Cisco Catalyst 3850 has plenty of benefits that make it the most famous series of switches. You can get a high performance highly unified access switches that come with additional advantages, which are all mentioned below:
Congregated wireless plus wired access
These WS-C3850-48U-L switches are the first stackable switches providing access to switching to different platforms enabling wireless plus wired services. This is provided on a platform of a single Cisco IOS XE Software. Along with this, Cisco has initiated a host of strong and powerful capabilities like the above-average availability that’s based on stateful switchover (SSO) on granular QoS, security, Flexible Netflow (FNF), and stacking. This is provided across the wireless and wired access in a perfectly continuous fashion. The number of software images that the users of this access have to certify or qualify before they are enabled in their network itself reduces. How? This is entire because of the wireless and wired features hustled or put into a single Cisco IOS Software image.
Single Console Port
The single console port that specifically for the command-line interface management (CLI) has many benefits. To manage for wireless plus wired services, the single console port for CLI management reduces the number of overall touchpoints and this, in turn, affects other features as well like:
Network operations become quite simple and easy and reduce the overall complexity of the network.
To manage the infrastructure, it lowers the TCO.
The scale of wireless deployment improves more than before, and so does the wireless bandwidth across the network all because of converged wireless plus wired network. Every 48- port Cisco WS C3850 48U L series of switches deliver 40 Gbps throughout, and 48-port provides 20 Gbps.
The number of members in the stack also increases because of wireless capacity, and that makes sure that the network can scale with current wireless bandwidth requirements. Moreover, the Cisco 3850 Catalyst switches can achieve better scalability by distributing the wireless controller’s functions.
Lastly, each Cisco 3850 stack or switch can operate or function as a wireless controller in two different modes. These modes are better explained in the section below:
Two modes of the Wireless controller
The two different modes that can help better the functioning of a wireless controller are the Mobility controller and Mobility agent.
Mobility agent (MA)
This is also mostly called the default mode, where the Cisco Catalyst 3850 series of switches ships. When the switch gets into this mode, it then gets capable of eliminating the CAPWAP tunnel right from the access points and, at the same time, also helps in offering wireless connectivity to the wireless users and clients.
Mobility Controller (MC)
The mobility controller (MC) mode can be enabled on the CLI switch. Due to this mode, the Cisco 3850 Catalyst switch can perform radio resource management (RRM), Cisco CleanAir coordination with the subdomain mobility, and perform every mobility agent task and mobility coordination.