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by Cisco
Product Line: Cisco Catalyst
Product Type: Switch
Original price $0.00 - Original price $6,609.00
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Current price $6,609.00
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Product Description

The C9500-12Q-A Cisco switch features 12 40G ports and operates on Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a or later with a Network Advantage software license. It boasts a switching capacity of up to 960 Gbps and a forwarding rate of up to 720 Mpps, supported by 16 GB of DRAM and 16 GB of flash memory. This model supports up to 64,000 MAC addresses, 80,000 IPv4 host routes, and 40,000 IPv6 host routes, with a security ACL scale of 18,000 for IPv4 and 9,000 for IPv6.

Key Feature for the C9500-12Q-A

  • What is the switching capacity of this device?
    The switching capacity is up to 960 Gbps.
  • How many ports does the device feature?
    It features 12 ports of 40G type.
  • What version of software is required for this network device?
    Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a or later is required.
  • What is the software license type for this device?
    The device comes with a Network Advantage software license.
  • Can you detail the forwarding rate?
    The forwarding rate can reach up to 720 Mpps.
  • What is the total number of MAC addresses supported?
    Supports up to 64,000 MAC addresses.
  • What is the capacity for IPv4 and IPv6 indirect routes?
    It can handle up to 64,000 IPv4 and 32,000 IPv6 indirect routes.
  • How many VLAN IDs does this device support?
    The device supports 4,094 VLAN IDs.
  • What are the DRAM and Flash Memory specifications?
    Both DRAM and Flash Memory are 16 GB.
  • What are the physical dimensions of this device?
    The device measures 1.73 x 17.5 x 18.0 inches (H x W x D).

Product Review

The Cisco C9500-12Q-A offers high-performance capabilities with a switching capacity of up to 960 Gbps and a forwarding rate of up to 720 Mpps, supporting demanding network environments. Its limitation to 12 ports of 40G may restrict scalability in larger deployments, requiring additional units to accommodate expansion. Equipped with Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a or later and a comprehensive feature set including extensive routing, security, and multicast capacities, it suits advanced network infrastructures but may present a steep learning curve for new users.


The Cisco C9500-12Q-A is a high-performance, fixed-configuration switch designed for enterprise network cores and aggregation layers. It provides twelve 40G ports, delivering high-speed connectivity and efficient traffic management for modern data centers and large enterprise networks. This switch runs on Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a or later, ensuring a stable and feature-rich operating environment. The included Network Advantage software license offers advanced networking features, enhancing security, automation, and analytics. With a switching capacity of up to 960 Gbps and a forwarding rate of up to 720 Mpps, the Cisco C9500-12Q-A can handle large volumes of data, making it suitable for high-demand environments. It supports up to 64,000 MAC addresses, allowing for extensive device connectivity across the network. The switch is capable of managing a vast number of routes, including up to 64,000 IPv4 indirect routes, 80,000 IPv4 host routes, 32,000 IPv6 indirect routes, and 40,000 IPv6 host routes, ensuring efficient traffic flow and accessibility. The device also excels in multicast routing, with support for up to 32,000 IPv4 multicast routes and 16,000 IPv6 multicast routes. Its security features are robust, offering an ACL scale of up to 18,000 for IPv4 and 9,000 for IPv6, providing a secure network environment. The Flexible NetFlow (FNF) feature can handle up to 512,000 entries, enabling comprehensive network visibility and monitoring. Equipped with 16 GB of DRAM and 16 GB of flash memory, the Cisco C9500-12Q-A ensures smooth operation and sufficient storage for the operating system and applications. It supports up to 4,094 VLAN IDs, allowing for extensive network segmentation and improved security. The switch can manage up to 300 PVST instances and 1,000 switched virtual interfaces (SVIs), offering flexibility in network design and virtualization.
  • Jumbo frames support up to 9,198 bytes, facilitating efficient data transfer and reducing overhead.
  • The compact size of 1.73 x 17.5 x 18.0 inches allows for easy installation in standard racks and cabinets.
  • Designed to operate in various environments, it accepts an input voltage range of 90 to 264 VAC and can function in temperatures from 0° to 40°C and at altitudes up to 10,000 ft.
This switch is designed to meet the demands of high-capacity networks, providing the scalability, reliability, and performance needed for critical enterprise applications. Whether deploying in a data center, at the core, or in the aggregation layer of a large network, the Cisco C9500-12Q-A offers a blend of performance, security, and operational simplicity, making it an ideal choice for businesses looking to optimize their network infrastructure.


Item Number C9500-12Q-A
Manufacturer Cisco
Ports Quantity 12
Port Specification 40G
Operating System Minimum Cisco IOS XE 16.5.1a
Licensing Requirement Network Advantage
Maximum Switching Throughput 960 Gbps
Peak Forwarding Rate 720 Mpps
MAC Address Capacity 64,000
IPv4 Indirect Routes Capacity 64,000
IPv4 Direct Host Routes Capacity 80,000
IPv6 Indirect Routes Capacity 32,000
IPv6 Direct Host Routes Capacity 40,000
IPv4 Multicast Routes Capacity 32,000
IPv6 Multicast Routes Capacity 16,000
Access Control Entries for Security (IPv4/IPv6) 18,000/9,000
Flexible NetFlow Entries 512,000
System Memory 16 GB DRAM
Storage Memory 16 GB Flash
Supported VLANs 4,094
Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Instances 300
Switched Virtual Interfaces Total 1,000
Support for Jumbo Frames (Size) 9,198 Bytes
Physical Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.73 x 17.5 x 18.0 Inches
Power Source Requirement 90 to 264 VAC
Operational Temperature Range 0° to 40°C
Operational Altitude Limit 10,000 ft

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