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Catalyst 2960 uplink ports

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Jun 20th, 2014
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Hi,

is there any difference between uplink ports (using 1Gbps SFP) and any another 10/100/1000 port on Catalyst 2960X ?  What I mean is: if uplink port has a 1Gbps SFP and considering that standard port are 10/100/1000, is there a reason, for example related to Catalyst internal hardware and bus architecture, that should make me connect a server to the uplink port instead to any another port ?

 

Thank you a lot,

enrico.

 

Correct Answer by devils_advocate about 3 years 1 month ago

Although you can purchase Copper SFP's, people generally use the SFP ports on a switch to connect fibre cables to which means they they get the full 12/24/48 ports for their hosts.

Using one or more of the standard ports for uplinks means there are less for hosts but if you have spare and don't want the cost of running fibre and purchasing additional SFP's then use the normal ports.

Correct Answer by Leo Laohoo about 3 years 1 month ago

No difference whatsoever.  All the ports all share one single ASIC.

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Leo Laohoo Fri, 06/20/2014 - 03:36
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No difference whatsoever.  All the ports all share one single ASIC.

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Although you can purchase Copper SFP's, people generally use the SFP ports on a switch to connect fibre cables to which means they they get the full 12/24/48 ports for their hosts.

Using one or more of the standard ports for uplinks means there are less for hosts but if you have spare and don't want the cost of running fibre and purchasing additional SFP's then use the normal ports.

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