Cisco MGX 8200 Series Edge Concentrators

Cisco MGX 8230 Edge Concentrator


Data Sheet

Cisco MGX 8230 Edge Concentrator

The Cisco MGX™ 8230 Advanced ATM Multiservice Edge Concentrator provides the most cost-effective gateway for narrowband services in space and power limited situations. The MGX 8230 acts as a stand alone gateway or as an edge concentrator for the Cisco BPX 8600, Cisco MGX 8850 with PXM-45, and IGX 8400 series multiservice switches. The MGX 8230 offers a full range of narrowband service interfaces and a switching capacity up to 1.2 Gbps.

Key Features

  • Full featured narrowband ATM for managed data, voice, and video services

  • Route Processor Module (RPM) 1:N Redundancy

  • Comprehensive range of Frame Relay, ATM, Circuit Emulation, Voice and IP services

  • Full redundancy for maximum service flexibility

  • Compact form factor


  • Frame Relay

  • ATM

  • Frame Relay-to-ATM network interworking

  • Frame Relay-to-ATM service interworking

  • Circuit emulation

  • Voice

  • IP VPNs

  • Virtual Switch Architecture for Multiple Control Plane Usage

Cisco MGX 8230 System Specifications

Mechanical Configuration

  • 14 single-height (7 double-height) function module slots (single-height slots can be in-service converted to double-height slots by removal of midrail dividers)

  • 2 double-height slots reserved for redundant processor switch modules

  • 8 single-height (4 double-height) slots for service modules

  • 2 single-height slots reserved for Service Resource Module (SRM)


  • Height: 12.25 in. (excluding optional AC power tray) 14.00 in. (including optional AC power tray)

  • Width: 17.72 in. (excluding rack-mounting brackets)

  • Depth: 23.5 in. (excluding cable management)

  • Rack-mountable in 19 and 23 in. EIA/REMA and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) racks

Switching Fabric

  • 1.2-Gbps shared-memory fabric (processor switching module)

Network Interfaces

  • OC-12c/STM-4

  • OC-3c/STM-1

  • T3

  • E3

  • Channelized T3 (down to DS0)

  • n x T1/E1

  • T1/E1

  • Channelized T1 (DS0 and DS0A)

  • Channelized E1

  • High-Speed Serial Interface (HSSI), X.21, V.35

  • Ethernet

  • Fast Ethernet


Optional Redundancy

All core components can be configured for redundancy including the control processor, switching fabric, critical backplane signals, power supplies, and power modules.

Node Synchronization

  • Internal Stratum-4E clocking

  • Internal Stratum-3 clocking (optional)

  • BITs clocking

  • External T1/E1 building integration timing supply (BITS) source

  • External source received inband over the network

  • Synchronization to software-programmable primary and secondary sources, with automatic switchover

Network Management

Cisco WAN Manager (CWM) is a Telecommunications Management Network standards-based network and element management system that enables operations, administration, and maintenance (OA&M) of the Cisco MGX 8230 Multiservice Gateway.

  • Robust and scalable architecture meets the demand of service providers to provision and deliver a complete portfolio of differentiated services

  • Web-based graphical user interface

  • SNMP and Open API for seamless integration with OSS and third-party management systems

  • Full FCAPS (fault, configuration, accounting, performance, and security) features

  • Integrates with Cisco Info Center and Cisco Provisioning Center for multivendor, multitechnology end-to-end VPN service assurance and activation

  • Collection of usage data from network connections and interfaces for innovative usage-based billing to customers

  • Available on major UNIX platforms (Solaris, HPUX, AIX) and integrate with HP OpenView

Professional Services

Cisco offers a full range of professional service options for the Cisco MGX 8230 Advanced ATM Multiservice Edge Concentrator, including network design and audit services, project management, equipment installation, and turnkey network implementation.

Electrical Specifications

AC Power

  • Input voltage range: 100-120 and 200-240 VAC

  • Maximum input current: 12A at 100 VAC, 7A at 200 VAC

  • Maximum power: 1400W

  • Frequency: 50-60 Hz

DC Power

  • Input voltage range: 42-56 VDC

  • Maximum input current: 30A

  • Maximum power: 1200W

  • Efficiency: 97 percent

Electromagnetic Compatibility

  • EN55022 (CISPR22)

  • CFR 47 Part 15 (FCC)

  • AS/NZS 3548 (Australia/New Zealand)

  • ETS 300 386-2 (EN300 386-2)

  • EN 61000-4-2 (IEC-61000-4-2)

  • EN 61000-4-3 (IEC-61000-4-3)

  • EN 61000-4-4 (IEC-61000-4-4)

  • EN 61000-4-5 (IEC-61000-4-5)

Electrical Standards


  • UL 1950, CSA C22.2 No. 950, EN60950, AS/NZS 3260, IEC 60950

  • IEC 60825-1, EN60825-1

Standards Compliance


  • FCC 47 CFR Part 68

  • Industry Canada CS-03

  • ITU-T G.703

  • ANSI T1.102

  • ANSI T1.107

  • ANSI T1.105

  • ITU-T G.957

  • ITU G-783 Annex-A