Updated: Comparing the Newest Cisco 3850 Models

The Latest Model Comparison for the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series SwitchesCisco 3850 Features

The Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches may be the most popular Cisco campus switches now.

Why?

The Catalyst 3850 Series supports full IEEE 802.3 at Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+), Cisco Universal Power over Ethernet (Cisco UPOE), modular and field-replaceable network modules, RJ45 and fiber-based downlink interfaces, and redundant fans and power supplies. With speeds that reach 10Gbps, the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Multigigabit Ethernet Switches support current and next-generation wireless speeds and standards (including 802.11ac Wave 2) on existing cabling infrastructure.

The following table provides high-level comparisons of the different models available in the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switch family.

Catalyst 3850–Platform Overview

Customers need to purchase the IP Base software model or the IP Services software model in order to use a Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switch as a wireless controller. LAN Base models require the purchase of a StackPower cable separately to enable StackPower functionality.

Compare Models: The Latest Cisco 3850 Models

With LAN Base Software

Models Total GE
Ethernet Ports
Total Multi-Gigabit
Ethernet Ports
Default AC
Power Supply/
Available PoE Power
Optional
Network Module
Stack
Power
WS-C3850-24T-L  

24 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-48T-L 48 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-24P-L 24 PoE+ 715 W, 435 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-48P-L  

48 PoE+ 715 W, 435 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-48F-L 48 PoE+ 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-24U-L 24 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-48U-L 48 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-24XU-L 24 UPOE 24 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-12X48U-L 36 UPOE 12 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes*

* LAN Base models require purchase of a separate StackPower cable.

With IP Base Software

Models Total Gigabit
Ethernet (GE) Ports
Total Multi-Gigabit
Ethernet Ports
Default AC
Power Supply/
Available Power over Ethernet (PoE) Power
Optional Network Module Stack
Power
WS-C3850-24T-S 24 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48T-S 48 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24P-S 24 PoE+ 715 W, 435 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48P-S 48 PoE+ 715 W ,435 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48F-S 48 PoE+ 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-12S-S 12 Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24S-S 24 SFP 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24U-S 24 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48U-S 48 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24XU-S 24 UPOE 24 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-12X48U-S 36 UPOE 12 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes

With IP Services Software

Models Total GE
Ethernet Ports
Total Multi-Gigabit
Ethernet Ports
Default AC
Power Supply/
Available PoE Power
Optional Network Module Stack
Power
WS-C3850-24T-E 24 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48T-E 48 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24P-E 24 PoE+ 715 W, 435 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48P-E 48 PoE+ 715 W, 435 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48F-E 48 PoE+ 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-12S-E 12 SFP 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24S-E 24 SFP 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24U-E 24 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48U-E 48 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24XU-E 24 UPOE 24 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-12X48U-E 36 UPOE 12 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE

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