3850 do support auto-software upgrade.
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Re: New access layer switches


@as00001111 wrote:

We always would like to stack two 48 Port Switches.

- So they need to support stack.

- We need PoE


Are you planning to do static VLAN assignments (and no Dot1X)?  If you're not doing Dot1X, go with 9200-48P-E.

Don't skimp on the stacking cable and go with two (2) one-metre cables.  

Because of the "Essential" (aka basic) feature set, you won't need DNA licenses.  

Take note that the fibre optic uplink modules are optional.  

Reminder:  Cisco Enhanced Limited Lifetime Hardware Warranty - Read this very carefully.  

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Beginner

Re: New access layer switches

@Leo Laohoo 

I forgot to mention that I currently use dot1x with an acs server that might get replaced by an ISE server.

 

Are the 9200 capable of doing that?

VIP Mentor

Re: New access layer switches

Beginner

Re: New access layer switches

which license do you mean?

Hall of Fame Community Legend

Re: New access layer switches

9200 can support Dot1X, however, I'd choose the beefier 9300 just to make sure.
Beginner

Re: New access layer switches

Hey, i got some more questions regarding 9200 vs 9200L:

1) I understand that the uplink module is fixed in 9200L, so when I buy that switchi also get a built in uplink module. But what about the 9200? Do I have to order an uplink module additionally?

2) We use Cisco IP PoE Phones with the PoE+ standard. When I do a show power inline, there is a power consumption of 12 watts, the total amount is 30watts. Which power supply do I need in a 48 port switch with 48 poe phones?

Thank you

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Re: New access layer switches

1. Uplink modules are optional so they need to be purchased separately.
2. 1K power supplies.
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