FAQs of Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches

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Q.What are Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches?

A.Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series of enterprise-class access switches extend the power of intent-based networking and Catalyst 9000 hardware and software innovation to a broader set of deployments. Compared to the scale and feature richness the of Catalyst 9300 Series switches, Catalyst 9200 Series switches focus on offering right-sized switching for simple branch deployments. With its family pedigree, Catalyst 9200 Series offers simplicity without compromise – it is secure, always on and provides a new level of IT simplicity.

These switches also support full IEEE 802.3at PoE+, fixed and modular uplink options with field-replaceable network modules, redundant fans, and power supplies and a variety of uplink modules.

 

Q.What are the key SKUs in the Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series?

A.The Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series has eight primary 8 fixed and 4 modular platform SKUs as well as a number of license, power and network module options and can be seen in Table 1.

Table 1. The key SKUs of Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series

24 and 48 ports 1G with modular uplinks
C9200-24T 24 ports data, modular uplinks
C9200-24P 24 ports PoE+, modular uplinks
C9200-24PB 24 ports PoE+, enhanced VRF,modular uplinks
C9200-24PXG 24-port 8xmGig, 16x1G, PoE+, modular uplinks
C9200-48T 48 ports data, modular uplinks
C9200-48P 48 ports PoE+, modular uplinks
C9200-48PXG 48-port 8xmGig, 40x1G, PoE+, modular uplinks
24 and 48 ports 1G with 10G fixed uplinks
C9200L-24T-4X 24 ports data, 4x 10G uplinks
C9200L-24P-4X 24 ports PoE+, 4x 10G uplinks
C9200L-48T-4X 48 ports data, 4x 10G uplinks
C9200L-48P-4X 48 ports PoE+, 4x 10G uplinks
24 and 48 ports 1G with 1G fixed uplinks
C9200L-24T-4G 24 ports data, 4x 1G uplinks
C9200L-24P-4G 24 ports PoE+, 4x 1G uplinks
C9200L-48T-4G 48 ports data, 4x 1G uplinks
C9200L-48P-4G 48 ports PoE+, 4x 1G uplinks
24 and 48 port mGig/1G with fixed 10G uplinks
C9200L-24PXG-4X 24 ports PoE+, 8x mGig, 16x 1G, 4x 10G uplinks
C9200L-48PXG-4X 48 ports PoE+, 12x mGig, 36x 1G, 4x 10G uplinks
24 and 48 port mGig/1G with fixed 25G uplinks
C9200L-24PXG-2Y 24 ports PoE+, 8x mGig, 16x 1G, 2x25G uplinks
C9200L-48PXG-2Y 48 ports PoE+, 8x mGig, 40x 1G, 2x25G uplinks
License options
C9200-DNA-P-24-3, -5, -7 C9200 24 port Cisco DNA Premier; 3, 5 and 7 year term
C9200-DNA-A-24-3, -5, -7 C9200 24 port Cisco DNA Advantage; 3, 5 and 7 year term
C9200-DNA-E-24-3, -5, -7 C9200 24 port Cisco DNA Essentials; 3, 5 and 7 year term
C9200-DNA-P-48-3, -5, -7 C9200 48 port Cisco DNA Premier; 3, 5 and 7 year term
C9200-DNA-A-48-3, -5, -7 C9200 48 port Cisco DNA Advantage; 3, 5 and 7 year term
C9200-DNA-E-48-3, -5, -7 C9200 48 port Cisco DNA Essentials; 3, 5 and 7 year term
C9200L-DNA-P-24-3, -5, -7 C9200L 24 port Cisco DNA Premier; 3, 5 and 7 year term
C9200L-DNA-A-24-3, -5, -7 C9200L 24 port Cisco DNA Advantage; 3, 5 and 7 year term
C9200L-DNA-E-24-3, -5, -7 C9200L 24 port Cisco DNA Essentials; 3, 5 and 7 year term
C9200L-DNA-P-48-3, -5, -7 C9200L 48 port Cisco DNA Premier; 3, 5 and 7 year term
C9200L-DNA-A-48-3, -5, -7 C9200L 48 port Cisco DNA Advantage; 3, 5 and 7 year term
C9200L-DNA-E-48-3, -5, -7 C9200L 48 port Cisco DNA Essentials; 3, 5 and 7 year term
C9200-DNA-E-A-3, -5, -7 C9200 Cisco DNA Essentials to Advantage upgrade; 3, 5 and 7 year term
Network module options
C9200-NM-4G 4x 1G network module
C9200-NM-4X 4x 1G/10G network module
Power options
PWR-C6-600WAC 600W AC Config 6 Power Supply
PWR-C6-1KWAC 1KW AC Config 6 Power Supply
PWR-C5-600WAC 600W AC Config 5 Power Supply
PWR-C5-1KWAC 1KW AC Config 5 Power Supply
Fan Module (C9200 SKUs only)
C9200-FAN= Cisco Catalyst 9200 Fan Module

