Co-authored by Sandeep Dhanda, Enterprise Switching Product Manager, Cisco

Set up your small office in just three clicks with Cisco Catalyst 2960-L and Mobility Express

The size of a network is in no way an indication of the IT challenges it can create for small or medium-sized businesses. To address these challenges and meet the growing demands that are placed on the network, IT management needs to be simple and efficient. At the same time, simplicity does not have to mean forgoing industry best practices for security and reliability.

Getting a small office up and running just became easier! Catalyst 2960-L switches come packaged together with an integrated management solution, Cisco Configuration Professional for Catalyst (CCPC). CCPC gives you an intuitive management interface that facilitates monitoring and reduces the cost of ownership of the network. With it, onboarding Catalyst 2960-L switches and Mobility Express Access Points requires just three simple clicks – it’s that easy!

Powered by the industry-leading Catalyst and Aironet brands, the newly expanded Catalyst 2960-L series of switches and Mobility Express-enabled wireless access points bring networking best practices to small and medium business access networks. Together, these let you harness the power of 802.11ac Wave 2 to offer your end users more bandwidth, more speed and wider range for their data transmissions – without needing advanced IT know-how to run the network.

Introducing the Catalyst 2960-L Smart Managed Switch

The new Catalyst 2960-L Smart Managed switches provide the reliability and speed of enterprise-grade technology without the cost and complexity. The CCPC, an intuitive Web-UI provides a day-0 setup wizard, day-N provisioning, image upgrades, troubleshooting, diagnostics, system monitoring, and a client view. There is no CLI on the switch. The web interface integrates the best practices of configuring and managing the network which means the customers do not have to be IT experts in order to set up their network.

The Catalyst 2960-L smart managed switches are purpose-built for small office deployments with no or lean IT teams. With the same compact design and noiseless operation as other models in Catalyst 2960-L Series, these switches work well for deployments outside the wiring closet. This means you can hide them in plain sight in your open-plan office, your day spa or your co-working lounge and not have to worry about an annoying hum disturbing the environment.

Combine with Mobility Express

Due to the controller function embedded in the access point, Mobility Express is simple by design and brings a powerful network as best practices are enabled by default. Not only that, but a simple UI easily monitors, manages and troubleshoots your network.

Using the Mobility Express and the Catalyst 2960-L as the backbone of your network offers security, flexibility and scalability not found in other solutions.

 No compromises on quality

Cisco has been a leader in enterprise networking for decades and now brings the same reliability and enterprise quality to SMB with the introduction of new Catalyst 2960-L Smart Managed switches. Just like the enterprise portfolio, the Catalyst 2960-L Smart Managed switches come with the Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (ELLW), offering an enterprise-grade warranty for the lifetime of the product, next business day replacement, 8×5 troubleshooting and diagnostic support for up to 90 days from the date of shipment. Customers can enjoy peace of mind with no compromises on product quality or support regardless of the size of their organization.

So why settle for “good enough” when you can have the best– Cisco!                    


Muninder Sambi

VP, Product Management

Cisco Enterprise Switching