The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series is a standalone and stackable access switching platform that enables wired plus wireless services on a single Cisco IOS XE Software-based platform. With this, Cisco has pioneered a host of rich capabilities such as high availability based on stateful switchover (SSO) on stacking, granular QoS, security, and Flexible NetFlow (FNF) across wired and wireless in a seamless fashion.
The Cisco® Catalyst® 3650 Series is the next generation of enterprise-class standalone and stackable access-layer switches that provide the foundation for full convergence between wired and wireless on a single platform. The 3650 Series is built on the advanced Cisco StackWise ® -160 and takes advantage of the new Cisco Unified Access™ Data Plane (UADP) application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC).
This switch has 24 Gigabit ports and 4 x Gigabit Ethernet with Small Form‑Factor Pluggable (SFP)
Use as IOS XE option for CCNA and CCNP:
After much tinkering and research, we decided to offer the Cisco 3650 in place of the C1000-24T. The 3650 is a higher-end gigabit switch that runs IOS XE to match your 4xxx series routers. The 1000 series run the classic IOS and NOT IOS XE, so you’d be paying an awful lot of money just to match Cisco’s recommended device and it wouldn’t even be running the same code as the 4000 series routers. The 3650 is also a device that is well known for its reliability, proven in production environments and commonly deployed in live networks (You’ll see a lot of these in the field for quite some time). The best part about it is that, not only are you getting a much better and more capable switch, you’re matching IOS XE across your lab for considerably less money! We think we have come up with an exceptional solution to this new recommendation that blows it out of the water!
*Please note that we screen our 3650 switches to be running a full and working IOS below where SmartNet is required. This works perfect for lab and learning purposes! However, if you choose to update the the IOS past 16.9.1, you will need to register SmartNet through Cisco.