The WS-C2960X-48LPS-L is a fixed-configuration, standalone Ethernet switch that belongs to the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X series. It has 48 ports of Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and is designed to provide a reliable network foundation for small to medium-sized businesses, enterprise branches, and campus environments.
Some of the key features of the WS-C2960X-48LPS-L include:
48 Gigabit Ethernet ports with PoE+ (Power over Ethernet) support, which allows the switch to power devices such as IP phones and wireless access points over the Ethernet cables.
StackWise Plus technology, which allows the switch to be stacked with other compatible Cisco Catalyst 2960-X series switches to form a single logical unit, providing increased scalability and ease of management.
Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) support, which reduces power consumption and operational costs by dynamically adjusting the power usage of the Ethernet ports based on the link status and cable length.
Enhanced security features, including access control lists (ACLs), Cisco TrustSec, and IEEE 802.1X authentication, to help protect against network threats and unauthorized access.
Security Features in Catalyst 2960-X switch
The WS-C2960X-48LPS-L Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switch provides several security features to help protect your network from unauthorized access and data breaches. Some of these features include:
Port Security: The switch can restrict access to ports based on MAC address, limiting the number of devices that can connect to the network.
802.1X Authentication: This feature provides user authentication for devices connecting to the network, ensuring that only authorized users are allowed to access the network.
Access Control Lists (ACLs): ACLs are used to control traffic flow by permitting or denying packets based on a set of rules.
Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol: SSH is used to provide secure remote access to the switch for configuration and management purposes.
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Snooping: This feature prevents unauthorized DHCP servers from providing IP addresses to devices on the network.
IP Source Guard: This feature ensures that only valid IP addresses are used on the network, preventing the use of spoofed or fraudulent IP addresses.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Encryption: SSL provides secure communications between the switch and management stations, protecting against eavesdropping and tampering.
Private VLANs: Private VLANs are used to isolate traffic between devices on the same VLAN, preventing unauthorized access and data leakage.
Multidomain Authentication: This feature provides authentication for devices connecting to multiple VLANs, ensuring that each VLAN has its own security policies.
Network Admission Control (NAC): NAC ensures that only compliant devices are allowed to connect to the network, protecting against viruses, worms, and other malware.
Multicast Routing Configuration
Multicast routing configuration in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switch involves enabling multicast routing and configuring multicast protocols, such as Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM), to route multicast traffic.
Here are the general steps to configure multicast routing in the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switch:
Enable multicast routing: Enter the global configuration mode and use the "ip multicast-routing" command to enable multicast routing.
Configure PIM: Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) is used to route multicast traffic. You can configure PIM in two modes: Sparse Mode (SM) or Dense Mode (DM). To configure PIM-SM, use the "ip pim sparse-mode" command in the interface configuration mode. To configure PIM-DM, use the "ip pim dense-mode" command.
Configure multicast groups: Multicast groups are used to identify a group of hosts that are interested in receiving the same multicast traffic. Use the "ip igmp join-group" command to configure the multicast group in the interface configuration mode.
Configure the RP: In a PIM-SM network, you need to configure the Rendezvous Point (RP) to enable multicast traffic to be delivered to all members of a multicast group. Use the "ip pim rp-address" command to configure the RP.
Verify multicast routing: Use the "show ip mroute" command to verify multicast routing.