The Cisco WS-C2960C-12PC-L Catalyst Switch is a compact and powerful network switch designed for small to medium-sized businesses, branch offices, and remote sites. It offers 12 Ethernet ports, including two dual-purpose uplink ports, and delivers Fast Ethernet connectivity for desktop and wireless LAN access, as well as basic IP routing capabilities. The switch is easy to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot, and provides a range of advanced features and capabilities to improve network performance, reliability, and security.
Some of the key features and benefits of the Cisco WS-C2960C-12PC-L Catalyst 12 Ports Ethernet Switch include:
Power over Ethernet (PoE) Support: The switch supports PoE, which enables network administrators to power network devices, such as IP phones, wireless access points, and surveillance cameras, over Ethernet cables, eliminating the need for separate power supplies and simplifying network deployment.
Advanced QoS Capabilities: The switch provides a range of advanced QoS capabilities, including traffic prioritization, traffic shaping, and congestion management, which enable network administrators to optimize network performance and ensure that critical applications receive the required bandwidth and performance.
Network Security Features: The switch provides a range of network security features, including access control, authentication, and encryption, which help protect the network from unauthorized access, attacks, and data breaches.
Easy Network Management: The switch can be easily managed using a variety of network management tools, including Cisco Network Assistant, Cisco Prime Infrastructure, and the Cisco IOS Command-Line Interface (CLI), providing network administrators with a range of options to monitor, configure, and troubleshoot the network.
Advanced Network Capabilities: The switch provides a range of advanced network capabilities, including IPv6 support, Layer 3 static routing, and dynamic VLAN assignment, which enable network administrators to deploy and manage more complex networks, as well as prepare for future network growth and technology advancements.
Network Security Features
The Cisco WS-C2960C-12PC-L Catalyst 12 Ports Ethernet Switch is a layer 2 switch that offers various network security features, including:
Access Control Lists (ACLs): ACLs are used to filter traffic based on IP addresses, protocols, and ports. The Cisco WS-C2960C-12PC-L switch supports up to 256 ACLs.
Port security: Port security allows you to limit the number of MAC addresses that can connect to a particular switch port. This helps prevent unauthorized access to the network.
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) snooping: DHCP snooping is a security feature that validates DHCP messages and filters out unauthorized DHCP messages.
Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol: SSH provides encrypted network communication between two network devices. The Cisco WS-C2960C-12PC-L switch supports SSH version 1 and 2.
Network Admission Control (NAC): NAC is a security framework that helps enforce security policies on all devices trying to access the network. The Cisco WS-C2960C-12PC-L switch supports NAC using the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE).
Virtual LAN (VLAN): VLANs allow you to segment your network into logical groups. The Cisco WS-C2960C-12PC-L switch supports up to 64 VLANs.
Spanning Tree Protocol (STP): STP helps prevent network loops by disabling redundant paths in a network. The Cisco WS-C2960C-12PC-L switch supports STP and its variants, including Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) and Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP).
Dynamic Trunking Protocol (DTP): DTP is a Cisco proprietary protocol that allows two switches to automatically negotiate the trunking mode (access or trunk) on a link.
802.1X Authentication: 802.1X provides port-based authentication, allowing you to authenticate devices before granting them access to the network. The Cisco WS-C2960C-12PC-L switch supports 802.1X authentication using an external authentication server such as the Cisco Secure Access Control System (ACS).
VLAN and Network Segmentation
The Cisco WS-C2960C-12PC-L Catalyst 12 Ports Ethernet Switch provides support for VLAN and network segmentation, enabling network administrators to divide a network into smaller, more manageable segments to improve network performance, security, and traffic management.
Some of the key VLAN and network segmentation features and capabilities of the Cisco WS-C2960C-12PC-L Catalyst 12 Ports Ethernet Switch include:
IEEE 802.1Q VLAN Support: The switch supports IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging, which enables network administrators to create multiple VLANs on the same physical network, improving network performance, reducing network congestion, and enhancing network security.
Private VLANs: The switch supports private VLANs (PVLANs), which enable network administrators to partition a VLAN into smaller sub-VLANs, enhancing network security by isolating network traffic between devices on the same VLAN.
Voice VLAN: The switch supports Voice VLAN, which enables network administrators to separate voice and data traffic on the same network, providing better quality of service (QoS) for voice traffic and reducing network congestion.
VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP): The switch supports VTP, which enables network administrators to configure VLANs across multiple switches, simplifying network management and reducing configuration errors.
VLAN-Based ACLs: The switch supports VLAN-based access control lists (ACLs), which enable network administrators to apply security policies to specific VLANs, providing better network security and control.