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Product Line: Cisco Nexus 2300 Series
Product Type: Fabric Extender
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Product Description

The N2K-C2332TQ-10GT Cisco features 32 100M/1/10GBASE-T ports with RJ-45 connectors and an additional 4 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP fabric extender host interfaces, designed for scalability and high-speed data transmission. It supports a fabric speed of up to 160 Gbps in each direction, with hardware forwarding at 960 Gbps or 1440 Mpps, ensuring efficient data flow and network performance. Compatible with Cisco Nexus 5500, 5600, 6000 series, and the 9300 and 9500 series through Cisco NX-OS Release 7.1(0)N1(2) and 9.2.1, it optimizes connectivity and extends the reach up to 10 km, accommodating diverse networking environments.

FAQs for the N2K-C2332TQ-10GT

  • What are the types of host interfaces supported by the Fabric Extender?
    The Fabric Extender supports 100M/1/10GBASE-T ports with RJ-45 connectors and 4 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP host interfaces.
  • How many power supplies does the device have?
    It is equipped with 2 power supplies.
  • Can the Fabric Extender support connections to Cisco Nexus 5500 Switch over long distances?
    Yes, it can support distances up to 10 km between the Fabric Extender and the Cisco Nexus 5500 Switch.
  • What is the maximum fabric speed of the Fabric Extender?
    The fabric speed can reach up to 160 Gbps in each direction.
  • What is the oversubscription rate of the Fabric Extender?
    The oversubscription rate is up to 2:1.
  • How does the Fabric Extender perform in terms of hardware forwarding?
    It achieves hardware forwarding at 960 Gbps or 1440 Mpps.
  • Is FCoE supported by the Fabric Extender?
    Yes, FCoE support is available.
  • Which Cisco parent switches are compatible with the Fabric Extender?
    It is compatible with Cisco Nexus 5500 and 5600 Platforms, Cisco Nexus 6000 Series, and Cisco Nexus 9300 and 9500 Series.
  • What software versions support the Fabric Extender?
    It is supported by Cisco NX-OS Release 7.1(0)N1(2) for Cisco Nexus 5500, 5600, and 6000 Series, and Cisco NX-OS Release 9.2.1 for Cisco Nexus 9300 and 9500 Platforms.
  • What are the physical dimensions and weight of the Fabric Extender?
    The dimensions are 1.72 x 17.3 x 14.07 inches, and it weighs 15 lbs.

Product Review

The Cisco N2K-C2332TQ-10GT offers a high-density configuration with 32 10G BASE-T ports and four 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP interfaces, making it suitable for environments requiring extensive connectivity and bandwidth. However, its performance might be limited by an oversubscription rate of up to 2:1, potentially affecting throughput in high-demand scenarios. The unit is compatible with a wide range of Cisco Nexus switches and supports FCoE, offering flexibility in deployment and integration into existing infrastructure, but its power consumption and heat dissipation could pose challenges in densely packed data centers.


The Cisco N2K-C2332TQ-10GT is a high-performance fabric extender designed to increase the efficiency and scalability of networks. It is part of the Cisco Nexus series, compatible with Cisco Nexus 5500 and 5600 platforms, Cisco Nexus 6000 series, and Cisco Nexus 9300 and 9500 series. This device supports Cisco NX-OS Release 7.1(0)N1(2) for the former platforms and Cisco NX-OS Release 9.2.1 for the latter. This model comes equipped with ten 10G BASE-T ports, providing ample bandwidth for demanding data center applications. The ports use RJ-45 connectors, allowing for straightforward integration into existing network setups. Additionally, it features four 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP fabric extender host interfaces, enhancing its connectivity options and making it a versatile choice for various network architectures. The Cisco N2K-C2332TQ-10GT is designed to connect to a parent Cisco Nexus switch up to 10 km away, offering flexibility in network design and the potential for centralized management. It boasts a fabric speed of up to 160 Gbps in each direction, ensuring high-speed data transfers across the network. Despite its high performance, the device maintains an oversubscription ratio of up to 2:1, balancing bandwidth and system resources efficiently. This fabric extender excels in hardware forwarding, with capabilities of 960 Gbps or 1440 million packets per second (Mpps), supporting high-throughput applications without compromising on speed or reliability. It also includes support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), facilitating the integration of storage and IP protocols over a single network infrastructure.
  • Supports FCoE for efficient network integration
  • Hardware forwarding at 960 Gbps or 1440 Mpps
  • Compatible with multiple Cisco Nexus platforms and software releases
The device is built for durability and long-term use, with a weight of 15 lbs and dimensions of 1.72 x 17.3 x 14.07 inches. It has been designed to operate reliably in a wide range of environmental conditions, with an operating temperature range from 0 °C to 55 °C, non-operating temperatures from -40 °C to 70 °C, and humidity levels from 5% (noncondensing) to 95% (noncondensing). It can function at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet, ensuring performance in various installation environments. Power efficiency is another key feature of the Cisco N2K-C2332TQ-10GT. It has a typical input power of 190 W at 30m and a maximum input power of 250 W. Heat dissipation is managed effectively, with typical and maximum values of 510 BTU/hour and 850 BTU/hour, respectively, minimizing the total cost of ownership by reducing cooling requirements. In summary, the Cisco N2K-C2332TQ-10GT is a powerful addition to the Cisco Nexus fabric extender family, offering advanced features and compatibility with a range of Nexus switches. Its performance capabilities, including high-speed 10G BASE-T and 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, robust forwarding performance, and support for FCoE, make it an ideal solution for expanding network capacity and efficiency.


Item Number and ManufacturerCisco N2K-C2332TQ-10GT
Port Configuration10GBASE-T Ports
Power Supply Count2
Fabric Extender Interface Quantity32
Type of Fabric Extender Interface100M/1/10GBASE-T: RJ-45 Connectors
QSFP 40 Gigabit Ethernet Interfaces4
Maximum Distance to Nexus 550010 km
Fabric BandwidthUp to 160 Gbps Bidirectional
Maximum Oversubscription Ratio2:1
Performance Metrics960 Gbps or 1440 Mpps Forwarding
FCoE CapabilitySupported
Compatible Cisco Parent Switch ModelsNexus 5500, 5600, 6000, 9300, 9500 Series
Required SoftwareNX-OS 7.1(0)N1(2) for Nexus 5500, 5600, 6000; NX-OS 9.2.1 for Nexus 9300, 9500
Dimensions (H x W x D)1.72 x 17.3 x 14.07 inches
Device Weight15 pounds
Operating Temperature Range0 to 55 °C
Storage Temperature Range-40 to 70 °C
Operational Humidity Range5% to 95% (Non-condensing)
Non-Operational Humidity Range5% to 95% (Non-condensing)
Operating Altitude Range0 to 10,000 feet
Standard Power Consumption190 W at 30m
Peak Power Consumption250 W
Normal Heat Output510 BTU/Hour
Maximum Heat Output850 BTU/Hour

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