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A recommendation for Cisco layer 3 switch


I need A recommendation for switch 10/100/1000/100g layer 3.

I need to know what feathers that need to be on the switch?




Michel V

Hall of Fame Super Gold

What is your budget?  100

What is your budget? 


100 Gbps????  Is this a serious question or is this for school work?

New Member

Ha Ha..I was wrong. I meant

Ha Ha..

I was wrong. I meant 10g.The budget is not a problem.



New Member

Hello Michel,Thank you for

Hello Michel,

Thank you for visiting the Cisco Support Community!

If you are looking for a switch that best fits your needs, I think the model comparison tool could be very helpful. Cisco's small business switches are listed in the link below. If you click on the desired switch, there will be a model comparison tool (on the left hand side and on the bottom of the page). This tool will provide you with details about the models you have selected to compare, allowing you to make an informed decision. 

Cisco Model Comparison Tool

If this post was helpful, please remember to mark this question as resolved to help others in the community. If you have any further questions regarding Cisco’s small business products, please do not hesitate to ask!



New Member

you have platform 3k, 4k, 6k

you have platform 3k, 4k, 6k and nexus switches....

you need a CORE SWITCH DISTRIBUTION (for example 6K) or a Switch L3 for basic routing???

10G copper, you do not have

10G copper, you do not have many options. Only nexus.

Fiber. more options with SFP and X2 module.

Please check the link below . A complete list of switches supprting 10G. From 3560 to 6500.

Hope it helps,


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"I need to know what feathers that need to be on the switch?"

For a recommendation, you need to tell us more about your switch's requirements.  So far, you've only asked for L3.

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Hi Michel,Cisco L3 has

Hi Michel,

Cisco L3 has different models, first look at your budget, area to install, license to enable required feature. We have platform 3k, 4k, 6k and nexus switches. All devices have significant features and licenses. Please select one of the model based on your requirement.



Sanjib Pradhan


Spooster IT Services

New Member

General answer for your

General answer for your general question, go with 3850s



New Member

I assume that you are looking

I assume that you are looking for a switch that has atleast 2 x 10 GB uplink ports. 

The reason I assume is because buying a switch with all 10 GB ports is not of much use because you will have bottle necks at the server or the user device end. Almost all the user devices are 1 GB port so connecting them to 10 GB port is not going to help. If you have 10 GB uplink then that makes sense as the backbone can pass more traffic.

Cisco Catalyst 4948 10 Gigabit Ethernet (2 x 10 GB ports, total 48)
Cisco Catalyst 4900M (24 x 10 GB ports, total 48)

Hope this helps!!

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I personally would recommend the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches. They support up to 4 10GB SFPs and have great redundancy. The exact specifications can be seen below:

  • 12- and 24-port 1 GE SFP or 1/10 GE SFP+ models
  • Five optional uplink modules with 4 x GE, 2 x 10 GE, 4 x 10 GE, 8 x 10 GE or 2 x 40 GE QSFP+ ports
  • Cisco StackWise-480 technology to provide scalability and resiliency with 480 Gbps of stack throughput
  • Cisco StackPower technology
  • Dual redundant, modular power supplies and three modular fans



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