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Product Line: Cisco Nexus 2000 Series
Product Type: Switch
Original price $203.00 - Original price $1,066.00
Original price
$203.00 - $1,066.00
Current price $1,066.00
Title: Surplus

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Product Description

The N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE Cisco features 32 Fabric Extender Host Interfaces with 100M 1/10GBASE-T Ports utilizing RJ‑45 connectors, offering a fabric speed of 80 Gbps in each direction with a 4:1 oversubscription rate. It supports a hardware forwarding performance of 800 Gbps or 595 Mpps, and is compatible with Cisco Nexus 5500, 6000, 7000, and 9000 series switches, ensuring seamless integration into existing network infrastructures. With dual power supplies, a single fan for cooling, and power consumption of 210 W at 30M to 240 W at 100M, this unit is designed for efficient operation over distances up to 10 km between the fabric extender and parent Cisco Nexus switches.

Key Feature for the N2KC2232TME10GE

  • What is the speed of the fabric extender?
    The fabric speed is 80 Gbps in each direction.
  • How many power supplies does the device have?
    There are 2 power supplies.
  • Can you list the Cisco parent switches compatible with this fabric extender?
    Compatible Cisco parent switches include the Cisco Nexus 5500 Series, Cisco Nexus 6000 Series, Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, and Cisco Nexus 9000 Series.
  • What type of connectors are used for the fabric extender host interfaces?
    The fabric extender host interface uses RJ-45 connectors for 100M 1/10GBASE-T ports.
  • What is the maximum operating temperature for the device?
    The maximum operating temperature is 40 °C.
  • How many fans are installed in the device?
    There is 1 fan installed in the device.
  • What software versions are supported by this fabric extender?
    Supported software includes Cisco NX-OS Software Release 5.0(3)N2(1) for Cisco Nexus 5000 Series, Cisco NX-OS Software Release 6.0 and later for Cisco Nexus 6000 Series, Cisco NX-OS Release 6.1(1) for Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, and Cisco NX-OS Software Release 6.1 for Cisco Nexus 9000 Series.
  • What is the oversubscription rate of the fabric extender?
    The oversubscription rate is 4:1.
  • How does the fabric extender perform in terms of hardware forwarding?
    It has hardware forwarding at 800 Gbps or 595 Mpps.
  • What is the distance limit between the fabric extender and Cisco Nexus 5000 or 6000 Series switches?
    The distance can be up to 10 km.

Product Review

The Cisco N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE excels in scalability and compatibility, supporting up to 32 10GBASE-T ports with RJ-45 connectors and ensuring seamless integration with a range of Cisco Nexus Series Switches. However, its 4:1 oversubscription rate may limit performance in high-demand environments, and with only one fan, there are potential concerns regarding adequate cooling for continuous operation. Additionally, the unit's power consumption, ranging from 210W to 240W depending on distance, along with its heat dissipation rate of 796 BTU/hour, necessitates careful consideration of power and cooling infrastructure in dense deployments.


The Cisco N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE is a Fabric Extender designed for scalability and high performance in data center environments. It enhances the Cisco Nexus switch portfolio by providing flexibility and efficient power consumption with its support for 10GBASE-T and FCoE in a compact form factor. This product is engineered to meet the demands of high-density, high-bandwidth data centers. With 32 100M/1/10GBASE-T ports equipped with RJ-45 connectors, this Fabric Extender facilitates a high degree of connectivity and compatibility. The device is capable of hardware forwarding at 800 Gbps or 595 million packets per second (Mpps), ensuring swift data transmission and efficient network operations. It supports a fabric speed of 80 Gbps in each direction, providing a balanced and high-capacity link between the extender and the parent Cisco Nexus switch. The Cisco N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE is designed for easy integration with a variety of Cisco Nexus Series switches, including the 5500, 6000, 7000, and 9000 series. This compatibility is ensured through various Cisco NX-OS Software Releases, starting from version 5.0(3)N2(1) for the Nexus 5000 series to version 6.1 for the Nexus 9000 series. The device's architecture allows for a maximum distance of up to 10 km between the Fabric Extender and the Cisco Nexus 5000 or 6000 Series Switch, offering flexibility in data center layouts. Key specifications include: - Dual power supplies to ensure uninterrupted operation. - A single fan, contributing to the unit's compact size and efficient cooling. - An oversubscription rate of 4:1, balancing high performance with cost efficiency. Other notable features include a comprehensive set of indicators for system status, port status, locator LED, fan status, and power status, which facilitate easy monitoring and troubleshooting. The unit's dimensions are 1.72 x 17.3 x 17.7 inches, and it weighs 18.5 lbs, making it suitable for rack-mount installation without requiring excessive space. Operational efficiencies are further emphasized through its power consumption, with an input power requirement of 210 W at 30M and 240 W at 100M, alongside a heat dissipation rate of 796 BTU/Hour. The device operates effectively within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C and can withstand non-operating temperatures from -20 °C to 70 °C. Its humidity tolerance ranges from 5% to 95%, non-condensing, and it can operate at altitudes up to 10,000 ft, ensuring reliability across various environmental conditions. In summary, the Cisco N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE stands out for its ability to extend the capabilities of Cisco Nexus Series switches, offering high-density connectivity, substantial data throughput, and compatibility with advanced network features. Its design and operational parameters make it an excellent choice for enterprises looking to expand their data center infrastructure with a scalable, efficient, and high-performance networking solution.


Part Number and ManufacturerCisco N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE
Ports Configuration10GBASE-T
Total Power Supply Units2
Fan Count1
Host Interface Quantity on Fabric Extender32
Type of Host Interface on Fabric Extender100M/1/10GBASE-T with RJ-45
Power Requirement210W at 30M, 240W at 100M
Maximum Distance to Cisco Nexus 5000/6000Up to 10km
Fabric Link Speed80Gbps bidirectional
Oversubscription Rate4:1
ThroughputForwarding at 800Gbps or 595Mpps
Compatible Cisco Parent SwitchesCisco Nexus 5500, 6000, 7000, 9000 Series
Supported Operating SystemsNX-OS 5.0(3)N2(1) for Nexus 5000, NX-OS 6.0+ for Nexus 6000, NX-OS 6.1(1) for Nexus 7000, NX-OS 6.1 for Nexus 9000
Dimensions (H x W x D)1.72 x 17.3 x 17.7 inches
Unit Weight18.5 pounds
Indicator LightsSystem, Port, Locator LED, Fan, Power
Operational Temperature Range0°C to 40°C
Non-operational Temperature Range-20°C to 70°C
Operating Humidity Range5% to 95%
Operating Altitude Range0 to 10,000 feet
Electrical Input Current2.15A
Electrical Output Current17A
Heat Output796 BTU/hr

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