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Cisco Multigigabit Technology

Extend the life of your network investment

As wireless speeds increase, don’t let your switches become a bottleneck. Prepare your access switches for 802.11ac Wave 2 with Cisco 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

Support 802.11ac Wave 2

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

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.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9400
Series

  • Modular, Layer 2 and 3, up to 9 Tbps
  • Multigigabit technology, SFP/SFP+
  • PoE, PoE+, UPOE
  • Designed for DNA and SD-Access
  • Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW)

Cisco Catalyst 9300
Series

  • Stackable, Layer 2 and 3, 480 Gbps
  • Multigigabit technology
  • PoE, PoE+, UPOE, Cisco StackPower
  • Up to 48 x 1/5/10 G ports, multigigabit, 25/40 G uplinks
  • Designed for DNA and SD-Access
  • Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW)

Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series

  • Modular, Layer 2 and 3, 928 Gbps
  • PoE, PoE+, UPOE
  • 100 access points supported
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty (LLW)

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series

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

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series

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

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

Cisco Catalyst Digital Building Series

  • 30/60W power per port
  • 8 x 10/100 Ethernet ports
  • Fanless design; fixed power supply
  • SD-Access Extension for IoT
  • Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW)

Cisco 350 Series

  • High-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Secure desktop and wireless connectivity
  • Unified communications optimized
  • Highly secure guest connectivity

Meraki MS350 series

  • High performance plus redundant power
  • 4 x 10-G SFP+ uplinks
  • 160-G physical stacking
  • Dynamic Layer 3 routing
  • Available multigigabit and UPOE support

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About Cisco Multigigabit technology

Eliminate the wired bottleneck with Cisco Multigigabit technology.

Today's business needs demand always-on connectivity, which is driving new wireless standards like 802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11ax. But wireless has now exceeded the traditional capacity of wired infrastructure, creating a bottleneck.

With Cisco Multigigabit technology, you can optimize your transmission rate to get the highest achievable data rate out of installed Category 5e and Category 6 structured cabling. Cisco Multigigabit augments the NBASE-T specifications and IEEE 802.3bz standard by providing a mechanism to select the best speed available. You don't have to worry about the constraints of the cabling: our technology lets links adjust to the highest supportable speed, adjusts the data rate, and maintains links.