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Extending Performance, Versatility, and Reliability at the Provider Edge

Cisco 7609 Router

The Cisco ® 7609 Router is a high-performance router deployed at the network edge, where performance, IP services, redundancy, and fault resiliency are critical. It enables Carrier Ethernet service providers to deploy an advanced network infrastructure that supports a range of IP video and triple-play (voice, video, and data) system applications in both the residential and business services markets. The Cisco 7609 enables enterprises to deploy advanced WAN and metropolitan-area network (MAN) networking solutions necessary to succeed in demanding, high-traffic environments.
Providing the foundation for a powerful combination of speed and services, the 9-slot Cisco 7609 Router is an outstanding choice for multiple applications. Whether deployed as a high-speed WAN aggregator, as a device for peering, as a residential broadband services aggregator, or as a device for Metro Ethernet aggregation and uplink, the Cisco 7609 meets requirements for redundancy, high availability, and rack density. In the point-of-presence (POP) service provider edge or the metropolitan network edge, the Cisco 7609 sets new standards as part of the industry-leading Cisco 7600 Series Routers (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Cisco 7609 Router

With a forwarding rate of up to 400-Mpps distributed and 720-Gbps total throughput, the Cisco 7609 provides performance and reliability with options for redundant route processors and power supplies. The inclusion of two Gigabit Ethernet ports on the Cisco Catalyst ® 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 720 with the Multilayer Switch Feature Card 3 (MSFC-3) or the new Cisco Route Switch Processor 720 (RSP 720) with the MSFC-4 used in the Cisco 7609 eliminates the need for a line-card slot for uplink ports. The result of this design is more efficient use of available line-card slots and increased deployment flexibility. Four Gigabit Ethernet ports are available for use in dual-route processor configurations.
Shared port adaptors (SPA) on the SPA interface processors (SIPs) are available on the Cisco 7600 Series with interface speeds ranging from OC-3 to OC-192 and from Fast Ethernet to 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The Cisco 7600 Series can also use the Cisco 7600 Series/Catalyst 6500 Series Enhanced FlexWAN Module to take advantage of most Cisco 7200 and 7500 Port Adapters for terminating DS-0 to OC-3 speeds. By using the Cisco Catalyst 6000 Series of Ethernet line cards in conjunction with the SIP-based SPAs and the enhanced FlexWAN module, the Cisco 7600 provides a multitude of options to scale WAN connectivity from DS-0 to OC-192 and LAN connectivity from 10-Mbps Ethernet through 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
The Cisco 7609 chassis accommodates a broad selection of line cards supporting numerous applications, including:

• SPAs and SIPs (Cisco 7600 Series SPA Interface Processor-200 [SIP-200], SIP-400, and SIP-600):

– Channelized T1/E1, Channelized T3, and Channelized OC-3/STM-1

– OC-3/STM-1, OC-12/STM-4, OC-48/STM-16 Packet over SONET/SDH (PoS), and OC-192/STM-64 PoS

– OC-3/STM-1 ATM, OC-12/STM-4 ATM, and OC-48/STM-16 ATM

– Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet

• Enhanced FlexWAN module: Supporting Cisco 7200 and 7500 WAN port adapters from DS-0 to OC-3 for channelized and ATM interfaces and also Fast Ethernet port adapters

• High-density Ethernet services modules: 10/100 Mbps, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10-Gigabit Ethernet

• Services modules: IP Security (IPsec), firewall, distributed denial of service, intrusion detection systems, network analysis, and content witching commonly used, for example, in the Cisco Mobile Exchange solution

• Supervisor support: Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 32 (WS-SUP32-GE-3B and WS-SUP32-10GE-3B), Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 720 (WS-SUP720-3B and WS-SUP720-3BXL), and the new Cisco Route Switch Processor 720 (RSP720-3C and RSP720-3CXL)

The Cisco 7609 incorporates many service provider and high-end enterprise carrier-class requirements. Line cards are vertically mounted for efficient cooling with front-to-back airflow. High availability is an inherent facet in the form of redundant power supplies and redundant fan-tray modules. Standard or extended cable-tray inserts provide unrestricted management of either fiber and coaxial or multiple conductor types with up to 48 10/100 cables per slot. Two chassis can be installed per 7-foot rack.


