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Product Line: Cisco Meraki 42 Series
Product Type: Cloud Managed Switch
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Product Description

The MS42P-HW Cisco switch features 48 Gigabit PoE ports with an uplink capacity of 10G and supports PoE power up to 380 W. It operates efficiently with a power consumption range of 22 W at minimum and 500 W at maximum, suitable for both rack and desktop mounting. Designed for office environments, it enables up to 10,000 switch ports in a logical stack, supports a maximum of 4,096 VLANs, and ensures system reliability with automatic firmware upgrades.

FAQs for the MS42P-HW

  • What is the power over Ethernet (PoE) capability of this switch?
    The switch supports Gigabit PoE with a total PoE power budget of 380 W.
  • How many ports does the switch have, and what type are they?
    The switch has 48 Gigabit PoE ports.
  • What are the uplink capabilities of this device?
    It includes 10G uplink capabilities.
  • What is the maximum input AC voltage the switch can handle?
    The maximum input AC voltage is 240 VAC.
  • Can this switch be used in a stacked configuration? If so, how many switch ports can be logically stacked?
    Yes, up to 10,000 switch ports can be logically stacked.
  • What are the minimum and maximum operating temperatures for the switch?
    The operating temperature ranges from 0 °C to 40 °C.
  • What is the idle power consumption of the switch?
    The idle power consumption is 53 W.
  • Is mounting hardware included with the switch, and what type?
    Yes, rack mount hardware and desktop mounting feet are included.
  • What are the dimensions and weight of the switch?
    The switch measures 17.4 in. in width, 15 in. in length, and 1.8 in. in height, weighing 10.6 lbs.
  • How many VLANs can the switch support, and does it feature automatic firmware upgrades?
    The switch supports up to 4,096 VLANs and features automatic firmware upgrades.

Product Review

The Cisco MS42P-HW offers a comprehensive solution for network expansion with its 48 Gigabit PoE ports, complemented by a high PoE power capacity of 380W, catering effectively to devices requiring power over Ethernet. However, its power consumption under full load can reach up to 491W, which may raise concerns for energy-conscious deployments. Additionally, its capability to support up to 10,000 switch ports in a logical stack and automatic firmware upgrades enhances network scalability and management, making it suitable for growing office environments.


The Cisco MS42P-HW is a versatile network switch designed to cater to the needs of modern office environments, providing both power and connectivity to a wide array of devices. This device features 48 Gigabit PoE (Power over Ethernet) ports, enabling direct power supply to connected devices such as VoIP phones, wireless access points, and surveillance cameras, eliminating the need for separate power sources. With a PoE power budget of 380W, it efficiently distributes power to devices based on their requirements. In terms of performance, the MS42P-HW comes equipped with 10G uplink ports, ensuring high-speed data transfer and minimizing bottlenecks in network traffic. This makes it an ideal solution for environments demanding high bandwidth for data-intensive applications. The switch's capacity to handle up to 10,000 switch ports in a logical stack offers scalability, allowing for network expansion without the need for significant infrastructure changes. The hardware specifications reveal a device built for efficiency and reliability. It operates within a broad input voltage range of 100 VAC to 240 VAC, with power consumption that adjusts according to load – from a minimum of 22W in idle conditions to a maximum of 500W under full load. This adaptability in power usage not only ensures operational efficiency but also contributes to energy savings. Mounting options for the MS42P-HW include both rack and desktop configurations, with all necessary mounting hardware provided. This flexibility facilitates easy integration into various office setups and IT environments. The switch's dimensions (17.4 in. width, 15 in. length, 1.8 in. height) and weight (10.6 lbs) make it a compact yet sturdy device suitable for different spaces. Operational reliability is a key feature of the MS42P-HW, with an operating temperature range from 0 °C to 40 °C and humidity tolerance from 5% to 95% (non-condensing). These specifications ensure the switch's stable performance under various environmental conditions. Additional technical details include: - The ability to configure up to 8 ports per aggregate for network flexibility and efficient traffic distribution. - Support for up to 4,096 VLANs, allowing for extensive network segmentation and enhanced security. - Automatic firmware upgrades, ensuring the switch is always up to date with the latest features and security patches.
  • 48 Gigabit PoE ports
  • 10G uplink capability
  • Support for up to 4,096 VLANs
Designed specifically for office environments, the Cisco MS42P-HW offers a comprehensive solution for networking needs, combining power distribution and high-speed connectivity in a single device. Its robust feature set, combined with efficient power management and flexible mounting options, make it a valuable asset for any modern office looking to enhance its network infrastructure.


Item Number Cisco MS42P-HW
Manufacturer Cisco
Total Ports 48
Port Configuration Gigabit Ethernet PoE
Uplink Speed 10Gbps
Power over Ethernet (PoE) Budget 380 Watts
Power Usage when Idle 53 Watts
Power Consumption under Full Load 491 Watts
Maximum Switches in a Stack 10,000
Lowest Input Voltage 100 Volts AC
Highest Input Voltage 240 Volts AC
Energy Use at Minimum 22 Watts
Energy Use at Maximum 500 Watts
Installation Options Rack or Desktop
Included Installation Equipment Rack Mounting Kit and Desktop Feet
Operating Temperature Range Low 0 Degrees Celsius
Operating Temperature Range High 40 Degrees Celsius
Humidity Range Low 5% RH (Non-Condensing)
Humidity Range High 95% RH (Non-Condensing)
Dimensions (Width) 17.4 inches
Dimensions (Depth) 15 inches
Dimensions (Height) 1.8 inches
Device Weight 10.6 pounds
Aggregation Capacity per Group 8 Ports
Maximum VLANs Supported 4096
Firmware Updates Automatic
Intended Deployment Location Indoor Office Settings

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