Cisco Catalyst ME-3400X Series Switches

Next-Generation Metro Ethernet Access

Built for service providers, these multilayer customer-located switches allow you to deploy Ethernet-to-the-home (ETTH) “triple play” services and Ethernet-to-the-business (ETTB) VPN services. Based on today’s most widely deployed access switches, the Cisco Catalyst 2950 and 3550 Series, the Cisco ME 3400 Series provides service provider-friendly hardware and mission-specific software:

A single ETTH and ETTB access solution to help reduce total ownership costs and operating expenses
Compact form factors for ease of deployment
Only front connectors to simplify access (except for ME-3400G-2CS-A)
NEBS Level 3 and ETSI certification (ME-3400G-2CS-A is only NEBS3 certified)
Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) 9 and 14 certification
Support for multiple software images

The switches feature comprehensive security capabilities:

Network-based security to protect the network from unauthorized traffic
Switch security to help maintain continuous switch operation
Subscriber security to shield subscribers from other malicious users

Software Feature Images

Install new features with a simple software upgrade. CD Upgrade kits are also available. The three available software images are:

METROBASE image: For triple play (voice, video, and data) services; includes advanced QoS, rate-limiting, robust multicast control, and comprehensive security features
METROACCESS image: For premium triple play services or Layer 2 VPN services; includes the METROBASE feature set and additional metro access features such as 802.1Q Tunneling, Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling, and Flex-Link
METROIPACCESS image: For Layer 3 VPN services; includes the METROACCESS feature set and advanced Layer 3 features such as advanced IP Routing (RIPv1/v2, EIGRP, IS-IS, OSPF, BGPv4), Multi-VRF CE, and policy-based routing (PBR)

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