Netgear ProSAFE M6100 switch supports UPoE

NETGEAR® ProSAFE® M6100 Chassis Switch


The NETGEAR ProSAFE M6100 Chassis Switch consists of Gigabit access layer and 10 Gigabit distribution layer switches in the NETGEAR modular chassis switch product line.

The M6100 switch series offers a high-quality, high-density chassis alternative to stackable switches in campus LAN and midsize organizations.

With more than 1.4 Tbps switching and routing capacity, passive backplane, management and fabric nonstop forwarding redundancy, the M6100 series delivers world-class resiliency and scalability.

M6100 is 3-slot switch chassis in compact 4U form-factor

  • Fabric and Management redundancy and passive backplane
  • Non-stop switching, non-stop routing with hitless failover
  • N+1 redundancy for power supplies and full PoE+ provisioning, and UPOE

NETGEAR M6100 series key features:

  • Proficient access layer in campus LAN networks, and competent distribution or core layer for midsize organizations networks
  • Advanced Layer 2, Layer 3 and Layer 4 feature set – no license required – including PBR, BGP, DCBX, PFC, ETS and FCoE FIP
  • Innovative distributed fabric, with nonstop forwarding and hitless failover redundancy between supervisory I/O modules
  • Up to 144 (Gigabit) ports, or 72 (10 Gigabit) ports, or a combination of both in dense form factor models
  • PoE+ (30 watts per port) and UPOE (60 watts per port) modular, flexible  implementation
  • Ultra-low latency and scalable table size with 32K MAC, 8K ARP/NDP, 4K VLANs, 12K routes

M6100 Technical Specification


Physical interfaces
Front   (Line-Cards Slots) I/O Slots 3
Front PSU Standalone slots 4
Fan Tray slot (fan controllers located on Fan Tray) 1
EPS Connectors 2
Supports a maximum of RJ45 10/100/1000 ports 144
Supports a maximum of SFP 100/1000 ports 120
Supports a maximum of RJ45 10GBASE-T ports 72
Supports a maximum of SFP+ 1000/10GBASE-X ports 48
Form factor 4U
Processor (CPU) – all blades Integrated 5000 DMIPS Dual-Core CPU in switching silicon
System memory (RAM) – all blades 1 GB
Code storage (flash) – all blades 64 MB
Packet Buffer Memory XCM8948, XCM8944, XCM8944F blades 32 Mb
Packet Buffer Memory XCM8924X blade 72 Mb
M6100-3S Chassis
Backplane Passive Backplane with redundant fabric and redundant management
Fabric 480Gbps Distributed Fabric (I/O Blades are equipped with dedicated hardware and software distributed fabric)
Resiliency Control Plane + Management Plane Non-Stop Forwarding (NSF) and Hitless Failover
Supervisory Modules Any I/O blade can handle the Supervisory Module and the Backup Supervisory Module roles
Supervisory Slot Slot 1
Backup Supervisory Slot (secondary) Slot 2 (continuous stand-by within the distributed fabric)
Failover Supervisory –> Backup Supervisory Hitless, automatic failover
Fail back Hitless fail back after CLI or GUI trigerring command
Performance Summary
Switching fabric 480 Gbps
Distributed fabric Yes
Switching / Routing capacity 1.4 Tbps
M6100-3S Chassis (intra-blade) throughput 1,071 Mpps
M6100-3S Chassis (inter-blade) throughput 357 Mpps
Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet Task Force compliance
Forwarding mode Store-and-forward
Addressing 48-bit MAC address
Address database size 32,000 MAC addresses
Number of VLANs 4,096 VLANs (802.1Q) simultaneously
Number of multicast groups filtered (IGMP) 4K total (2,048 IPv4 and 2,048 IPv6)
Number of Link Aggregation Groups (LAGs – 802.3ad) 64 LAGs with up to 8 ports per group
Number of hardware queues for QoS 7 queues
Number of routes
IPv4, Unicast 12,288 IPv4 Unicast Routes in IPv4 Routing Default SDM Template
IPv4, Multicast 2,048 IPv4 Multicast Routes in Dual IPv4 and IPv6 SDM Template
IPv6, Unicast 4,096 IPv6 Unicast Routes in Dual IPv4 and IPv6 SDM Template
IPv6, Multicast 512 IPv6 Multicast Routes in Dual IPv4 and IPv6 SDM Template
Number of static routes
IPv4 512
IPv6 512
Number of IP routing interfaces (port or VLAN) 128
Jumbo frame support up to 12KB packet size

M6100 Target Application



What is UPoE?

  • UPOE (Universal Power over Ethernet) – brought to market by Cisco®; not IEEE standard yet
  • Provisions any PSE wattage up to 60W per port, when PoE+ is limited to 30W PSE
  • Auto-backward compatible with standard 802.3af and 802.3at
  • UPOE physical and LLDP specifications were opened to third-parties for interoperability via UPOE LLDP 802.3 organizationally specific TLV
  • To power a UPOE PD device, all four pairs are used to deliver up to 30W + 30W = 60W per RJ45 Gigabit port



M6100 Switch is competitive with HP & Cisco:

  • HP 5400 zl Series
  • HP 5400R zl2 Series
  • HP 8200 zl Series
  • Cisco C4503-E with Supervisor 6-LE
  • Cisco C4506-E with Supervisor 7-E
  • Cisco C4507R+E with Supervisor 8-E

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