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Product Line: Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series
Product Type: Switch
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Product Description

The C9500-16X-A is a Cisco switch equipped with 16 ports of 10G type, supported by Cisco IOS XE version 16.5.1a or later and comes with a Network Advantage software license. It boasts a switching capacity of up to 480 Gbps and a forwarding rate of up to 360 Mpps, with support for up to 64,000 MAC addresses, 64,000 IPv4 indirect routes, and 32,000 IPv6 indirect routes. The hardware includes 16 GB DRAM, 16 GB flash memory, and can handle up to 4,094 VLAN IDs, with an operational temperature range from 0° to 40°C.

FAQs for the C9500-16X-A

  • What is the switching capacity of this device?
    The switching capacity is up to 480 Gbps.
  • How many ports does the switch have, and what type are they?
    It features 16 ports of 10G type.
  • Can the switch support IPv6 routing?
    Yes, it supports up to 32,000 IPv6 indirect routes and 40,000 IPv6 host routes.
  • What software version is required to operate the switch?
    Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a or later is required.
  • What are the security capabilities regarding ACL?
    The device supports up to 18,000 IPv4 and 9,000 IPv6 security ACLs.
  • What is the maximum forwarding rate?
    The maximum forwarding rate is up to 360 Mpps.
  • How many VLAN IDs can the switch support?
    It supports up to 4,094 VLAN IDs.
  • What size are jumbo frames on the switch?
    Jumbo frames can be up to 9,198 bytes.
  • How many total MAC addresses can the switch support?
    It can support up to 64,000 total MAC addresses.
  • What are the hardware specifications regarding memory?
    The switch comes with 16 GB of DRAM and 16 GB of flash memory.

Product Review

The Cisco C9500-16X-A switch offers a comprehensive feature set with its 16 10G ports, supported by a switching capacity of up to 480 Gbps and a forwarding rate of up to 360 Mpps, catering well to high-demand environments. Its software capabilities begin with Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a or later and a Network Advantage license, providing advanced networking features and security. However, the limitation to 10G ports might restrict scalability in rapidly growing network infrastructures seeking higher throughput or more extensive port options.


The Cisco C9500-16X-A is a high-performance switch designed to meet the demands of enterprise and campus networks. It features 16 ports with 10G connectivity, ensuring high-speed data transfer and efficient handling of network traffic. This switch operates on Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a or later, with a Network Advantage software license that provides advanced features and capabilities for comprehensive network management and security. With a switching capacity of up to 480 Gbps and a forwarding rate of up to 360 Mpps, the C9500-16X-A efficiently manages large volumes of data, making it suitable for high-demand environments. It supports up to 64,000 MAC addresses, allowing for a vast number of connected devices, and accommodates a significant number of routes and multicast routes for both IPv4 and IPv6, ensuring scalable network design and deployment.
  • Total Number of IPv4 Indirect Routes: Up to 64,000
  • Total Number of IPv6 Indirect Routes: Up to 32,000
  • Security ACL Scale for IPv4/IPv6: Up to 18,000/9,000
The switch is equipped with 16 GB of DRAM and 16 GB of flash memory, providing ample storage for the operating system, applications, and network configurations. It supports up to 4,094 VLAN IDs, allowing for extensive network segmentation and enhanced security. The C9500-16X-A can manage up to 300 PVST instances and 1,000 Switched Virtual Interfaces (SVIs), enabling complex network topologies and virtual networking capabilities. For networks that require large frame sizes, this switch supports jumbo frames up to 9,198 bytes, facilitating efficient data processing and reduced overhead for large data packets. Its compact size of 1.73 x 17.5 x 18.0 inches allows for easy installation in standard data center racks, optimizing space utilization. The C9500-16X-A operates within a voltage range of 90 to 264 VAC and can function in temperatures ranging from 0° to 40°C, making it adaptable to various operating environments. It is designed to operate at altitudes of up to 10,000 ft, ensuring reliability in different geographical locations. In summary, the Cisco C9500-16X-A is a feature-rich switch that provides high-speed connectivity, scalable network design options, and robust security features. Its extensive support for MAC addresses, routes, and VLANs, combined with its high switching capacity and forwarding rate, makes it an excellent choice for enterprise networks requiring efficient data handling and advanced network management capabilities.


Item NumberCisco C9500-16X-A
Ports Quantity16
Type of Ports10G
Operating SystemCisco IOS XE version 16.5.1a or newer
Licensing RequirementNetwork Advantage
Switch CapacityMaximum 480 Gbps
Rate of ForwardingMaximum 360 Mpps
MAC Address CapacityMaximum 64,000
IPv4 Indirect Routing CapabilityMaximum 64,000
IPv4 Direct Host RoutesMaximum 80,000
IPv6 Indirect Routing CapabilityMaximum 32,000
IPv6 Direct Host RoutesMaximum 40,000
IPv4 Multicast Routing EntriesMaximum 32,000
IPv6 Multicast Routing EntriesMaximum 16,000
Security ACL Entries (IPv4/IPv6)Maximum 18,000/9,000
Flexible NetFlow (FNF) EntriesMaximum 512,000
System Memory (DRAM)16 GB
Storage Memory (Flash)16 GB
Available VLAN IDs4,094
PVST Instances Supported300
Switched Virtual Interfaces SupportedMaximum 1,000
Supported Frame Size (Jumbo Frames)9,198 Bytes
Dimensions (H x W x D)1.73 x 17.5 x 18.0 Inches
Power Requirement90 to 264 VAC
Operational Temperature Range0° to 40°C
Maximum Operational Altitude10,000 ft

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