2960 (layer 2) vs 3560 (layer 3) ...considerations?

We have serveral 3560's at the access layer, 3750's at the distribution, and a 4507 at the core. We need more access layer switches but the 3560G's are expensive. I noticed that the 2960 is a good deal cheaper but it works at layer 2. Some of our future uses will include VOIP, multicasting, vlans, and port security. I think these can all be handled by a 2960 layer 2 switch. Any reasons why I would choose the 3560 over the 2960?

Thank You Ned Hart

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I supect that this is exactly what the 2960 was designed for.

No "hands on" though.

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From a data standpoint, the 3560 is overkill for an access switch and a 2960 should work well for your purposes. I'd make sure to get one that supports the enhanced image for RSTP and the AutoQOS features. One main consideration is for the VoIP - if you plan on using the POE switches, I believe that only the 3560's will be able to do that for you. I currently use all 3560's with POE for my VoIP devices, and then a 2950/2960 for additional devices that will not be connected through a phone (such as Jet Direct printers, terminal servers, etc...).

Hope that helps,


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