Layer 3 Switches

Matt Harris matt at
Mon Jun 29 17:37:36 UTC 2020

Cisco doesn't want to sell 2960 series anymore and they made that perfectly
clear to me over the past couple of years. I ended up switching to Juniper
EX gear in places I had been deploying 2960's previously. The EX3400 lineup
is better priced than the newer Cisco stuff, and imho a better value
overall in terms of what you get.

If you stick with Cisco, you'll likely be going with the Cat9200 or Cat9300
series. They're good switches, to be sure, but at the end of the day the
Junipers are just as good and cheaper.

Good luck on your project!

On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 10:41 AM Nathaniel Wingard via NANOG <
nanog at> wrote:

> I’m looking to replace some access switches (Cisco Catalyst 3750 and
> 3560G). I really just need L2 features (stacking, PoE+, VLAN). I’ve found
> a 2960X that I like, but Cisco is pushing their 9200 series. The only
> downside I see is that the 9200s look to all have Layer 3 features. I’ve
> always shied away from L3 switches when I don’t need the L3 features, but I
> don’t have any solid reason not to just use the switches and turn off the
> L3 features I don’t need. I’m looking for thoughts on this approach.
> Thanks,
> Nathaniel

Matt Harris|Infrastructure Lead Engineer
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