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Product Line: Cisco Nexus Series Switches
Product Type: Switch
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Product Description

The N2K-C2232TM-10GE Cisco features 32 Fabric Extender Host Interfaces with a type of 100M, 1/10GBASE-T ports: RJ‑45 connectors, supporting distances up to 10 km between the extender and Cisco Nexus 5000 or 6000 Series Switches. It operates with a power input range of 280 to 350 W, equipped with 2 AC power supplies and 1 fan for standard airflow, ensuring efficient cooling. Designed for high-performance networking, it offers hardware forwarding at 800 Gbps or 595 Mpps, with a fabric speed of 80 Gbps in each direction and an oversubscription rate of 4:1.

Key Feature for the N2K-C2232TM-10GE

  • What types of ports does the device support for Fabric Extender Host Interface?
    The device supports 100M, 1/10GBASE-T ports with RJ‑45 connectors.
  • How many power supplies are included with the part?
    There are 2 power supplies included.
  • What is the maximum distance between the Fabric Extender and Cisco Nexus 5000 or 6000 Series Switch?
    The maximum distance is up to 10 km.
  • What is the input power range for this device?
    The input power range is 280 to 350 W.
  • How many fans are equipped in the device?
    The device is equipped with 1 fan.
  • What Cisco parent switches is this Fabric Extender compatible with?
    It is compatible with Cisco Nexus 5500, 6000, 7000, and 9000 Series.
  • What is the airflow direction in this device?
    The airflow direction is standard, with the exhaust port on the side.
  • What is the fabric speed of the Fabric Extender?
    The fabric speed is 80 Gbps in each direction.
  • What are the operating temperature limits of this device?
    The operating temperature ranges from 0 °C to 40 °C.
  • What software versions are supported by this Fabric Extender?
    Supported software includes Cisco NX-OS Software Release 5.0(3)N2(1) for the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series, Release 6.0 and later for the Cisco Nexus 6000 Series, NX-OS Release 6.1(1) for the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, and NX-OS Software Release 6.1 for the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series.

Product Review

The Cisco N2K-C2232TM-10GE excels in connectivity options, offering 32 Fabric Extender Host Interfaces with 10GBASE-T ports, ensuring high-speed data transfer and scalability within network infrastructures. However, its performance is limited by a 4:1 oversubscription rate, potentially impacting data throughput in high-demand environments. Additionally, the single fan design raises concerns about cooling efficiency and redundancy, critical factors in maintaining operational stability in dense network setups.


The Cisco N2K-C2232TM-10GE is designed to extend the capabilities of the Cisco Nexus 5000 and 6000 series switches, offering a high-performance, flexible solution for data centers. This Fabric Extender integrates seamlessly with the parent Cisco Nexus switch, providing up to 32 additional 100M, 1/10GBASE-T ports with RJ-45 connectors for comprehensive network scalability and connectivity. Each of these ports supports 10GBASE-T Ethernet, making it suitable for a wide range of applications and network architectures. This model comes equipped with two AC power supplies, ensuring a reliable power source and continuous operation. It also features a single, efficiently designed fan for cooling, maintaining optimal performance by preventing overheating. The airflow is standard with exhaust port side, ensuring effective heat dissipation and maintaining the hardware within the operational temperature range. The Cisco N2K-C2232TM-10GE is designed for high-speed data transmission, boasting a fabric speed of 80 Gbps in each direction, which facilitates rapid data transfer and communication between the fabric extender and the parent switch. The hardware supports a 4:1 oversubscription, providing a balance between high-speed performance and cost efficiency. With hardware forwarding at 800 Gbps or 595 Mpps, this device ensures high-speed data processing and transmission, meeting the demands of intensive network environments. Compatibility with Cisco Nexus series switches is broad, including the 5500, 6000, 7000, and 9000 series, allowing for flexible deployment across different network setups. This fabric extender supports various Cisco NX-OS Software Releases, starting from 5.0(3)N2(1) for the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series, ensuring that it can integrate seamlessly into existing network infrastructures and support future software updates. The physical dimensions of the Cisco N2K-C2232TM-10GE are compact, with a height of 1.72 inches, a width of 17.3 inches, and a depth of 17.7 inches, making it suitable for rack mounting in space-constrained environments. Despite its robust functionality, it weighs only 18.5 lbs, making installation and relocation relatively straightforward. Operational efficiency is further enhanced by various indicators, including system status, port status, locator LED, fan status, and power status, which provide at-a-glance monitoring of the system's health and performance. The device operates reliably in a wide range of temperatures, from 0 °C to 40 °C, and can withstand non-operational temperatures ranging from -20 °C to 70 °C. It also performs optimally in environments with up to 95% operating humidity and can function at altitudes up to 10,000 feet, making it versatile for deployment in various geographical locations. Key Specifications: - Ports: 32 x 100M, 1/10GBASE-T RJ-45 - Power Supplies: 2 AC - Performance: Hardware forwarding at 800 Gbps or 595 Mpps In conclusion, the Cisco N2K-C2232TM-10GE offers a high-performance, scalable solution for extending the capabilities of Cisco Nexus series switches, providing enhanced connectivity, reliability, and operational efficiency for demanding data center environments.


Part Number and Manufacturer Cisco N2K-C2232TM-10GE
Port Type 10GBASE-T
Power Supply Units 2
Fan Quantity 1
Power Supply Category AC
Air Circulation Type Standard
Direction of Exhaust Port Side
Host Interface Count for Fabric Extender 32
Host Interface for Fabric Extender 100M, 1/10GBASE-T Ports: RJ-45
Power Consumption Range 280 to 350 W
Maximum Distance to Cisco Nexus 5000 or 6000 Series Up to 10 km
Fabric Transmission Rate 80 Gbps Bidirectional
Rate of Oversubscription 4:1
Forwarding Rate 800 Gbps or 595 Mpps
Compatible Cisco Parent Switch Models Cisco Nexus 5500, 6000, 7000, 9000 Series
Supported Software Cisco NX-OS Release starting from 5.0(3)N2(1) for Nexus 5000, 6.0+ for Nexus 6000, 6.1(1) for Nexus 7000, and 6.1 for Nexus 9000
Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.72 x 17.3 x 17.7 inches
Unit Weight 18.5 pounds
Diagnostic Indicators System, Port, Locator LED, Fan, Power Status
Operational Temperature Range 0 to 40 °C
Storage Temperature Range -20 to 70 °C
Humidity Range in Operation 5% to 95%
Maximum Elevation for Operation 0 to 10,000 feet

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