The flexible Cisco 7609 Router is ideal for addressing high-performance applications such as:

• High-end customer premises equipment (CPE)

• Leased line

• IP/Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) provider edge

• Metro Ethernet access

• Enterprise WAN aggregation

• Mobile Radio Access Network (RAN) aggregation

• Residential subscriber aggregation

Feature Summary

Cisco 7609 Chassis Features

• 21RU (36.75 in. [93.3 cm]) high, up to 2 chassis per 7-foot rack

• Nine configurable interface slots

• Route processor, switch fabric, and power supply protection capability: 1 + 1

• Tiered-speed fan design (standard): 1 + 1

• Cable management tray options for fiber and coaxial and dense 10/100 cable configurations

• Single-side connection management for both interface and power terminations

• Front-to-back airflow

Cisco 7609 System Features

• Total throughput: 720 Gbps

• Up to 400-Mpps distributed forward rate (requires distributed forwarding cards [DFCs])

Cisco 7609 Technical Specifications

• Nine-slot chassis

• Network Equipment Building Standards (NEBS) Level 3 compliance

• Minimum route processor requirement; one Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2 with Multilayer Switch Feature Card 2 (MFSC-2)

• Dimensions (H x W x D): 36.75 x 17.2 x 20.7 in. (93.3 x 43.1 x 53.3 cm)

• Power requirements:

– -208 to 240 VAC (recommended)

– -48 to -60 VDC (4000 WAC supplies require 30A input circuits)

• Weight: 121 lb (54.9 kg; chassis only); 270 lb (122.5 kg; full configuration)

• Mean time between failure (MTBF): 7 years for system configuration

• Environmental conditions:

– Operating temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)

– Storage temperature: -4 to 149°F (-20 to 65°C)

– Relative humidity, operating: 10 to 85%, noncondensing

– Relative humidity, storage: 5 to 95%, noncondensing

– Operating altitude: -500 to 6500 ft

• Minimum software release: Cisco IOS® Software Release 12.1(13)E1

Table 1 gives ordering information for the Cisco 7609.

Table 1. Cisco 7609 Chassis Ordering Information

Part Number


Spare Units (denoted by "=")


Spare Cisco 7609 enhanced service-provider chassis (includes redundant tiered-speed fan trays, cable management tray with standard and extended depth inserts, and mounting kit)


6000W DC power supply for Cisco 7609/7609-S/7613

WS-CAC-6000W =

Spare AC power supply for the Cisco 7609/7609-S chassis


4000W DC power supply for Cisco 7609/7613


Spare AC power supply for the Cisco 7609 chassis (30A circuit required); U.S./Japan cord attached


Spare AC power supply for Cisco 7609 chassis (30A circuit required); international cord attached


Spare DC 2500W supply


Spare 3000W AC power supply for the Cisco 7609 and 7613


Spare fan tray for the Cisco 7609 chassis (can be used as the first or second tray)


Spare cable tray assembly with standard and extended depth inserts


Spare mounting kit for the Cisco 7609 chassis


Clock card for the Cisco 7609 chassis

Regulatory Compliance

CE marking


• UL 60950

• IEC 60950

• EN 60950

• CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950

• AS/NZS 3260


• FCC Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A

• ICES-003 Class A

• EN55022 Class A

• CISPR22 Class A

• AS/NZS 3548 Class A

• VCCI Class A

• EN55024

• ETS300 386

• EN50082-1

• EN61000-3-2

• EN61000-3-3

• EN61000-6-1

Industry Standard

• GR-63-Core NEBS Level 3 (pending)

• GR-1089-Core NEBS Level 3 (pending)

• ETSI 300 019 Storage Class 1.1

• ETSI 300 019 Transportation Class 2.3

• ETSI 300 019 Stationary Use Class 3.1

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