The Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switches are the next generation of enterprise-class, stackable, access layer switches. They provide full convergence between wired and wireless networks on a single platform. This convergence is built on the resilience of the new, 480 Gbps Cisco StackWise and Cisco StackPower technologies. The following table provides high-level comparisons of the different models available in the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switch family. You may view all models with:
•LAN Base Software
•IP Base Software
•IP Services Software
Customers need to purchase the IP Base software model or the IP Services software model in order to use a Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switch as a wireless controller. LAN Base models require the purchase of a StackPower cable separately to enable StackPower functionality. All models include Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty (E-LLW).