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Product Line: Cisco Nexus 2000 Series
Product Type: Fabric Extender
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Product Description

The N2K-C2248PQ offers 48 Fabric Extender Host Interfaces with 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet Ports SFP/SFP+, designed for scalability and high performance in data center environments. It supports a fabric speed of 160 Gbps in each direction, ensuring efficient data flow between the extender and Cisco Nexus 5000 or 6000 Series switches, up to a distance of 10 km. With two power supplies, four fans, and a hardware forwarding performance of 1280 Gbps or 952 Mpps, this unit is engineered for reliability and optimal operation within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C and at altitudes up to 10000 ft.

FAQs for the N2K-C2248PQ

  • What is the number of 10 Gigabit Ethernet Ports available?
    The device supports 48 Fabric Extender Host Interfaces with 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet Ports SFP/SFP+.
  • How many power supplies does the device come with?
    It comes with 2 power supplies.
  • Can you specify the fabric speed of the device?
    The fabric speed is 160 Gbps in each direction.
  • What is the maximum distance between the Fabric Extender and Cisco Nexus 5000 or 6000 Series Switch?
    Up to 10 km.
  • What type of performance can be expected from the hardware forwarding?
    Hardware forwarding performs at 1280 Gbps or 952 Mpps.
  • How many fans are included for cooling?
    The device includes 4 fans.
  • What Cisco Nexus Series switches is this compatible with?
    Compatible with Cisco Nexus 5500, 6000, 7000, and 9000 Series.
  • What is the input power requirement for the device?
    The input power requirement is 175 W.
  • Which versions of Cisco Nexus OS are supported?
    Supports Cisco Nexus OS Release 6.0(2)N1(1), Cisco NX-OS Release 6.2(2), and Cisco NX-OS Software Release 6.1.
  • What are the operating temperature limits of the device?
    The operating temperature ranges from 0 °C to 40 °C.

Product Review

The CISCO N2K-C2248PQ offers a high-density configuration with 48 Fabric Extender Host Interfaces supporting 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, making it suitable for networks requiring extensive connectivity options. However, its 3:1 oversubscription rate can be a limiting factor for environments with high bandwidth demands, potentially leading to congestion and performance degradation. Additionally, its compatibility with multiple Cisco Nexus Series switches and support for distances up to 10 km enhances its versatility in various network topologies, although the power consumption and heat dissipation may require careful thermal management in densely populated racks.


The CISCO N2K-C2248PQ is a Fabric Extender designed for scalability and optimized network integration. This device connects to Cisco Nexus 5000, 6000, 7000, and 9000 Series switches, extending their capabilities closer to the servers and making network access more flexible. Key hardware specifications include 48 Fabric Extender Host Interfaces, supporting both 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections via SFP/SFP+ ports. This ensures high-speed data transfer and connectivity options for a variety of network architectures. The device is equipped with two power supplies and four fans, ensuring reliable operation and system redundancy. Power consumption is rated at 175 W, with an input current of 2.5 A and an output current of 20 A. The CISCO N2K-C2248PQ is designed to be energy efficient while maintaining high performance, with a heat dissipation of 796 BTU/Hour.
  • Fabric Speed: 160 Gbps in each direction, supporting efficient data movement.
  • Oversubscription: 3:1, balancing high connectivity with optimal bandwidth utilization.
  • Performance: Hardware forwarding at 1280 Gbps or 952 Mpps, ensuring rapid data processing and transfer rates.
This device supports a direct connection distance up to 10 km between the Fabric Extender and Cisco Nexus 5000 or 6000 Series Switch, facilitating flexible deployment across extended data center environments. It operates within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C and can be stored in conditions ranging from -20 °C to 70 °C. Operating humidity is supported from 5% to 95%, and the device can function at altitudes up to 10,000 feet, offering adaptability to various environmental conditions. The unit measures 1.72 x 17.3 x 17.7 inches and weighs 18.3 lbs, making it compact enough for dense deployment scenarios without compromising on port availability or network functionality. The CISCO N2K-C2248PQ features several indicators for system status, port status, locator LED, fan status, and power status, providing at-a-glance diagnostics and simplifying maintenance. Compatibility with Cisco Nexus OS Release 6.0(2)N1(1) for the Nexus 5000 and 6000 Series, Cisco NX-OS Release 6.2(2) for the Nexus 7000 Series, and Cisco NX-OS Software Release 6.1 for the Nexus 9000 Series ensures that the CISCO N2K-C2248PQ can integrate seamlessly into existing Cisco environments, leveraging the latest network features and protocols. The CISCO N2K-C2248PQ is engineered to meet the demands of modern data centers, offering scalable connectivity, high performance, and compatibility with a range of Cisco Nexus switches. This Fabric Extender is an integral component for organizations looking to enhance their network architecture, improve efficiency, and ensure high availability across their operational footprint.


Item Number CISCO N2K-C2248PQ
Manufacturer CISCO
Port Types 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Total Power Units 2
Cooling Fans Quantity 4
Host Interface Count on Fabric Extender 48
Type of Host Interface 1/10GbE SFP/SFP+
Rated Power Consumption 175 Watts
Maximum Connectivity Range Up to 10 kilometers
Fabric Bandwidth 160 Gigabits per Second Bidirectional
Rate of Oversubscription 3 to 1
Throughput Capacity 1280 Gbps or 952 Mpps
Compatible Cisco Switch Models Nexus 5500, 6000, 7000, 9000 Series
Supported OS Versions Nexus OS 6.0(2)N1(1), NX-OS 6.2(2), NX-OS Software 6.1
Dimensions 1.72 x 17.3 x 17.7 inches
Unit Weight 18.3 pounds
Diagnostic Indicators System, Port, Locator, Fan, and Power LEDs
Operational Temp Range Low 0 Degrees Celsius
Operational Temp Range High 40 Degrees Celsius
Storage Temp Range Low -20 Degrees Celsius
Storage Temp Range High 70 Degrees Celsius
Humidity Range for Operation 5% to 95%
Max Operating Elevation 0 to 10,000 feet
Input Electrical Current 2.5 Amperes
Electrical Output Current 20 Amperes
Thermal Output 796 BTU/Hour

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