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Comparison of Cisco Switches: (2960 vs 3560), (Cisco 3560 X vs 3650 vs 3750-X vs 3850)

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Cisco 2960 vs 3560 Switch

2960 series switches are L2 only switches. Meaning that you can setup VLANs but you won’t be able to route between then. 3500 series switches are L3 switches. Hence you will be able to route between VLANs. Basically between 2960 and 3560 main difference is Layer 3 capabilities on the 3560 range.

Cisco WS-C2960S-24TD-L
Cisco WS-C2960S-24TD-L

2960-S
2960 LAN Base
2960 LAN Lite
3750-X IP Base
3560-X IP Base
3K-X LAN Base
Uplinks
1 GE, 10 GE
GE
GE
1 GE, 10 GE (modular)
1 GE, 10 GE (modular)
1 GE, 10 GE (modular)
PoE
Partial PoE+
FE  PoE
FE PoE
Full PoE+
Full PoE+
Full PoE+
Stacking
FlexStack 20G (modular)
No
No
StackWise+ 64G
No
StackWise+ (3750-X Only)
DRAM/Flash
128/64MB & USB
128/32MB
128/32 MB USB (2960-S)
256/238MB & USB
256/238MB & USB
256/238MB & USB
StackPower
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Upgradable IOS
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Modular Uplinks
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Modular PS/Fan
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
MACSec
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Enhanced LLW
Yes
No
Yes (2960-S)
Yes
Yes
Yes
RPS / XPS
RPS
RPS
No
XPS
XPS
XPS

Cisco 3560X-24T-L
Cisco 3560X-24T-L

One of the major benefits is the ability to stack a maximum of 4 2960S to form one logical switch. The 2960S, particularly models that have a “D” in it’s product ID (or PID), supports SFP+ 10Gb interface (up to 2 SFP+ or 2 SFP 1 Gb or a combination of both).

Hardware

Catalyst 2960
Catalyst 3560
Auto-MDIX
Yes
Yes
Digital Optical Monitoring
Yes
Yes
Generic Online Diagnostics (GOLD)
Yes
IEEE 802.3af (PoE) support
Yes
Yes
SDM Templates
Yes
Yes
Layer Two
Catalyst 2960
Catalyst 3560
Errdisable Autorecovery
Yes
Yes
Flex Links
Yes
Yes
IEEE 802.1ab (LLDP)
Yes
Yes
IEEE 802.1D STP
Yes
Yes
IEEE 802.1Q Tunneling
Yes
IEEE 802.1Q Trunking
Yes
Yes
IEEE 802.1s (MST)
Yes
Yes
IEEE 802.1W (RSTP)
Yes
Yes
IEEE 802.1x
Yes
Yes
IEEE 802.3ad (LACP)
Yes
Yes
Jumbo Frames
Yes
Yes
Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling (L2PT)
Yes
Per-port VLAN Policing
Yes
Port Security
Yes
Yes
Private VLANs
Yes
Storm Control
Yes
Yes
STP BackboneFast
Yes
Yes
STP Loop Guard
Yes
Yes
STP PortFast
Yes
Yes
STP Root Guard
Yes
Yes
STP UplinkFast
Yes
Yes
SPAN
Yes
Yes
RSPAN
Yes
Yes
UDLD
Yes
Yes
VLAN ACLs
Yes
VLAN-aware Port Security
Yes
Yes
VTPv2
Yes
Yes
Layer Three
Catalyst 2960
Catalyst 3560
Cisco Express Forwarding
Yes
DHCP Server
Yes
DHCP Snooping
Yes
Yes
DHCPv6
Yes
HSRP
Yes
IGMP Snooping
Yes
Yes
IP SLA Monitor
Yes
IP Source Guard
Yes
IPv4 Routing
Yes
IPv6 Routing
Yes
MLD Snooping
Yes
Yes
NSF Awareness
Yes
Policy Routing
Yes
Source-Specific Multicast (SSM)
Yes
VRF Lite
Yes
WCCPv1
Yes
WCCPv2
Yes
Management
Catalyst 2960
Catalyst 3560
AutoQoS VOIP
Yes
Yes
Configuration Rollback
Yes
Yes
Configuration Diff
Yes
Yes
Embedded Event Manager
Yes
Enhanced Tracking Support
Yes
NTP
Yes
Yes
RADIUS Authentication
Yes
Yes
RMON
Yes
Yes
SCP
Yes
Yes
SSHv2
Yes
Yes
SNMPv2c
Yes
Yes
SNMPv3
Yes
Yes
Syslog over IPv6
Yes
Yes
TACACS+ Authentication
Yes
Yes


Cisco 3560 X vs 3650 vs 3750-X vs 3850

Feature Comparison:

Features
Previous Access Switches
Latest Unified Access Switches
Benefits
Cisco Catalyst
Cisco Catalyst
Cisco Catalyst
Cisco Catalyst
3560-X
3750-G (EoS)
3750-X
3850/3650
Bandwidth per stack
No stacking
32 Gbps
64 Gbps
480 Gbps (3850) 160 Gbps (3650)
Support gigabit access growth for wired and wireless/
802.11ac
10 GE1 uplinks
2x10GE
4×1 GE
2×10 GE
4×10 GE or
2×10 GE
Integrated wireless LAN controller
N/A
N/A
N/A
x
Enable converged wired-wireless access for operational simplicity and scale
Common wired-wireless features
N/A
N/A
N/A
x
UADP2 ASIC for wired-wireless convergence
N/A
N/A
N/A
x
Application visibility across wired-wireless
N/A
N/A
N/A
x
Hierarchical wireless QoS
N/A
N/A
N/A
x
Native Flexible NetFlow
N/A
N/A
N/A
x
Orchestrate role based access to corporate resources by an user, with any device, from any location at any time
Cisco TrustSec/SGT3 for wired
x
N/A
x
x
Cisco TrustSec/SGT for wireless
N/A
N/A
N/A
x
Native MACsec encryption
Need service module
N/A
Need service module
Need service module
Common features for wired-wireless
N/A
N/A
N/A
x
Simplicity and business agility
SmartOperations
x
N/A
x
x
SDN4/programmability:
•Cisco onePK ready
•OpenFlow ready
N/A
N/A
N/A
x
Video/collaboration
•Medianet
x
N/A
x
x
Uncompromised user experience: assess, monitor, and troubleshot network proactively

Cisco 3750X-24T-S
Cisco 3750X-24T-S
New Catalyst 3850 Switch
New Catalyst 3850 Switch

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