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New Layer 3 Switch

I have a site that needs a new Layer 3 switch. Its a smaller site 200 desktops & 200 ish wireless devices. There is 2504 WLC, 2x 2960s & 2 2960x switches all interconnect via 1gb fiber.

 

Main layer 3 is C3750V2

 

Was thinking of buying a C9300 

 

Thoughts?

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Hall of Fame Expert

Hi,

Catalyst 9300 should work fine. There are 24 ports, 48 ports, POE, none POE options.

 

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-9300-series-switches/nb-06-cat9300-ser-data-sheet-cte-en.html

HTH

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VIP Mentor

Cat 9300 is a good choice for replacing old legacy kit if you looking L3 Option if it Layer 2 Cat 9200 for cost-saving.

 

But i prefer to have Cat 9300

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Enthusiast

Yea, C9300 is great except Cisco force you to bundle with that 3-year DNA license...
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So will the DNA license help diagnose issue on their network?

 

I'd love it if it had netflow built into it without having a license the feature.

 

 

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Yes, it's definitely better than nothing if you have Cisco DNA Center co-work together.

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The cisco catalyst 9300 switch is a good option to go with. 

 

 

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VIP Expert

The C9300 would be logical replacement, but you didn't note what your actual requirements are, other possible switches might include the 3650, or the SMB 550X or 350 series of L3 switches. If your L3 requirements are light, even a "L2" with a basic routing feature might work for you.

Something to consider, is whether you might (if not already doing so) have a "redundant" core via stacking a pair of stackable switches. (Your network is large enough, losing all of it, if one device fails, is, generally, not a good thing.)
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So core sites run 5k, this is not a core site. I was thinking about 3650 but I had asked about 9300 instead.

 

No need for stack trying to keep the cost down on this.

 

thanks

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Understand both you want to keep costs down, and it's not the core, however, still losing 200 (plus?) hosts with one device is something to seriously consider addressing. That's one reason you might look at a least expensive device, that would allow stacking. Again, you need to consider your operational requirements beyond just (perhaps) obtain the latest and best small L3 switch.

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Engager


C3850 is my favorite; it just went into EOL but I think u can still get it from 3rd party vendors

otherwise 9200/9300
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pick the cat 9ks , the life of the support will be longer than any 3k available
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9k's are not going to happen...........

 

So I am either going to go with

WS-C3850-48F-L 

WS-C3650-48PD-S

C9300-48P-E 

 

with CISCO DIGITAL NETWORK ARCHITECTURE ESSENTIALS 

 

 

thanks

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