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Cisco Catalyst Switches Questions

Hassan Shozeb
Network System Engineer at Mutex Systems limited
Sep 13 2021
Hi community, I am using Cisco Catalyst 3560G which was not in use for a while.  When I start the switch, firstly it hangs during boot then I reset it multiple times and then the page (see below) appears on the console but I'm not able to run any command. Secondly, all ports are not… (more)

Hi community,

I am using Cisco Catalyst 3560G which was not in use for a while. 

When I start the switch, firstly it hangs during boot then I reset it multiple times and then the page (see below) appears on the console but I'm not able to run any command.

Secondly, all ports are not responding: when I check them no ports or led up when I connect it. 

What should I do? Does it is related to hardware failure or a firmware issue? Possibly, something else. Please advise!

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Matthew FrickIt appears that you are in RONMON mode for that switch, which limits… more »
Greg PlanteIn order to recover from rommon you will need to re-install an OS on the switch… more »
Hassan Shozeb
Network System Engineer at Mutex Systems limited
Sep 15 2021

Hi community,

Is it necessary to stack power cables while stacking switches in Cisco Catalyst 9300 into the HA mode (I am stacking using StackWise-480)?

Ender KefogluIf you are asking if it is mandatory, no it is not.  If you are asking if it… more »
Stephen HopeYou can do it, but you don't have to.  We have noticed that the power stacking… more »
Greg PlanteThe simple answer is "no". It is not required but, for improved resilience due… more »
Mesfin Workneh
User at Ministry of Finance
May 02 2021

Hi, 

Until now, I have been using a Cisco Catalyst 2960 switch. But now I'm considering changing it to a D-Link one. 

Would you recommend me doing this change? If so, why?

Thank you!

Luis ApodacaHello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good… more »
Ender KefogluI wholeheartedly agreee with everything Luis Apodaca has said. My additional… more »
supervis809292Hard to make a recommendation with zero details about your use case. But… more »
Lancy DeAlmeida
User at Home User

I'm researching switches. Which do you recommend - Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access vs Cisco Catalyst?

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Aug 23 2021

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Cisco Catalyst Switches.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

Nelson GonzalezLicensing is somewhat expensive and should be improved. Cisco should provide… more »
Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Aug 30 2021

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Cisco Catalyst Switches, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Aug 30 2021

Hi Everyone,

What do you like most about Cisco Catalyst Switches?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Aug 30 2021

Hi,

We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Aug 30 2021

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

LAN Switching Questions
Stephen Larcara
Sr. Toll Systems Engineer at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
I am trying to determine if we need to specify and justify the cost for FM200 fire suppression. Client has about 24 sites each with a computer equipment room containing anywhere from 3 to 5 racks with 3-4 Dell and HP servers, CIsco network switches, patch panels, UPS and batteries. Many of these… (more)

I am trying to determine if we need to specify and justify the cost for FM200 fire suppression.

Client has about 24 sites each with a computer equipment room containing anywhere from 3 to 5 racks with 3-4 Dell and HP servers, CIsco network switches, patch panels, UPS and batteries. Many of these locations will go to unstaffed in the future.

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Richard ArtesNo, i've been working it IT for 20 years and never seen a fire in a server room… more »
CvanderHI have never experienced a fire in a data center but have seen some hazardous… more »
Jerry KFire suppression solution is always recommended in a HVDC environ. If you want… more »