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Cisco launches Catalyst compact switches

The company has launched a set of compact switches aimed at retail, which can reduce wiring to phones, point-of-sale terminals and other devices
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Cisco has launched on Monday a compact set of Catalyst switches designed to cut out clutter in remote offices, kiosks, point-of-sale areas and other tight spots.

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Cisco's Catalyst switches will feature Power over Ethernet technology. Photo credit: Cisco

The Catalyst 3560-C and 2960-C Compact Series Switches are being introduced as the National Retail Federation annual conference kicks off in New York. Cisco said that the switches apply to retail, but can work for a bevy of other verticals.

The Compact Series means you can run one Ethernet cord and power phones, video cameras, point-of-sale terminals and other devices. Wiring is a substantial cost for many businesses. Cisco said the switches feature Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology, which eliminates the need for additional power outlets. Once you connect a device to the switch via an Ethernet cable you have power.

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