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Cisco Catalyst 9200 Switch Overview and Configuration


Cisco Systems’ advertising announcements will tell you about the latest 21st-century technologies in the all-new Cisco Catalyst 9200 series of switches, which is positioned to create LANs for small and medium-sized offices.

Everything new and technological is always liked by IT directors and other management personnel, but not by network engineers and IT administrators. But do not be afraid this time, because the new bright design and improved features essentially hides the updated, but good old Cisco 2960 switch, used everywhere, loved by network engineers for its ease of setup, convenience and reliability.

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Switch Overview and Configuration
Cisco Catalyst 9200 Switch Overview and Configuration

Configure Cisco Catalyst 9200

Configuring a Cisco Catalyst 9200 switch is almost exactly the same as configuring a Cisco Catalyst 2960 switch, with the exception of a few new features that will not be required by most companies.

You can safely use the following articles to configure the Cisco Catalyst 9200 as a switch for connecting users, printers, and other LAN resources. The differences will only be in the configuration of the interfaces, since the Cisco 9200 has at least 1G.

If you have difficulties with self configuration, we can help you as part of our Cisco outsourcing program.


When buying this switch, you should also pay attention to the license used in it. This can be Essentials (letter E in the label) or Advantage (letter A in the label)

Switches with an E license are a complete analogue of the usual Cisco Catalyst 2960. A layer 2 switch that should be used to connect users and other hosts on the LAN.

Switches with an A license are Layer 3 devices (with routing functionality). They are designed to organize the core of a small office network and act as a gateway to all created network segments (Vlans). In this case, their configuration will be similar to the Cisco 3560, 3850 models and similar switches. An example of configuring a Layer 3 switch can be found in this article:

Labeling Explanation

Here is a breakdown of the main parameters for marking switches.

Cisco Catalyst 9200 – Modular Switch

The Cisco Catalyst 9200L is a switch with a fixed core set of ports (24/48) and connectors. A modular uplink unit typically has 4 ports.

E – Layer 2 switch. Used to connect the end hosts of the network.

A – Layer 3 switch. Used to organize the core network of a small office, as well as to connect the end hosts of the network

24/48 – the number of switch ports

T is a “simple” switch. All ports with 1G bandwidth

P – support for PoE + technology on ports for connecting phones, WiFi access points and other equipment.

4G – Uplink 4-port module with 1G bandwidth

4X – Uplink 4-port module with 1G / 10G bandwidth

2Y – Uplink module for 2 ports with 1G / 10G / 25G bandwidth


Marking the C9200L-48P4GE means that you have an Essentials switch (layer 2) for 48 1G ports with PoE + support, as well as an Uplink module for 4 additional 1G ports.

Other 9000 Series Switches

Other models of the Cisco Catalyst 9000 line are designed to build the core of the network and connect servers in large companies and data centers.

The switch models under the Cisco Catalyst 9300 line have an integrated WiFi controller and a module for stacking switches.

The Cisco Catalyst 9400 line is designed for a modular architecture. This is an analogue of previously released models of Cisco 4500, 6500 and is suitable for creating a reliable environment for modern server hardware.

The Cisco Catalyst 9500 switches are designed to act as a network core. They are distinguished by the highest performance and high density interfaces 10/40 G.


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