Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series - MA

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Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series
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Contents
Product Overview .................................................................................................................................................... 3
Stacking.................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Investment Protection ............................................................................................................................................. 7
Energy Efficiency..................................................................................................................................................... 8
Switch Architecture ................................................................................................................................................. 9
Software Capabilities ............................................................................................................................................ 11
Intelligent Services ................................................................................................................................................ 14
PoE Support (IEEE 802.3af and 802.3at).............................................................................................................. 15
Transceivers........................................................................................................................................................... 17
Warranty ................................................................................................................................................................. 17
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Product Overview
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Q. What are the notable differences between the Cisco Catalyst 2960-S and 2960-X Series Switches?
A.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches are the next generation of the world’s most widely deployed access
switches. They are scalable, smart, simple, and secure and at the same time provide investment protection.
These switches also provide Layer 3 routing capability, application-aware intelligence, and double the scale.
They are the greenest Cisco Catalyst access switches ever. These switches are built to reduce total cost of
ownership.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches, like the 2960-S Series, are line-rate nonblocking switches with
the following added features:
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Dual-core CPU at 600 MHz
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Cisco FlexStack-Plus stacking
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80 Gbps bandwidth
◦
8-member stack
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Dual-FRU power supply with integrated fan (2960-XR only)
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NetFlow-Lite on all downlink and uplink ports
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Switch Hibernation mode integrated with Cisco EnergyWise
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Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE) downlink ports
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Signed Cisco IOS Software images
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Layer 3 features with IP Lite feature set (2960-XR only)
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24 port fan less model with 2 SFP and 210/100/1000BT uplinks
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Q. What are the notable differences between the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR switch models have the following additional capabilities in addition to the
features in the 2960-X models:
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Dual-FRU power supply with integrated fan
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Layer 3 features with IP Lite feature set
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Configurable 8 queues per port (standalone)
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48 Ether channel groups
Q. What Cisco IOS Software feature sets are supported in Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series come with a common universal image and supports LAN Lite, LAN Base,
and IP Lite feature sets, as shown in Table 1.
Table 1.
Platform
Feature Sets Supported in 2960-X Series
IP Lite
LAN Base
LAN Lite
(Layer 3)
(Layer 2)
(Basic Layer 2)
2960-XR
Yes
No
No
2960-X
No
Yes
Yes
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Q. What is the difference between the Cisco IOS Software feature sets?
A.
The differences between the three Cisco IOS Software feature sets are:
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LAN Lite feature set has entry-level Layer 2 features and is targeted at midmarket deployments.
LAN Base feature set comes with advanced Layer 2 features and is typically targeted at enterprise
customers.
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IP Lite feature set comes with enterprise access Layer 3 features and is typically targeted at enterprise
customers.
Q. How can I tell the difference between IP Lite, LAN Base, and LAN Lite switches for the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X
Series?
A.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series front panel sticker has the feature set name. From the rear of the Cisco Catalyst
2960-X Series Switch, the LAN Lite models do not support stacking. The left side will not have a location for
the FlexStack-Plus module to be inserted.
From the Cisco IOS Software command line, there are two ways to tell which software image the switch has.
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The last letter in the product ID. If the last letter is “-L,” it’s LAN Base. If it’s “-LL,” it’s LAN Lite. If it’s “-I,” it’s
IP Lite.
For example:
WS-C2960XR-48FPS-I is IP Lite.
WS-C2960X-48LPS-L is LAN Base.
WS-C2960X-48TS-LL is LAN Lite.
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The output from the “show license” Cisco IOS Software command-line interface (CLI) command. If LAN
Base is being used, that will be the active license. If it’s LAN Lite, that will be the active license. In the
following example output, LAN Base is the active license.
C2960-X_Switch# show license
Index 1 Feature: lanlite
Period left: 0 minute 0 second
Index 2 Feature: lanbase
Period left: Lifetime
License Type: Permanent
License State: Active, In Use
License Priority: Medium
License Count: Non-Counted
Q. What are the notable hardware differences between the LAN Base and LAN Lite switches in 2960-X
switches?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switches support LAN Base and LAN Lite software feature sets. Following are the
notable hardware components present only in LAN Base switches:
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Ease of management with Cisco FlexStack-Plus
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Power over Ethernet/Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE/PoE+) capabilities
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Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+) support
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Q. What features does IP Lite bring to the 2960-XR switch models?
A.
