I'm working at several new network concepts for our company and the challenge is to stack at least two Catalyst 3850 over a distance of 200-300 meters. I know there are other possibilities like VSS or vPC (with other components), but I wanted to know if it's possible to stack them over distance and how this could be done. Thank you in advance for your answers!

  • Is Cisco a requisite or you are open to other vendors?
    – KorXo
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 21:22
  • Cisco is a requisite and replaces avaya switches here...
    – H1GHL4ND3R
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 5:34
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Stack Wise is not possible without the use of stack ports and stack cables and the maximum stack cable length i deal with was CAB-SPWR-150CM which was 1.5 m . so you can't stack over this distance . and also you can make use of this discussion

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  • And what about "emulating" a stack via fibre? Is that possible (like a "stretched stack")?
    – H1GHL4ND3R
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 8:02
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    No. It's not possible. Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 8:21
  • Sorry, but last try - is it possible with any of the catalyst series (like the 2960FX or similar)? Just to get things right
    – H1GHL4ND3R
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 5:29
  • also NO . maximum length for stack cable supported in 2960 series CAB-STK-E-3M which is 3m
    – Gadeliow
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 7:14
  • Can you please provide more information about what it is you're trying to achieve? Is staking a must? If not there might be another solution. If it is, why is?
    – OzNetNerd
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 21:35

This answer probably won't very useful today, but it's possible to stack 2960X via fiber. You need C2960X-FIBER-STK.

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