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Product Line: Brocade Brocade FCX 648 Series
Product Type: Switch
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Product Description

The FCX648-E Brocade Ethernet Switch features 48 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 ports and supports additional connectivity through 4 optional 1000 Mbps combo ports and 4 SFP+ 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports. It delivers a switching bandwidth of 176 Gbps and a forwarding bandwidth of 132 Mpps, with an optional stacking bandwidth of 40 Gbps. Designed for efficiency, it includes two 210 W removable internal power supplies and offers front-to-back airflow, optimizing cooling for reliable operation.

FAQs for the FCX648-E

  • What are the data rate capabilities of the 48-Port 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Switch?
    The switch supports a switching bandwidth of 176 Gbps and a forwarding bandwidth of 132 Mpps in full duplex mode.
  • How many 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports does the switch provide?
    The switch offers 4 SFP+ 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports as an optional feature.
  • Can the Ethernet Switch's power supply be upgraded?
    Yes, the switch comes with one 210 W removable power supply, and a second one can be optionally added for redundancy or additional power.
  • What is the part number for the 10 Gigabit Ethernet module?
    The part number for the 10 Gigabit Ethernet module is FCX-4XG.
  • What types of connectors are available for the 1 Gbps SFP combo ports?
    The 1 Gbps SFP combo ports support connectors such as SX, LX, LHA, LHB, and 1000Base-BX.
  • What is the maximum number of MAC addresses supported by the switch?
    The switch supports up to 32,000 MAC addresses.
  • What are the physical dimensions of the switch?
    The switch measures 44.0 cm in width, 4.4 cm in height, and 43.5 cm in depth.
  • What are the operating and storage temperature ranges for the switch?
    The operating temperature range is 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C), and the storage temperature range is -23°F to 158°F (-25°C to 70°C).
  • What is the system weight of the Ethernet Switch?
    The system weight of the switch is 5.71 kg (12.59 lb).
  • How does the switch handle thermal output?
    The maximum thermal output of the switch is 421.6 BTU/Hr.

Product Review

The Brocade FCX648-E offers high performance with a switching bandwidth of 176 Gbps and forwarding bandwidth of 132 Mpps, suitable for demanding network environments. However, its operational temperature range is limited to 32°F to 104°F, which may restrict deployment in extreme conditions. Additionally, while the switch provides flexibility with optional 10 GbE ports and dual power supplies, these features incur additional costs, impacting budget considerations for network expansion.


The Brocade FCX648-E is a high-performance Ethernet switch designed to meet the needs of demanding data center and enterprise networking environments. It features 48 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet ports, providing a flexible foundation for supporting a wide range of applications and network configurations. This switch is engineered to deliver exceptional performance and reliability, with a switching bandwidth of 176 Gbps in full duplex mode and a forwarding bandwidth of 132 Mpps (million packets per second), ensuring efficient data processing and transfer rates. Key hardware specifications of the Brocade FCX648-E include: - Stacking bandwidth of 40 Gbps in full duplex mode, enhanced by optional 10 GbE ports, allowing for scalable network expansions and seamless integration of high-speed connections. - The inclusion of four optional 1000 Mbps combo ports and four SFP+ ports for 10 Gigabit Ethernet, providing flexibility in network design and connectivity options. - Dual internal power supplies rated at 210 W each, with the second being optional, ensuring uninterrupted operation and power redundancy. The switch supports a maximum current of 1.2 Amps at 100 VAC and 0.7 Amps at 200 VAC, with a maximum thermal output of 421.6 BTU/Hr. For network customization and expansion, the FCX648-E offers a 1000 Mbps combo module (FCX-4G) and a 10 Gigabit Ethernet module (FCX-4XG). An optional second power supply (RPS13/RPS13-I) is available for increased reliability. The switch supports a wide range of connector options, including fixed RJ-45 ports for 10/100/1000 connections and SFP combo ports compatible with SX, LX, LHA, LHB, and 1000Base-BX modules, accommodating up to 32,000 MAC addresses. The Brocade FCX648-E is designed with front-to-back airflow, ensuring optimal cooling for all components and supporting efficient data center hot/cold aisle configurations. Its compact size, with dimensions of 44.0 cm in width, 4.4 cm in height, and 43.5 cm in depth, and a system weight of 5.71 kg, makes it suitable for environments where space efficiency is critical. Operational flexibility is further enhanced by the switch's broad operating temperature range, from 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C) for active use, and a storage temperature range from -23°F to 158°F (-25°C to 70°C), ensuring reliability under various environmental conditions. The FCX648-E operates on a typical input voltage of 100-240 VAC, with an input line frequency of 50 to 60 Hz, accommodating a wide range of power sources and ensuring consistent performance across different geographical regions. In summary, the Brocade FCX648-E Ethernet switch is engineered to support the advanced requirements of modern data centers and enterprise networks. Its comprehensive feature set, including high-density port configurations, optional 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, dual power supplies, and robust environmental tolerances, make it an ideal solution for organizations looking to deploy a reliable, high-performance networking infrastructure.


Model NumberBrocade FCX648-E
Port Configuration48-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Airflow DirectionFront-to-Back
Total Switching Capacity176 Gigabits per second
Rate of Packet Forwarding132 Million packets per second
Stackable Bandwidth40 Gigabits per second (Requires 10GbE ports)
Gigabit Ethernet Ports48 RJ-45
Combo Ports at 1 Gbps4 (optional)
Ports for 10 GbE4 SFP+ (optional)
Power Supply Units2 x 210 W, Hot-Swappable (One optional)
1 Gbps Network ModuleFCX-4G
10 Gbps Network ModuleFCX-4XG
Additional Power Supply OptionRPS13/RPS13-I
Electrical Current Requirement at 100V1.2 Amps
Electrical Current Requirement at 200V0.7 Amps
Heat Dissipation421.6 BTU per hour
Connectivity OptionsGigabit ports: RJ-45; 1G SFP ports: SX, LX, LHA, LHB, 1000Base-BX
MAC Address Capacity32,000 Addresses
Dimensions (W x H x D)44.0 cm x 4.4 cm x 43.5 cm
Unit Weight5.71 kg
Operational Temperature Range0°C to 40°C
Temperature Range for Storage-25°C to 70°C
Power Input Specification100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz

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