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Product Line: Brocade MLX Series
Product Type: Routers
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Product Description

The BR-MLX-10GX20-M is a 20-port module offering dual-speed capabilities with 10 GbE/1 GbE (M) combo ports, designed for versatility in network infrastructure. It supports both SFP+ and SFP transceivers, capable of handling up to 512,000 IPv4 routes and 240,000 IPv6 routes in the Forwarding Information Base (FIB), optimizing network efficiency and route processing. Designed for seamless integration, it fits in a standard 19-inch rack mount, adhering to ANSI/EIA-310-D and ETS 300 119 standards, with a maximum power consumption of 440W, and operates within a temperature range of 0°C (32°F) to 40°C (104°F), ensuring reliability and performance in varied environmental conditions.

FAQs for the BR-MLX-10GX20-M

  • What type of modules does the 20-port 10 GbE/1 GbE (M) combo module support?
    The module supports SFP+ and SFP.
  • How many IPv4 and IPv6 routes can the module handle?
    It can handle up to 512,000 IPv4 routes and 240,000 IPv6 routes in the Forwarding Information Base (FIB).
  • What are the rack standards compliant with the module?
    The module supports racks compliant with ANSI/EIA-310-D and ETS 300 119.
  • What is the maximum power consumption of the device?
    The maximum power consumption is 440W.
  • What are the serial communication settings for this device?
    Baud rate is 9600, data bits are 8, parity is none, stop bits are 1, and flow control is none.
  • What is the operating temperature range?
    The operating temperature range is from 0°C (32°F) to 40°C (104°F).
  • What are the storage temperature limits?
    Storage temperature ranges from –25°C (–13°F) to 70°C (158°F).
  • What is the device's humidity tolerance during operation and storage?
    During operation, the relative humidity tolerance is 5% to 90% at 40°C (104°F), non-condensing. For storage, the humidity tolerance is 0% to 95%, non-condensing.
  • At what altitudes can the device operate and be stored?
    The device can operate up to 6,600 ft (2,012 m) and be stored up to 15,000 ft (4,500 m).
  • What are the specifications for operating and storage humidity?
    Operating humidity ranges from a minimum of 5% to a maximum of 90% at 40°C, non-condensing. Storage humidity ranges from 0% to a maximum of 95%, non-condensing.

Product Review

The BROCADE BR-MLX-10GX20-M module offers flexibility with its support for both SFP+ and SFP, accommodating up to 512,000 IPv4 and 240,000 IPv6 routes, making it suitable for environments demanding high routing capacities. However, its power consumption of 440W is relatively high, which could be a concern for operations prioritizing energy efficiency. Additionally, the module’s operating temperature range is limited to 0°C to 40°C, potentially restricting its deployment in environments with extreme temperatures.


The BROCADE BR-MLX-10GX20-M is a versatile networking module designed for high-speed data transfer and efficient network management. This hardware is engineered to support both 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connections on a single module, making it a flexible solution for various networking requirements. It accommodates up to 20 ports, ensuring ample connectivity for medium to large-sized network infrastructures. One of the key features of this module is its compatibility with both SFP+ and SFP modules, providing users with the flexibility to choose the appropriate transceiver based on their specific bandwidth and distance requirements. This feature also allows for a seamless upgrade path from 1GbE to 10GbE without the need for a complete overhaul of the existing networking equipment, ensuring a cost-effective transition to higher speeds. The BR-MLX-10GX20-M stands out for its impressive routing capabilities, supporting up to 512,000 IPv4 routes and 240,000 IPv6 routes in the Forwarding Information Base (FIB). This high-capacity routing feature enables efficient management of large-scale networks, reducing latency and improving overall network performance. Designed for reliability and durability, the module is compatible with standard 19-inch racks, adhering to ANSI/EIA-310-D and ETS 300 119 specifications. This compatibility ensures easy installation and integration into existing rack environments, providing a streamlined setup process. Power efficiency is another critical aspect of the BR-MLX-10GX20-M, with a maximum power consumption of 440W. Despite its high-performance capabilities, this module is engineered to operate efficiently, minimizing operational costs and supporting sustainable networking practices. Connectivity and configuration are straightforward, thanks to its baud rate of 9600, with 8 data bits, no parity, 1 stop bit, and no flow control. These standard settings ensure easy configuration and maintenance, allowing network administrators to manage the module without complex setup procedures. The module is built to operate reliably under various environmental conditions, with an operating temperature range of 0°C (32°F) to 40°C (104°F) and a storage temperature range of –25°C (–13°F) to 70°C (158°F). It can function optimally at relative humidity levels from 5% to 90%, non-condensing, and has been tested to operate at altitudes up to 6,600 ft (2,012 m), with storage capabilities up to 15,000 ft (4,500 m), ensuring its durability and reliability in diverse operational environments.
  • Supports up to 20 ports of 10GbE/1GbE for flexible connectivity.
  • Compatible with SFP+ and SFP, allowing for scalable network upgrades.
  • Efficient power consumption at 440W, optimizing operational costs.
In summary, the BROCADE BR-MLX-10GX20-M is designed for organizations seeking a high-capacity, efficient, and reliable networking module. Its support for a high number of IPv4 and IPv6 routes, along with its compatibility with standard racks and environmental resilience, makes it a suitable choice for a wide range of networking applications.


Item Number BROCADE BR-MLX-10GX20-M
Manufacturer BROCADE
Module Type 20-port 10GbE/1GbE (M) combination module
Compatibility Supports both SFP+ and SFP, capable of handling up to 512,000 IPv4 paths and 240,000 IPv6 paths in the Forwarding Information Base (FIB)
Mounting Option Designed for 19-inch rack installation, adheres to ANSI/EIA-310-D and ETS 300 119 standards
Power Requirement Maximal power draw: 440 Watts
Serial Communication Settings Baud rate: 9600, Data bits: 8, Parity: None, Stop bits: 1, Flow control: None
Operational Temperature Range Minimum: 0°C (32°F), Maximum: 40°C (104°F)
Temperature Range for Storage Minimum: –25°C (–13°F), Maximum: 70°C (158°F)
Humidity Conditions for Operation Minimum: 5% at 40°C (104°F), non-condensing, Maximum: 90% at 40°C (104°F), non-condensing
Humidity Conditions for Storage Minimum: 0% non-condensing, Maximum: 95% non-condensing
Altitude for Operation Minimum: 0ft (0m), Maximum: 6,600 ft (2,012 m)
Altitude for Storage Minimum: 0ft (0m), Maximum: 15,000 ft (4,500 m)

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