Cisco ME 3400 Series Ethernet Access Switches

Introducing the New Cisco ME 3400-24FS AC Ethernet Access Switch

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Product Overview

The Cisco ® ME 3400-24FS AC Ethernet Access Switch is a new member of the Cisco ME 3400 Series of next-generation switches, customer-located equipment especially for triple-play (data, voice, and video) Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN services. The Cisco ME 3400-24FS AC Switch is for service providers that want to offer Ethernet Fiber-To-The-Home (E-FTTH) services. Equipped with 24 100-Mbps Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) interfaces, the Cisco ME 3400-24FS AC supports multiple types of optical modules including FX, SX, and BX. Together with the Cisco Catalyst ® 4500 Series, the Cisco ME 3400-24FS AC offers options for high-density and low-density deployments. The ME 3400-24FS AC supports the same advance software as the rest of Cisco ME 3400 series. With both Ethernet operations, administration, maintenance, and provisioning (OAM&P) features for remote monitoring and troubleshooting and the most complete security solution, the ME 3400-24FS AC provides the best solution for E-FTTH deployments. Table 1 provides brief descriptions of the Cisco ME 3400-24FS AC Switch and options.

Table 1. Cisco ME 3400-24FS AC Ethernet Access Switch and Software Feature Images

Product Name (Part Number)


Cisco ME 3400-24FS AC Ethernet Access Switch


• 24 Ethernet 100Mbps SFP ports
• 2 SFP-based Gigabit Ethernet and 100BASE-X ports
• AC power supplies
• 6.5-mpps forwarding rate
• 1 rack unit multilayer switch
• Purpose-built Ethernet access switch for low-density E-FTTH deployments
• 3 Cisco IOS ® Software feature image options (METROBASE, METROACCESS, and METROIPACCESS)

Cisco ME 3400 Series METROBASE Software Feature Image


• Standard Layer 2 feature image for triple-play services
• Advanced QoS: Ingress policing and egress shaping
• Robust multicast: IGMP filtering and throttling and Multicast VLAN Registration (MVR)
• Complete security solution: User-Network Interface/Network-Node Interface (UNI/NNI), Control Plane Security, and Configuration File Security

Cisco ME 3400 Series METROACCESS Software Feature Image


• Enhanced Layer 2 feature images for premium triple-play services and Layer 2 VPN services
• Advanced Layer 2 Tunneling: 802.1q tunneling and Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling (L2PT)
• Industry-standard Layer 2 management: 802.1ag (CFM) and E-LMI
• Fast convergence: Flex-Link, Link-State Tracking, Resilient Ethernet Protocol (REP)

Cisco ME 3400 Series METROIPACCESS Software Feature Image


• Layer 3 feature images for Layer 3 VPN services
• IP routing (RIP versions 1 and 2, EIGRP, OSFP, IS-IS, and BGPv4)
• Secured Layer 3: Multi-VRF CE, Multicast within VRF
• Enhanced routing: Policy Based Routing



METROACCESS image upgrade kit from METROBASE image



METROIPACCESS image upgrade kit from METROBASE image



METROIPACCESS image upgrade kit from METROACCESS image

Key Features


• Compact form factor for easy deployment

• All-front access connectors to simplify troubleshooting in the field

• 100-Mbps SFP interfaces to support flexible optical modules

• Network Equipment Building Standards Level 3 (NEBS3) certification and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) certification


• Mission-specific software designed for the Ethernet access application

• Support for multiple software images to provide a "pay-as-you-grow" deployment model

• New UNI/NNI port types to simplify management, deployment, and troubleshooting

• Industry standard OAM&P features (802.1ag, 802.3ah, E-LMI)

• Complete security solution to protect subscribers, switches, and network


The new Cisco ME 3400-24FS AC Switch begins shipping in September 2007.

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