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by Brocade
Product Line: Brocade FWS648 Series
Product Type: FastIron WS Switch
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Product Description

The FWS648-POE BROCADE switch features a switching performance of 16.8 Gbps and a forwarding performance of 12.6 Mpps, supporting 44 10/100 Mbps PoE (Power over Ethernet) ports plus 4 combo ports for 100/1000 Mbps SFP connectivity. It is equipped with a 530 W internal AC power supply, expandable with an external RPS12 900 W option, and supports up to 16,000 MAC addresses, 4096 VLANs, and 253 Spanning Tree Protocols (STP). Designed for efficiency, it operates within a temperature range of 0°C to 40°C, maintaining a low noise level of <43 dBA, suitable for various environments.

FAQs for the FWS648-POE

  • What is the switching performance of this network switch?
    The switching performance is 16.8 Gbps.
  • How many MAC addresses can the device support?
    It supports up to 16,000 MAC addresses.
  • What is the forwarding performance?
    The forwarding performance is 12.6 Mpps.
  • Can you describe the PoE density for the device?
    The device has a 10/100 Mbps PoE density of 44 RJ-45 ports plus 4-port Combo.
  • What types of Gigabit Ethernet optics are supported?
    Supported optics include SX, SX2, LX, LHA, LGB, 1000Base-BX, and CWDM.
  • What is the internal AC power supply rating?
    The internal AC power supply is rated at 530 W.
  • What are the device's dimensions and weight?
    Dimensions are 1.7” (H) x 17.32” (W) x 13.78” (D) and it weighs 9.9 lbs.
  • How many VLANs can this model support?
    This model can support up to 4096 VLANs.
  • What is the operating temperature range for the device?
    The operating temperature ranges from 0°C to 40°C.
  • What are the storage conditions for the hardware?
    Storage temperature ranges from -40° to 70°C, with humidity from 5% to 95%, non-condensing, and up to 10000 ft altitude.

Product Review

The Brocade FWS648-POE offers a solid switching performance of 16.8 Gbps and a forwarding performance of 12.6 Mpps, suitable for medium-sized networks requiring power over Ethernet capabilities. However, its 10/100 Mbps PoE ports might not meet the needs of environments demanding higher throughput, despite the inclusion of 4 combo Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports for uplinking. With support for up to 16,000 MAC addresses and 4096 VLANs, it demonstrates versatility in network segmentation, but the limitation of 1000 hardware routes could be a bottleneck for larger, more complex routing requirements.


The BROCADE FWS648-POE is a network switch designed to meet the needs of modern networks, offering a combination of performance, versatility, and power efficiency. It is engineered to handle demanding network environments with a switching performance of 16.8 Gbps and a forwarding performance of 12.6 Mpps, ensuring smooth data transmission across connected devices. This switch features 44 ports of 10/100 Mbps Power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities, along with 4 additional combo ports that support either 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet or SFP for fiber connectivity. This flexibility allows for a wide range of devices to be connected and powered directly through the switch, reducing the need for separate power sources and simplifying the network infrastructure. - Gigabit Ethernet Optics supported include SX, SX2, LX, LHA, LGB, 1000Base-BX, and CWDM, providing a variety of options for fiber connectivity and enabling long-distance communication without signal degradation. - The internal AC power supply is rated at 530 W, with an optional external RPS (Redundant Power Supply) that can provide up to 900 W, ensuring reliable operation and power backup in case of internal power supply failure. - The switch supports up to 16,000 MAC addresses, 4096 VLANs, and 253 Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) instances, allowing for extensive network segmentation and efficient traffic management. The hardware is designed with a focus on efficiency and reliability. It supports up to 1000 hardware routes, enhancing its capability to manage large amounts of network traffic and maintain high performance. IGMP Snooping across versions 1, 2, and 3 is supported, optimizing the delivery of multicast traffic and reducing unnecessary load on host devices. For network teaming and redundancy, the BROCADE FWS648-POE allows for up to 8 ports per trunk group, with a total of 12 trunk groups available. This feature facilitates increased bandwidth and link redundancy, enhancing network reliability and performance. The physical dimensions of the switch are 1.7 inches in height, 17.32 inches in width, and 13.78 inches in depth, with a weight of 9.9 lbs, making it compact enough for rack-mounted installations while maintaining accessibility for maintenance and setup. The operating noise level is below 43 dBA under ideal conditions, minimizing distractions in noise-sensitive environments. Environmental tolerance is a key consideration in the design of the BROCADE FWS648-POE. It operates within a temperature range of 0°C to 40°C and can withstand relative humidity levels from 5% to 95%, non-condensing. The switch is also designed to function at storage temperatures ranging from -40° to 70°C and at altitudes up to 10,000 feet, ensuring reliable performance even in challenging conditions. The maximum power consumption is 42W, equivalent to 144 BTU/hr, highlighting the switch's efficiency in power usage. In summary, the BROCADE FWS648-POE is a versatile and efficient network switch that offers a wide range of features and connectivity options, making it suitable for a variety of network configurations and demands.


Item Number and Creator BROCADE FWS648-POE
Switch Capacity 16.8 Gigabits per second
Rate of Data Processing 12.6 Million packets per second
Power over Ethernet Ports Count (10/100 Mbps) 44, plus 4 combo ports
SFP Ports for 100/1000 Mbps 4 Combo
Supported Fiber Optic Standards SX, SX2, LX, LHA, LGB, 1000Base-BX, CWDM
Built-in AC Power 530 Watts
Compatible with External Power Supply RPS12, 900 Watts
MAC Address Capacity 16,000 entries
VLAN Support Capacity Up to 4096 VLANs
Spanning Tree Instances Maximum of 253
Routing Entries 1000 entries
IGMP Snooping Versions Supports versions 1, 2, and 3
Link Aggregation - Max Ports 8 ports per group
Trunking Groups Maximum 12 groups
Physical Measurements (H x W x D) 1.7 x 17.32 x 13.78 inches or 4.34 x 44 x 35 cm
Unit Weight 9.9 pounds (4.5 kg)
Sound Level Less than 43 dBA at optimal conditions
Operational Temperature Range 0 to 40 degrees Celsius
Humidity Levels for Operation 5% to 95%, non-condensing
Temperature for Storage -40 to 70 degrees Celsius
Power Consumption 42 Watts (equivalent to 144 BTU/hr)
Max Storage Altitude 10,000 feet

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