Cisco to Unveil New Catalyst Access Switch to Converge Wired&Wireless Networking

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Cisco is expected to unveil a new Catalyst access switch designed to converge wired and wireless networking next week. Cisco Catalyst 3650 features new chip for wired/wireless convergence.

The Catalyst 3650 features line rate 24 and 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and an integrated wireless controller. It can be stacked in groups of nine switches for support of up to 25 access points and 1,000 clients at 40Gbps.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch

Stacking bandwidth is 160Gbps.

Uplinks on the switch include 4 x1G, 2 x 10G or 4 x 10G fixed ports. It features native support for NetFlow analytics on all ports, and full Layer 3 routing capabilities, as well as eight queues per port for priority and quality-of-service.

The Cisco 3650 includes Cisco’s new Universal Access Data Plane (UADP) ASIC that debuted with the Catalyst 3850 early this year. It runs the company’s IOS XE operating system.

The switch also features PoE+ for powering external voice, video and wireless gear, and a multicore CPU for hosted services. It also supports Cisco’s TrustSec role-base security architecture and SmartOperations for network planning, deployment, monitoring and troubleshooting.

The Catalyst 3650 also supports Cisco’s Application Visibility and Control deep packet inspection technology, and are MACSec “ready,” meaning they will eventually support the IEEE 802.1ae “MACSec” data encryption standard.

The Catalyst 3650 will be available in October at the same price points as Cisco’s 3560-X switch–$3,400–which the company will continue to offer.

The Cisco 3650 will compete with other 24/48-port stackable Gigabit Ethernet PoE+ switches from HP, Dell, Extreme/Enterasys, Juniper and Brocade.

—Cisco news article written by Jim Duffy from

More Related Cisco Switch Topics:

How to Enable IPv6 Support on a Cisco Catalyst 3560 

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series- the Industry’s first Fixed, Stackable GE 

How to Configure the Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series 

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