IP Lite introduced enterprise access Layer 3 features to the 2960-XR switch models. IP Lite is subset of IP
Base features. Some of the IP Lite features are:
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Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v1
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Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v2
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Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) v2 stub
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Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) v3 stub
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Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) stub
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Equal-cost routing
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Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
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Protocol Independent Multicast PIM (Sparse Mode, Dense Mode, Sparse Dense Mode, Source Specific
Multicast) stub
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Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) for IPv4
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Private VLAN
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IPv6 First Hop Security source guard
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Per-VLAN and per-port policers
Q. Do I need a software license for the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?
A.
No. Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches use the Universal image, but no license is required. The feature
set is bound to the hardware model type and cannot be changed. For convenience, a single software image is
used for all Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switches, regardless of whether they are IP Lite, LAN Base, or LAN Lite
models.
Q. Can a Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch feature set license be upgraded?
A.
No. The feature set is bound to the hardware model. To get the features and capabilities of IP Lite, you must
purchase an IP Lite switch.
Q. How do the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches compare to Cisco Catalyst 2960-S switches?
A.
Table 2 shows a comparison of the various Cisco Catalyst 2960 switch models.
Table 2.
Comparison of Cisco Catalyst 2960 Switches
Feature
2960-XR
2960-X
2960-S
2960
CPU
Dual core at 600 MHz
Dual core at 600 MHz
Single core
Single core
Stacking
FlexStack-Plus
FlexStack-Plus
FlexStack
No
Stack bandwidth
80 Gbps
80 Gbps
40 Gbps
–
Stack members
8
8
4
–
Power supply
Dual FRU
Fixed
Fixed
Fixed
Redundant power supply
(RPS)
Yes
No
No
No
PoE+ 30W/port
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Max PoE budget
740W
740W
740W
–
***
External RPS
No
Yes
Yes
No
SFP+ uplinks
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Uplinks
2 SFP+/4 SFP
2 SFP+/4 SFP
2 SFP+/4 SFP
2 SFP
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Feature
2960-XR
2960-X
2960-S
2960
Management options
Console RJ45, USB
console, and out of band
Ethernet
Console RJ45, USB
console, and out of band
Ethernet
Console RJ45, USB
console, and out of band
Ethernet
Console RJ45
Flash
256 MB
128 MB
64 MB
32 MB
DRAM
512 MB
512 MB
256 MB
64 MB
Active VLANs
1K
1K
255
64
EtherChannel groups
48
24
6
6
Egress buffers
4 MB
4 MB
2 MB
2 MB
Switched Port Analyzer
(SPAN) sessions
4
4
2
2
Max MAC addresses
32K
16K
8K
8K
IPv4 unicast routes
24K**
16 static
16 static
16 static
NetFlow-Lite
Yes
Yes
No
No
Hibernation Mode
Yes
Yes
No
No
EEE
Yes
Yes
No
No
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vlan sdm template, ** ipv4 sdm template, *** redundancy is provided by second power supply.
Stacking
Q. What is Cisco FlexStack-Plus stacking?
A.
Cisco FlexStack-Plus is a hot-swappable, modular stacking solution that provides a true stacking capability,
with all switches acting as a single switching unit with a unified data plane, using a single IP address. Cisco
FlexStack-Plus is supported by the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series and allows the stacking of up to eight
switches, with a throughput of 80 gigabits per second.
Q. What is difference between FlexStack and FlexStack-Plus technology?
A.
The FlexStack-Plus technology is similar to FlexStack technology with the differences listed in Table 3.
Table 3.
Comparison Between FlexStack and FlexStack-Plus
Platform
Members
Bandwidth
Convergence
FlexStack
4
40 Gbps
1–2 sec
FlexStack-Plus
8
80 Gbps
100 msec
Q. What are the stackable models of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
The LAN Base and IP Lite feature set models are stackable models in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series.
The LAN Lite feature set model is a standalone model. Note: The fanless SKU (WS-C2960S-PSQ-L with Lan
Base) does not support stacking
Q. Can LAN Base and IP Lite feature set models stack together in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
No, LAN Base and IP Lite feature set models cannot be stacked together. LAN Base feature set models can
stack with LAN Base feature set models only. Similarly, IP Lite feature set models can stack with IP Lite
feature set models only.
Q. Can Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switches stack with Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR switches?
A.
No. Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches can’t stack together since they don’t share common feature
set model.
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Q. What are the FlexStack-Plus high-availability features?
A.
