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Model Comparison for the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

The Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches are the next generation of enterprise-class, stackable, access layer switches. They provide full convergence between wired and wireless networks on a single platform. This convergence is built on the resilience of the new, 480 Gbps Cisco StackWise and Cisco StackPower technologies.

The following table provides high-level comparisons of the different models available in the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switch family. You may view all models with:

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Customers need to purchase the IP Base software model or the IP Services software model in order to use a Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switch as a wireless controller. LAN Base models require the purchase of a StackPower cable separately to enable StackPower functionality.

With LAN Base Software

Models

Total GE 
Ethernet Ports

Total Multi-Gigabit 
Ethernet Ports

Default AC
Power Supply/
Available PoE Power

Optional
Network Module

Stack
Power

WS-C3850-24T-L 24 - 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-48T-L 48 - 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-24P-L 24 PoE+ - 715 W, 435 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-48P-L 48 PoE+ - 715 W, 435 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-48F-L 48 PoE+ - 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-24U-L 24 UPOE - 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-48U-L 48 UPOE - 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-24XU-L 24 UPOE 24 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes*
WS-C3850-12X48U-L 36 UPOE 12 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes*

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* LAN Base models require purchase of a separate StackPower cable.

With IP Base Software

Models

Total Gigabit
Ethernet (GE) Ports

Total Multi-Gigabit
Ethernet Ports

Default AC
Power Supply/
Available Power over Ethernet (PoE) Power

Optional Network Module

Stack
Power

WS-C3850-24T-S 24 - 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48T-S 48 - 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24P-S 24 PoE+ - 715 W, 435 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48P-S 48 PoE+ - 715 W ,435 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48F-S 48 PoE+ - 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-12S-S 12 Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) - 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24S-S 24 SFP - 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24U-S 24 UPOE - 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48U-S 48 UPOE - 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24XU-S 24 UPOE 24 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-12X48U-S 36 UPOE 12 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes

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With IP Services Software

Models

Total GE
Ethernet Ports

Total Multi-Gigabit
Ethernet Ports

Default AC
Power Supply/
Available PoE Power

Optional Network Module

Stack
Power

WS-C3850-24T-E 24 - 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48T-E 48 - 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24P-E 24 PoE+ - 715 W, 435 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48P-E 48 PoE+ - 715 W, 435 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48F-E 48 PoE+ - 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-12S-E 12 SFP - 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24S-E 24 SFP - 350 W, no PoE 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24U-E 24 UPOE - 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-48U-E 48 UPOE - 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-24XU-E 24 UPOE 24 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes
WS-C3850-12X48U-E 36 UPOE 12 UPOE 1100 W, 800 W 4 x 1 GE
2 x 10 GE
4 x 10 GE
8 x 10 GE
2 x 40 GE
Yes

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