 

Q.Can I stack Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches with the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches?

A.These switches do not stack together. Features are packaged differently between these platforms, they use different CPU architectures, and the platforms do not have the same scaling, making stacking with them impossible.

 

Q.Are the network modules shared between the Cisco Catalyst 9200 and 9300 Series switches?

A.Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series switch network modules cannot be used on Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches

 

Q.Can Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches act as a wired switch?

A.Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches provide connectivity for wired endpoints and wireless endpoints by connecting wireless access points. With the SD-Access architecture, the wired and wireless endpoints gets the same experience.

 

Q.What are the supported uplink modules for Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches?

A.Catalyst 9200 Series switches support the following uplink options:

  • 4x 1 Gigabit Ethernet network module
  • 4x 10 Gigabit Ethernet network module

 

Q.What management ports are available on the Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches?

A.Catalyst 9200 Series switches come with a 10/100/1000 Ethernet dedicated management port on the backside of the switch right above the console port. This port is in a separate VRF instance called “Mgmt-vrf” in order to segment the management traffic from the global routing table of the switch.

 

Q.Can I use both console ports on Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches simultaneously?

A.No. When you use the USB console, the RJ-45 console receives the output of the USB console as well. This design allows the administrator to see when the USB console port is in use. This capability is useful for remote administrators.

 

Q.Do Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches support auto-baud on the console port?

A.No.

 

Q.What type of airflow do Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches support?

A.The airflow on Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches is “front and

sides” to back airflow.

 

Q.What is the power consumption for Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches?

A.Power consumption by SKU is listed on the datasheet and can be seen in Table 2.

Table 2. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series power consumption by SKU

Model Total 10/100/1000 copper ports Default AC power supply Available PoE power Default AC power supply Fans
Fixed SKUs (C9200L)
C9200L-24T-4G/4X 24 125W AC \ Yes Fixed redundant
C9200L-48T-4G/4X 48 125W AC \ Yes Dual Fixed
C9200L-24P-4G/4X 4 PoE+ 600W AC 370W Yes Dual Fixed
C9200L-48P-4G/4X 48 PoE+ 600W AC 740W Yes Dual Fixed
Modular SKUs (C9200)
C9200-24T 24 125W AC \ Yes Dual FRU
C9200-48T 48 125W AC \ Yes Dual FRU
C9200-24P 4 PoE+ 600W AC 370W Yes Dual FRU
C9200-48P 48 PoE+ 600W AC 740W Yes Dual FRU

 

Q.What feature sets does Cisco Catalyst 9200 switches support?

A.Cisco Catalyst 9200 switches support the packaging of features into Essentials and Advantage packages. The details of the features in each package are listed in the data sheets. See the links provided in the Pricing and Ordering section.

 

Q.What management capabilities are available for the Cisco Catalyst 9200 switches?