The following features enhance high availability and manageability across a stack:
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Cross-stack EtherChannel
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SPAN
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FlexLink technology
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Hitless voice calls
Investment Protection
Q. Is FlexStack-Plus stacking backward compatible with FlexStack?
A.
Yes. Unlike competing products, the FlexStack-Plus stacking is backward compatible with FlexStack to
preserve customer investment. This allows mixed stacking of Cisco Catalyst 2960-S and Cisco Catalyst 2960SF LAN Base series with 2960-X LAN Base series for investment protection.
Q. What is a mixed stack?
A.
The stack is called a mixed stack if it has both the Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch and Cisco Catalyst
2960-X Series Switches. The mixed stack features are limited to Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series features.
(See Table 4.)
Table 4.
FlexStack Combinations
Stack Combination
Max Stack Bandwidth
Stack Limit
IOS License
2960-XR
80G
8
IP Lite
2960-X
80G
8
LAN Base
2960-S/SF
40G
4
LAN Base
Mixed Stack: 2960-X and 2960-S/SF
40G
4
LAN Base
Q. Does mix stack require any configuration on Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switches?
A.
Yes. The switch stack speed should be set to 40 using configure mode command “switch stack-speed 40” on
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switches to stack with Cisco Catalyst 2960-S switches. While forming a homogenous
stack of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X revert back the stack speed to 80 using “no switch stack-speed 40”.
Q. Can Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switches and 2960-XR switches stack together?
A.
No. Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches can’t be stacked together, even though they belong to the
same 2960-X series they do not share same IOS License models.
Q. What are the possible mixed-stack combinations?
A.
The LAN Base models can only form mixed stacks. The possible mixed-stack combinations are listed in
Table 5.
Table 5.
Possible Mixed-Stack Combinations
Mixed-Stack Combination
2960-XR
2960-X
IP Lite
LAN Base
2960-XR IP Lite
Yes
No
No
2960-X LAN Base
No
Yes
Yes
2960-S/SF LAN Base
No
Yes
Yes
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Q. Which SDM template should be selected on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series with LAN Base to form a mixed
stack with Cisco Catalyst 2960-S?
A.
If Cisco Catalyst 2960-S is running the “default” SDM template, then Cisco Catalyst 2960-X must use the
“default” template. If Cisco Catalyst 2960-S is running the “lanbase-routing” template, then Cisco Catalyst
2960-X must use the same.
Q. Can Cisco Catalyst 2960-S be the stack master in a mixed stack of 2960-S and 2960-X switches?
A.
Yes. Cisco Catalyst 2960-S can be stack master in a mixed stack.
Q. In a mixed stack of Cisco Catalyst 2960-S and 2960-X, must all the switches be on the same Cisco IOS
Software release?
A.
Yes. All the switches in the stack, regardless of model, must be on the same Cisco IOS Software release.
This includes the rebuild number. The minimum Cisco IOS Software release that will support both 2960-S and
2960-X is 15.0(2)EX.
Q. Can we use FlexStack stacking modules with Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
No. The form factors of FlexStack-Plus and FlexStack modules are different. The FlexStack stacking module
cannot be used with the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series. Similarly, the FlexStack-Plus module cannot be used
with the Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series.
Energy Efficiency
Q. How much power can be saved with energy efficiency features in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
Catalyst 2960-X Series introduced new innovative energy saving modes for the switch.
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The Switch Hibernation Mode puts the switch to sleep when the switch is not in use. This feature enables
the switch to save up to 90% of power during non-business hours.
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Downlink Hibernation Mode powers down the PHY and the optics of the downlink port when not in use.
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Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) enables dynamic power savings on all switch ports; saves about 15W for
a 48port-switch and 8W for a 24 port-switch.
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EnergyWise Puts IP End Points in Energy Saver mode, saving 60%+ power with non-active IP devices.
The collective power savings with different energy efficient technologies will reduce the power consumption by
up to 80%.
Q. What is Downlink Hibernation Mode in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
Downlink Hibernation Mode (DHM) feature enables all 2960-X switches to save power on the downlink ports.
The switch supports static downlink port power-down where only the PHY and Optics are powered down when
not in use.
Q. What is switch hibernation mode in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
When the switch is not in use, switch hibernation mode can be scheduled to save power. When the switch is
in hibernation mode, it powers off application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), and connected PoE devices.
Power to most of the components is off. The DRAM is in refresh mode, keeping data intact. The switch
hibernation mode is integrated with EnergyWise.
Q. Is a Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch usable while in hibernation mode?
A.
