Question on 2 new Cisco 2960X-48TS-L

I'm more of a software guy than hardware, so be gentle. I just had our vendor send over 2 new 2960X-48TS-L switches. What are my options for connecting these 2 together? I dont need them stackable - with the same IP, just connected together. My old 2960 switches are connected with a crossover cable using the separate ports on the right labeled 1 and 2.

The new switches have 4 empty sfp ports.

Thanks for any help!
cb_itAsked:
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rauenpcCommented:
If you don't need multiple vlans, stacking, or a single management IP, you should be able to plainly connect the two together with a single ethernet cable. The switches are auto MDIX so you shouldn't need a crossover, but officially speaking a switch-to-switch connection requires a crossover.

Now if you connect a single cable, you're good to go. If you want multiple cables, then you can rely on spanning tree to activate ports, or to load balance you'll need to configure an etherchannel.

All ports are gig on your model, so there is no advantage speed-wise to using one port over another.
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cb_itAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the quick reply and excellent answer. Could I use some type of sfp fiber port (if that's even the right terminology) and connect them that way. Would that be an better in any way??
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N-WCommented:
You could use the SFP+ ports and run 10G fiber connection between the two switches, so that's 10x faster than a single 1G connection. The 10G SFP+ modules can be expensive though and may not be worth the extra expense.

If you're not pushing a lot of traffic through the switches, it may be better two setup 2 x 1Gb connections in Etherchannel.
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rauenpcCommented:
The model you posted doesn't have 10g ports, but yes you could use sfp interfaces the same as rj45 ports on those switches.
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N-WCommented:
Yes, my apologies. I was thinking of the WS-C2960X-48TD-L.

The 2960X-48TS-L only supports SFP, not SFP+. Creating an etherchannel would be the best way to increase bandwidth between the two switches.
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cb_itAuthor Commented:
Thanks to both of you for the excellent replies, and not just posting a link. I dont have this switch setup just yet, maybe the next couple of days. Will I have to modify the config to setup 2 ports as etherchannel - or does this happen automatically??

If so, what would be the proper commands for modifying the config?

Thanks again and sorry for the beginner questions!
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cb_itAuthor Commented:
Both answeres helped me alot. Splitting points if that's ok. Thanks again!
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