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

The WS-C3850-48T-L is equipped with 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and supports a forwarding rate of 130.95 Mpps, making it suitable for high-performance networking requirements. It operates within a temperature range of -5 °C to 45 °C, can function up to 5000 ft altitude with AC power supply, and has a 350 WAC power supply within a 1 RU form factor. This device is compatible with network modules C3850-NM-4-1G, C3850-NM-2-10G, and C3850-NM-4-10G, is stackable, and offers a Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of 303,660 hours, ensuring reliability and scalability for expanding network infrastructure.

FAQs for the WS-C3850-48T-L

  • What is the port type and number of ports available on this networking device?
    The device features 48 ports of 10/100/1000 Ethernet.
  • Can you specify the power supply rating for the part number provided?
    The device is equipped with a 350 WAC power supply.
  • Is the device stackable, and if so, what are the supported network modules?
    Yes, the device is stackable. It supports C3850-NM-4-1G, C3850-NM-2-10G, and C3850-NM-4-10G network modules.
  • What forwarding rate does this networking hardware offer?
    It offers a forwarding rate of 130.95 Mpps.
  • Detail the form factor and size dimensions of the device.
    The device has a 1 RU form factor, with dimensions of 1.75 x 17.5 x 17.7 inches.
  • What is the Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) for this hardware?
    The MTBF is 303,660 hours.
  • What are the operating temperature and altitude specifications?
    The operating temperature ranges from -5 °C to 45 °C, with an operating altitude up to 5000 ft with AC power supply and up to 6000 ft with DC power supply.
  • How does this device manage in terms of humidity and vibration during operation?
    It operates at a minimum relative humidity of 10% (noncondensing) and a maximum of 95% (noncondensing), with an operating vibration of 0.41 g from 3 to 500 Hz.
  • What noise level does the device operate at, and is it RoHS compliant?
    The noise specification is 44 dBA at 30 °C, and it is RoHS-5 compliant.
  • Can you list the safety certifications this device complies with?
    It complies 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-C3850-48T-L switch offers 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, providing ample connectivity for medium to large network deployments. It supports stackability and network modules (C3850-NM-4-1G, C3850-NM-2-10G, C3850-NM-4-10G), enhancing flexibility and scalability for growing network demands. However, its LAN Base feature set may limit advanced network services and capabilities, potentially necessitating an upgrade for comprehensive enterprise functionality.


The Cisco WS-C3850-48T-L is a networking switch designed for efficient handling of Ethernet connections within a business or data center environment. This model features 48 ports, each capable of 10/100/1000 Ethernet operations, making it suitable for a wide range of networking tasks. It operates on a LAN Base feature set, which provides essential networking capabilities for enterprise applications. Equipped with a 350 WAC power supply, this switch ensures reliable performance under various operational demands. Its 1 RU form factor allows for efficient use of rack space, while its stackable design enhances network scalability by allowing multiple units to be connected and managed as a single entity. The WS-C3850-48T-L supports a variety of network modules, including the C3850-NM-4-1G, C3850-NM-2-10G, and C3850-NM-4-10G, offering flexibility in network expansion and connectivity options. With a forwarding rate of 130.95 Mpps, it efficiently manages data packets, maintaining high-speed data transmission across the network. Key specifications include: - Size: 1.75 x 17.5 x 17.7 inches - Weight: 17.0 lbs. - MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures): 303,660 Hours This model is designed to operate within a temperature range of -5 °C to 45 °C, ensuring reliability in various environmental conditions. It can operate at altitudes up to 5000 ft with AC power supply and up to 6000 ft with DC power supply. Humidity levels are sustained between 10% (noncondensing) and 95% (noncondensing) for both operating and non-operating conditions. Storage conditions are also robust, with temperature tolerances from -40 °C to 70 °C and storage altitude up to 15,000 ft. The WS-C3850-48T-L is engineered to withstand operational and non-operational vibrations, with specifications of 0.41 g from 3 to 500 Hz for operating vibration and 1.12 g from 3 to 500 Hz for non-operating vibration. Noise levels are kept low, with specifications indicating 44 dBA at 30 °C, minimizing distraction in work environments. Compliance and safety are top priorities for this switch, with RoHS-5 compliance ensuring reduced environmental impact. It meets various safety certifications, including 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, ensuring its suitability and safety for global deployment in enterprise networks. In summary, the Cisco WS-C3850-48T-L combines versatility in port connectivity with reliable performance and environmental resilience, making it an ideal choice for businesses looking to maintain a high-performing, scalable network infrastructure.


Item NumberCisco WS-C3850-48T-L
Total Ports48
Port SpeedGigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
Software VersionLAN Base
Power Rating350 Watt AC
Device Size1 Rack Unit
Can Be StackedYes
Compatible Network ModulesC3850-NM-4-1G, C3850-NM-2-10G, C3850-NM-4-10G
Data Processing Rate130.95 Million packets per second
Dimensions1.75 x 17.5 x 17.7 inches
Unit Weight17 pounds
Mean Time Between Failures303,660 hours
Lowest Operating Temperature-5 degrees Celsius
Highest Operating Temperature45 degrees Celsius
Max Altitude (AC Power)5000 feet
Max Altitude (DC Power)6000 feet
Operational Humidity Range10% to 95% non-condensing
Cooling Temp Range-40 to 70 degrees Celsius
Storage ElevationUp to 15,000 feet
Active Vibration Resistance0.41g from 3 to 500 Hz
Passive Vibration Resistance1.12g from 3 to 500 Hz
Acoustic Level44 dBA at 30 degrees Celsius
Compliance with RoHSRoHS-5
Approved Safety StandardsUL 60950-1, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1, EN 60950-1, IEC 60950-1 (all Second Edition)

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