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Product Line: Cisco 5000 Series
Product Type: Expansion Module
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Product Description

The N55-M160L3-V2 Cisco is a Layer 3 module designed for the Nexus 5596 platform, offering Layer 3 throughput of 160 Gbps and compatibility with 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP, including copper Twinax cables for short distances and SFP optics for longer distances. It features optical interoperability with gXENPAK, X2, and XFP interface types, and is recognized for its low power consumption, with a typical operating power of 480W and a maximum power of 750W. This hot-swappable device operates within a temperature range of 0 to 40°C and supports an altitude up to 10,000 ft, ensuring reliability and performance in various environments.

FAQs for the N55-M160L3-V2

  • What is the layer 3 throughput capability of the Nexus 5596?
    The Nexus 5596 offers a layer 3 throughput of 160 Gbps.
  • How does the Nexus 5596 connect to 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks?
    It utilizes 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP, copper Twinax cables for short distances, and SFP optics for longer distances.
  • Can the Nexus 5596 be used with different types of optical interfaces?
    Yes, it supports optical interoperability with gXENPAK, X2, and XFP interface types.
  • What are the power specifications of the Nexus 5596?
    Typical Operating Power is 480W, Maximum Power is 750W, with an input voltage of 180–264 VAC. It achieves an efficiency of 90% or better at full load, maintaining efficiency down to 25% load.
  • Is the Nexus 5596 compliant with RoHS and is it hot swappable?
    Yes, the device is RoHS compliant and features hot-swappable capabilities.
  • What are the physical dimensions of the Nexus 5596?
    Its dimensions are 3.47 in. (8.8 cm) in height x 17.3 in. (43.9 cm) in width x 30.0 in. (76.2 cm) in depth.
  • What operating temperature range is supported by the Nexus 5596?
    The operating temperature range is 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F).
  • How does the Nexus 5596 manage heat dissipation?
    It dissipates up to 2566 BTU/hr.
  • What is the altitude tolerance for the Nexus 5596's operation?
    It can operate at altitudes from 0 to 10,000 ft (0 to 300m).
  • Does the Nexus 5596 support a hot-swappable feature?
    Yes, it is designed to be hot-swappable.

Product Review

The Cisco N55-M160L3-V2 offers a Layer 3 throughput of 160 Gbps and supports both 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP for short distances and SFP optics for longer distances, making it versatile for various network configurations. It stands out with its low power consumption, hot-swappable capability, and compatibility with multiple optical interface types, enhancing its operational efficiency and flexibility in integration. However, its performance is constrained by its maximum operating temperature of 40°C and a non-operating temperature limit of -40 to 70°C, which may limit its deployment in environments with extreme temperatures.


The Cisco N55-M160L3-V2 is a cutting-edge Layer 3 module designed for the Nexus 5596 platform, offering exceptional Layer 3 throughput of up to 160 Gbps. This module is engineered to enhance your network's efficiency and scalability by providing advanced routing, switching capabilities, and supporting a wide range of 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections. Its compatibility with SFP optics and copper Twinax cables facilitates flexible deployment options, catering to both short and longer distance connectivity requirements. This versatility is further underscored by its optical interoperability with various interface types including gXENPAK, X2, and XFP, making it an ideal solution for diverse networking environments. Delivering on the promise of efficiency, the N55-M160L3-V2 stands out with the lowest power consumption in its class. It operates typically at 480W while capable of reaching a maximum power draw of 750W under full load conditions. The device is designed with energy efficiency in mind, achieving 90% or better efficiency at full load and maintaining high efficiency down to 25% load, which makes it an eco-friendly choice for modern data centers. Its input voltage ranges from 180–264 VAC with a frequency of 47–63Hz, ensuring reliable operation across various power supplies.
  • Hot-swappable functionality ensures minimal downtime, allowing for maintenance or upgrades without interrupting network operations.
  • Compliance with RoHS directives underscores Cisco's commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • Efficient heat dissipation is achieved with a rating of 2566 BTU/hr, maintaining optimal performance by keeping the module cool under heavy loads.
Physically, the N55-M160L3-V2 is compact, with dimensions of 3.47 inches in height, 17.3 inches in width, and 30.0 inches in depth, making it the smallest 10 Gigabit Ethernet form-factor available. This compact size does not compromise its performance or reliability, making it an excellent choice for space-constrained environments. The module operates effectively within a temperature range of 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F) and can withstand non-operating temperatures from –40 to 70°C (-40 to 158° F). Its design is optimized for high availability environments, capable of functioning at altitudes up to 10,000 ft (0 to 300m) and humidity levels from 5 to 95% (non-condensing), ensuring reliable operation across a wide range of environmental conditions. In summary, the Cisco N55-M160L3-V2 is a powerful, efficient, and versatile Layer 3 module that provides high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity with minimal power consumption. Its hot-swappable design, environmental compliance, and efficient heat dissipation make it a sustainable and reliable choice for expanding the capabilities of the Nexus 5596 platform. Whether for short or long-distance connectivity, this module offers the scalability, performance, and reliability needed to meet the demands of today's dynamic networking environments.


Part Number/Manufacturer Cisco N55-M160L3-V2
Product Category Nexus 5596, Layer 3, Version 2
Layer 3 Performance 160 Gbps throughput
Connectivity Options 10GbE SFP and copper Twinax for short range; SFP modules for extended reach
Form Factor Most compact 10GbE module
Compatibility Works with gXENPAK, X2, XFP module types
Power Efficiency Minimum energy usage
Exchangeability Module is replaceable while system is operational
Operational Power Consumption 480W typical
Peak Power Consumption 750W maximum
Power Supply Voltage 180–264 VAC
Operational Frequency 47–63Hz
Power Efficiency at Load At least 90% at full load, down to 25% load
Compliance Meets RoHS standards
Component Replacement Can be swapped without powering down
Thermal Output 2566 BTU/hour
Dimensions (H x W x D) 3.47 in. x 17.3 in. x 30.0 in.
Operating Temperature Range 0°C to 40°C
Storage Temperature Range -40°C to 70°C
Operating Humidity Range 5% to 95%, non-condensing
Maximum Operating Altitude Up to 10,000 ft

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