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Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches

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What is Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches?

Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series features full Gigabit Ethernet with a modular, optimized design. Expandable up to 26 ports in a compact form factor, these rugged network switches are optimized for size, power and performance. They can deliver up to…

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What is Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches?

The Cisco Catalyst® IE3300 Rugged Series supports mainstream adoption of Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in a compact, form-factor, modular switch that is purpose-built for a wide variety of extended enterprise and industrial applications.


Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series switches deliver Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in a compact form factor, and are designed for a wide range of industrial applications where hardened products are required. The modular design of the Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series expands to up to 26 ports of Gigabit Ethernet or up to 24 ports of Gigabit Ethernet and 2 ports of 10 Gigabit (10G) Ethernet with a range of expansion module options. The platform is built to withstand harsh environments in manufacturing, energy, transportation, mining, smart cities, and oil and gas. The IE3300 platform is presented as ideal for extended enterprise deployments in outdoor spaces, warehouses, and distribution centers.


These switches run Cisco IOS® XE, a network operating system with built-in security and trust, featuring secure boot, image signing, and the Cisco® Trust anchor module. Cisco IOS XE also provides API-driven configuration with open APIs and data models.


The Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series is managed through tools such as Cisco DNA Center and Cisco Industrial Network Director, and can be set up with WebUI, a modern GUI. The platform also supports Full Flexible NetFlow (FNF) for real-time visibility into traffic patterns and threat analysis with Cisco Stealthwatch®.


The IE3300 all Gigabit series (with expansion module) supports a power budget of up to 360W for PoE/PoE+, shared across up to 24 ports, and is ideal for connecting PoE-powered end devices such as IP cameras, phones, wireless access points, and sensors.


The IE3300 10G series (with expansion module) supports a power budget of up to 480W (pending safety & compliance approval) for IEEE® 802.3af / 802.3at / 802.3bt (type 3 & type 4), shared across up to 24 ports, and is ideal for connecting high power PoE end devices such as PTZ IP cameras, phones, high power 802.11ac Wave 2 / 802.11ax wireless access points, and sensors.



Features and Benefits

Industrial design

● Built for harsh environments and temperature ranges (-40°C to +75°C)

● Fanless, convection-cooled with no moving parts for extended durability

● Hardened for vibration, shock and surge, and electrical noise immunity

● Complies with multi-industry specifications for automation, ITS, and substation environments

● Improves uptime, performance, and safety of industrial systems and equipment

● Covers a wide range of Power over Ethernet (PoE) (up to IEEE ® 802.3bt type 4) application requirements

● Alarm I/O for monitoring and signaling to external equipment

Gigabit Ethernet interfaces with 10G uplink variants

● Provides secure access for new high-speed applications in the industrial space

● There are two base system port configurations available: 2 ports of 1GE uplinks or 2 ports of 10G uplinks:Packs up to 10 ports - 2x 10G Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) uplinks plus 8x 1GE copper RJ45 downlink ports (with IEEE® 802.3bt PoE or non-PoE) in a small form-factor base system ; Packs up to 10 ports of GE - 2x 1GE Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplinks plus 8x 1GE copper RJ45 downlink ports (with PoE+ or non PoE) in a small form-factor base system

● Expandable to up to 26 ports of GE by attaching one of 8 compatible modules (copper, PoE, fiber and 2.5G with IEEE® 802.3bt type 4 options); or up to up to 24 ports of GE plus 2 ports of 10G by attaching one of the 8 compatible modules (copper, PoE, fiber and 2.5G with IEEE® 802.3bt type 4 options)

● Connects high-speed wireless access points (802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ac WAVE 2, 802.11ax)

● Enables Ultra High-Definition (UHD), PTZ IP cameras, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Wi-Fi 6 Access Points

● Delivers multiple rings and redundant ring topologies for new network configurations

● Extends geographical scalability where longer-distance connectivity is required

High-density industrial Power over Ethernet (PoE)

● Supports - up to 24x PoE/PoE+ ports or 4x 802.3bt type 4 ports (with 2.5G expansion module) with the all GE PoE enabled base [Power budget - 360W]; up to 24x PoE/PoE+ ports or 8x "802.3bt type 3" ports or 4x "802.3bt type 4" ports with the 10G, PoE enabled system [Power budget – 480Watts]


● Controls costs by limiting wiring, distribution panels, and circuit breakers

● Reduces equipment needs, thus requiring less space and reducing heat dissipation

● Enables ready-to-use PoE devices, such as IP phones, cameras, and wireless access points

WebUI

● Supports configuration and monitoring

● Eliminates the need for more complex, terminal emulation programs

● Reduces the cost of deployment

SwapDrive for zero-configuration replacement

● True zero-configuration and simple switch replacement in the event of a failure

● No networking expertise required

● Helps ensure fast recovery

Additional Product Details

The Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series is part of the IE3000 family of products and comes in a number of individual configurations, featuring PoE or non-PoE options, and different availability of ports. The product features a 5-year limited hardware warrant for PIDs and power supplies, and is available with Cisco Capital financing options. Devices are available with and managed with a Cisco DNA license.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series features full Gigabit Ethernet with a modular, optimized design. Expandable up to 26 ports in a compact form factor, these rugged network switches are optimized for size, power and performance. They can deliver up to 24 ports of PoE/PoE+/4PPoE (power budget of 360W to 480 W shared across 24 ports), and bring Cisco intent-based networking to Industrial Ethernet applications. Base systems include 1Gigabit and 10Gigabit uplinks options.

