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Product Line: Cisco Nexus
Product Type: Switch
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Product Description

The N2K-C2348TQ-E Cisco features 48 Fabric Extender Host Interfaces with 100M, 1/10GBASE-T ports and RJ‑45 connectors, plus an additional 6 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP interfaces, supporting distances up to 10 km from the Cisco Nexus 5500 Switch. It is designed for high performance with a hardware forwarding rate of 1440 Gbps or 2160 Mpps, and fabric speed of up to 240 Gbps in each direction, with an oversubscription rate of up to 2:1. The unit is compatible with multiple Cisco Nexus platforms and requires Cisco NX-OS Release 7.3(0)N1(1) or 9.2.1, equipped with 2 power supplies, 3 fan modules, and operates efficiently within a temperature range of 0 °C to 55 °C.

Key Feature for the N2K-C2348TQ-E

  • What is the total number of 10G BASE-T ports available?
    The device offers 48 100M, 1/10GBASE-T ports with RJ-45 connectors.
  • How many power supplies does the unit contain?
    It contains 2 power supplies.
  • What is the maximum distance supported between the Fabric Extender and the Cisco Nexus 5500 Switch?
    The maximum distance supported is up to 10 km.
  • How many fan modules are equipped within the system?
    There are 3 fan modules in the system.
  • Can you detail the Fabric Extender's speed capabilities?
    The Fabric Extender supports speeds up to 240 Gbps in each direction.
  • What is the oversubscription rate of the network hardware?
    The oversubscription rate is up to 2:1.
  • What performance metrics are associated with the hardware's forwarding capabilities?
    Hardware forwarding operates at 1440 Gbps or 2160 Mpps.
  • Does the system support FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet)?
    Yes, the system supports FCoE.
  • What Cisco parent switches are compatible with this networking hardware?
    Compatible Cisco parent switches include the Cisco Nexus 5500 and 5600 Platforms, Cisco Nexus 6000 Series, and Cisco Nexus 9300 and 9500 Series.
  • What are the operating and non-operating temperature ranges for the device?
    The operating temperature range is 0 °C to 55 °C, and the non-operating temperature range is -40 °C to 70 °C.

Product Review

The Cisco N2K-C2348TQ-E offers a high-density solution with 48 10G BASE-T ports and an additional 6 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP interfaces, supporting extensive network scalability and flexible connectivity. However, its oversubscription rate of up to 2:1 might limit performance in high-demand environments, potentially impacting data throughput under peak loads. It is compatible with a wide range of Cisco Nexus switches and supports software updates, ensuring integration into diverse network architectures and future-proofing investments.


The Cisco N2K-C2348TQ-E is a Fabric Extender designed for flexibility, scalability, and efficient data center management. It extends the capabilities of the Cisco Nexus switches by providing a highly scalable unified server-access platform across a range of 100 Megabit, 1, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and FCoE connectivity options. With its compact 1RU form factor, it aims to reduce cabling and simplify the network architecture for data centers. This product is equipped with 48 100M, 1/10GBASE-T ports utilizing RJ‑45 connectors, offering extensive connectivity options for diverse networking needs. Additionally, it includes 6 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP fabric extender host interfaces, enhancing its capability to manage high-speed data transmissions efficiently. The Cisco N2K-C2348TQ-E supports a fabric speed of up to 240 Gbps in each direction, ensuring high-performance data flow across networks. It also boasts a hardware forwarding performance of 1440 Gbps or 2160 Mpps, facilitating swift data processing and transmission. The device is designed to work within a temperature range from 0 °C to 55 °C, accommodating various environmental conditions. Moreover, it can operate at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet, offering flexibility for deployment in different geographical locations. The Cisco N2K-C2348TQ-E operates efficiently, with a typical input power of 280 W at 30m and a maximum input power of 350 W. Its heat dissipation is measured at 952 BTU/Hour, indicating its capability to maintain operational efficiency without overheating. Compatibility is a key feature of the Cisco N2K-C2348TQ-E. It is designed to seamlessly integrate with Cisco Nexus 5500 and 5600 platforms, Cisco Nexus 6000 series, and Cisco Nexus 9300 and 9500 series switches. This ensures that businesses can leverage their existing network infrastructure while expanding or upgrading their systems. The device supports Cisco NX-OS Release 7.3(0)N1(1) for Cisco Nexus 5500 and 5600 platforms and 6000 series, and Cisco NX-OS Release 9.2.1 for Cisco Nexus 9300 and 9500 platforms, providing flexibility in software deployment and ensuring compatibility with a wide range of network environments.
  • Supports up to 10 km distance between the Fabric Extender and Cisco Nexus 5500 Switch, enabling flexible deployment across large data centers.
  • Offers an oversubscription rate of up to 2:1, balancing cost and performance for various data center needs.
  • Includes two power supplies and three fan modules, ensuring reliable operation and redundancy for critical network environments.
With a weight of 17.7 lbs and dimensions of 1.72 x 17.3 x 17.07 inches, the Cisco N2K-C2348TQ-E is designed for easy installation and integration into existing racks. Its design considerations also include environmental sustainability, with operating humidity ranges from 5% to 95% non-condensing, accommodating various data center conditions without compromising performance. In conclusion, the Cisco N2K-C2348TQ-E is engineered for organizations seeking a scalable, high-performance networking solution. It provides extensive connectivity options, high-speed data processing, and compatibility with leading Cisco Nexus switches, making it an ideal choice for modern data centers aiming to optimize their network infrastructure for efficiency and growth.


Model Number N2K-C2348TQ-E
Manufacturer Cisco
Port Configuration 10GBASE-T Ports
Power Supply Units Included 2
Fan Modules Count 3
Host Interface Ports on Fabric Extender 48
Type of Host Interface on Fabric Extender 100M, 1/10GBASE-T with RJ‑45
40G Ethernet QSFP Ports 6
Max Distance to Cisco Nexus 5500 Switch 10 km
Fabric Bandwidth 240 Gbps Bidirectional
Rate of Oversubscription 2:1
Forwarding Rate 1440 Gbps or 2160 Mpps
FCoE Capability Supported
Compatible Cisco Parent Switches Nexus 5500, 5600, 6000, 9300, 9500 Series
Required Software NX-OS Release 7.3(0)N1(1) for Nexus 5500, 5600, 6000; NX-OS Release 9.2.1 for Nexus 9300, 9500
Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.72 x 17.3 x 17.07 inches
Unit Weight 17.7 pounds
Operational Temperature Range 0 to 55 °C
Storage Temperature Range -40 to 70 °C
Operational Humidity Range 5% to 95% Noncondensing
Maximum Altitude for Operation Up to 10,000 feet
Standard Power Consumption 280 W at 30m
Peak Power Consumption 350 W
Heat Dissipation 952 BTU/Hour

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