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Product Line: Cisco ONS 15454 Series
Product Type: Modular Expansion Base
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Product Description

The 15454E-SA-ETSI Cisco offers a rack-mount form factor with dimensions of 11 in. depth, 24.3 in. height, and 21.1 in. width, and weighs 57.32 lbs. It supports a temperature range from 32 °F to 104 °F, humidity levels from 5% to 95%, and includes 29 free expansion slots. The system is designed for optical networking with a capacity of 40+1 (OSC) C band wavelengths, scalable to 80, and 32+1 (OSC) L band wavelengths, scalable to 64, supported by single-mode fiber (G.652, G.655, G.653) with an optical reach of up to 122 miles (195 km) for 16 channels.

FAQs for the 15454E-SA-ETSI

  • What is the form factor of this networking device?
    The form factor is Rack Mount.
  • How many expansion slots does the SA-HD-DDR version offer?
    It offers 29 (Free) expansion slots.
  • What are the dimensions and weight of this device?
    Depth: 11 in., Height: 24.3 in., Width: 21.1 in., Weight: 57.32 lbs.
  • What is the operating temperature range for the CC-FTA fan-tray assembly?
    The temperature range is from 32 °F to 104 °F.
  • Can you detail the operating humidity range?
    Minimum Operating Humidity is 5% and Maximum Operating Humidity is 95%.
  • What software is included with the FTA-48V (ETSI) version?
    It includes Drivers & Utilities.
  • What standards does this device comply with?
    The device complies with ETSI, CSA, UL, EN 60950, and IEC 60950 standards.
  • How many nodes per network does the SA-ETSI version support?
    It supports 20 nodes per network.
  • What are the C and L band wavelengths and scalability?
    C band: 40 + 1 (OSC) scalable to 80, L band: 32 + 1 (OSC) scalable to 64, with a wavelength spacing of 100 GHz scalable to 50 GHz.
  • What is the optical reach and number of spans for the ANSI version?
    For 40 channels: 106 miles (170 km), for 16 channels: 122 miles (195 km), and it supports up to 20 spans with a ring circumference of 1240 miles (2000 km).

Product Review

The CISCO 15454E-SA-ETSI offers significant capacity with 29 expansion slots in a rack-mount form factor, catering to dense networking environments. However, its considerable size and weight (57.32 lbs) might pose challenges for limited space installations. It supports a broad operating temperature and humidity range, ensuring reliability across various environmental conditions, but the complexity of managing a high number of nodes (up to 20) and wavelengths may require advanced operational expertise.


The CISCO 15454E-SA-ETSI is a highly capable rack-mount networking hardware designed to meet the demands of modern telecommunications. With a form factor designed for easy integration into existing setups, this unit stands at 24.3 inches in height, 21.1 inches in width, and has a depth of 11 inches, making it suitable for various rack configurations. It weighs 57.32 lbs, supporting easy installation and maintenance. This device offers an impressive 29 expansion slots, all available for use, providing substantial flexibility in terms of upgrading and expanding network capabilities. It operates efficiently within a temperature range of 32 °F to 104 °F, ensuring reliability across different environmental conditions. Furthermore, it can function effectively within a humidity range of 5% to 95%, highlighting its adaptability to various operating environments. The hardware comes equipped with essential drivers and utilities software, facilitating seamless integration and management within networks. It adheres to multiple standards including ETSI, CSA, UL, EN 60950, and IEC 60950, ensuring compliance with international safety and operational benchmarks. - Shelf assembly options include SA-HD, SA-HD-DDR, or SA-ETSI versions, offering versatility in setup configurations. - Fan-tray assembly compatibility extends to CC-FTA, FTA3-T (ANSI), or FTA-48V (ETSI), ensuring optimal cooling and operational efficiency. - Supports up to 20 nodes per network, accommodating expansive network structures. The CISCO 15454E-SA-ETSI is designed for high-capacity networking, supporting both C band and L band wavelengths. In the C band, it can manage 40 + 1 (OSC) channels, scalable to 80, while in the L band, it supports 32 + 1 (OSC) channels, with scalability up to 64. This scalability is further enhanced with a wavelength spacing of 100 GHz, which can be further refined to 50 GHz, allowing for dense wavelength division multiplexing. In terms of optical reach, the device demonstrates significant capabilities. For single span, point-to-point configurations with amplification, it can support 40 channels over a distance of 106 miles (170 km) or 16 channels across 122 miles (195 km). The system can manage up to 20 spans, with a ring circumference capacity of 1240 miles (2000 km), catering to extensive network distributions. It utilizes single-mode fiber, compatible with G.652, G.655, and G.653 fiber types, ensuring high-quality, long-distance signal transmission. This compatibility underscores the hardware's suitability for a wide range of optical networking applications, from core to metropolitan area networks. Overall, the CISCO 15454E-SA-ETSI is a comprehensive solution for organizations looking to deploy or expand their optical networking capabilities. Its combination of scalability, flexibility, and adherence to international standards makes it a valuable asset for any telecommunications infrastructure.


Part Number and Manufacturer CISCO 15454E-SA-ETSI
Mounting Type Rack-Mountable
Available Expansion Slots 29 (Unused)
Unit Depth 11 inches
Unit Height 24.3 inches
Unit Width 21.1 inches
Unit Weight 57.32 pounds
Operating Temperature Range - Low 32 °F
Operating Temperature Range - High 104 °F
Operating Humidity Range - Low 5%
Operating Humidity Range - High 95%
Included Software Drivers & Utilities
Compliance Standards ETSI, CSA, UL, EN 60950, IEC 60950
Compatible Shelf Assemblies SA-HD, SA-HD-DDR, SA-ETSI
Compatible Fan-tray Assemblies CC-FTA, FTA3-T (ANSI), FTA-48V (ETSI)
Max Nodes per Network 20
C-Band Wavelengths 40 + 1 (OSC), expandable to 80
L-Band Wavelengths 32 + 1 (OSC), expandable to 64
Wavelength Interval 100 GHz, adjustable to 50 GHz
Single Span Reach, 40 Channels (Amplified) 106 miles (170 km)
Single Span Reach, 16 Channels (Amplified) 122 miles (195 km)
Maximum Spans 20
Maximum Ring Length 1240 miles (2000 km)
Supported Fiber Types Single-mode fiber (G.652, G.655, G.653)

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