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Product Line: Extreme x870 Series
Product Type: X870-32c Base
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Product Description

The 17800 Extreme networking switch offers versatile connectivity with 32 x QSFP28 10Gb/25Gb/40Gb/50Gb/100Gb ports, supporting up to 32 x 100Gb Ethernet channels, 64 x 50Gb Ethernet channels, 128 x 25Gb Ethernet channels, 32 x 40Gb Ethernet channels, and 128 x 10Gb Ethernet channels. It is equipped with a 1 x Serial console port RJ-45, a 1 x 10/100/1000BASE-T out-of-band management port, Micro-USB Type B and A ports for console access and storage, respectively. The hardware features dual modular power supplies with options for 770W AC or 1100W DC, 6 fan modules supporting both Front-Back and Back-Front airflow, and operates efficiently within a wide range of conditions, including temperatures from 0ºC to 45ºC, humidity levels from 10% to 95%, and altitudes up to 3000 meters.

FAQs for the 17800

  • What type of ports does this device support?
    The device supports QSFP28 ports configurable for 10Gb, 25Gb, 40Gb, 50Gb, or 100Gb Ethernet channels.
  • How many 100Gb Ethernet channels can be supported?
    Up to 32 x 100Gb Ethernet channels can be supported.
  • What are the options for power supplies?
    It offers modular 770W AC and 1100W DC power supplies, with support for up to two PSUs.
  • Can you describe the airflow options available for this device?
    The device features Front-Back and Back-Front airflow options.
  • What are the dimensions and weight of the base system?
    Dimensions are 17.3 in W x 20.5 in D x 1.7 in H (44.0 cm x 52.0 cm x 4.3 cm) with a weight of 18.9 lb / 8.6 kg.
  • What is the operating temperature range?
    The operating temperature range is from 0ºC to 45ºC.
  • What are the minimum and maximum power consumption details?
    Minimum power consumption is 176 W (idle, no ports linked), and maximum is 473 W (fans high, all ports 100% traffic).
  • What are the shock and vibration specifications for operating conditions?
    Shock (half sine): 98 m/s2 (10 G), 11 ms, 9 shocks. Random vibration: 3Hz to 500Hz at 1.5G rms.
  • How is the device packaged for shipping to ensure safety?
    Packaged with shock protection up to 180 m/s2 (18 G), 6 ms, 600 shocks, and vibration protection from 5Hz to 500Hz.
  • What are the storage specifications for humidity and temperature?
    Storage specifications include a temperature range of -40°C to 70°C and humidity from 10% to 95%, non-condensing.

Product Review

The Extreme 17800 switch offers a versatile range of Ethernet channels, supporting configurations from 10Gb to 100Gb across 32 QSFP28 ports, catering to high-density networking requirements. However, its power consumption peaks at 473W under full load, which could be a concern for energy-conscious deployments. Additionally, the unit provides flexibility in cooling with front-back and back-front airflow options, but its operational temperature range caps at 45ºC, potentially limiting its use in hotter environments.


The Extreme 17800 is a high-performance networking switch designed to meet the demands of modern data centers and enterprise networks. Offering a versatile array of connectivity options, this switch provides a comprehensive solution for managing large-scale network infrastructures. With 32 QSFP28 ports, it supports a wide range of speeds, including 10Gb, 25Gb, 40Gb, 50Gb, and 100Gb Ethernet channels. This flexibility allows network architects to design networks that can easily adapt to varying bandwidth requirements, ensuring efficient data flow across different network segments.
  • Up to 32 x 100Gb Ethernet channels
  • Up to 128 x 25Gb Ethernet channels
  • Up to 128 x 10Gb Ethernet channels
For management and configuration, the switch includes a serial console port RJ-45, a 10/100/1000BASE-T out-of-band management port, a Micro-USB Type B console port, and a Micro-USB Type A storage port. These options provide network administrators with multiple avenues for accessing and managing the switch, facilitating easy setup and ongoing maintenance. Power efficiency and redundancy are critical in network infrastructure, and the Extreme 17800 addresses these needs with its modular power supply options. It supports up to two 770W AC power supplies or two 1100W DC power supplies, allowing for redundancy and ensuring continuous operation. The switch also offers flexibility in airflow management, with both front-back and back-front airflow options, accommodating different rack configurations and aiding in efficient cooling. The switch is equipped with six fan modules that further enhance its cooling efficiency, ensuring that the hardware operates within optimal temperature ranges even under heavy loads. Its compact dimensions (17.3 in W x 20.5 in D x 1.7 in H) and light weight (18.9 lb / 8.6 kg for the base system) make it suitable for environments where space efficiency is a priority. In terms of environmental tolerance, the Extreme 17800 is built to withstand a wide range of operating conditions. It can function in temperatures from 0ºC to 45ºC, handle humidity levels from 10% to 95% non-condensing, and operate at altitudes up to 3000 meters. The device is also designed to withstand physical stresses, such as shocks and vibrations, ensuring reliability in various deployment scenarios. Power consumption and heat dissipation are critical factors in the operation of network hardware. The Extreme 17800 is engineered for efficiency, with a minimum power consumption of 176W in idle mode and a maximum of 473W under full load. Heat dissipation is similarly optimized, ranging from 601 BTU/hr in idle mode to 1614 BTU/hr with all ports active and fans at high speed. For storage and transportation, the switch is designed to endure temperatures ranging from -40°C to 70°C and can withstand significant shocks and vibrations. This durability ensures that the switch remains reliable and functional even when subjected to the rigors of deployment and operation in challenging environments. In summary, the Extreme 17800 switch offers a powerful, flexible, and durable solution for managing complex network infrastructures. Its extensive connectivity options, power efficiency, and environmental resilience make it a valuable asset for any data center or enterprise network.


Item NumberExtreme 17800
Ports32 QSFP28 ports supporting 10/25/40/50/100 GbE
Ethernet ChannelsUp to 32 at 100Gb, 64 at 50Gb, 128 at 25Gb, 32 at 40Gb, 128 at 10Gb
Console InterfaceOne RJ-45 serial console port
Management PortOne 10/100/1000BASE-T port
Console PortsOne Micro-USB Type B, One Micro-USB Type A for storage
Power Supply Options770W AC or 1100W DC, dual modules supported
Airflow ConfigurationFront-to-Back and Back-to-Front
Fan ModulesSix units
Width17.3 inches (44.0 cm)
Depth20.5 inches (52.0 cm)
Height1.7 inches (4.3 cm)
Weight18.9 lbs (8.6 kg) for the base system
Operating Environment Temperature0ºC to 45ºC
Operating Humidity10% to 95%, non-condensing
Altitude for Operation0 to 3000 meters
Shock Resistance98 m/s2 (10 G), 11 ms, 9 shocks
Vibration Resistance3Hz to 500Hz at 1.5G rms
Heat Dissipation (Idle)601 BTU/hr
Power Usage (Idle)176 W
Heat Dissipation (Max)1614 BTU/hr
Power Consumption (Max)473 W
Storage Temperature-40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
Storage Humidity10% to 95%, non-condensing
Shock Resistance (Packaged)180 m/s2 (18 G), 6 ms, 600 shocks
Vibration Resistance (Packaged)5Hz to 62Hz at 5 mm/s, 62Hz to 500Hz at 0.2 G

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