With Cisco Compact Switches You Can…

Do you want to simplify your network, add security into your network, and scale easily over time? If yes, you can achieve these goals with Cisco compact switches.

With these Cisco compact switches you can extend enterprise-class network services outside of the wiring closet for branch deployments; you can use these network switches to detect and mitigate security threats; you can pave your way to a digital-ready network.

Who are the popular Cisco Compact Campus LAN Switches? Let’s take a look:

The Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX and 2960-CX Series Compact Switches help optimize network deployments. These Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and Multigigabit Ethernet (mGig) managed switches are ideal for high-speed data connectivity, Wi-Fi backhaul, and Power over Ethernet (PoE+) connectivity in places where space is at a premium.

With a single copper or fiber cable from the wiring closet, Cisco Catalyst compact switches enable IP connectivity for devices such as IP phones, wireless access points, surveillance cameras, PCs, and video endpoints.

With their quiet, fanless design and compact footprint, these switches can come out of the data closet and be placed closer to the users. This means shorter cable runs and greater flexibility as you grow your network.

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX and 2960-CX Series Compact Switch Highlights

  • 8 or 12 Gigabit Ethernet ports with line rate forwarding performance
  • 6 Gigabit Ethernet plus 2 Multigigabit Ethernet (100 Mbps/1/2.5/5/10 Gbps) ports with line rate forwarding performance (selected model)
  • Gigabit and Multigigabit (100 Mbps/1/2.5/5/10 Gbps) copper, small form-factor pluggable (SFP) or
    10G SFP+ uplinks
  • Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) support with up to 240W of PoE budget
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) pass-through enables the compact switch to draw Cisco Universal PoE
    (Cisco UPOE) power from the wiring closet and pass it to end devices (selected model) with the additional option to be powered by auxiliary AC-DC or DC-DC power adapter
  • Cisco Instant Access mode to enable single point of management and simplify operation (selected models)
  • Advanced Layer 2 (LAN Base) and Layer 3 (IP Base) support with an option to upgrade to IP services
  • Fanless design and silent operation
  • Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW)

Catalyst 3560-CX-A compact PoE switch you can use anywhere

When you need a small, powerful switch, the 3560-CX is ideal. Extend enterprise-class services to wherever you want, far from the wiring closet. It’s easy to configure, quiet, and fits where you need it, like in flexible workspaces, hospital rooms, shops, and classrooms. And you can use it to create new business opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Switch-Models

*The Catalyst 3560CX-8XPD-S has 6 PoE+ ports and 2 Multigigabit PoE+ ports.

Catalyst 2960-CX-Be free to connect devices anywhere

When space is tight, start compact with a 2960-CX switch. And expand your network as your company grows. Gain the enterprise features of a larger Cisco switch without using a lot of physical space. Cisco Catalyst switches bring wired and wireless together through unified access, so you gain scale, security, and mobility.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-CX Switch-Models

These Cisco Catalyst Compact Switches (3560-CX & 2960-CX) are available in nine switch models.

These nine switch models vary by…
  • Whether they support both Layer 2 and Layer 3 services or Layer 2 services only;
  • Whether they support Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+);
  • The number of Gigabit Ethernet and Multigigabit Ethernet ports;
  • The aggregate power provided, and the type of cabling connections they support;

Note: All four uplink ports (two copper and two fiber) can be used simultaneously and also as downlinks.

Catalyst 3560CX Front Panel View

Catalyst 3560CX-8XPD-S Front Panel View

Switch LEDs and Mode Button. The following figure shows the switch LEDs and the Mode button that you use to select a port mode. 

