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WS-C2960-24PC-L VS. WS-C2960-24PC-S : capabilities.

Good afternoon

We are presently looking to standardize out infrastructure to use Cisco Catalyst switches, exclusively.  

We presently have 1 3560, and a WS-C2960-24PC-L.  These switches feed a stack of netgear switches (which we want to get rid of).

Our reason for doing so, is to bring Avaya POE IP Phones into the company to replace the digital hand sets (which are not POE).

We currently have 8 Avaya POE phones, which are all patched into the WS-C2960-24PC-L (for POE and Voice VLAN propagation).

I have found a good deal on a set of WS-C2960-24PC-S switches, but am concerned about the LAN Base model versus the LAN Lite Model.

The network setup is simple: two VLANs (data, voice), three /24 networks (routed by the 3560, directly connected).  

Is there any difference, between the two models, that would prevent me from achieving my desired outcome?


Thanks in advance.

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WS-C2960-24PC-L means the

WS-C2960-24PC-L means the hardware runs on LAN Base software.  WS-C2960-24PC-S means it's running a cut-down version of the LAN Base software called LAN LITE (aka LAN Cr@p).  You really, really don't want to invest in the latter.  


Cisco Catalyst 2960 LAN Base switches have several advantages: 

• Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in 8-, 24-, and 48-port configurations 

• RPS support and support for a wide range of SFP transceivers 

• Enhanced security through Layer 2-4 access control lists (ACLs), DHCP Snooping, and more extensive Network Admission Control capabilities such as Web authentication and 802.1x enhancements

• Additional QoS capabilities: The LAN Base IOS supports policing, class and policy maps, differentiated services code point (DSCP), AutoQoS, and configurable queue weights, buffers, and thresholds 

• Higher network-level availability with features such as Flex Links and Link State Tracking 

•Increased number of VLANs (256) and other enhancements such as IPv6 Host, MLD Snooping, LLDP-MED, RSPAN, MVR, DHCP Option 82, and IP SLA (responder) 

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