The business world is always evolving, and in order to help you stay ahead of the competition, we want to provide you with the equipment you need to have an equally evolving network. Your business network is the foundation on which you can build your future more efficiently and effectively. To do just that, we recommend the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches. These stackable multigigabit and 10-Gbps network switches offer you a truly dynamic connection, and with more than 30 refurbished models to choose from, we are sure you can find the ultimate enterprise solution for your business network.

Switch Overview

Cisco’s 3850 Series Switches are one of the best bang-for-your-buck refurbished switches that provide the ideal convergence of wired and wireless network access while reducing complexity, risk, and price. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 series switches offer a comprehensive set of features, including advanced Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching, support for virtual LANs (VLANs), Quality of Service (QoS), multicast routing, and more. These features make them highly versatile and capable of handling complex networking requirements. The switches also support five optional network modules for uplink ports, offering a variety of different configurations. They support dual redundant power supplies and three field-replaceable fans. Differing from their small business 2960X/XR counterparts that have built-in fans (Click here to find out more). Cisco’s 3850 Series come in 24 or 48-port configurations with 10/100/1000Mbps data PoE+ and Cisco UPOE models with Energy-Efficient Ethernet. You can trust our team when they say refurbished Cisco 3850 switches are perfect for any business looking for an enterprise-level network solution. One of the special features of this series that sets them apart is the Cisco DNA profile.

Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) is an innovative network architecture that provides organizations of all sizes with a secure, automated, and intelligent network to help them stay competitive and productive. Cisco states that DNA is  “a monumental shift in how to design and build networks” and our networking experts agree. The digital network architecture provides the critical services needed to save time. Additionally, Cisco DNA provides a comprehensive set of network services, such as Application Visibility & Control, VM-FEX, and Cisco Identity Services Engine, which can help organizations quickly and easily deploy, manage, and secure their network. The use of AI, allows Cisco DNA technology to reduce network outages, automate processes, secure your data, and achieve a sustainable and reliable network. While you are managing your business, Cisco DNA is managing your network. Allowing you to have trust in the integrity of your network, enabling you to focus on what’s important.

Cisco Catalyst Multigigabit Ethernet Technology

A unique aspect of the Cisco 3850 series is the Cisco Catalyst Multigigabit Ethernet technology. With the tremendous increase of 802.11ac, better known as gigabit Wi-Fi, and other new wireless devices and applications, the demand for more bandwidth is also increasing. This need for bandwidth creates a need for more speed. Cisco Multigigabit technology allows the 3850 series to reach bandwidth speeds from 1Gbps through 10Gbps over traditional Cat 5e and above cabling. On select switches, you can find multigigabit ports that support UPOE, a diverse range of speeds, cable types, and PoE power, opening the doors to innovative networking ecosystems.


Network Module Diversity

The Cisco 3850 Series supports five optional networking modules for uplink ports, offering greater flexibility and scalability for each switch configuration. Although the modules are not compatible with every switch in the 3850 series, these are the main uplink module options: The five optional models are as follows: C3850-NM-4-1G, C3850-NM-2-10G, C3850-NM-4-10G, C3850-NM-8-10G, and the C3850-NM-2-40G. Additionally, the modules are easy to install and configure and provide a cost-effective way for businesses to expand their network without needing additional hardware.

At Dedicated Networks, our team is proud to be some of the most knowledgeable on this subject. We work hard to ensure that our customers have the information they need to make the right decisions for their network. Investing in a refurbished 3850 is a solid decision for every organization, especially if your are looking for a feature rich, reliable, scalable, energy efficient, AND cost-effective solution!  If you were considering purchasing a Cisco 3850 series switch, see what our expert product manager, Lee Gresback, with over 12 years of buying and selling Cisco gear has to say about the series:

“Cisco’s reputation speaks for itself. They are a renowned and established brand in the networking industry that is known for producing high quality and reliable networking equipment. The feature rich 3850 series are backed by Cisco’s reputation and support, including access to software updates, technical documentation, and customer support, which adds value to their refurbished units.”

The Cisco Catalyst 3850 series switches are highly regarded as one of the top choices available in the refurbished market due to the following reasons:

  • Reliability and Performance: Cisco Catalyst switches are known for their reliability and high-performance capabilities. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 series switches are designed to deliver superior performance, high availability, and advanced security features, making them suitable for a wide range of enterprise networking environments.
  • Feature-rich: The Cisco Catalyst 3850 series switches offer a comprehensive set of features, including advanced Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching, support for virtual LANs (VLANs), Quality of Service (QoS), multicast routing, and more. These features make them highly versatile and capable of handling complex networking requirements.
  • Scalability: The Cisco Catalyst 3850 series switches are designed to be highly scalable, with support for stacking up to nine switches and managing them as a single entity. This makes them suitable for organizations that require flexible and scalable networking solutions as their business needs grow and evolve.
  • Energy Efficiency: The Cisco Catalyst 3850 series switches are designed with energy-saving features, such as Cisco EnergyWise, which helps to optimize power usage and reduce energy costs. This makes them environmentally friendly and cost-effective in the long run.
  • Cost-Effective: Refurbished Cisco Catalyst 3850 series switches can offer significant cost savings compared to new switches, making them an attractive option for organizations with budget constraints or those looking to maximize their return on investment (ROI) for networking equipment.

Why Choose the 3850 Series over the 2960X Series?

The Cisco 3850 Series and Cisco 2960X Series network switches are two of the most popular models of Cisco network switches. Both offer a range of features that are suitable for enterprise networks. The 3850 series is generally best suited for larger networks, due to its higher port density and more advanced features like stacking capability. It also offers better performance and higher scalability. The 2960X Series is better suited for smaller networks, as it is more cost-effective and offers fewer ports. It also offers basic Layer 2 switching capabilities, while the 3850 Series offers more advanced Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching capabilities. Both switches offer excellent security and quality of service features, making them a great choice for any enterprise network.

Now we understand that that was a lot of information about networking switches. Whether you were in the market for a Cisco 3850 Series or simply looking to gain some extra networking equipment knowledge, we hope this switch spotlight answered some of your questions. If you are looking to connect with a team member, contact us today to get started.

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