No. All hardware components on the data path are switched off on Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches
during hibernation mode.
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Q. How do I get the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series out of switch hibernation mode?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series provides the following wake-up triggers from switch hibernation mode:
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Wake on scheduled real-time clock alarm/trigger
●
Wake on mode button trigger
Q. Can Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches be scheduled to switch hibernation mode using the Cisco
EnergyWise management tool?
A.
Yes, the switch hibernation mode is integrated with Cisco EnergyWise. Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series
Switches can be put to switch hibernation mode using a Cisco EnergyWise management tool like any other IP
devices.
Q. Is it possible to wakeup a Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch in switch hibernation mode before the
scheduled wake-up time?
A.
Yes, the mode button trigger will get the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch out of switch hibernation mode.
Q. Can we schedule switch hibernation mode for some members only in a stack of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series
Switches?
A.
No. The whole stack of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches can only be scheduled to switch hibernation
mode.
Q. How long does it take for a Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch to be operational when it wakes up from
switch hibernation mode?
A.
A Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch coming out of switch hibernation mode is similar to a switch booting
from reload. If the switches are stacked, master reelection is triggered after wake-up.
Q. Is Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE) 802.3az supported on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
Yes, Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE) is supported on all downlink ports of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series.
Q. Do we need to enable EEE on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
EEE is enabled by default on all the downlink ports of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series. If needed, EEE can
be disabled.
Q. How is power saved with EEE on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X downlink ports switch to low-power idle (LPI) mode during gaps in the data stream,
saving power.
Q. Do both sides of the Ethernet interface have to support EEE for it to work?
A.
Yes. Both endpoints of the Ethernet link must support EEE to get the power-saving advantages.
Q. How do I check if EEE is working?
A.
The “show eee status interface Gigabit Ethernet xxx” command can be used to check if EEE is agreed
between both the endpoints.
Switch Architecture
Q. What management ports are available?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series provides two types of console ports and one out-of-band Ethernet port:
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USB Type B console port
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Standard RJ-45 serial port
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10/100 Ethernet management port
Q. Can both USB Type B console and RJ-45 console ports be used simultaneously?
A.
No. Only one can be used for input, but both can receive output. When the USB console is connected, “it is
used for input (by default)”. This design allows the administrator to see when the USB console port is in use.
This capability is useful for remote administrators.
Q. Does the switch support auto-baud on the console port?
A.
No. This was a tradeoff between console speed sensing and the ability to use the USB console.
Q. Which management port has priority?
A.
The RJ-45 console port is always the default management port, but when a PC is connected to the USB
console port, the USB console takes over. The RJ-45 port continues to receive the output (a copy) of
everything that gets displayed on the USB console port. This capability allows remote administrators to
continue monitoring or logging the output showing what is happening at the switch location, sending it to a
storage device.
Q. When a PC is left unattended on the USB console port, would remote administrators get locked out from the
RJ-45 management port?
A.
The USB console port has a default activity timer that can also be programmed by the user. This activity timer
will expire and return control to the RJ-45 management port to avoid locking the remote administrator out.
Q. What can I do with the USB Type A port of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
It is used to connect to an external USB memory drive for additional storage. This USB port can be used to
perform software upgrades, store configurations, and even write memory core dumps for troubleshooting
purposes. All Cisco USB memory drives can be used. Currently up to 8-GB USB drives are supported.
Q. Can a third-party USB Flash drive be used with the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
Yes, a third-party USB Flash drive can be used with the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series. They will work, but are
not officially supported.
Q. What is the performance of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series have a nonblocking switching architecture capable of forwarding traffic for
all 48 1 Gigabit ports plus 2 10 Gigabit ports at line rate. See the datasheet for the MPPS information for each
model.
Q. Do the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches consume less power than the Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series
Switches?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series are based on the same building blocks as the 2960-S-Series Switches for
most components. However, these switches have a new thermal design, new highly efficient power supplies,
and new efficient fans, which use less power.
Q. Do the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches support front-to-back airflow?
A.
The airflow on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series is “front and sides” to back airflow.
Q. Is the airflow reversible in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?
A.
No. The airflow is not reversible.
Q. Do Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches support field-replaceable power supplies?
A.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR switch models have field replaceable power supplies, whereas the 2960-X switch
models have fixed power supplies.
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Q. Are Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR field-replaceable power supplies hot swappable?
A.
Yes. Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR power supplies are hot swappable.
Q. Can a non-PoE Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch support PoE by replacing its power supply with a PoEcapable power supply?