Ordering Information for Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX and 2960-CX Series Compact Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Compact Switches
Part Number Description
WS-C3560CX-8TC-S 3560-CX Switch 8 GE, uplinks: 2 x 1G SFP and 2 x 1G copper, IP Base
WS-C3560CX-12TC-S 3560-CX Switch 12 GE, uplinks: 2 x 1G SFP and 2 x 1G copper, IP Base
WS-C3560CX-8PC-S 3560-CX Switch 8 GE PoE+, uplinks: 2 x 1G SFP and 2 x 1G copper, IP Base
WS-C3560CX-12PC-S 3560-CX Switch 12 GE PoE+, uplinks: 2 x 1G SFP and 2 x 1G copper, IP Base
WS-C3560CX-12PD-S 3560-CX Switch 12 GE PoE+, uplinks: 2 x 10G SFP+ and 2 x 1G copper, IP Base
WS-C3560CX-8PT-S 3560-CX PD PSE Switch 8 GE PoE+, uplinks: 2 x 1G copper (Cisco UPOE powered input), IP Base
WS-C3560CX-8XPD-S 3560-CX Switch 6 GE PoE+, 2 MultiGE PoE+, uplinks: 2 x 10G SFP+, IP Base
Cisco Catalyst 2960-CX Compact Switches
Part Number Description
WS-C2960CX-8TC-L 2960-CX Switch 8 GE, uplinks: 2 x 1G SFP and 2 x 1G copper LAN Base
WS-C2960CX-8PC-L 2960-CX Switch, 8 GE PoE+, uplinks: 2 x 1G SFP and 2 x 1G copper LAN Base
Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX and 2960-CX Accessories
Part Number Description
PWR-CLP= Power clip for the 3560-CX and 2960-CX compact switches
PWR-ADPT= AC-DC power adapter for the WS-C3560CX-8PT-S compact switch
PWR-ADPT-DC= DC-DC power adapter for the WS-C3560CX-8PT-S compact switch
PWR-ADPT-BRKT= Power adapter bracket for the WS-C3560CX-8PT-S compact switch (needs either CMPCT-DIN-MNT= or CMPCT-MGNT-TRAY =) to work
CMPCT-CBLE-GRD= Cable guard for the 3560-CX and 2960-CX compact switches
CMPCT-MGNT-TRAY = Magnet and Mounting Tray for 3560-CX and 2960-CX compact switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX and 2960-CX Accessories
Part Number Description
CMPCT-DIN-MNT= DIN Rail Mount for 3560-CX and 2960-CX compact switches
RCKMNT-19-CMPCT= 19-Inch Rack Mounting Brackets for 3560-CX and 2960-CX compact switches
RCKMNT-23-CMPCT= 23- and 24-Inch Rack Mounting Brackets for 3560-CX and 2960-CX compact switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Software Licenses
Part Number Description
L-C3560CX-RTU= Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX IP Base to IP Services RTU electronic license
C3560CX-RTU= Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX IP Base to IP Services RTU paper license
Cisco Compact Switch Software

Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX compact switches ship with the IP Base version of Cisco IOS Software.

The 3560-CX switches can be upgraded to use the IP Services version of IOS Software with a right-to-use (RTU) License. The IP Base and IP Services feature set on Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX switches provides baseline enterprise services in addition to all LAN Base features.

They support Layer 3 networking features, including support for routed access, Cisco TrustSec, media access control security (MACsec), and other advanced network services. The IP Services feature set provides full Layer 3 routing capabilities with Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Enhanced Internal Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Policy-Based Routing (PBR), Multicast Routing, and Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) Lite.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-CX Series compact switches ship with the LAN Base version of Cisco IOS Software. These switches deliver advanced Layer 2 switching with intelligent Layer 2 through 4 services for the network edge, such as voice, video, and wireless LAN services.

Licensing and Software Policy: Customers with Cisco Catalyst LAN Base and IP Base software feature sets will receive updates and bug fixes designed to maintain the compliance of the software with published specifications, release notes, and industry standards compliance as long as the original end user continues to own or use the product or for up to one year from the end-of-sale date for this product, whichever occurs earlier. This policy supersedes any previous warranty or software statement and is subject to change without notice.

New Cisco Compact Switches: Increase your user experience with new Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX & 2960-CX Compact Switches now. They boost performance and agility, while lowering your total cost. Watch the video introduction of the Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX/2960-CX Compact Switches

More Info of Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX and 2960-CX Series Compact Switches, such as hardware specifications, switch management and standards support, Safety and Compliance Support, Technical Services, etc. you can read the full data sheet here: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-3560-cx-series-switches/datasheet-c78-733229.html

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