Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches
April 29, 2019

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are primarily utilized for the user access level. We use stand-alone switches at small sites and stacks in some slightly larger where a chassis would not be best. We also utilize the mGig line for 3800 and 4800 series APs.
  • Throughput.
  • Stacking.
  • Programmability.
  • mGig.
  • Buggy IOS sometimes (still new).
  • Overpowered for small businesses.
  • Licensing limitations ($$).
  • Makes the transition to DNA possible.
  • Support for 3800 and 4800 APs.
  • Better stacking capabilities than previous stackable models.
We are still setting up the DNA Center, so we haven't really started with programmability yet. But the added assurance and visibility has been eye-opening on what we've been missing.
  • Perpetual POE - keeps phones and APs powered up while the switch reboots (such as for an upgrade).
  • High/Low priority POE ports - specifying which ports to maintain during limited power losses.
  • Stacking - improved functions. For example, so long as one switch is fully up and in control, the ports of other stack switches will come online BEFORE those other switches even finish booting.
We are primarily a Cisco shop. We occasionally compare with other vendors but have found no compelling reasons to change. Cisco routinely leads the way in new developments, customer support, and maintains the concept of separate ASICs for functionality.
The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches are great for small-to-medium sites of a large business with higher data throughput. The mGig, in particular, is great for splitting off higher-end APs in your infrastructure that requires those high POE, 5G ports.