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Product Line: Cisco N3K-C3132Q-XL
Product Type: Switch
Original price $0.00 - Original price $2,167.00
Original price
$0.00 - $2,167.00
Current price $2,167.00
Title: Used

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Product Description

The N3K-C3132Q-XL offers 32 fixed 40 GbE QSFP+ ports, 4 SFP+ ports, and a single 10/100/1000 management port, all in a 1 RU form factor, designed for high-density networking environments. It features a switching capacity of 2.5 Tbps and a forwarding rate of up to 1.4 Bpps, supporting jumbo frames up to 9216 bytes. With 8 GB of memory and a 12 MB shared buffer, this switch efficiently manages 288,000 MAC addresses, 4096 VLANs, and up to 16,000 routing table prefixes, ensuring reliable and scalable network performance.

Key Feature for the N3K-C3132Q-XL

  • What is the total number of 40 GbE QSFP+ ports available on the device?
    The total number of 40 GbE QSFP+ ports is 32.
  • How many SFP+ Ports does the switch support?
    It supports 4 SFP+ Ports.
  • Can you specify the number of management, RS-232 serial console, and USB ports available?
    The device has 1 10/100/1000 management port, 1 RS-232 serial console port, and 1 USB port.
  • What is the form factor of this networking device?
    The form factor of the device is 1 RU.
  • Detail the switching capacity and forwarding rate of the device.
    The switching capacity is 2.5 Tbps with a forwarding rate of up to 1.4 Bpps.
  • What are the supported frame sizes for jumbo frames?
    Supported jumbo frame size is 9216 Bytes.
  • How many MAC addresses can the device support?
    The device can support up to 288,000 MAC addresses.
  • What is the maximum number of VLANs and Spanning Tree instances the device supports?
    The device supports up to 4096 VLANs and 512 RSTP or 64 MSTP Spanning Tree instances.
  • Can you provide details on the ACL entries, routing table size, and number of EtherChannels?
    It has 4,000 ingress and 1,000 egress ACL entries, a routing table that supports 16,000 prefixes and host entries and 8000 multicast routes, and supports 64 EtherChannels with up to 16 ports per EtherChannel.
  • What are the specifications for memory, buffer size, and boot flash?
    The device comes with 8 GB of memory, a 12 MB shared buffer size, and 12 GB of boot flash.

Product Review

The Cisco N3K-C3132Q-XL offers a high switching capacity of 2.5 Tbps and a forwarding rate up to 1.4 Bpps, supporting efficient data processing and handling in demanding network environments. With 32 fixed 40 GbE QSFP+ ports and additional connectivity options including 4 SFP+ ports, it provides ample flexibility for various network configurations. However, its operational power consumption of 170 W and heat dissipation of 580 BTU/hour could pose challenges for energy efficiency and cooling requirements in densely packed data centers.


The Cisco N3K-C3132Q-XL is a highly capable networking device designed to meet the demands of modern data centers. This switch is packed with features that cater to high-speed data transfer and efficient network management. With its compact 1 RU form factor, it easily fits into various rack environments, optimizing space without sacrificing performance. At the core of its hardware specifications, the device boasts 32 fixed 40 GbE QSFP+ ports, providing ample connectivity for high-bandwidth applications. Additionally, it includes 4 SFP+ ports for enhanced network flexibility. For management purposes, the switch is equipped with a single 10/100/1000 management port, one RS-232 serial console port, and one USB port, facilitating easy setup and maintenance. The Cisco N3K-C3132Q-XL excels in performance with a switching capacity of 2.5 Tbps and a forwarding rate of up to 1.4 Bpps. This ensures rapid data processing and transfer across the network. Support for jumbo frames up to 9216 bytes enables the efficient handling of large data packets, reducing the need for packet fragmentation and improving throughput.
  • MAC Address Capacity: Supports up to 288,000 MAC addresses, allowing for extensive device connectivity.
  • VLANs and Spanning Tree Instances: Supports up to 4096 VLANs and 512 RSTP or 64 MSTP spanning tree instances, enhancing network segmentation and resilience.
  • ACL and Routing Table: Features 4,000 ingress and 1,000 egress ACL entries, and a routing table capable of handling 16,000 prefixes and host entries, alongside 8,000 multicast routes.
The switch's hardware is designed for efficiency and scalability, with 64 EtherChannels and up to 16 ports per EtherChannel. This allows for flexible link aggregation configurations, improving bandwidth and redundancy. With 8 GB of memory and a 12 MB shared buffer size, the N3K-C3132Q-XL can handle extensive data flows and maintain high performance under load. Storage is also well-provided for with 12 GB of boot flash, ensuring ample space for operating system files and configurations. The operating power requirement is 170 W, with AC input voltage ranging from 100 to 240 VAC and DC input voltage from -40 VDC to -72 VDC. Despite its power, the device is designed to be energy-efficient, with a heat dissipation of 580 BTU/hour. Physically, the switch measures 1.72 x 17.3 x 19.7 inches, making it a compact yet powerful solution for data centers. It operates reliably within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C, ensuring stability in various environmental conditions. In conclusion, the Cisco N3K-C3132Q-XL is a versatile and high-performing switch that meets the needs of modern data centers. Its extensive port availability, high switching capacity, and advanced features like support for a large number of MAC addresses, VLANs, and EtherChannels make it an essential device for organizations looking to optimize their network infrastructure for speed, reliability, and scalability.


Part Number and ManufacturerCisco N3K-C3132Q-XL
32 QSFP+ Ports for 40 GbE32
SFP+ Interface Count4
Management Interface Speeds 10/100/10001
Serial Console Interface RS-2321
USB Interface Quantity1
Device Height in Rack Units1 RU
Total Switching Bandwidth2.5 Tbps
Peak Forwarding RateUp To 1.4 Bpps
Maximum Frame Size9216 Bytes
Supported MAC Address Count288,000
Maximum VLANs4096
Spanning Tree Protocol Instances512 (RSTP), 64 (MSTP)
Access Control List Capacity4,000 (Ingress), 1,000 (Egress)
Routing Entries Supported16,000 Prefixes, 16,000 Hosts, 8000 Multicast Routes
Link Aggregation Groups (EtherChannel)64
Max Ports in an EtherChannel16
System Memory8 GB
Packet Buffer Size12 MB Shared
Storage for System Boot12 GB
Power Consumption Operational170 W
AC Power Range100 to 240 VAC
DC Power Range-40 VDC to -72 VDC
BTU per Hour580 BTU/Hour
Dimensions (H x W x D)1.72 x 17.3 x 19.7 in.
Operational Temperature Range0 °C to 40 °C

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