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Product Description

The NC55-24X100G-SE is designed for high-capacity networking, featuring 24 ports of 100 GbE and powered by Cisco IOS XR Software 6.0.2 or beyond. It supports up to 2 million IPv4 routes and 512K IPv6 routes, with a system powered by 4 forwarding ASICs. This model has a typical power consumption of 678 W, a maximum of 940 W, and operates efficiently within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C, supporting an operating altitude of 0 to 10000 ft with front to back airflow.

FAQs for the NC55-24X100G-SE

  • What software version is required for the networking hardware to operate?
    The networking hardware requires Cisco IOS XR Software version 6.0.2 or beyond.
  • How many ports does the device have and what type are they?
    The device features 24 ports of 100 GbE type.
  • What is the typical power consumption of the hardware?
    Typical power consumption of the hardware is 678 W.
  • How many forwarding ASICs are included in the hardware?
    There are 4 forwarding ASICs included in the hardware.
  • What is the maximum number of IPv4 routes supported?
    The hardware supports up to 2 million IPv4 routes.
  • Can the device operate in high humidity environments?
    Yes, the device can operate in environments with up to 95% noncondensing humidity.
  • What is the MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of the device?
    The MTBF of the device is 157,570 hours.
  • What are the minimum and maximum operating temperature ranges?
    The device operates within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C.
  • How is the airflow designed in the device?
    The device is designed with a front to back airflow.
  • What are the power input specifications for the device?
    The device accepts AC input voltage of 90 to 265 VAC and DC input voltage of -40 to -72 VDC.

Product Review

The Cisco NC55-24X100G-SE offers high-density 100 GbE ports, supporting up to 24 connections, which is advantageous for environments requiring high bandwidth and scalability. However, its power consumption is notable, with typical usage at 678W and a maximum of 940W, potentially impacting operational costs in energy-sensitive deployments. Additionally, the device is compatible with Cisco IOS XR Software 6.0.2 or later, ensuring support for advanced network features and stability but necessitates careful version management to maintain compatibility and performance.


The Cisco NC55-24X100G-SE is a high-capacity network router designed to meet the demands of modern data centers and large enterprise networks. This device is engineered to support the latest networking standards, offering 24 ports of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connectivity. It is suitable for environments requiring high bandwidth and efficient data routing capabilities. At the core of the Cisco NC55-24X100G-SE are four forwarding ASICs that enable it to handle large volumes of data efficiently. This hardware foundation allows the router to support up to 2 million IPv4 routes and up to 512K IPv6 routes, making it well-suited for complex network architectures that require extensive routing capabilities. The device operates on Cisco IOS XR Software version 6.0.2 or beyond, which provides a stable and flexible operating system designed for enhanced network performance and reliability. This software foundation ensures compatibility with a wide range of network protocols and services, ensuring that the Cisco NC55-24X100G-SE can be integrated into diverse network environments. In terms of power efficiency, the router has a typical power consumption of 678 Watts, with a maximum power consumption of 940 Watts under full load. This relatively efficient power usage is critical for minimizing operational costs in data centers and large network installations. The device also features a sophisticated cooling system with front-to-back airflow, ensuring it remains operational within a wide range of temperatures, from 0 °C to 40 °C, and at altitudes up to 10,000 feet. The Cisco NC55-24X100G-SE is designed with durability and reliability in mind, as evidenced by its Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of 157,570 hours. This level of reliability is essential for networks where uptime is critical. The router's physical dimensions are compact for its class, measuring 1.68 inches in height, 16.89 inches in width, and 17.05 inches in depth, with a weight of 15.3 pounds. This makes it relatively easy to accommodate in standard networking racks. Electrical requirements are flexible, with AC input voltage ranging from 90 to 265 VAC and DC input voltage from -40 to -72 VDC, providing options for various power supplies and ensuring the device can be deployed in a wide range of geographical locations. Key hardware specifications include: -
  • 24 ports of 100 GbE for high-capacity networking needs.
  • Four forwarding ASICs for efficient data processing.
  • Support for up to 2 million IPv4 routes and 512K IPv6 routes.
Environmental tolerances further highlight the router's adaptability. It operates effectively in a range of humidity conditions from 5% to 95% (noncondensing) and can be stored in temperatures from -40 °C to 70 °C. These specifications ensure the router's performance and reliability across various operating conditions. In summary, the Cisco NC55-24X100G-SE is a powerful networking device that combines high-capacity connectivity, efficient power consumption, and robust environmental tolerances. Its support for a vast number of routes and compatibility with Cisco IOS XR Software make it a versatile choice for complex, high-demand network environments.


Part Number and ManufacturerCisco NC55-24X100G-SE
Compatible SoftwareCisco IOS XR Software Version 6.0.2 or later
Total Ports24
Port Classification100 Gigabit Ethernet
Forwarding ASIC Quantity4
IPv4 Address CapacityUp to 2,000,000
IPv6 Address CapacityUp to 512,000
Average Power Use678 Watts
Peak Power Use940 Watts
Unit Height1.68 inches
Unit Width16.89 inches
Unit Depth17.05 inches
Unit Weight15.3 pounds
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)157,570 hours
Lowest Operational Temperature0°C
Highest Operational Temperature40°C
Lowest Storage Temperature-40°C
Highest Storage Temperature70°C
Operational Humidity Range5% to 95%, non-condensing
Storage Humidity Range5% to 95%, non-condensing
Usage Altitude Limit0 to 10,000 feet
AC Power Specification90 to 265 VAC
DC Power Specification-40 to -72 VDC
Cooling MechanismAirflow: Front to Back

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