A.
No. A non-PoE Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch will not support PoE by using a PoE-capable power
supply.
Q. Can we increase the PoE budget of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch by replacing its power supply with a
high-capacity power supply?
A.
The available PoE budget is fixed for a given model of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch. Replacing the
switch power supply will not increase the PoE budget.
Q. Do I need two power supplies to run a Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR Series Switch?
A.
No. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR Series Switches support two field-replaceable power supplies to provide
redundancy. The power supplies are in shared mode. Three power supply options are available for use in the
Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR Series, as shown in Table 6.
Table 6.
Power Supply Options for Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR Series Switches
Part Numbers
Description
PWR-C2-250W AC
FRU power supply and fan for all non-PoE C2960-XR switches, provides 250W AC of power
PWR-C2-640W AC
FRU power supply and fan for all 370W PoE+ C2960-XR switches, provides 640W AC of power
PWR-C2-1025W AC
FRU power supply and fan for all 740W PoE+ C2960-XR switches, provides 1025W AC of power
Q. In Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR switches, are the power supplies in shared mode or standby mode?
A.
When both the power supplies are present in Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR switches, those power supplies are in
shared mode. The power is drawn from both the power supplies.
Q. Do the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches have external RPS support?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X LAN Base and LAN Lite models support RPS 2300. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-XR
switches do not have external RPS support. Instead, customers looking for redundant power should insert an
additional field-replaceable power supply module. For more information on RPS 2300 please refer to
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps7130/index.html.
Software Capabilities
Q. What software images do the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches support?
A.
All Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches use a single universal image. The tar file will be named
c2960x-universalk9-tar.150-2.EX for 2960-X and 2960-XR switches. The name will change over time as new
Cisco IOS Software releases are made available.
Q. Do Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches support signed images?
A.
Yes. Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches support only signed images, which prevents any Cisco IOS
Software image tampering.
Q. How do I get the cryptography features, and is there an additional charge for them?
A.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches will support Cisco IOS Software images with cryptography features by
default. These are the only images available. These images with cryptography features will be loaded during
manufacture. Non-K9 images will not be available for the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches.
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Q. Do the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches have feature parity with the existing Cisco Catalyst 2960
switches?
A.
Yes. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series has all the features of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series. All Cisco
Catalyst 2960 switches run the same Cisco IOS Software train, which provides maximum compatibility.
Q. What is the switch database management (SDM) template for the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
The SDM templates supported for the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series are as shown in Table 7.
Table 7.
SDM Templates Supported on 2960-X Series
Switches
SDM Description
2960-X
Single default SDM template; it cannot be modified.
LAN Lite
2960-X
lanbase-default - default LAN Base template on 2960-X Series. Supports IPv4 and IPv6 static routing.
LAN Base
default- 2960-S default template, used for mixed stack.
lanbase-routing - 2960-S routing template, used for mixed stack.
2960-XR
default - 2960-XR default template. Supports IPv4 and IPv6 routing.
IP Lite
vlan - Layer 2 only template with large Layer 2 entries.
ipv4 - IPv4 only template with large routing entries.
Q. What are the differences between the different SDM templates of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X?
A.
Tables 8 and 9 compare the SDM templates on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series.
Table 8.
SDM Template for 2960-X LAN Lite and LAN Base Switches
SDM TCAM Resources
2960-X
2960-X and 2960-XR
2960-X
LAN Lite Default
LAN Base Default
LAN Base Routing
Unicast MAC addresses
16K
16K
4K
IPv4 unicast direct routes
320
2k
0.875K
IPv4 unicast indirect routes
32
1K
80
IPv6 unicast direct routes
256
2K
0.75K
IPv6 unicast indirect routes
0
1K
32
IPv4 multicast routes and IGMP groups
1k
1K
0.375K
IPv6 multicast groups
1k
1K
0.25K
IPv4 QoS ACEs
384
500
0.375K
IPv6 QoS ACEs
256
500
0.125K
IPv4 security ACEs
256
625
0.375K
IPv6 security ACEs
256
625
0.25K
2960-XR
2960-XR
VLAN (IP Lite)
IPv4 (IP Lite)
Table 9.
