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Product Line: Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series
Product Type: Chassis
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Product Description

The WS-C6506-E Cisco chassis supports 6 slots and is compatible with multiple Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engines including 32, 720-3B, 720-3BXL, 720-10G-3C, 720-10G-3CXL, and 2T. It offers a range of power supply options with AC compatibility from 2500W to 8700W and DC power supply from 2500W to 6000W, alongside software compatibility spanning versions 12.2(18)SXF to 15.0(1)SY. Designed for durability and reliability, it has an MTBF of 441,418 hours, operates within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C, and supports environmental standards including NEBS Level 3 and various ETS 300 019 classifications.

FAQs for the WS-C6506-E

  • What is the number of slots available in this chassis?
    • There are 6 slots available.
  • Which supervisor engines are compatible with this hardware?
    • Compatible with Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 32, 720-3B, 720-3BXL, 720-10G-3C, 720-10G-3CXL, and 2T.
  • What are the AC power supply options?
    • 2500W, 3000W, 4000W, 6000W, and 8700W AC power supplies are compatible.
  • Can this device operate with a DC power supply?
    • Yes, it is compatible with 2500W, 4000W, and 6000W DC power supplies.
  • What software versions can this hardware support?
    • Supports software versions 12.2(18)SXF, 12.2(14)SX, 12.2(33)SXH, and 15.0(1)SY.
  • How long is the Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) for this chassis?
    • The MTBF is 441,418 hours.
  • What are the physical dimensions of the chassis?
    • Dimensions are 19.2 x 17.5 x 18 inches.
  • What is the weight of the chassis when fully configured?
    • The fully configured weight is 60 lbs.
  • What voltage does the AC power supply require?
    • Requires an input AC voltage of 100 to 240 VAC.
  • Is this hardware NEBS/ETSI compliant?
    • Yes, it meets NEBS Level 3 and various ETSI standards for storage, transportation, and stationary use.

Product Review

The Cisco WS-C6506-E chassis offers compatibility with a wide range of supervisor engines and power supplies, providing flexibility for various network requirements. However, its large form factor of 11 RU and weight, up to 60 lbs when fully configured, may pose challenges for space-constrained installations. Moreover, with software compatibility spanning multiple versions, it ensures support for a broad spectrum of features and functions, but the need for careful version selection to match specific network needs and compatibility can be seen as a downside.


The Cisco WS-C6506-E is a versatile networking chassis that serves as a foundational component for deploying advanced features and technologies in a scalable and resilient network infrastructure. Designed to accommodate the diverse needs of enterprise and service provider environments, this chassis offers a blend of performance, density, and operational simplicity. At its core, the WS-C6506-E features six slots that are compatible with a range of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engines including the 32, 720-3B, 720-3BXL, 720-10G-3C, 720-10G-3CXL, and the 2T. This compatibility ensures that the chassis can be customized to meet specific network requirements, from basic data center operations to complex enterprise services. The chassis supports a variety of power supply options to cater to different operational needs and efficiency levels. Available AC power supplies include 2500W, 3000W, 4000W, 6000W, and 8700W units, while DC options offer 2500W, 4000W, and 6000W supplies. This flexibility ensures that the system can be optimized for power efficiency and redundancy, enhancing overall system reliability. Software compatibility spans several Cisco IOS releases, including versions 12.2(18)SXF, 12.2(14)SX, 12.2(33)SXH, and 15.0(1)SY. This wide range of software support ensures that the chassis can accommodate various networking features and protocols, maintaining flexibility for future upgrades and functionality enhancements. Key hardware specifications include: - A mean time between failures (MTBF) of 441,418 hours, highlighting the system's reliability and durability. - A form factor of 11 rack units (RU) with dimensions of 19.2 x 17.5 x 18 inches, allowing for efficient use of rack space. - A chassis weight of 50 lbs, increasing to 60 lbs when fully configured, demonstrating the system's robust yet manageable physical profile. Electrical and environmental specifications ensure the chassis operates effectively under a wide range of conditions: - Input AC voltage ranges from 100 to 240 VAC, with DC input voltage from -48 to -60 VDC. - Operating temperatures span from 0 °C to 40 °C, with storage temperatures from -20 °C to 65 °C. - Relative humidity tolerance ranges from 5% (noncondensing) to 90% (noncondensing) during operation, and from 5% (noncondensing) to 95% (noncondensing) in nonoperating and storage conditions. - The system is designed to operate up to an altitude of 6500 feet, accommodating various installation environments. Safety and compliance are addressed through certifications, including UL 60950 Second Edition, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950 Second Edition, and others, ensuring the chassis meets rigorous safety standards. Additionally, it complies with NEBS Level 3 and various ETSI standards, making it suitable for deployment in environments requiring high reliability and resilience. In summary, the Cisco WS-C6506-E chassis stands out for its flexibility, performance, and reliability. It is engineered to support a broad spectrum of networking capabilities, making it an ideal choice for organizations looking to build a scalable, efficient, and robust network infrastructure.


Model NumberCisco WS-C6506-E
Slot Count6 slots
Supported Supervisor EnginesCisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 32, 720-3B, 720-3BXL, 720-10G-3C, 720-10G-3CXL, 2T
Compatible AC Power Supplies2500W, 3000W, 4000W, 6000W, 8700W
Compatible DC Power Supplies2500W, 4000W, 6000W
Software Versions Supported12.2(18)SXF, 12.2(14)SX, 12.2(33)SXH, 15.0(1)SY
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)441,418 hours
Dimensions (H x W x D)19.2 x 17.5 x 18 inches
Rack Units (RU)11 RU
Weight of Chassis50 lbs
Weight When Fully Equipped60 lbs
AC Input Range100 to 240 VAC
DC Voltage Range-48 to -60 VDC
CertificationsUL 60950, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950, EN 60950, IEC 60950, AS/NZS 60950
ComplianceGR-1089-Core NEBS Level 3, ETS 300 019 Storage Class 1.1, ETS 300 019 Transportation Class 2.3, ETS 300 019 Stationary Use Class 3.1
Operating Temperature Range0 to 40 °C
Storage Temperature Range-20 to 65 °C
Humidity for Operation5% to 90%, non-condensing
Humidity for Storage and Non-operation5% to 95%, non-condensing
Max Operational AltitudeUp to 6500 feet
Temperature Transition, Hot to Cold0.5 °C/min
Temperature Transition, Cold to Hot0.33 °C/min

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