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TitleExtremeSwitching 200 Series FAQ
Objective
The 200 series switches are a new product offering from Extreme Networks. As such, we have received a lot of questions about them. This FAQ answers a majority of the questions that have been asked.
Environment
  • ExtremeSwitching 210 and 220 Switches
  • FastPath Operating System
Procedure
 
  1. Why was the 200 Series developed?
  2. Does the 200 Series run EXOS like all the other Extreme switches?
  3. Is this the same FASTPATH that ran on the old A, B and C switches?
  4. What is the maximum amount of PoE power that the 200 Series switches can deliver?
  5. Will there be 24 port PoE 200 Series switches in the future with more PoE power since both Cisco and HP offer both low and high PoE power models?
  6. What are the redundant power options for the 210 switches?
  7. What are the redundant power options for the 220 switches?
  8. What redundant power supplies can be used with the 220 switches that do have an RPS port?
  9. Can the 200 Series switches be wall mounted?
  10. Can two 12 port switches be rack mounted side-by-side in a 19-inch rack?
  11. Does the 200 Series support POE++ (60W per port)?
  12. Does the 200 Series support multi-rate gigabit (1/2.5/5Gb)?
  13. What is the airflow direction for the 200 Series switches?
  14. Does the 200 Series support dynamic policy like the EXOS switches?
  15. Does the 200 Series stack?
  16. How many 220 switches can be stacked together?
  17. Can any 10GbE port on the 48 port 220 switches be used as a stack port?
  18. Are the 10GbE uplinks on the 220 switches dual-speed?
  19. Does ExtremeManagement support the new 210 and 220 switches?
  20. When will ExtremeCloud management for the 200 Series be available?
  21. Do the new 210 and 220 switches support Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)?
  22. Do the new 200 Series switches support MACsec?
  23. What are the operating temperature ranges for the new 210 and 220 switches?
  24. Are there stepped fan speeds or are they continuously variable?
  25. Are any of the 200 Series switches fan-less?
  26. Can any of the switches run in a fan-less mode?
  27. What is the buffering on the 210 and 220 switches?
  28. Do the 200 Series switches support half-duplex operation?
  29. How large is the MAC table in the 210 and 220?
  30. Does the 200 Series support 10GbE LRM optics?
  31. Are 100Mb transceivers supported in the SFP ports on the 210?
  32. Are 1Gb transceivers supported in the SFP+ ports on the 220?
  33. What transceivers have been qualified on the 210 and 220 switches?
  34. Will additional transceivers be qualified?
  35. What is the maximum stacking capability of the 220?
  36. Is there any mechanism on the power inlet for restraining the power cord(s) to prevent accidental removal?
  37. Why are power cords included with the 200 Series switches when Extreme does not provide power cords with the other switch products?
  38. Is the 200 Series warranty the same one as the G2 switches?
  39. Does the 200 Series support dual / redundant firmware images?
  40. What loop protections does the 200 Series provide?

Why was the 200 Series developed?
The ExtremeSwitching 200 Series was developed as a cost-effective basic L2 switch to appeal to the low end markets that could only be addressed by heavily discounting the X440-G2. The 200 Series is also targeted at the internet resellers in an attempt to open up a new channel for Extreme as well as large retailers where WiNG AP sales have been quite successful.

Does the 200 Series run EXOS like all the other Extreme switches?
No, the 200 Series does NOT run EXOS. It actually runs a third party operating system called FASTPATH.

Is this the same FASTPATH that ran on the old A, B and C switches?
No, the A, B and C switches ran a heavily-modified, much older version of FASTPATH. The heavy customization kept Extreme from migrating the A, B and C switches to more modern versions of FASTPATH.

What is the maximum amount of PoE power that the 200 Series switches can deliver?
The 24p models (210 and 220) can provide up to 185 watts of PoE power while the 48p models (210 and 220) can deliver 370 watts of PoE power.

Will there be 24 port PoE 200 Series switches in the future with more PoE power since both Cisco and HP offer both low and high PoE power models?
Engineering is exploring the possibility but there is no commitment at this time to deliver such a product.

What are the redundant power options for the 210 switches?
Redundant power is NOT supported on any of the 210 Series switches.

What are the redundant power options for the 220 switches?
Redundant power is only supported on the 24 port and 48 port 220 switches. There is no redundant power option for the 12 port 220 switches.

What redundant power supplies can be used with the 220 switches that do have an RPS port?
The RPS-150 XT (10932) can be used as an RPS with the 220-48t or the 220-24t.  The RPS-500p (10923) can be used as an RPS with the 220-48p or the 220-24p.

Can the 200 Series switches be wall mounted?
Yes, but only the 12 port models (PoE and non-PoE+, 210 and 220) models can be wall mounted. An optional wall mount kit is available (16573).

Can two 12 port switches be rack mounted side-by-side in a 19-inch rack?
Yes, two 12 port switches (PoE and non-PoE+, 210 and 220) can be mounted side-by-side in a 19-inch rack using the optional dual Rack Mounting kit (16572).

Does the 200 Series support POE++ (60W per port)?
No, none of the 200 Series switches support PoE++.

Does the 200 Series support multi-rate gigabit (1/2.5/5Gb)?
No, the 200 Series switches do not support multi-rate gigabit.

