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Product Description

The N9K-X9736C-EX Cisco is a 100-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 switch module, featuring 36 ports and designed for high-capacity networking with a LPM route entry capacity up to 1 million for IPv4 and between 1900 to 500,000 for IPv6. It supports extensive network scalability and efficiency with VXLAN tunnel endpoints up to 10,000 and ECMP paths up to 64, alongside a MAC address capacity up to 512,000. This module ensures reliable operation with a MTBF of 476,970 hours, hot-swappable capability, and port-side intake airflow for cooling, while consuming a typical power of 632 W and adhering to RoHS-6 compliance for environmental standards.

FAQs for the N9K-X9736C-EX

  • What is the port type supported by this networking hardware?
    The hardware supports 100-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 ports.
  • How many IPv4 host entries can the device handle?
    It can handle up to 1 million IPv4 host entries.
  • What are the Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking capabilities of the device?
    Yes, the device offers both Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking capabilities.
  • Is the device hot-swappable?
    Yes, the device supports hot-swapping.
  • How many MAC address entries does the device support?
    The device supports up to 512,000 MAC address entries.
  • What is the airflow direction for this device?
    The airflow direction is port-side intake.
  • How many VLANs can the device support?
    The device can support up to 4096 VLANs.
  • What is the typical power consumption of the device?
    The typical power consumption of the device is 632 W.
  • Can the device handle IPv6 host entries, and if so, how many?
    Yes, the device can handle up to 16,000 IPv6 host entries.
  • What is the MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of the device?
    The MTBF of the device is 476,970 hours.

Product Review

The Cisco N9K-X9736C-EX module excels with its 36 100-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 ports, catering to high-density networking requirements and ensuring ample bandwidth for demanding data center environments. However, its IPv6 host entry capacity is limited to 16,000, which may pose scalability challenges in heavily IPv6-dependent networks. Its power efficiency and reliability are highlighted by a typical power consumption of 632 W and an MTBF of 476,970 hours, alongside support for advanced networking features like VXLAN and L2/L3 capabilities, making it a versatile choice for modern data centers.


The Cisco N9K-X9736C-EX is a cutting-edge network module designed to meet the demands of modern data centers and high-performance computing environments. This module is equipped with 36 ports of 100-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28, providing high-density and high-speed connectivity options for a variety of applications. The hardware specifications of the N9K-X9736C-EX make it a powerful tool for managing large-scale networks efficiently. One of the key features of this module is its support for up to 1 million IPv4 LPM route entries and between 1900 to 500,000 IPv6 LPM route entries. This extensive routing capacity ensures that the device can handle large and complex network infrastructures with ease. Additionally, the module supports up to 1 million IPv4 and 16,000 IPv6 host entries, allowing for the management of a significant number of devices. The Cisco N9K-X9736C-EX also boasts a substantial capacity for MAC address entries, with support for up to 512,000 entries. This is complemented by its ability to manage up to 32,000 multicast routes and provide IGMP snooping groups ranging from 4000 to 32000 with Virtual Port Channels (VPC) and 8000 to 32000 without VPC. The module supports up to 4096 VLANs, ensuring flexible network segmentation and enhanced security. Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) is another vital feature, with the module supporting up to 16,000 instances. This allows for the efficient use of resources and improved network isolation. The N9K-X9736C-EX can also configure up to 512 port channels with up to 32 links each, enhancing bandwidth and providing redundancy. Additionally, it supports up to 64 Equal-Cost Multi-Path (ECMP) paths, improving load balancing and fault tolerance. The module is designed for reliability and easy maintenance, with a Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of 476,970 hours. It is hot-swappable, minimizing downtime during upgrades or replacements. The airflow is port-side intake, ensuring effective cooling even under heavy loads. With a weight of 14.77 lbs and typical power consumption of 632 W, the N9K-X9736C-EX is both compact and energy-efficient.
  • L2/L3 networking capabilities provide flexibility in deployment, catering to a wide range of networking needs.
  • RoHS-6 compliance ensures that the module adheres to strict environmental standards.
  • The device supports active Cisco SPAN instances ranging from 4 to 32, MST instances up to 64, RPVST instances up to 4000, and HSRP groups up to 490, contributing to comprehensive network monitoring and resilience.
In conclusion, the Cisco N9K-X9736C-EX is a powerful networking module that combines high port density with advanced routing and switching capabilities. Its extensive support for MAC addresses, VLANs, and VRF instances make it a versatile choice for managing complex networks. With its high reliability and energy efficiency, the N9K-X9736C-EX is an ideal solution for data centers looking to optimize their network infrastructure.


Item NumberCisco N9K-X9736C-EX
Total Ports36
Port Configuration100G Ethernet QSFP28
IPv4 LPM RoutesUp to 1,000,000
IPv6 LPM Routes1,900 to 500,000
IPv4 EndpointsUp to 1,000,000
IPv6 EndpointsUp to 16,000
MAC AddressesUp to 512,000
Multicast PathwaysUp to 32,000
IGMP Monitoring Groups4,000 to 32,000 (With VPC), 8,000 to 32,000 (Without VPC)
Virtual LANs SupportedUp to 4096
VRF InstancesUp to 16,000
Aggregated LinksUp to 512
Links per Aggregated LinkUp to 32
Equal-Cost Multi-Path RoutingUp to 64
SPAN Sessions Active4 to 32
Maximum MST InstancesUp to 64
RPVST+ InstancesUp to 4,000
HSRP Groups SupportedUp to 490
VXLAN Tunnel EndpointsUp to 10,000
Unit Weight14.77 lbs
Power Consumption (Typical)632W
Mean Time Between Failures476,970 Hours
Component ExchangeYes
Cooling DirectionPort-Side Intake
Layer 2/3 SupportYes
Compliance StandardRoHS-6

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