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Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E Data Sheet

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Product Overview

The Cisco® RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E (Figure 1) for the Cisco RF Gateway 10 universal edge quadrature amplitude modulation (U-EQAM) modulator redefines the way aggregation and traffic management features are managed at the edge of the cable network. Specially optimized for the Cisco RF Gateway 10 platform, the supervisor engine can be deployed in a redundant configuration with automatic failover. It runs the comprehensive feature set available in Cisco IOS® XE Software Release 3.2.0 SQ, with an array of management, line-rate Ethernet aggregation and switching, and packet filtering functions-all embedded in the carrier-class Cisco RF Gateway 10 platform. The Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E provides the increased switching and processing performance required for the new high-density Cisco RF Gateway Downstream 384 (RFGW-DS384) Universal Edge QAM Line Card.

Figure 1.      Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E

Before, switches and routers had to be externally connected to edge QAM modulators and configured separately to manage them. As separate elements, switches and routers and edge QAM modulators provided limited management functionality, and the result has been less-scalable edge solutions. Now, with the integrated Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E, the intelligence of the Cisco IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) is available for more efficient and scalable packet forwarding and management of line cards in the gateway.

Management of data and video traffic can be split into data plane and control plane processing. The data plane manages the aggregation and forwarding of multiple services to the edge QAM resources (for example, Ethernet switching, routing, aggregation, and filtering). Interactions with control interfaces for video and DOCSIS® are managed by the control plane (for example, setup and teardown of video sessions, creation of voice-over-IP [VoIP] calls, management of high-speed data services, and management of the distribution of packets and environmental factors in the gateway). The aggregation management utility in the supervisor engine allows cable operators to extract detailed information from a single line card on the overall operational status of the entire gateway.

Features and Benefits

Table 1 lists the features and benefits of the Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E.

Table 1.       Features and Benefits



250 Mpps and 848 Gbps total switching capacity

Ethernet aggregation for edge QAM applications can be conducted directly on the supervisor of the Cisco RF Gateway 10, thus saving rack space, reducing the total number of boxes in the network, and providing network architectural flexibility.

Four integrated 10 Gigabit Ethernet or 1 Gigabit Ethernet Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports

Flexible uplink connections accommodate multiple customer network architectures.

Supervisor redundancy support

Carrier-class high-availability performance.

Supervisor design from Cisco Catalyst® Series switch supervisor family

Comprehensive feature set from parent platform includes Layer 2 switching, Layer 3 routing, advanced security, and IPv6 support. Continual expansion of feature set from parent platform, with future hardware and software roadmap.

Distributed architecture with control plane terminations on supervisor and data plane terminations on RF line cards

Advanced management of control and data plane processing optimizes performance, high‑availability switchover times, resource utilization, and operational efficiencies.

Operates Cisco IOS XE Software Release 3.2.0 SQ

Common and customized service provider feature set across high-end Cisco switches and routers that can take advantage of the multicore CPU architecture of the next-generation Cisco Supervisor 7-E. Support for end-to-end advanced networking architectures with functional compatibility.

Product Specifications

Table 2 lists the hardware specifications for the Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E.

Table 2.       Product Specifications




Occupies a single supervisor slot in the Cisco RF Gateway 10 chassis


5.5 lbs (2.5 kg)


Operating altitude: -60 to 3000 m

Storage temperature: -40 to 167°F (-40 to 75°C)

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

Relative humidity: 10% to 90%, noncondensing


System status: green (operational); red (faulty)

Switch utilization load: 1% to 100% aggregate switching usage

Console port

RJ-45 female

Management port

10/100 BASE-TX Ethernet

Reset button

Switch recess protected

Synchronous Dynamic RAM (SDRAM)

2 GB upgradable to 4 GB

Ethernet Uplink Interfaces

Dual supervisors operating in active/standby redundancy mode

Up to four Gigabit Ethernet or two 10 Gigabit Ethernet per chassis

Single supervisor operating in nonredundant mode

Up to four Gigabit Ethernet or two 10 Gigabit Ethernet per chassis

Small Form Factor Pluggables Supported

Gigabit Ethernet interfaces


10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces


The Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E has a very high-performance Ethernet switching feature set. Advanced traffic management features include:

   Quality of service (QoS)

   Virtual LANs (VLANs)

   Multiple traffic queuing techniques such as IP differentiated services code points (DSCPs)

   Full-featured traffic classification, marking, and policing

Table 3 lists the software specifications for the Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E.