What is the airflow direction for the 200 Series switches?
The airflow is side-to-side (left to right).

Does the 200 Series support dynamic policy like the EXOS switches?
No, dynamic policy is NOT supported in the 210 or 220.

Does the 200 Series stack?
The 210 Series do NOT stack but the 220-Series does stack across the 10GbE ports.

How many 220 switches can be stacked together?
Up to a maximum of four 220 switches can be stacked together.

Can any 10GbE port on the 48 port 220 switches be used as a stack port?
No, only ports 49 and 50 on the 48 port 220 switch models can be used as stack ports.

Are the 10GbE uplinks on the 220 switches dual-speed?
Yes, the 10GbE uplink ports support both 1GbE and 10GbE transceivers.

Does ExtremeManagement support the new 210 and 220 switches?
Yes, ExtremeManagement does support the new 210 and 220 switches with the 8.0 release. General Availability is scheduled for May, 2017.

When will ExtremeCloud management for the 200 Series be available?
All of the 200 Series switches will ship as “cloud-enabled.” The software in the cloud for actually managing the switches will be available in June with the v4.01 ExtremeCloud update.

Do the new 210 and 220 switches support Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)?
Yes, Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) is supported on all copper Base-T ports.

Do the new 200 Series switches support MACsec?
No, the 210 and 220 switches do NOT support MACsec.

What are the operating temperature ranges for the new 210 and 220 switches?
The new 200 Series switches all have an operating range from 0°C to 50°C. Many competitive switches only support 0°C to 40°C or 0°C to 45°C.

Are there stepped fan speeds or are they continuously variable?
The fans are not continuously variable. The fans have three states (off, low speed and high speed). The Off state is only applicable to the 12 port switches.

Are any of the 200 Series switches fan-less?
Yes, the 12-port 210-12t-GE2 is fan-less.  All of the other switches, however, have fans since they all support an operating range all the way up to 50°C

Can any of the switches run in a fan-less mode?
Yes, as already mentioned the 210-12t-GE2 is fan-less, so runs in fanless mode.  The other 12-port 200 series models, including the 220-12t-10GE2 and the two 12p models can operate in fanless mode as follows: 220 12t model: fan off 0°C to 40°C, 12p models: fan off 0°C to 35°C.

What is the buffering on the 210 and 220 switches?
1.5MB of internal buffering.

Do the 200 Series switches support half-duplex operation?
Yes, all of the 200 Series switches support half-duplex on the 10/100/1000 ports.

How large is the MAC table in the 210 and 220?
Up to 16K MAC addresses can be supported on the 210 and 220.

Does the 200 Series support 10GbE LRM optics?
The 210 Series does NOT support LRM optics. Only the 48 port models of the 220-Series do.

Are 100Mb transceivers supported in the SFP ports on the 210?
No, only 1Gb transceivers are supported in the 210 switches.

Are 1Gb transceivers supported in the SFP+ ports on the 220?
Yes, 1Gb transceivers will be supported on the 210.

What transceivers have been qualified on the 210 and 220 switches?
210 switch transceivers: 10051H, MGBIC-02, MGBIC-LC01, MGBIC-LC09, I-MGBIC-GSX and I-MGBIC-GLX
220 switch transceivers: 10301, 10302, 10GB-SR-SFPP, 10GB-SR-SFPP-G, 10GB-LR-SFPP, 10GB-LR-SFPP-G

Will additional transceivers be qualified?
Yes, additional transceivers are being qualified, and the list of supported devices will be updated over the next 6 weeks.

What is the maximum stacking capability of the 220?
The answer depends upon what is actually being asked. If you want the stacking bandwidth of a single 220 switch, then the number would be 40Gb – 10Gb ports x 2 ports x 2 (due to simultaneous transmit and receive [full duplex] communication). If you want to provide the total stacking bandwidth of a stack of four switches for the 220, then it would be 80Gb – 10Gb per link x 2 (full-duplex doubler) x 4 links.

Is there any mechanism on the power inlet for restraining the power cord(s) to prevent accidental removal?
No, there are no power cord restraints or locking mechanisms on the power inlets for the 210 or 220 but there are third party locking power cords that could be purchased.

Why are power cords included with the 200 Series switches when Extreme does not provide power cords with the other switch products?
A target market for the 200 Series is Internet Resellers where no direct involvement of Extreme AE/SE teams is needed. This marketplace expects a power cord to be included and all of the direct competitive switch models include power cords.

Is the 200 Series warranty the same one as the G2 switches?
No, while the warranty for the 200 Series is an LLW (5 years after End-of-Sale) for hardware and does include software bug fixes and upgrades for the life of that LLW, GTAC telephone support is only one year. GTAC web and email support is for the LLW lifetime. The new warranty is called Limited Lifetime Warranty – B.

Does the 200 Series support dual / redundant firmware images?
Yes, the 200 Series supports dual firmware images.

What loop protections does the 200 Series provide?
The 200 Series offers a number of mechanisms to protect against loops in a network.  For topologies not running Spanning Tree, the switches support "Loop Guard".  The switch also supports "BPDU Guard" functionality.  For topologies running Spanning Tree, the switches support an implementation compatible with traditional, Rapid & Multiple Spanning Tree - with the ability to support up to 4 MSTP instances.
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