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Product Line: Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series
Product Type: Switch
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Product Description

The WS-C2960S-48FPD-L is equipped with 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet interfaces and 2 SFP+ uplink interfaces, designed to support a forwarding rate of 101.2 Mpps and a switching bandwidth of 176 Gbps. This model operates with a LAN Base Cisco IOS Software feature set, includes 740 W of available PoE power, and supports up to 255 active VLANs with a maximum of 4000 VLAN IDs. It features 128 MB of DRAM, 64 MB of flash memory, and offers an MTBF of 183,498 hours, indicating reliable long-term operation.

FAQs for the WS-C2960S-48FPD-L

  • What is the number of 10/100/1000 Ethernet interfaces available on this switch?
    There are 48 Ethernet interfaces.
  • Can you detail the uplink interfaces type and quantity for part number?
    The switch features 2 SFP+ uplink interfaces.
  • What Cisco IOS Software Feature Set is included?
    The switch comes with the LAN Base feature set.
  • How much PoE power is available in part number?
    Available PoE power is 740 W.
  • What is the forwarding rate and bandwidth of this switch?
    The forwarding rate is 101.2 Mpps, with a forwarding bandwidth of 88 Gbps.
  • How many active VLANs can part number support?
    It supports up to 255 active VLANs.
  • What are the MTU and jumbo frames sizes?
    The MTU for L3 packets is 9198 bytes, and it supports jumbo frames up to 9216 bytes.
  • What is the switch's Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)?
    The MTBF is 183,498 hours.
  • What are the physical dimensions and weight of this switch?
    The dimensions are 1.75 x 17.5 x 15.2 inches, and it weighs 13 lbs.
  • What environmental conditions can part number operate under?
    It operates between -5 °C and 40 °C at up to 10,000 ft altitude, with a relative humidity of 10% to 95% (noncondensing).

Product Review

The Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPD-L offers 48 Ethernet interfaces and dual SFP+ uplink interfaces, supporting high-speed connectivity and flexibility in network design. With a forwarding rate of 101.2 Mpps and available PoE power of 740 W, it efficiently handles data traffic and powers connected devices. However, the switch is limited by its LAN Base IOS software feature set and relatively low DRAM and Flash memory, potentially restricting advanced network features and scalability.


The Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPD-L is a network switch designed for efficient handling of high-volume network traffic, suitable for midsize to large enterprise branch office networks. It features 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet interfaces for connecting devices and two SFP+ uplink interfaces for high-speed connectivity options. This switch operates on the Cisco IOS Software with a LAN Base feature set, providing essential networking capabilities. Key hardware specifications include a total available Power over Ethernet (PoE) power of 740 W, supporting various PoE devices. The switch boasts a forwarding rate of 101.2 million packets per second (Mpps) and a forwarding bandwidth of 88 Gbps, coupled with a switching bandwidth of 176 Gbps, ensuring efficient data processing and transfer rates. It supports a maximum of 255 active VLANs with up to 4000 VLAN IDs available, offering flexibility in network segmentation and management. The device can handle large data packets with support for a Layer 3 packet maximum transmission unit (MTU) of 9198 bytes and jumbo frames up to 9216 bytes, facilitating efficient data processing and minimizing packet fragmentation. The physical dimensions are compact, with a height of 1.75 inches, a width of 17.5 inches, and a depth of 15.2 inches, and it weighs 13 pounds, making it suitable for rack mounting in data centers or networking closets.
  • FlexStack stacking is optional, providing scalability and redundancy.
  • The Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) is 183,498 hours, indicating high reliability.
  • The switch has 128 MB of DRAM and 64 MB of flash memory, sufficient for its operating system and network configurations.
Operational efficiency is also evident in its environmental specifications. It can operate at altitudes up to 10,000 feet and in a wide range of temperatures, from -5 °C to 40 °C at 3000m, with a storage temperature range from -25 °C to 70 °C. The operating relative humidity range is 10% to 95% (noncondensing), ensuring consistent performance across various environmental conditions. The device generates a sound pressure of 42 dB and a sound power of 5.2 B, minimizing noise in work environments. The Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPD-L is engineered to meet the demands of modern network environments, offering a blend of performance, scalability, and reliability. With its advanced features and specifications, this switch is an ideal choice for businesses looking to optimize their network infrastructure for performance and efficiency.


Item Number Cisco WS-C2960S-48FPD-L
Gigabit Ethernet Ports 48
Expansion Slot Quantity 2
Expansion Slot Type SFP+
Software Edition LAN Base
Power over Ethernet Budget 740 W
Rate of Packet Forwarding 101.2 Mpps
Data Transmission Rate 88 Gbps
Total Switching Capacity 176 Gbps
Max VLANs Support 255
Number of VLAN IDs 4000
Layer 3 Packet Size 9198 Bytes
Support for Jumbo Packets 9216 Bytes
Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth) 1.75 x 17.5 x 15.2 inches
Unit Weight 13 pounds
Ambient Noise Level 42 dB
Acoustic Power Emitted 5.2 B
Stacking Capability Optional
Mean Time Between Failures 183,498 hours
System RAM 128 MB
Internal Storage 64 MB
Minimum Operating Temperature at 3000m -5 °C
Maximum Operating Temperature at 3000m 40 °C
Temperature Range for Storage -25 °C to 70 °C
Max Operational Altitude 10,000 feet
Operating Humidity Range 10% to 95% (Non-condensing)

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