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As wireless speeds increase, don’t let your switches become a bottleneck. Prepare your access switches for 802.11ac Wave 2 with Catalyst Multigigabit Technology. It delivers speeds beyond 1 Gigabit on existing Category 5e/6 cables. The technology also supports Power over Ethernet (PoE), PoE+, and Cisco Universal PoE (UPOE) so you don’t need to install new electrical circuits to power your access points.

Transform your workspace for the digital era

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Support 802.11ac Wave 2

Create better user experiences with 802.11ac Wave 2, and enjoy up to five-fold jump in wireless speeds up to 6.8 Gigabits. Catalyst Multigigabit technology delivers speeds beyond 1 Gigabit on existing cabling to catapult you to speeds that surpass anything available previously.

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Get NBASE-T

Category 5e cables inside buildings that connect switches to wireless access points are limited to just 1-Gigabit speeds. Cisco founded the NBASE-T Alliance in 2014 to make it possible to support up to 10 Gbps over installed Category 5e and 6 cables. Use NBASE-T to support 802.11ac Wave 2 today.

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Power your solution

Multigigabit technology supports PoE, PoE+, and UPOE so you don’t need to install new electrical circuits to power your access points. Only Cisco provides 60 Watts UPOE to power downstream devices in a next-generation workspace, including IP phones, IPTVs, surveillance cameras, and virtual desktop clients.

Find the best multigigabit switch for you

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Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series

Modular, Layer 2 and 3, 928 Gbps
PoE, PoE+, UPOE
100 access points supported

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Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series

Stackable, Layer 2 and 3, 480 Gbps
PoE, PoE+, StackPower, UPOE
100 access points supported

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Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series

Optional Stacking, Layer 2 and 3, 160 Gbps
PoE, PoE+, UPOE
50 access points supported

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Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series

Small form factor
Supports Layer 3
8 or 12 Gigabit Ethernet ports
PoE+ support with up to 240W of PoE budget

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