Cisco Systems® introduces three new switches to its Cisco® ME 3400 Series Ethernet Access Switches, a series of next-generation customer-located equipment (CLE) built especially for triple-play (data, voice, and video) Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN services. The three new switches are the Cisco ME 3400G-12CS AC, ME 3400G-12CS DC, and ME 3400G-2CS AC Switches. The Cisco ME 3400G-12CS AC and DC Switches are positioned for service providers who want to offer higher-bandwidth services. Equipped with dual-purpose interfaces and redundant power supplies, these Gigabit switches can also be positioned for in-building aggregation. The Cisco ME 3400G-2CS Switch is positioned as the intelligent Ethernet demarcation device at the customer premises. With support of Ethernet operations, administration, maintenance, and provisioning (OAM&P) features, the Cisco ME 3400G-2CS greatly reduces service providers' operating expenses (OpEx) by supporting remote monitoring and troubleshooting. Designed to replace the "Smartjack" in TDM networks, the Cisco ME 3400G-2CS also offers advanced functionalities such as Flex-Links for link redundancy, quality of service (QoS) for differentiated services, and Layer 3 routing for advance IP services to support highly available premium services.
Table 1 provides brief descriptions of the Cisco ME 3400 Series Switches and options.
Table 1. Cisco ME 3400 Series Ethernet Access Switches and Software Feature Images
Product Name (Part Number)
Cisco ME 3400G-12CS AC Ethernet Access Switch
• 12 dual-purpose (10/100/1000 and Small Form-Factor Pluggable [SFP]) ports
• 4 SFP-based Gigabit Ethernet and 100BASE-X ports
• Dual fixed redundant AC power supplies
• 26-mpps forwarding rate
• 1 rack unit (RU) multilayer switch
• Purpose-built Gigabit Ethernet access switch for the Metro Ethernet market