As we head towards the end of the year and end of our budgets, my engineers are reminding everyone that the Cisco 2960-XR family is an affordable and under-utilized option compared to other switch siblings in the Cisco 2960 family.\nThe 2960-XR Series switches provide easy device onboarding, configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting. These fully managed switches can provide advanced Layer 2 and Layer 3 features, as well as optional Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) power. The switches deliver enhanced application visibility, network reliability, and network resiliency that continues to make it a great networking choice.\nSince the 2960-XR switches are part of the 2960-X family, users will be familiar with the switches port counts and types, the identical levels of PoE+, and the identical stacking module\/capability. But be sure to read on, as I have more to say about stacking.\n\nIt\u2019s what\u2019s new with the 2960-XR that my engineers and I find intriguing. A popular update to the 2960-XR is the internal redundant power supplies, hence the \u201cR\u201d in XR, which is a very cool feature in a switch at its price point. The redundant power supplies come in 3 sizes: 250 watts (for non PoE models), 640 watts (370 watts PoE+), and 1025 watts (740 watts of PoE+). These are very similar to the redundant power supplies for the 3850 and 3650 switch families \u2014 very quick and easy to insert\/remove, no tools required.\nIP LITE routing software feature set\nThe IP LITE software feature set brings extra capability to the 2960XR family with such new protocols to the line such as:\n\nOSPF for Routed Access\nProtocol Independent Multicast (PIM)\nPolicy-Based Routing (PBR)\nStatic routing\nRIP v1&2 routing protocol\nEIGRP stub routing\nHot standby routing protocol (HSRP)\nEqual-cost routing\n\nStacking concerns and considerations\nThere\u2019s one downside or caveat to stacking the 2960-XR. If you\u2019re going to stack the XR\u2019s, it is true that they use the same stacking modules as the regular 2960-Xs \u2014 BUT \u2014 you cannot mix X\u2019s with XR\u2019s in the same stack. This is a cardinal stacking rule! When stacking, the software feature sets must match amongst stack members. For example, a LAN BASE and IP LITE cannot be mixed together.\u00a0\nOverall, the 2960-XR switch line was a great addition to an already great long-lived switch line \u2014 check them out! As the end-of-the-year crunch creeps up on us all and you're reviewing your list of possible network equipment purchases, remember you can "Switch IT Up" by putting the Cisco 2960-XR Series switch on your list.