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Product Line: Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series
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Product Description

The WS-C3850-48PW-S Cisco switch features 48 POE ports and supports full IEEE 802.3at PoE+ and Cisco UPOE, enabling versatile power options for connected devices. It operates within a temperature range of -5 °C to 45 °C, with an operating altitude up to 5000 ft with AC power supply and 6000 ft with DC power supply, ensuring reliability across various environments. Additionally, the switch includes 5 access point licenses, offers redundant power supply support, and functions as a wireless controller, enhancing network flexibility and scalability.

FAQs for the WS-C3850-48PW-S

  • What is the number of ports available on this device?
    The device features 48 ports.
  • Can the device operate as a wireless controller?
    Yes, it supports operation as a wireless controller.
  • What types of cables are compatible with this device?
    Compatible cable types include Cat 5e, Cat 6, and Cat 6a.
  • Does it support Power over Ethernet (PoE)?
    Yes, it offers full IEEE 802.3at PoE+ support and Cisco UPOE support.
  • What is the IP Base feature set?
    The IP Base feature set provides basic enterprise services in addition to all LAN Base features.
  • How many access point licenses are included?
    It includes 5 access point licenses.
  • What are the device's operating temperature limits?
    Operating temperatures range from -5 °C to 45 °C.
  • Is there support for redundant power supplies?
    Yes, redundant power supply support is available.
  • What safety certifications does the device have?
    Safety certifications include 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.
  • What is the maximum operating altitude with AC power supply?
    The maximum operating altitude with AC power supply is up to 5000 ft.

Product Review

The Cisco WS-C3850-48PW-S switch offers 48 POE ports, ensuring ample connectivity for devices requiring power over Ethernet, and supports full IEEE 802.3at PoE+ and Cisco UPOE, enhancing its utility in powering a wide range of network equipment. However, it comes with a limited set of five access point licenses, potentially restricting expansion in larger wireless network deployments. Additionally, its operational temperature and altitude range, along with redundant power supply support, cater to a variety of environmental conditions, ensuring reliability in diverse operational scenarios.


The Cisco WS-C3850-48PW-S is a state-of-the-art networking solution designed for organizations requiring high-speed data connectivity and power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality. This switch comes equipped with 48 PoE ports, catering to a wide range of devices such as access points, IP phones, and video cameras, providing them with both data connection and power through a single cable. This efficiency reduces clutter and eliminates the need for additional power supplies or outlets. Key hardware specifications of the Cisco WS-C3850-48PW-S include: - Port Type: PoE, which allows for power and data to be carried over a single Ethernet cable to devices. - Feature Set: IP Base, offering foundational network services and capabilities. - Number of Access Point Licenses: 5, enabling the connection of up to five access points directly to the switch for seamless wireless integration. The device operates effectively within a temperature range of -5°C to 45°C, ensuring reliability in various environments. It supports operation at altitudes up to 5000 ft with AC power supply and up to 6000 ft with DC power supply, providing flexibility for deployment in different geographical locations. The switch is designed to handle a minimum relative humidity of 10% (noncondensing) and a maximum of 95% (noncondensing), ensuring continuous operation in varying humidity conditions. For storage, the WS-C3850-48PW-S can withstand temperatures ranging from -40°C to 70°C and can be stored at altitudes up to 15,000 ft, demonstrating its robustness in extreme conditions. The device adheres to strict vibration standards, with operating vibration set at 0.41 g from 3 to 500 Hz and non-operating vibration at 1.12 g from 3 to 500 Hz, ensuring durability and long-term reliability. Noise specifications indicate a sound level of 44 dBA at 30°C, maintaining a quiet operation suitable for office environments. The Cisco WS-C3850-48PW-S complies with RoHS-5 directives, showcasing a commitment to environmental responsibility. It also meets global safety certifications, including UL 60950-1 and EN 60950-1, ensuring the safety of your networking environment. Notably, the switch does not include a network module but supports redundant power supplies, enhancing its reliability and uptime by providing a backup power source in case of a primary power supply failure. It is compatible with Cat 5e, Cat 6, and Cat 6a cable types, offering flexibility in network design and connectivity options. Additional features of the WS-C3850-48PW-S include: - Full support for IEEE 802.3at PoE+ and Cisco UPOE, delivering higher levels of power for connected devices. - Capability to function as a wireless controller, simplifying the management of wireless access points and services. - Compatibility with Cisco ONE Software, providing a valuable set of networking services and capabilities to optimize network performance. This switch is engineered to meet the demands of modern network environments, offering a combination of performance, flexibility, and reliability. Whether deploying in an enterprise setting, a medium-sized office, or a demanding industrial environment, the Cisco WS-C3850-48PW-S stands ready to deliver seamless connectivity and power to a wide range of devices, facilitating efficient operations and enhanced productivity.


Item CodeWS-C3850-48PW-S
Port Quantity48
Type of PortsPower over Ethernet (PoE)
Software PackageIP Base
Wireless Access Point Licenses5
Lowest Operating Temperature-5 °C
Highest Operating Temperature45 °C
Max Altitude for AC Power Operation5000 ft
Max Altitude for DC Power Operation6000 ft
Operational Humidity Floor10% (Noncondensing)
Operational Humidity Ceiling95% (Noncondensing)
Lowest Storage Temperature-40 °C
Highest Storage Temperature70 °C
Maximum Storage Altitude15,000 ft
Vibration During Operation0.41 g from 3 to 500 Hz
Vibration When Not in Operation1.12 g from 3 to 500 Hz
Acoustic Noise Level44 dBA at 30 °C
Compliance with RoHSRoHS-5
Compliance and Safety StandardsUL 60950-1, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1, EN 60950-1, IEC 60950-1 (all Second Edition)
Includes Network ModuleNo
Support for Redundant Power SupplyYes
Supported Cable TypesCat 5e, Cat 6, Cat 6a
Compatibility with Cisco ONE SoftwareYes
Support for Full IEEE 802.3at PoE+Yes
Support for Cisco UPOEYes
Functionality as a Wireless ControllerYes

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