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Product Line: Cisco NCS 2000 Series
Product Type: Flex Spectrum ROADM Line Card
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Product Description

The NCS2K-16-WXC-FS is equipped with 16 ports and 2 slots, supporting 36 input/output fibers using LC-Duplex and MPO connectors, with 2 LC-Duplex and 4 MPO connectors. This device offers 96 channels on an ITU grid with a slice width of 12.5 GHz, channel bandwidth adjustable between 50 GHz and 500 GHz, and a total of 384 slices. It operates within a temperature range of -5 °C to 55 °C, has a maximum power consumption of 100 W, and is designed for high reliability with an MTBF of 162,273 hours.

FAQs for the NCS2K-16-WXC-FS

  • What is the number of ports available on this device?
    The device has 16 ports.
  • How many LC-Duplex and MPO connectors does the network hardware support?
    It supports 2 LC-Duplex connectors and 4 MPO connectors.
  • Can you detail the type of connectors used in this networking hardware?
    The hardware uses LC-Duplex and MPO connectors.
  • What is the total number of slices available?
    There are 384 total slices available.
  • What are the minimum and maximum insertion loss values for this device?
    The minimum insertion loss is 4 dB, and the maximum insertion loss is 8 dB.
  • What is the power consumption of the hardware?
    The maximum power consumption is 100 W.
  • Describe the physical dimensions and weight of this hardware.
    The hardware measures 13.1 inches in height, 4.90 inches in width, and 9.84 inches in depth, with a weight of 9.92 lbs.
  • What is the Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) for this device?
    The MTBF is 162,273 hours.
  • What temperature and humidity levels can this device operate within normally?
    It operates between -5 °C and 55 °C, with relative humidity ranging from 5% to 85% (Noncondensing).
  • What types of LEDs are present on the card, and what do they indicate?
    The card has LEDs for Failure (FAIL), Active/Standby (ACT/STBY), and Signal Fail (SF).

Product Review

The CISCO NCS2K-16-WXC-FS offers a high degree of flexibility with its 96 channels across a 12.5 GHz slice width, supporting a wide bandwidth range from 50 GHz to 500 GHz, which makes it suitable for diverse networking demands. However, its insertion loss ranges from 4 dB to 8 dB, which could impact signal quality in certain applications. Additionally, the unit's design includes a comprehensive mix of LC-Duplex and MPO connectors, enhancing connectivity options, though the power consumption at 100W may require careful thermal management in densely packed installations.


The CISCO NCS2K-16-WXC-FS is a high-capacity, flexible wavelength cross-connect solution designed for modern optical networks. This hardware is equipped with 16 ports and 2 slots, making it adaptable for various network configurations. It supports 36 input/output fibers, ensuring extensive connectivity options for large-scale operations. The device utilizes both LC-Duplex and MPO connectors, with 2 LC-Duplex and 4 MPO connectors available, facilitating diverse connection types and enhancing network flexibility. This model boasts 96 channels on the ITU channel grid, with a slice width of 12.5 GHz. It offers a wide range of channel bandwidth settings, from a minimum of 50 GHz to a maximum of 500 GHz, accommodating varying network demands. The total number of slices reaches 384, providing substantial capacity for data transmission. Despite its extensive capabilities, the device maintains a minimum insertion loss of 4 dB and a maximum of 8 dB, ensuring efficient signal transmission. Regarding power requirements, the CISCO NCS2K-16-WXC-FS operates at a maximum power consumption of 100 W. Its dimensions are compact for its class, measuring 13.1 inches in height, 4.90 inches in width, and 9.84 inches in depth, with a weight of 9.92 lbs. This makes it suitable for various installation environments without requiring excessive space. The device is designed for durability and reliability, with a mean time between failures (MTBF) of 162,273 hours. It includes card LEDs for easy monitoring of system status, including Failure (FAIL), Active/Standby (ACT/STBY), and Signal Fail (SF) indicators.
  • Operating temperatures range from -5 °C to 55 °C, supporting performance in a wide range of environmental conditions.
  • Relative humidity tolerance extends from 5% (noncondensing) to 85% (noncondensing), ensuring operation in diverse climates.
  • The device offers a blend of high-capacity, flexibility, and efficiency, making it an excellent choice for advanced optical networking.
The CISCO NCS2K-16-WXC-FS is engineered to meet the demands of high-capacity networks, providing efficient, reliable wavelength cross-connect functionality. Its comprehensive features and specifications make it a versatile solution for managing complex optical networks, ensuring high performance and connectivity.


Part NumberCISCO NCS2K-16-WXC-FS
Ports Quantity16
Slots Quantity2
Input/Output Fiber Count36
Connector TypesLC-Duplex, MPO
LC-Duplex Connector Count2
MPO Connector Count4
Channel Total96
Channel OrganizationITU
Slice Thickness12.5 GHz
Channel Bandwidth Minimum50 GHz
Channel Bandwidth Maximum500 GHz
Slices Total384
Insertion Loss Minimum4 dB
Insertion Loss Maximum8 dB
Maximum Power Consumption100 W
Device Height13.1 in.
Device Width4.90 in.
Device Depth9.84 in.
Device Weight9.92 lbs
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)162,273 Hours
Indicator LEDsFailure (FAIL), Active/Standby (ACT/STBY), Signal Fail (SF)
Operating Temperature Range-5 °C to 55 °C
Operating Humidity Range5% to 85% (Noncondensing)

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