SDM Template for 2960-XR IP Lite Switches
SDM TCAM Resources
2960-XR Default (IP Lite)
Unicast MAC addresses
16K
32K
16K
IPv4 unicast direct routes
4K
250
16K
IPv4 unicast indirect routes
1.25K
250
8K
IPv6 unicast direct routes
4K
250
0
IPv6 unicast indirect routes
1.25K
250
0
IPv4 multicast routes and IGMP groups
1k
1K
1K
IPv6 multicast groups
1k
1K
0
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SDM TCAM Resources
2960-XR Default (IP Lite)
2960-XR
2960-XR
VLAN (IP Lite)
IPv4 (IP Lite)
IPv4 QoS ACEs
500
500
500
IPv6 QoS ACEs
250
500
0
IPv4 security ACEs
1K
1K
875
IPv6 security ACEs
500
500
0
Q. Does the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series support IPv6?
A.
Yes. Cisco Catalyst 2960-XSeries Switches are IPv6 certified.
These switches with LAN Base software support:
●
IPv6 host
●
IPv6 management
●
IPv6 static routing
●
IPv6 MLD v1 and v2 snooping
●
IPv6 port-based ACLs
●
IPv6 router ACLs
●
IPv6 QoS
●
IPv6 First Hop Security (RA guard, source guard, and binding integrity guard).
In addition, 2960-XR switches with IP Lite software support:
●
IPv6 RIP
●
OSPFv3 stub
●
DHCPv6
●
HSRPv6
●
IPv6 first hop security source guard
Q. How can I manage the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switch with IPv6?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series supports the IPv6 host feature. An IPv6 address can be assigned to a
VLAN interface either statically or using DHCP. The following IPv6 management protocols are supported:
●
HTTP, HTTP(s) over IPv6
●
SNMP over IPv6
●
Syslog over IPv6
●
DHCP-based auto config (Auto Install) and image download
●
Telnet and SSH
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Q. Do the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches support Cisco Generic Online Diagnostics (GOLD) for in-field
hardware debugging?
A.
Yes. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series supports the following GOLD tests:
●
TestPortAsicStackPortLoopback
●
TestPortAsicLoopback
●
TestPortAsicCam
●
TestPortAsicMem
●
TestInlinePwrCtlr
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches do not support the following GOLD tests:
●
TestPortAsicRingLoopback
●
TestMicRingLoopback
Q. Do the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches support Cisco EnergyWise?
A.
Yes.
Q. Do the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches support Smart Install?
A.
Yes, but only in client mode. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches cannot act as directors (IBD).
Q. Can I obtain a Cisco IOS Software update for the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series at no additional cost?
A.
Yes. Cisco offers ongoing Cisco IOS Software updates for certain fixed-configuration and stackable Cisco
Catalyst switches at no additional cost. For the life of the product, updates within the Cisco IOS Software
package purchased (LAN Lite, LAN Base and IP Lite) will be made available.
Q. How do I get an update for the Cisco IOS Software for the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series at no additional cost?
A.
Visit http://www.cisco.com, click “Downloads,” and select “Switch Software.” Downloading software requires a
Cisco.com username and password. If you do not have a Cisco.com username, you can obtain one by
clicking “Register” at the top of any page on Cisco.com.
Intelligent Services
Q. What is NetFlow-Lite?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series supports hardware-driven NetFlow-Lite. NetFlow-Lite uses sampled flows
to provide statistics for network traffic accounting, network monitoring, and network planning. A flow is created
using a flow record, which defines the unique keys of the flow. NetFlow-Lite provides valuable information
about network users and applications, peak usage times, and traffic routing.
Q. Is NetFlow-Lite supported on all Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series models?
A.
NetFlow-Lite is not supported on LAN Lite models. It is supported on LAN Base and IP Lite models of the
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series.
Q. Is NetFlow-Lite supported on all ports of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
NetFlow-Lite is natively supported on all downlink and uplink ports of the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series.
No service module is required to support NetFlow-Lite on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series.
Q. Is NetFlow-Lite supported on mixed stacks?
A.
Yes, NetFlow-Lite is supported on mixed stacks (stacks of Cisco Catalyst 2960-S and 2960-X Series
Switches). But NetFlow-Lite monitor can be attached only on Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series ports.
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Q. Which version of NetFlow exporters is supported?
A.
Only NetFlow Version 9 is supported for NetFlow exporter using the export-protocol command option.
Q. How many NetFlow-Lite flows are supported on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
16K NetFlow-Lite flows are supported on a stack of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches.
Q. Is egress flow monitor supported on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
No, only ingress flow monitors are supported on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series.
