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Extend the life of your network investment

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

Features and benefits

Today's business needs seek always-on connectivity, which is driving new wireless standards such as Wi-Fi 6 and 802.11ac Wave 2. But wireless has now exceeded the traditional capacity of wired infrastructure, creating a bottleneck.

Support Wi-Fi 6 and 802.11ac Wave 2

Create better user experiences with Wi-Fi 6 and 802.11ac Wave 2, and enjoy up to a fivefold jump in wireless speeds, up to 6.8 Gbps. Cisco Multigigabit Technology delivers speeds beyond 1 Gbps on existing cabling, surpassing previously achievable speeds.

Get NBASE-T technology

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 now part of the Ethernet Alliance--in 2014 to make it possible to support up to 10 Gbps over installed Category 5e and 6 cables. Use NBASE-T technology to support Wi-Fi 6 and 802.11ac Wave 2.

Power your solution

Cisco Multigigabit Technology supports PoE, PoE+, UPOE and UPOE+, so you don’t need to install new electrical circuits to power your access points. Only Cisco provides 90 watts UPOE+ to power downstream devices in a next-generation workspace, including lighting, IP phones, IPTVs, surveillance cameras, and virtual desktop clients.

Find the best Multigigabit switch for you

Find the right switch for you with the Cisco Switch Selector.

Cisco Catalyst 9600

  • Modular, Layers 2 and 3, up to 25.6 Tbps
  • Up to 48 x 100 G, 96 x 40 G and 192 x 25/10 G ports
  • Designed for Cisco DNA and SD-Access

Cisco Catalyst 9400

  • Modular, Layers 2 and 3, up to 9 Tbps
  • Multigigabit technology, SFP/SFP+
  • PoE, PoE+, UPOE, UPOE+
  • Designed for Cisco DNA and SD-Access

Cisco Catalyst 9300

  • Stackable, Layers 2 and 3, 480 Gbps
  • Multigigabit technology
  • PoE, PoE+, UPOE, Cisco StackPower
  • Designed for Cisco DNA and SD-Access

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series

  • Optional stacking, Layers 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 350X 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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