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Product Line: Cisco N5K-C5696Q
Product Type: Switch
Original price $0.00 - Original price $3,343.00
Original price
$0.00 - $3,343.00
Current price $3,343.00
Title: Used

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Product Description

The N5K-C5696Q Cisco operates with a typical power of 2800 W and can reach a maximum of 3300 W, with an input voltage range of 94 to 240 VAC and an efficiency of 98%. It is designed for optimal thermal management, featuring both port side exhaust and intake airflow, and dissipates up to 11260 BTU/hr. This switch supports Cisco NX-OS Software Release 7.0(4)N1(1) and later, accommodates jumbo frames up to 9216 Bytes, and ensures network integrity with its RoHS compliance and hot-swappable components.

Key Feature for the N5K-C5696Q

  • What is the typical operating power of the networking hardware?
    The typical operating power is 2800 W.
  • Is the device compliant with RoHS standards?
    Yes, the device meets RoHS compliance.
  • What are the input voltage specifications?
    The input voltage ranges from 94 to 240 VAC.
  • Can the power supplies be hot swapped?
    Yes, the power supplies support hot swapping.
  • What is the efficiency rate of this networking hardware?
    The efficiency rate is 98%.
  • Does this device support port side exhaust airflow?
    Yes, it supports port side exhaust airflow.
  • What is the heat dissipation capacity?
    The heat dissipation capacity is 11260 BTU/Hour.
  • What are the minimum and maximum operating temperatures?
    The minimum operating temperature is 0 °C, and the maximum is 40 °C.
  • What software versions are compatible with this hardware?
    It is compatible with Cisco NX-OS Software Release 7.0(4)N1(1) and later.
  • What is the maximum operating altitude for this device?
    The maximum operating altitude is 10000 feet.

Product Review

The Cisco N5K-C5696Q offers high efficiency with an operating power efficiency of 98%, coupled with hot-swappable components and dual airflow options, ensuring flexible and reliable operation in various environments. However, its significant power consumption, peaking at 3300W, and substantial heat dissipation of 11260 BTU/hour, may necessitate advanced cooling solutions and impact operational costs. Additionally, its compatibility limited to Cisco NX-OS Software Release 7.0(4)N1(1) and later versions restricts backward compatibility with older network infrastructures, potentially complicating integration for some setups.


The Cisco N5K-C5696Q is a high-capacity, scalable, and power-efficient networking hardware designed to meet the demands of modern data centers. This device stands out for its comprehensive hardware specifications that ensure high performance, reliability, and adaptability to various operating conditions. Power management is a critical aspect of the Cisco N5K-C5696Q, with a typical operating power of 2800 W and a maximum operating power of 3300 W. It supports an input voltage range from 94 to 240 VAC and operates efficiently at a frequency range of 47 to 63 Hz. Notably, the switch achieves an efficiency rate of 98%, minimizing energy wastage and reducing operating costs. It is also RoHS compliant, indicating adherence to strict environmental standards. The heat dissipation capacity of the device is 11260 BTU/Hour, ensuring it remains cool under heavy loads. For maintenance and upgrades, the hardware features hot-swappable components, allowing for uninterrupted operation. In terms of physical dimensions, the Cisco N5K-C5696Q measures 6.97 inches in height, 17.3 inches in width, and 30 inches in depth, with a weight of 100 lbs when fully equipped with three 1100 W power supplies and four fan modules. The device supports both port side exhaust and intake airflow, optimizing cooling efficiency for various installation environments. Operating conditions are versatile, with the device functioning optimally between 0 °C to 40 °C and capable of being stored in temperatures ranging from -40 °C to 70 °C. The hardware can operate effectively at relative humidity levels from 5% (noncondensing) to 95% (noncondensing) and at altitudes up to 10,000 feet, ensuring reliability across different climatic and geographical locations. The Cisco N5K-C5696Q is compatible with Cisco NX-OS Software Release 7.0(4)N1(1) and later, providing a robust software foundation that enhances the hardware's capabilities. This compatibility ensures that the device can support a wide range of networking features and protocols, making it a versatile solution for various data center needs. Key specifications include: - EMC Immunity: Adhering to EN55024, CISPR24, and EN300386 standards, the Cisco N5K-C5696Q is designed to withstand electromagnetic interference, ensuring stable operation in environments with high electromagnetic activity. - Jumbo Frames: With support for jumbo frames up to 9216 bytes, the device can efficiently handle large data packets, enhancing throughput and reducing processing overhead for big data applications. - Hot Swappable Components: This feature allows for seamless maintenance and upgrades without interrupting network operations, ensuring high availability and minimal downtime. The Cisco N5K-C5696Q's comprehensive hardware specifications and adherence to high standards make it a reliable and efficient solution for scaling data center networks. Its power efficiency, robust environmental tolerance, and support for advanced networking features ensure that it can meet the demands of high-performance computing environments, making it an essential component of modern IT infrastructure.


Model NumberN5K-C5696Q
Standard Power Consumption2800 Watts
Peak Power Consumption3300 Watts
Power Input Range94V to 240V AC
Operating Frequency47Hz to 63Hz
Power Efficiency98 Percent
Compliant with RoHSCompliant
Support for Hot SwapSupported
BTU per Hour11260 BTU/hr
Exhaust DirectionPort Side
Intake DirectionPort Side
Unit Height6.97 inches
Unit Width17.3 inches
Unit Depth30 inches
Lowest Operating Temperature0 Degrees Celsius
Highest Operating Temperature40 Degrees Celsius
Lowest Storage Temperature-40 Degrees Celsius
Highest Storage Temperature70 Degrees Celsius
Operational Humidity Range5% to 95% Non-condensing
Sea Level for Operation0 to 10000 feet
Compatible SoftwareNX-OS Software v7.0(4)N1(1)+
Device Weight100 pounds (includes 3x1100W PSU & 4 fans)
EMC StandardsEN55024, CISPR24, EN300386
Maximum Frame Size9216 bytes

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