Q. Can the flow monitors be attached to logical interfaces on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
The flow monitors can be attached to physical interfaces and VLAN interfaces (SVI) on the Cisco Catalyst
2960-X Series. The flow monitor can’t be attached to logical interfaces such as EtherChannel or Layer 2
VLANs.
Q. If flow monitors are attached on both the physical port and VLAN interface, which one will take precedence in
the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
The interface VLAN monitor will overwrite the port monitor for the traffic coming on the port in the Cisco
Catalyst 2960-X Series.
Q. Can we have NetFlow-Lite monitor attached without sampling?
A.
No, only sampled NetFlow-Lite monitors can be attached on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series.
Q. What sampling modes are supported on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series?
A.
Two sampling modes are supported on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series:
●
Deterministic sampler is dedicated to single attachment. It always makes sure the correct number of flows
is sampled on the attached port. Every attachment with same deterministic sampler uses one free sampler
available in the hardware.
●
Random sampler is shared among all the attached interfaces. Only the first attachment uses a new
sampler; subsequent attachments of the same sampler on different interfaces share the same hardware
sampler.
Q. How many different NetFlow-Lite samplers are supported by the hardware in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X
Series?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series supports four different NetFlow-Lite samplers in the hardware.
Q. Can we have deterministic sampler attached on more than four interfaces on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X
Series?
A.
No. Because each deterministic sampler attachment uses up one free hardware sampler, a deterministic
sampler can’t be attached to more than four interfaces. It is recommended to use random sampler if the flows
needs to be monitored on more than four ports.
PoE Support (IEEE 802.3af and 802.3at)
Q. Do the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series PoE switches support the IEEE 802.3af or 802.3.at standards?
A.
Both standards are supported; that is, the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series PoE switches can detect and support
802.3af and 802.3at powered devices.
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Q. Can the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series PoE switches detect Type 1 and Type 2 powered devices?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series supports both the PoE and PoE+ standards and can classify a powered
device as either Type 1 or 2 with a one-event classification. A Type 2 powered device supports Class 4 in
order to obtain more power than is supported by the legacy power levels (30W). A Type 1 powered device
can support only up to Class 3, or 15.4W.
Q. Can the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series PoE switches support two-event classification?
A.
No. Two-event classification is specific to mid spans that work on power-supplying equipment (PSE).
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series supports only one-event classification.
Q. Do the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series PoE switches support power classification?
A.
Yes, the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches can optionally detect the powered device power classification
signature and budget the appropriate power. This reduces the maximum power that must be budgeted by the
switch and provisioned in the wiring closet.
Q. What is the maximum power per port that the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series PoE switches can supply?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series supports both PoE standards, 802.3af and 802.3at, which define the
maximum power that can be supplied to a port. The switches can provide up to 30W per port.
Q. To how many end devices can the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series provide PoE and PoE+?
A.
The Cisco Catalyst 2960X-48FPD-L and C2960X-48FPS-L can support 48 PoE ports with full Class 3 PoE
power of 15.4W each, for a total output capacity of 740W. All Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches with
PoE capability support PoE+. A complete list of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches, with their PoE
capacities, is given in Table 10.
Table 10.
