Dell Force10 E300 Switch

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Highly scalable switching capacity and high-performance Ethernet

Dell™ Force10™ E300 features predictable line-rate performance, low latency and jitter, robust L2/L3 functionality, and has the resiliency to restrain denial of service attacks.

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  • Redundancy/Availability
    1+1 redundant RPMs
    1:1 redundant SFMs
    1+1 redundant DC PEMs
    2+2 redundant AC PSMs – 200/240 VAC
    3+1 redundant AC PSMs – 100/120 VAC and 200/240 VAC
    Online insertion and removal of all components
    Built-in cable management
    Environmental self-monitoring

    General IPv4 Protocols
    791 IPv4
    792 ICMP
    826 ARP
    1027 Proxy ARP
    1035 DNS (client)
    1042 Ethernet Transmission
    1191 Path MTU Discovery
    1305 NTPv3
    1519 CIDR
    1542 BOOTP (relay)
    1812 Routers
    1858 IP Fragment Filtering
    2131 DHCP (relay)
    2338 VRRP
    3021 31-bit Prefixes
    3046 DHCP Relay Agent Information Option
    3128 Tiny Fragment Attack Protection

    General IPv6 Protocols
    1981 Path MTU Discovery (partial)
    2460 IPv6
    2461 Neighbor Discovery (partial)
    2462 Stateless Address Autoconfiguration (partial)
    2463 ICMPv6
    2464 Ethernet Transmission
    2675 Jumbograms
    3587 Global Unicast Address Format
    4291 Addressing

    1058 RIPv1
    2453 RIPv2

    1587 NSSA
    2154 MD5
    2328 OSPFv2
    2370 Opaque LSA
    2740 OSPFv3
    3623 Graceful Restart
    4222 Prioritization and Congestion Avoidance

    1142 IS-IS
    1195 IPv4 Routing
    2763 Dynamic Hostname
    2966 Domain-Wide Prefixes
    3373 Three-way Handshake
    3567 MD5
    3784 Wide Metrics
    5306 Restart Signaling for IS-IS
    5120 Multi-topology
    draft-ietf-isis-igp-p2p-over-lan-06 Point-to-Point Operation
    draft-ietf-isis-ipv6-06 IPv6 Routing
    draft-kaplan-isis-ext-eth-02 Extended Frame Size

    1997 Communities
    2385 MD5
    2439 Route Flap Damping
    2545 Multiprotocol Extensions for IPv6
    2796 Route Reflection
    2842 Capabilities
    2858 Multiprotocol Extensions
    2918 Route Refresh
    3065 Confederations
    4360 Extended Communities
    4893 4-byte ASN
    5396 4-byte ASN Representation
    draft-ietf-idr-bgp4-20 BGPv4
    draft-ietf-idr-restart-06 Graceful Restart

    1112 IGMPv1
    2236 IGMPv2
    2710 MLDv1
    3376 IGMPv3
    3569 SSM for IPv4/IPv6
    3618 MSDP
    3810 MLDv2
    3973 PIM-DM
    4541 IGMPv1/v2/v3, MLDv1 Snooping, MLDv2 Snooping
    PIM-SM for IPv4/IPv6

    Network Management
    1155 SMIv1
    1156 Internet MIB
    1157 SNMPv1
    1212 Concise MIB Definitions
    1215 SNMP Traps
    1493 Bridges MIB
    1724 RIPv2 MIB
    1850 OSPFv2 MIB
    1901 Community-based SNMPv2
    2011 IP MIB
    2012 TCP MIB
    2013 UDP MIB
    2024 DLSw MIB
    2096 IP Forwarding Table MIB
    2558 SONET/SDH MIB
    2570 SNMPv3
    2571 Management Frameworks
    2572 Message Processing and Dispatching
    2574 SNMPv3 USM
    2575 SNMPv3 VACM
    2576 Coexistence Between SNMPv1/v2/v3
    2578 SMIv2
    2579 Textual Conventions for SMIv2
    2580 Conformance Statements for SMIv2
    2618 RADIUS Authentication MIB
    2665 Ethernet-like Interfaces MIB
    2674 Extended Bridge MIB
    2787 VRRP MIB
    2819 RMON MIB (groups 1, 2, 3, 9)
    2863 Interfaces MIB
    2865 RADIUS
    3273 RMON High Capacity MIB
    3416 SNMPv2
    3418 SNMP MIB
    3434 RMON High Capacity Alarm MIB
    3580 802.1X with RADIUS
    5060 PIM MIB
    draft-grant-tacacs-02 TACACS+
    draft-ietf-idr-bgp4-mib-06 BGP MIBv1
    draft-ietf-isis-wg-mib-16 IS-IS MIB
    ruzin-mstp-mib-02 MSTP MIB (traps)
    sFlow.org sFlowv5
    sFlow.org sFlowv5 MIB (version 1.3)

