Cisco Switch

Hi Experts,

I have to buy some new cisco switches for our location.
We already have one on stock : CATALYST 2960-S Series SI.

I am not sure which model it is, maybe you can help me, because there are several models of this available.

Is it this model : Catalyst 2960S-48TS-S LAN Lite 48 Ports and 2 SFP
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Problem is, the switch is not here and not connected yet.
Q. How can I tell the difference between the LAN Base and LAN Lite switches for the Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series?

A. On the front of the switch, in the top right corner, the LAN Lite switches have “Catalyst 2960-S Series SI.” The LAN Base switches have “Catalyst 2960-S Series.”
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Ok, it means I have a LAN Lite switch.
I have seen, this one is not stackable.
But when I need to extend, do I have the posibility ?

Limited lifetime hardware warranty, including next-business-day replacement with 90-day service and support
What does it means, in case my switch breaks down after 4 years ?
As it seems your switch does not support flexstack stacking.

If you need to extend, then you have to buy another switch and make etherchannel between them.

"What does it means, in case my switch breaks down after 4 years ?" Depends what is in your agreement with your dealer. Do you have any SmartNET activated with CISCO?

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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Ok thanks regarding the Flexstack option.

I think we have no SMARTNET Agreement.
When I read lifetime warranty then I think they change it without costs for the hardware.
I know HP has it too .
You may want to read this:

It appears it is at least a 10 day turn around and once the product is discontinued, the warranty goes away after 5 years.

Can you survive without the switch for 10 plus days?
Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
in this case I will buy a spare switch....
Another thing to think about, without a SmartNET contract:

1) You get NO support from Cisco.  If you have a problem, you can't call them or open a ticket for help.
2) You get NO access to IOS upgrades.  So if your level of IOS has a bug, or a new feature/function is added, you can't get it.
3) If at sometime in the future you determine that you need a SmartNET contract because you "MUST" have a IOS upgrade, or you "MUST" have support from Cisco, you can get a SmartNET contract, but you have to pay for the "back" years.  So if you you need it 3 years from now, you have to pay for 3 years of support before Cisco will help or you get access to the new IOS.
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