PoE Capacity of Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches
Switch Model
Maximum Number of
*
PoE+ (IEEE 802.3at) Ports
Maximum Number of
*
PoE (IEEE 802.3af) Ports
Maximum
PoE Power
Cisco Catalyst 2960X-48FPD-L
24 ports up to 30W
48 ports up to 15.4W
740W
Cisco Catalyst 2960X-48LPD-L
12 ports up to 30W
24 ports up to 15.4W
370W
Cisco Catalyst 2960X-24PD-L
12 ports up to 30W
24 ports up to 15.4W
370W
Cisco Catalyst 2960X-48FPS-L
24 ports up to 30W
48 ports up to 15.4W
740W
Cisco Catalyst 2960X-48LPS-L
12 ports up to 30W
24 ports up to 15.4W
370W
Cisco Catalyst 2960X-24PS-L
12 ports up to 30W
24 ports up to 15.4W
370W
Cisco Catalyst 2960X-24PSQ-L
3 ports of 30W
6 ports of 15.4W
92W
Cisco Catalyst 2960XR-48FPD-L
24 ports up to 30W
48 ports up to 15.4W
740W
Cisco Catalyst 2960XR-48LPD-L
12 ports up to 30W
24 ports up to 15.4W
370W
Cisco Catalyst 2960XR-24PD-L
12 ports up to 30W
24 ports up to 15.4W
370W
Cisco Catalyst 2960XR-48FPS-I
24 ports up to 30W
48 ports up to 15.4W
740W
Cisco Catalyst 2960XR-48LPS-I
12 ports up to 30W
24 ports up to 15.4W
370W
Cisco Catalyst 2960XR-24PS-I
12 ports up to 30W
24 ports up to 15.4W
370W
Cisco Catalyst 2960XR-48FPD-I
24 ports up to 30W
48 ports up to 15.4W
740W
Cisco Catalyst 2960XR-48LPD-I
12 ports up to 30W
24 ports up to 15.4W
370W
Cisco Catalyst 2960XR-24PD-I
12 ports up to 30W
24 ports up to 15.4W
370W
Cisco Catalyst 2960XR-48FPS-I
24 ports up to 30W
48 ports up to 15.4W
740W
Cisco Catalyst 2960XR-48LPS-I
12 ports up to 30W
24 ports up to 15.4W
370W
Cisco Catalyst 2960XR-24PS-I
12 ports up to 30W
24 ports up to 15.4W
370W
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Transceivers
Q. What types of 10 Gigabit SFP+ modules are supported by the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?
A.
For a list of the 10 Gigabit SFP+ modules, visit
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/modules/ps5455/products_device_support_tables_list.html.
Q. What types of SFP modules are supported by the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?
A.
For a list of the 1G SFP modules, visit
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/modules/ps5455/products_device_support_tables_list.html.
Q. Are the 10 Gigabit SFP+ modules hot swappable?
A.
Yes.
Q. Does the 10 Gigabit uplink upgrade require a separate module?
A.
No. The SFP+ and SFP slots are built in.
Q. Can the 10 Gigabit SFP+ slots on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X model support 1 Gigabit SFP modules?
A.
Yes. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S models that support 10 Gigabit SFP+ modules can also support SFP
modules that operates at 1 Gigabit.
Q. Can the 10 Gigabit SFP+ slots on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X models support 100-Mb SFP modules?
A.
No. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X models that support 10 Gigabit SFP+ modules cannot support SFP modules
that operate at less than 1 Gigabit.
Q. Can I reuse the 10 Gigabit X2 modules from the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E Series in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X
Series?
A.
No. The Cisco Catalyst 2960-X uses SFP+ modules only.
Warranty
Q. What are the hardware warranty and return policy on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?
A.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches come with an enhanced limited lifetime warranty (E-LLW). The E-LLW
provides the same terms as Cisco’s standard limited lifetime warranty but adds next business day delivery of
replacement hardware, where available, and 90 days of 8X5 Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC)
support.
Your formal warranty statement, including the warranty applicable to Cisco software, appears in the Cisco
information packet that accompanies your Cisco product. We encourage you to review carefully the warranty
statement shipped with your specific product before use.
Cisco reserves the right to refund the purchase price as its exclusive warranty remedy. For further information
about warranty terms, visit cisco.com/go/warranty.
Table 11.
Warranty Terms
Cisco Enhanced Limited Lifetime Hardware Warranty
Device covered
Applies to all Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches.
Warranty duration
As long as the original end user continues to own or use the product, provided that fan and power supply warranty is
limited to 5 years.
End-of-life policy
In the event of discontinuance of product manufacture, Cisco warranty support is limited to 5 years from the
announcement of discontinuance.
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Cisco Enhanced Limited Lifetime Hardware Warranty
Hardware replacement
Cisco or its service center will use commercially reasonable efforts to ship a Cisco Catalyst 2960-X replacement part
for next-business-day delivery, where available. Otherwise, a replacement will be shipped within 10 working days after
the receipt of the RMA request. Actual delivery times might vary depending on customer location.
Effective date
Hardware warranty commences from the date of shipment to customer (and in case of resale by a Cisco reseller, not
more than 90 days after original shipment by Cisco).
TAC support
Cisco will provide during customer’s local business hours, 8 hours per day, 5 days per week basic configuration,
diagnosis, and troubleshooting of device-level problems for up to 90 days from the date of shipment of the originally
purchased Cisco Catalyst 2960-X product. This support does not include solution or network-level support beyond the
specific device under consideration.
Cisco.com access
Warranty allows guest access only to Cisco.com.
Q. What is the software update policy for Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series Switches?
A.
Customers with Cisco Catalyst LAN Lite, LAN Base, or IP Lite software licenses will be provided with
maintenance 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 up to one year from the end-of-sale date for this product, whichever occurs earlier.
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