Introducing the New Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

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Fixed-configuration, Gigabit Ethernet, entry-level enterprise-class Layer 2 access, LAN Lite, can you guess which Cisco switch is from these features? It’s the new Catalyst 2960-L Series, the LAN Lite one, the simple one, the high value one.

The new Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches are designed for branch offices, conventional workspaces, and out-of-wiring closet applications.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L switches feature:

Catalyst 2960-L Switches

  • 8, 16, 24, or 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports with line-rate forwarding.
  • 2- or 4 Gigabit Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplinks.
  • Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) support with up to 370W of power budget.
  • Fanless operation and operational temperature up to 55°C for deployment outside the wiring closet.
  • Higher mean time between failure (MTBF), because they have no moving mechanical parts.
  • Less than 11.5-inch depth fit in use cases with space limitation.
  • Reduced power consumption and advanced energy management features.
  • RJ45 and USB console access for simplified operations.
  • Intuitive web user interface for easy deployment and management.
  • Cisco IOS Software features.
  • Enhanced limited lifetime warranty offering next-business-day hardware replacement

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches pack PoE+ and basic Layer 2 features in to a slim and fanless body, bringing flexibility and reducing cables for places, such as retail outlets and office branches, which have confined space or out-of-wiring closet requirements.

The 2960-L Series is ideally suited for hotels or school buildings with less than 50 users on a floor, providing 802.1X authentication to access points. Designed for operational simplicity to lower TCO, the 2960-L Series enables energy-efficient business operation, allows zero-touch deployment across WAN, and features web user interface for management simplicity.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Use Cases

Powering Small Networks with Quietness and Simplicity

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Use Case-01

More Use Cases

Powering Small Networks with Quietness and Simplicity

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Introducing Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series

Entry-Level Cisco Catalyst GE Switches

Catalyst 2960-L-Entry-Level Cisco Catalyst GE Switches


  • CLI, web GUI, mobile app (FCS+1)
  • Cisco IOS Software
  • Cisco Catalyst brand
  • ELLW
  • Fanless operation
  • High MTBF
  • Cisco Lifecycle management (5 + 5)

General Questions to Know the New Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series

Q. What pluggable transceiver modules are supported by the Cisco Catalyst 2960-L switches?

A. Refer to the Cisco Transceiver Module Compatibility Matrixes for a complete list of supported modules.

Q. What input voltage is required by the Cisco Catalyst 2960-L?

A. The AC input voltage range is 100V–240V. The AC frequency range is 50Hz–60Hz.

Q. Can the Cisco Catalyst 2960-L be stacked?

A. The 2960-L does not support stacking. The 2960-L switches support clustering for single IP management.

Q. What are the flash and DRAM sizes on the switches?

A.  All the switches have 256 MB flash and 512 Mb DRAM.

Q. Do the Cisco Catalyst switches support line rate?

A. Yes, all switches are nonblocking line-rate switches.

Q. What is the software supported on the 2960-L?

A. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-L supports the classic Cisco IOS Software.

Q. How do you manage the Cisco Catalyst 2960-L?

A. The 2960-L can be configured and managed with a CLI or an on-box GUI.

Q. How can a new Cisco Catalyst 2960-L box be configured?

A. The 2960-L switch supports a day-zero GUI that can be used for the initial configuration of the switch.

The switch can also be configured with the CLI using the console port (RJ 45 or USB type B).

Q. Does the Cisco Catalyst 2960-L support routing?

A. No, the 2960-L does not support routing. A default gateway can be configured on the switch pointing to the next hop router.

Q. What is the switch database management (SDM) template for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L switches?

A. Cisco Catalyst 2960-L switches support unique default templates that cannot be modified.

The switch supports this level of features for 1 SVIs and 64 VLANs:

  • Number of IPv4 multicast groups: 1024
  • Number of unicast MAC addresses: 8192
  • Number of IPv4/IPv6/MAC access control entries: 988

Q. What is the license level on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-L?

A. The 2960-L has a LAN lite feature set.

Q. Can the license on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-L be upgraded?

A. No, the license level on the 2960-L is fixed. It cannot be upgraded.

More detailed features of CISCO 2960-L series such as the Switch Mounting, Hardware, Management, QoS and Security, etc. you can refer to

Comparing Cisco Catalyst 2960 Families

Comparing Cisco Catalyst 2960 Families

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Models

Compare 2960-L models-001

Catalyst 2960-L Models

Catalyst 2960-L Migration Path

2960-L Migration Path

Upgrade to 2960X for higher performance, stacking, full PoE+, LAN base, and DNA readiness

Simple Management: Web UI

Simple Management-Web UI

Simple Management

Network Plug-n-Play with Cisco APIC-EM

 Network Plug-n-Play with Cisco APIC-EM

Migrate Catalyst L2 FE and LAN Lite GE to 2960L

SKU Migration–FE to GE

SKU Migration–FE to GE

Reference from

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