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Dec 23rd, 2009
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Hi ,

I found this info in the Q&A for Catalyst 2960 Switches:

Q. What are the advantages of Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches with the LAN Base software relative to Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches with the LAN Lite software?

A. Cisco Catalyst 2960 LAN Base switches deliver intelligent services for branch offices and wiring closets. The LAN Base IOS software supports enhanced Layer 2+ security, quality of service (QoS), availability, and scalable management to enable new converged applications. Catalyst 2960 LAN Base switches include both 10/100 Fast Ethernet and 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in 8-, 24-, and 48-port configurations.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 LAN Lite switches are for entry-level branch office and wiring closet networks. They simplify the migration from nonintelligent hubs and unmanaged switches to a fully scalable and reliable network. The LAN Lite IOS software supports standard Layer 2 security, QoS, and availability while lowering the network total cost of ownership. Catalyst 2960 LAN Lite switches deliver 10/100 Fast Ethernet connectivity in 24- and 48-port configurations.

All Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches have technical support service options available through Cisco SMARTNet® service. All come with a Limited Lifetime Hardware Warranty, and LAN Base and LAN Lite software updates are provided at no additional cost.

my question is about the text in red color, does that mean that if I ordered  (WS-C2960-24PC-L) then all the Ethernet interfaces can work at the 10/100/1000 ?

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Adrian.Ingham_2 Wed, 12/23/2009 - 01:58
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The 2960 switches come in either 2960 versions or 2960G versions, the 2960G is a 10/100/1000 switch, the 2960 is 10/100 switch, Both the LAN Lite and LAN Base switches have Gigabit uplinks of varying numbers depending on versions except the WS-2960-24-S which is LAN lite 24 port 10/100 only with no uplinks

Hope this helps


hanichaban Wed, 12/23/2009 - 02:19
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Thanks for your response,

I know that details that you provided, what I need is an explanation about what was written on Cisco's website (in the red color). what do they mean by that ?

Adrian.Ingham_2 Wed, 12/23/2009 - 02:45
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I Dont know why its in red only that you these switches are either 10/100 or 10/100/100 and the 10/100 will notallow upgrade to 10/100/1000


alissitz Wed, 12/23/2009 - 11:15
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Hello and good afternoon,

Here is the link to the model comparisons:

There are gig uplinks on the lan-lite products.

Is there a specific application, feature or functionality you are looking for?  Can I assist you all in finding the right switch?

Kindest regards and best wishes for a great new year!

Andrew Lee Lissitz


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