    IEEE Compliance
    802.1AB LLDP
    802.1D Bridging, STP
    802.1p L2 Prioritization
    802.1Q VLAN Tagging, Double VLAN Tagging, GVRP
    802.1s MSTP
    802.1w RSTP
    802.1X Network Access Control
    802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T)
    802.3ac Frame Extensions for VLAN Tagging
    802.3ad Link Aggregation with LACP
    802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-W, 10GBASE-X)
    802.3ak 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-CX4)
    802.3i Ethernet (10BASE-T)
    802.3u Fast Ethernet (100BASE-TX)
    802.3x Flow Control
    802.3z Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-X)
    Force10 FRRP (Force10 Redundant Ring Protocol)
    Force10 PVST+
    MTU 9,252 bytes

    RFC and I-D Compliance
    General Internet Protocols

    768 UDP
    793 TCP
    854 Telnet
    959 FTP
    1321 MD5
    1350 TFTP
    1661 PPP
    1989 PPP Link Quality Monitoring
    1990 PPP Multilink Protocol
    1994 PPP CHAP
    2474 Differentiated Services
    2615 PPP over SONET/SDH
    2698 Two Rate Three Color Marker
    3164 Syslog
    draft-ietf-bfd-base-03 BFD


  • 6 line card slots
    8 RU, 14 h x 17.4 w x 22.78" d
    (35.6 h x 44.2 w x 57.8 cm d)

    Weight (factory-installed components): 90lbs (40.8 kg)
    Weight fully loaded: 170lbs (77.1 kg)


  • Maximum Operating Specifications:
    Temperature: 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
    Altitude: no degradation to 10,000 feet (3,048 m)
    Relative humidity: 5 to 85 percent, noncondensing

    Maximum Non-operating Specifications:
    Temperature: -40° to 158°F (-40° to 70°C)
    Maximum altitude: 15,000 feet (4,572 meters)
    Relative humidity: 5 to 95 percent, noncondensing


  • AC Power
    Nominal input voltage: 100-240 VAC 50/60 Hz

    Maximum thermal output:
    6,989 BTU/h (2,049 W) at 100/120 VAC
    6,483 BTU/h (1,900 W) at 200/240 VAC

    Maximum input current per module:
    7.2 A at 100 VAC 6.0 A at 120 VAC
    5.1 A at 200 VAC 4.2 A at 240 VAC

    Maximum system power input:
    2.2 KVA at 100/120 VAC
    2.0 KVA at 200/240 VAC

    Maximum power consumption:
    2,149 W at 100/120 VAC
    2,000 W at 200/240 VAC

    DC Power
    Nominal input voltage: –44 to –60 VDC
    Maximum thermal output: 5,596 BTU/h (1,640 W)
    Maximum current draw per DC PEM: 60 A
    Maximum power consumption: 1,740


  • Safety
    UL/CSA 60950-1, 1st Edition
    EN 60950-1, 1st Edition
    IEC 60950-1, 1st Edition Including all National Deviations and Group Differences
    EN 60825-1 Safety of Laser Products Part 1:
    Equipment Classification Requirements and User's Guide
    EN 60825-2 Safety of Laser Products Part 2:
    Safety of Optical Fibre Communication Systems
    FDA Regulation 21 CFR 1040.10 and 1040.11


