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Product Line: Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series
Product Type: Switch
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Product Description

The WS-C3850-48P-L is a stackable switch featuring 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet PoE+ ports and a 1100 WAC power supply, designed for efficient network scalability and energy management. It supports a forwarding rate of 130.95 Mpps and is compatible with network modules C3850-NM-4-1G, C3850-NM-2-10G, C3850-NM-4-10G, facilitating versatile network configurations. With a form factor of 1 RU and adherence to critical safety certifications, this switch operates within a temperature range of -5 °C to 45 °C, ensuring reliability and compliance in diverse environments.

FAQs for the WS-C3850-48P-L

  • What is the port type and number on this device?
    It features 48 ports of 10/100/1000 Ethernet PoE+.
  • Which network modules are supported by this hardware?
    The supported network modules include C3850-NM-4-1G, C3850-NM-2-10G, and C3850-NM-4-10G.
  • Can this device be stacked with others?
    Yes, the device is stackable.
  • What is the forwarding rate of this device?
    The forwarding rate is 130.95 Mpps.
  • How much power does the supplied power supply provide?
    The power supply provides 1100 WAC.
  • What are the dimensions and weight of this networking hardware?
    The size is 1.75 x 17.5 x 17.7 inches, and it weighs 17.4 lbs.
  • What feature set does the device offer?
    It comes with the LAN Base feature set.
  • What are the operating temperature limits for this device?
    The minimum operating temperature is -5 °C, and the maximum operating temperature is 45 °C.
  • What is the MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of this device?
    The MTBF is 241,050 hours.
  • What safety certifications does this device have?
    It is certified with UL 60950-1 Second Edition, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1 Second Edition, EN 60950-1 Second Edition, and IEC 60950-1 Second Edition.

Product Review

The Cisco WS-C3850-48P-L switch offers 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet PoE+ ports and supports three network modules for flexible uplink configurations, catering to varied networking demands. However, its LAN Base feature set may limit advanced layer 3 networking functionalities, potentially necessitating an upgrade for more complex network structures. With a power supply of 1100 WAC and a forwarding rate of 130.95 Mpps, it efficiently handles high-volume traffic, yet operates within a moderate noise level of 44 dBA, making it suitable for environments where noise is a concern.


The Cisco WS-C3850-48P-L is a stackable enterprise-level switch that offers 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet PoE+ ports. This device is designed to support a wide array of connectivity needs in medium to large networks, providing both power and data over a single Ethernet cable to devices such as IP cameras, VoIP phones, wireless access points, and other PoE-compatible devices. Its power supply is rated at 1100 WAC, ensuring sufficient power for all connected devices. The switch occupies a 1 rack unit (RU) space, making it suitable for compact server rooms and network closets. This model comes with the LAN Base feature set, providing a solid foundation of networking features including basic layer 2 and limited layer 3 capabilities. It is designed to efficiently handle data with a forwarding rate of 130.95 Mpps (million packets per second), ensuring high-speed data processing and transmission across the network. The WS-C3850-48P-L supports various network modules for enhanced functionality and connectivity options, including C3850-NM-4-1G, C3850-NM-2-10G, and C3850-NM-4-10G, allowing for up to 10Gbps ethernet connections. This flexibility ensures the switch can adapt to changing network requirements without the need for hardware replacement. Key specifications include: -
  • Size: 1.75 x 17.5 x 17.7 inches, fitting standard rack units for easy installation.
  • Weight: 17.4 lbs., making it lightweight yet sturdy for secure rack mounting.
  • Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF): 241,050 hours, indicating high reliability and reduced downtime.
The switch operates efficiently within a wide range of temperatures, from a minimum of -5 °C to a maximum of 45 °C, and can function up to an altitude of 5000 ft with AC power supply and up to 6000 ft with DC power supply. It is designed to withstand a relative humidity range from 10% (noncondensing) to 95% (noncondensing), ensuring performance in various environmental conditions. For storage, it can tolerate temperatures from -40 °C to 70 °C and an altitude of up to 15,000 ft. Vibration resilience is another critical aspect of its design, with operating vibration rated at 0.41 g from 3 to 500 Hz and non-operating vibration at 1.12 g from 3 to 500 Hz. Noise specifications stand at 44 dBA at 30 °C, making it relatively quiet for office environments. The WS-C3850-48P-L adheres to key safety and environmental standards, including RoHS-5 compliance and several safety certifications such as UL 60950-1 Second Edition and EN 60950-1 Second Edition, ensuring its safety for use in various global markets. In summary, the Cisco WS-C3850-48P-L is a versatile, high-performance switch designed for enterprise networks, offering PoE+ capability, high-speed data processing, and extensive adaptability to meet evolving networking needs.


Part Number and ManufacturerCisco WS-C3850-48P-L
Ports Quantity48
Type of PortsGigabit Ethernet PoE+
Software EditionLAN Base
Power Supply Rating1100 Watts AC
Chassis Height1 Rack Unit
Capability to StackYes
Compatible Network ModulesC3850-NM-4-1G, C3850-NM-2-10G, C3850-NM-4-10G
Data Processing Speed130.95 Million packets per second
Dimensions (H x W x D)1.75 x 17.5 x 17.7 inches
Product Weight17.4 pounds
Mean Time Between Failures241,050 hours
Lowest Operating Temperature-5 degrees Celsius
Highest Operating Temperature45 degrees Celsius
Max Altitude for AC Power5000 feet
Max Altitude for DC Power6000 feet
Operational Humidity Range (Minimum)10% (Noncondensing)
Operational Humidity Range (Maximum)95% (Noncondensing)
Lowest Storage Temperature-40 degrees Celsius
Highest Storage Temperature70 degrees Celsius
Altitude During Storage15,000 feet
Vibration During Operation0.41 g from 3 to 500 Hz
Vibration When Not Operating1.12 g from 3 to 500 Hz
Acoustic Noise Level44 dBA at 30 degrees Celsius
Environmental ComplianceRoHS-5
Approved Safety StandardsUL 60950-1 Second Edition, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1 Second Edition, EN 60950-1 Second Edition, IEC 60950-1 Second Edition

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