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

The WS-C2960S-48TS-S Cisco switch features 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet interfaces and 2 SFP uplink interfaces, designed for efficient network connectivity and expansion. It supports a forwarding rate of 74.4 Mpps and a switching bandwidth of 100 Gbps, ensuring high-speed data processing and transmission. Additionally, the device operates on the LAN Lite version of the Cisco IOS software, supports up to 64 active VLANs, and can handle jumbo frames up to 9216 bytes, accommodating a wide range of network demands.

FAQs for the WS-C2960S-48TS-S

  • What is the number of Ethernet interfaces on this device?
    The device has 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet interfaces.
  • Can you specify the uplink interface type for part number?
    The uplink interfaces type is SFP.
  • What software feature set is available on this hardware?
    It comes with the Cisco IOS Software Feature Set LAN Lite.
  • Is Power over Ethernet (PoE) available on this model?
    No, this model offers 0 W PoE power.
  • What is the forwarding rate of this switch?
    The forwarding rate is 74.4 Mpps.
  • Detail the switching bandwidth and forwarding bandwidth of the part number.
    The switching bandwidth is 100 Gbps, and the forwarding bandwidth is 50 Gbps.
  • How many active VLANs can this device support?
    This device can support up to 64 active VLANs.
  • What are the specifications for jumbo frames on this model?
    Jumbo frames up to 9216 bytes are supported.
  • What is the MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) for this hardware?
    The MTBF is 357,740 hours.
  • What are the operating temperature ranges for this device?
    The operating temperature ranges from -5 °C to 40 °C at 3000m.

Product Review

The Cisco WS-C2960S-48TS-S switch offers 48 Ethernet interfaces and 2 SFP uplink interfaces, supporting a variety of network demands with a forwarding bandwidth of 50 Gbps and a switching bandwidth of 100 Gbps. However, it is limited by the LAN Lite IOS feature set, restricting advanced network services and configurations, and lacks PoE capability, reducing its utility in environments requiring power over Ethernet for devices. With an MTBF of 357,740 hours and support for up to 64 active VLANs, this model is reliable for small to medium-sized network deployments but may not satisfy more complex networking requirements.


The Cisco WS-C2960S-48TS-S is a fixed-configuration Ethernet switch designed for enterprise-level networking solutions, emphasizing efficiency and scalability. This model is equipped with 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet interfaces, providing a solid foundation for data transfer and connectivity. It also includes two uplink interfaces of the SFP type, which facilitate higher speed links and connections to other network devices, enhancing the network's overall performance and flexibility. This switch operates on the Cisco IOS Software Feature Set LAN Lite, which is optimized for basic Layer 2 switching across enterprise networks. Despite not supporting Power over Ethernet (PoE), this model compensates with a high forwarding rate of 74.4 Mpps and a forwarding bandwidth of 50 Gbps, ensuring swift data processing and transmission capabilities. Additionally, the switching bandwidth stands at 100 Gbps, supporting a substantial amount of data traffic without bottlenecks. Key specifications include: - Maximum Active VLANs: 64, with availability for 4000 VLAN IDs, providing ample options for network segmentation and enhanced security. - Support for Jumbo Frames up to 9216 bytes, accommodating larger data packets for efficient data transfer. - The physical dimensions are 1.75 x 17.7 x 11.8 inches, with a weight of 10.5 lbs, making it a compact yet powerful addition to any networking rack. The device's sound pressure level is measured at 44 dB with a sound power of 5.4 B, ensuring a relatively quiet operation suitable for office environments. Despite not supporting FlexStack stacking, the switch boasts a Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of 357,740 hours, underscoring its reliability and durability in demanding operational contexts. Memory capacity includes 128 MB of DRAM and 64 MB of Flash Memory, sufficient for the switch's intended functions and operations. The Cisco WS-C2960S-48TS-S operates effectively within a temperature range of -5 °C to 40 °C at an altitude of up to 10,000 ft, and can withstand storage temperatures from -25 °C to 70 °C. Its operating relative humidity is rated at 10% to 95% (noncondensing), ensuring resilience in various environmental conditions. In summary, the Cisco WS-C2960S-48TS-S is a versatile and reliable Ethernet switch that caters to the needs of enterprise networks requiring efficient data processing, high-speed connectivity, and stable performance under various operational conditions. Its robust feature set, including high forwarding and switching capacities, VLAN support, and environmental resilience, make it a suitable choice for organizations looking to enhance their networking infrastructure.


Model Number WS-C2960S-48TS-S
Manufacturer Cisco
Gigabit Ethernet Ports Quantity 48
Quantity of Expansion Slots 2
Expansion Slot Type SFP
Operating System LAN Lite Version
Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Capacity 0 W
Data Processing Rate 74.4 Mpps
Data Transfer Rate 50 Gbps
Total Switching Capacity 100 Gbps
Active VLANs Maximum Count 64
Total VLAN IDs 4000
L3 Packet Max Size 9198 Bytes
Max Frame Size 9216 Bytes
Physical Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.75 x 17.7 x 11.8 inches
Unit Weight 10.5 lbs
Audible Noise Level 44 dB
Acoustic Power Emitted 5.4 B
Stacking Capability No
Estimated Time Before Failure 357,740 Hours
System Memory 128 MB
Internal Storage 64 MB
Lowest Operating Temperature (at 3000m) -5 °C
Highest Operating Temperature (at 3000m) 40 °C
Temperature Range for Storage -25 °C to 70 °C
Max Operational Altitude 10,000 ft
Humidity Level During Operation 10% to 95% (Non-condensing)

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