    Australia/New Zealand: AS/NZS CISPR 22: 2006, Class A
    Canada: ICES-003, Issue-4, Class A
    Europe: EN 55022: 2006 (CISPR 22: 2006), Class A
    Japan: VCCI V3/2007.04 Class A
    USA: FCC CFR 47 Part 15, Subpart B, Class A

    EN 300 386 V1.3.3: 2005 EMC for Network Equipment
    EN 55024: 1998 + A1: 2001 + A2: 2003
    EN 61000-3-2: Harmonic Current Emissions
    EN 61000-3-3:Voltage Fluctuations and Flicker
    EN 61000-4-2: ESD
    EN 61000-4-3: Radiated Immunity
    EN 61000-4-4: EFT
    EN 61000-4-5: Surge
    EN 61000-4-6: Low Frequency Conducted Immunity

    All E-Series components are EU RoHS compliant.

    Product Safety, EMC and Environmental Datasheets
    Dell Regulatory Compliance Home Page
    Dell and the Environment

Dell Force10 E-Series overview

Ensure increased network availability, predictable application performance and reduced operating costs with the E-Series switch/routers. Built upon the powerful and cost-effective Dell Force10 architecture that combines fully distributed hardware and modular software, the E-Series sets the industry standard for resiliency, scalability and line-rate performance for full L2 switching and IPv4/IPv6 routing.


E-Series switches scale to 1,260GbE or 224 10GbE ports per chassis, providing consistent performance with access control lists (ACLs) on all ports and full L2 switching and L3 routing. These products simplify network applications ranging from server/cluster consolidation, grid computing and campus backbones to next-generation data centers.


The highly predictable line-rate performance, with any combination of features operating, enables robust L2/L3 functionality, low latency and jitter, and the resiliency to thwart denial of service (DoS) attacks.

High-performance architecture

Gain exceptional line-rate performance, cost-effective scalability and robust L2 switching and L3 routing with the feature-rich Dell Force10 E-Series architecture:


  • Three-CPU route processor delivers best-in-class resiliency and security.
  • Scalable, non-blocking switch fabric enables the low latency and jitter critical for streaming media applications.
  • High-performance Force10 ASICs distribute packet forwarding, ACL processing, quality of service (QoS) and buffering to every line card.


High Ethernet density

Deploy unparalleled GbE and 10GbE port densities with Force10 E-Series. The E1200 and E600 each support 48GbE ports or 16 10GbE ports per line card slot, with up to 14 and seven line card slots per chassis respectively. The E300 supports 48GbE ports or eight 10GbE port per line card slot, with up to six line card slots per chassis.

Line-rate performance

With six custom Force10 ASICs and advanced ternary content addressable memories (TCAM) on every line card, the Force10 E-Series provides line-rate, non-blocking forwarding performance across all ports, even with all features enabled simultaneously. These features include:


  • Extended ACLs for packet filtering and policy routing
  • Multifield packet lookup and classification for QoS
  • Packet metering and marking for rate limiting and policing
  • Congestion control using weighted random early detection (WRED) and weighted fair queuing (WFQ)

Full L2 switching / L3 routing

Working in unison, the Force10 ASICs, E-Series architecture and FTOS software provide robust L2 switching and L3 routing functionality. They enable the scalability and security required for applications spanning the LAN, MAN and Internet-connected WAN. The Force10 E-Series L2 and L3 features include:


  • RIP, OSPF, IS-IS and BGP IPv4 unicast routing protocols
  • PIM-SM, PIM-DM, SSM and MSDP IPv4 multicast routing protocols
  • OSPF, IS-IS and BGP IPv6 unicast routing protocols
  • PIM-SM, and SSM IPv6 multicast routing protocols
  • Prefix-based distributed forwarding table on every line card
  • Forwarding table support for up to 512K IPv4 and 32 IPv6 routes
  • VLAN redundancy, Rapid Spanning Tree, VLAN stacking