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1. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Product Overview

Get an access switch that gets you ready for 802.11ac Wave 2 and other new technologies that are here today, or coming at you tomorrow. Stackable Catalyst 3850 Series multigigabit and 10-Gbps network switches give you wired and wireless together so you can scale up and protect your investments.

You may also like: Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Data Sheet

2. Catalyst 3850 Series Models

Catalyst 3850-48XS

  • 48 10G SFP+ ports
  • 4x40G QSFP+ uplinks (fixed)
  • Supports all power supplies
  • Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW)

Catalyst 3850-NM-8-10G

  • Modular uplink
  • 8X10 GE SFP+ ports
  • Supports many 1G and 10G optics
  • Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW)

Catalyst 3850-24XS

  • 24 10G SFP+ ports
  • Supports Cisco StackPower
  • Supports 8x10G and 2x40G uplinks
  • Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW)

Catalyst 3850-NM-2-40G

  • Modular uplink
  • 2×40 GE QSFP+ ports
  • Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW)

3. Model Comparison for the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

The Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches are the next generation of enterprise-class, stackable, access layer switches. They provide full convergence between wired and wireless networks on a single platform. This convergence is built on the resilience of the new, 480 Gbps Cisco StackWise and Cisco StackPower technologies.

The following table provides high-level comparisons of the different models available in the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switch family.

Customers need to purchase the IP Base software model or the IP Services software model in order to use a Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switch as a wireless controller. LAN Base models require the purchase of a StackPower cable separately to enable StackPower functionality. All models include Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW).

With LAN Base Software

ModelsTotal GE 
Ethernet Ports
Total Multi-Gigabit 
Ethernet Ports
Default AC
Power Supply/
Available PoE Power
Optional
Network Module
Stack
Power
WS-C3850-24T-L24350 W, no PoE4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-48T-L48350 W, no PoE4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-24P-L24 PoE+715 W, 435 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-48P-L48 PoE+715 W, 435 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-48F-L48 PoE+1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-24U-L24 UPOE1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-48U-L48 UPOE1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-24XU-L24 UPOE24 UPOE1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-12X48U-L36 UPOE12 UPOE1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes*

* LAN Base models require purchase of a separate StackPower cable.

With IP Base Software

ModelsTotal Gigabit
Ethernet (GE) Ports
Total Multi-Gigabit
Ethernet Ports
Default AC
Power Supply/
Available Power over Ethernet (PoE) Power
Optional Network ModuleStack
Power
WS-C3850-24T-S24350 W, no PoE4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48T-S48350 W, no PoE4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24P-S24 PoE+715 W, 435 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48P-S48 PoE+715 W ,435 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48F-S48 PoE+1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-12S-S12 Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP)350 W, no PoE4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24S-S24 SFP350 W, no PoE4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24U-S24 UPOE1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48U-S48 UPOE1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24XU-S24 UPOE24 UPOE1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-12X48U-S36 UPOE12 UPOE1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes

With IP Services Software

ModelsTotal GE
Ethernet Ports
Total Multi-Gigabit
Ethernet Ports
Default AC
Power Supply/
Available PoE Power
Optional Network ModuleStack
Power
WS-C3850-24T-E24350 W, no PoE4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48T-E48350 W, no PoE4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24P-E24 PoE+715 W, 435 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48P-E48 PoE+715 W, 435 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48F-E48 PoE+1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-12S-E12 SFP350 W, no PoE4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24S-E24 SFP350 W, no PoE4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24U-E24 UPOE1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48U-E48 UPOE1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24XU-E24 UPOE24 UPOE1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-12X48U-E36 UPOE12 UPOE1100 W, 800 W4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes

References

  1. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches
  2. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Support
  3. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Compare Models
  4. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Case Studies
  5. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Data Sheet
  6. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Q&A
  7. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches White Papers

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