Table 3.       Software Specifications



Total centralized switching capacity

848 Gbps


   250 Mpps for IPv4
   125 Mpps for IPv6

IPv4 routing entries


IPv4 routing entries


Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN)

  Maximum of 8 sessions: ingress and/or egress
  SPAN port permits traffic monitoring of a single port, a group of ports, or the entire switch from a single network analyzer or Remote Monitoring (RMON) probe

High-Availability Features

High-availability software features

  Route Processor Redundancy (RPR): warm reboot, nonstateful, line card reset
  Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) fast convergence: incremental shortest path first (SPF) and link-state advertisement (LSA) throttling
  Cisco Nonstop Forwarding (NSF) and Stateful Switchover (SSO) offer continuous packet forwarding during supervisor-engine switchover. Information is fully synchronized between supervisor engines to allow the standby supervisor engine to immediately take over in subsecond time if the primary engine fails
  1:N RF line card redundancy management
  Comprehensive roadmap of enhanced high-availability features in future software releases including In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)

Multicast Features

Combination of base Cisco IOS multicast feature set and enhanced edge QAM multicast functionality.


  IP multicast routing protocols: Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM), including sparse mode and dense mode
  Source Specific Multicast (SSM) and Any Source Multicast (ASM)
  Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP)

Multicast routes


Maximum unique video multicast sessions

2048 load-balanced sessions

Security Features

The Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E has a strong contingent of security features, including TACACS+, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, and RADIUS, which provide centralized control of the switch and restrict unauthorized users from altering the configuration; standard and extended ACLs on all ports; 802.1X user authentication and accounting; and Unicast MAC filtering.

Control plane policing

In hardware

Layer 2 Switching and Layer 3 Routing Features

The substantial Cisco IOS portfolio of switching and routing features includes high-performance hardware-based packet forwarding, a full suite of VLAN features, IPv4, EIGRP, OSPF, IS-IS, RIP, RIP2, and BGP routing protocols, UniDirectional Link Routing (UDLR), and Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP).

Table 4 lists the management features of the Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E.

Table 4.       Management

Platform Management and SNMP Features

Comprehensive set of management functions for provisioning and for maintaining and resolving faults

  Single console port and single IP address to manage all system features
  Software configuration management, including local and remote storage
  Optional Secure Digital and Universal Series Bus (USB) memory to store software images for backup and easy software upgrades
  Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) v1, v2, and v3 instrumentation, delivering comprehensive in-band management
  Command-line interface (CLI)-based management console to provide detailed out-of-band management
  Show commands for granular monitoring and troubleshooting
  Cisco NetFlow statistics
  Cisco Discovery Protocol v1, v2
  Network Timing Protocol
  Layer 2 traceroute
   Cisco Network Element Management 1.3 compliance

Regulatory Compliance

Table 5 gives compliance and emissions figures for the Cisco RF Gateway 10 and its components.

Table 5.       Compliance and Emissions for the Cisco RF Gateway 10



Network Equipment Building Standards (NEBS)/European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)

UL 60950CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950, EN 60950, IEC 60950, TS 001, AS/NZS 3260

Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)

FCC Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A, ICES-003 Class A, EN55022 Class A, AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A, AS/NZS 3548 Class A, VCCI Class A, ETS 300 386, EN 55022, KN22, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3

Electromagnetic interference (EMI)

EN550082-1, EN55024, EN61000-4-2, EN61000-4-3, EN61000-4-5, EN61000-4-6, EN61000-4-8, EN61000-4-11, EN61000-6-1


GR-1089-Core Level 3, ETS 300 019 Storage Class 1.1, ETS 300 019 Transportation Class 2.3 (pending), ETS 300 019 Stationary Use Class 3.1, ETS 300 386

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance


Industry EMC, safety, and environmental standards

Designed to meet NEBS standard GR-63-Core and GR-1089-Core

Other industry standards

Cisco corporate compliance standards

System Requirements

Table 6 lists the system requirements for the Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E.

Table 6.       System Requirements for the RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E


Cisco RF Gateway 10 (RFGW-10)


Cisco IOS XE Modular Software Release 3.2.0 SQ

Ordering Information

Table 7 gives ordering information for the Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E. To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Homepage. To download software, visit the Cisco Software Center.

Table 7.       Ordering Information for the RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine 7-E


Product Number

Product Description

Cisco RFGW Series Supervisor 7-E


RFGW Supervisor 7-E, 4xSFP+ (10/1GE)


RFGW Supervisor 7-E, 4xSFP+ (10/1GE) Spare

Cisco RFGW Series Supervisor memory options


Catalyst 4500 2GB SD Memory Card for Sup7-E


Catalyst 4500 4GB USB device for Sup7-E

Cisco RFGW Series transceiver modules











Cisco RFGW Series spares and accessories


RFGW Supervisor slot cover


RFGW Supervisor slot cover spare

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For More Information

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