A.You can manage it using the Cisco IOS software Command-Line Interface (CLI), using Cisco Prime® Infrastructure 3.1.7 DP13, Cisco DNA Center, onboard Cisco IOS XE Software Web User Interface (WebUI), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), or NETCONF/RESTconf/YANG. Catalyst 9000 switches have been designed to work with Cisco DNA Center and SD-Access, using the Cisco DNA Center Appliance.

 

Q.Is there an onboard web GUI on Cisco Catalyst 9200 series switches?

A.Yes. An onboard web GUI – WebUI – is available.

 

Q.What is the purpose of the blue beacon LED on Cisco Catalyst 9200 switches?

A.The blue beacon LED is common across the Cisco Catalyst 9200 switching portfolio to simplify the operations. It makes chassis identification easier when several such switches are mounted on racks. A remote administrator can enable the LED to blink to help the local operator quickly locate the chassis. The local operator presses the mode button to acknowledge.

 

Q.What is the maximum number of VRF instances that I can configure on the Cisco Catalyst 9200 platform?

A.The maximum number of VRFs that you can configure on the Cisco Catalyst 9200 is 4 VRFs on the modular models and 1 VRF on fixed models.

 

Q.What is Cisco’s direction for wireless?

A.Cisco believes that the best solution for a wired or wireless network is achieved when integrated into SD-Access, Cisco’s lead architecture for the next-generation enterprise network. This solution delivers consistency with wired infrastructure around policy, segmentation, orchestration and automation, and assurance. This new architecture delivers the best experience for mobility, guest, IoT, multicast services, and overall network performance with its distributed data plane and centralized control-plane architecture.

 

Q.What wireless support is provided with Cisco Catalyst 9200 switches?

A.The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switches is instrumental in supporting the following wireless capabilities in the SD-Access architecture:

Connect access points and integrate them into the SD-Access fabric. The switch integrates with the fabric control plane (LISP), thereby providing reachability for the access points and clients in

the fabric.

  • Deliver macro (VRF) and micro (Security Group Tag (SGT) [SGT]group-based) segmentation to the access points to deliver endtoend policies.
  • Can terminate guest VXLAN traffic, so there is no need for adedicated guest anchor controller.The support for wireless capability uses the Cisco Catalyst 9800 Wireless Controllers for embedded, cloud-based or appliance based control. You can also use the AireOS 8.5 Controller running on an Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, or Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller appliance with the Cisco Catalyst platforms functioning as Fabric Edge and Fabric Border nodes.

 

Q.What are the SD-Access wireless capabilities?

A.Cisco Catalyst 9000 switches provides a complete solution for the campus with Cisco AireOS controllers Wi-Fi 6 and Wave 2 access points.

 

Q.What is the rationale for future downlink speeds converging on 5 Gbps?

A.The maximum speed supported in the most widely deployed cabling, Cat5e, goes up to 5 Gbps with NBASE-T technology. Additionally, the next-generation wireless standard, 802.11ax, will require 5-Gbps links to the Ethernet network from the access points. Compute, storage, and high-performance endpoints will support 5 Gbps with next generation NICs. 2.5 Gbps is seen as a transitional technology.

 

Q.What are Cisco’s solutions for 5 Gbps connections to endpoints?

A.Cisco offers stackable Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series switch models, that supports 10G, 5G, 2.5G, 1G, and 100M interfaces. This dense solution will allow a single stack of 8 units to support up to 384 ports, connected using the industry’s highest stack bandwidth, StackWise-480. All ports also support Cisco UPOE+/UPOE, PoE+, and PoE.

 

Q.How will uplink speeds evolve beyond 10G in the campus?

A.With downlink speeds increasing, uplink speeds will evolve beyond today’s most common speeds of 10G. There is a new speed required in the campus that 1) uses the same common duplex fiber in the cable plant, 2) is able to support the 300- to 350-meter distances common in the campus, and 3) uses optics that are consistent with SFP+ for easy migration. As a result of these requirements, 25G Ethernet is bound to emerge as the preferred uplink speed in the campus for links from the access layer to the aggregation layer. Also, links from the core layer to the aggregation/distribution layer of the network will evolve from 10G and 40 G to 100G.

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