Belden Managed Switches are common alternatives for Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches.

Reviewers rate Product Scalability highest, with a score of 8.4.

The most common users of Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We do have a need to have catalyst switches in a environment that gets hot, doesn't have the best type of cooling like outdoors during parking lots for security cameras and all these things that we use. So this has really solved a lot of the issues we have with overheating devices and stuff. So if they stay cooler, they're meant to, they can withstand harsher conditions, dryer conditions.
  • they do well in harsh conditions and low cooling too.
  • I can't necessarily say for these type of devices they're doing what we expect them to do. So I'm not sure that I'm seeing a con at the moment.
I would only use or recommend these products if we were to be deploying them in similar scenarios in environments where you don't want to have to worry about overheating issues or conditions where more standard switches or devices are not going to sit well. But yeah, I wouldn't use them for a data center or any other environments, but they're mainly suited for that and access switches.
  • I'd say positive impact
I'm not using Cisco DNA center for these yet.
Yes, we do use like to segment it is important for many reasons, but we do like to segment. For instance, for this product, we like to keep our security cameras and other stuff separate like users, but these are mainly used for segmentation and security cameras.
We did like the ability to be able to expand the ports, but there were some downsides to that because the racking in the space can be an issue if you don't have that ahead of time.
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches addresses the need for rugged switches in a marine environment leveraging DC power capabilities.
Used as DMZ switches. Between Starlink and firewalls onboard ship.
  • Ease of configuration
  • Spare Sd slot for backups
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Mounting unit kit provided at sale
  • Better DC power connection cabling
  • More aesthetically pleasing to look at
Industrial or marine environments where environmental factors need to be accounted for.
  • Reliable
  • Ruggedness
  • Voltage
  • Reduced replacement costs
  • Minimal downtime
  • Environmental friendly
Switches are not on DNA centre
Managed via Firewall direct access
Multiple vendors supply cellular and satellite services. The Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches is used to provide separate vendors with firewalls, ensuring policy control is managed.
Easy to add additional modules.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches have been used in small and outdoor cabinets, along with some external APs. These switches are built like tanks and you can rest assured that they will do the job for any industrial means, I'm sure. Whilst our use case for them isn't that extreme, they sure do provide us with confidence, and with us being a Cisco-first organisation it was our first choice. Whilst there are other products, and sometimes specialist companies that dedicate themselves to industrial ruggedised switches, with Cisco you get to make use of their awesome CLI and all of the other cool tools that you can use to troubleshoot issues. The scope of the case is outdoor traffic (RTC) cabinets as the majority.
  • Outdoor and industrial but with all of the traditional amazing Cisco features and functionality
  • Built like a tank
  • Easy to handle
  • Compact
  • Whilst these switches for once weren't actually the most expensive, they are still not the cheapest.
  • The IE-3XXX series in particular has great flexibility in that it offers custom options for bespoke needs.
  • I would say Cisco focus on their software rather than hardware from experience and design, but it is by no means bad!
Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches are what I would say a primary option if you are already a Cisco house that has software such as DNA Centre (they are compatible with it) or the future Catalyst Centre. This is great as it can be integrated into your existing infrastructure without compromising manageability or having to retrain staff to work on new equipment. Managing the switches is effectively the exact same. In my opinion, it is also more suited to small industrial needs in certain climate zones that are not extremes, as there are bespoke vendors that may be better hardware-wise than Cisco, but of course software wise Cisco does take some beating.
  • Ease to manage
  • Alignment with business and technology portfolio
  • Support (not as good as other TAC support but not bad)
  • Alignment with current technology stack means cost savings on retraining and upskilling staff
  • Ease of use to manage and integration with our existing product - less administrative overhead
Our use of DNAC extends to mainly SWIM tasks only at the moment, however we are in the process of using templates and ZTP to manage our devices, along with network automation in the future and perhaps SDA.
No segmentation in place due to the simplicity of the infrastructure and use case.
Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches, or more accurately, the IE3xxx line of products specialise in their modularity and flexibility. The amount of modules (IEMs) that you can choose from are almost limitless. The scalability of the product is good, and also good for industrial use cases where ease of modification is appreciated.
Overall, a few vendors like Siemens, Moxa, Versitron. We were only after a simple solution, so Moxa could have seemed a good option but overall being a Cisco house is a no brainer for the organisation and teams. Comparisons weren't really in the decision. But these Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series Switches are working great.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
They are small form and good for the outside camera and wireless deployment. Also, we plan to sue them on the Manufacturing floor this year
  • small form
  • switching
  • Climate control
  • cost
  • per made connection for power supply
  • poe ++
cost for what you get is a little too much, plus support for this is lacking. it fits the need, but I could have done it cheaper and with less headache.
  • small form
  • switching
  • works with DNA
  • over priced
  • Tac support is horrible
  • Cisco has given up on hardware
  • Cisco Industrial Ethernet 4000 Series Switches (IE 4000)
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