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    EX8216 Switch Hardware Overview

    Juniper Networks EX8216 Ethernet Switches provide high performance, scalable connectivity, and carrier-class reliability. The EX8216 switch is a half-rack, midplane architecture, modular Ethernet switch that is designed for ultra high-density environments such as campus aggregation, data center, or high performance core switching environments. EX8216 switches provide high-availability and redundancy for all major hardware components, including Routing Engine (RE) modules, Switch Fabric (SF) modules, fan trays (with redundant fans), and load-sharing 2000 W AC, 3000 W AC, and 3000 W DC power supplies.

    You can form an EX8200 Virtual Chassis by connecting individual EX8200 switches to an XRE200 External Routing Engine. A Virtual Chassis is multiple switches connected together that operate as a single network entity.

    You can manage EX8216 switches using the same interfaces that you use for managing other devices running the Juniper Networks Junos operating system (Junos OS)—the command-line interface (CLI), the J-Web graphical interface, and the Network and Security Manager (NSM).


    The Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches run Junos OS, which provides Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching, routing, and security services. The same Junos OS code base that runs on EX Series switches also runs on all Juniper Networks M Series, MX Series, and T Series routers and SRX Series Services Gateways.

    Chassis Physical Specifications, LCD Panel, and Midplane

    EX8216 switches are designed to optimize rack space and cabling. The EX8216 switch is 21 rack units (21 U) in size (1/2 rack). Two EX8216 switches can fit in a standard 42 U rack. See Figure 1 and Figure 2 and Chassis Physical Specifications of an EX8216 Switch.

    Figure 1: EX8216 Switch Front

    EX8216 Switch Front

    Figure 2: EX8216 Switch Rear

    EX8216 Switch Rear

    The EX8216 switch has a chassis-level LCD panel that displays Routing Engine and switch fabric status as well as chassis components’ alarm information for rapid problem identification. The LCD panel provides a user-friendly interface for performing initial switch configuration, rolling back a configuration, or restoring the switch to the factory default configuration. See LCD Panel in an EX8200 Switch.

    The EX8216 chassis midplane distributes the data, control, and management signals to system components and distributes power throughout the system. See Midplane in an EX8216 Switch.

    Routing Engines and Switch Fabric

    System management and system control functions of an EX8216 switch are performed by the Routing Engine (RE) module. An RE module contains a Routing Engine. The RE modules are hot-insertable and hot-removable field-replaceable units (FRUs) that are installed in the front of the chassis in the slots labeled RE0 and RE1. A base configuration (AC version) EX8216 switch has one RE module. A redundant configuration (AC and DC versions) EX8216 switch has a second RE module for redundancy. See Routing Engine (RE) Module in an EX8216 Switch and EX8216 Switch Configurations.

    The Switch Fabric (SF) modules provide the switching functionality to an EX8216 switch. The SF modules are hot-insertable and hot-removable FRUs. All eight SF modules are installed in the rear of the chassis in the slots labeled SF7 through SF0. In an EX8216 switch, all eight SF modules are active and must be installed in the switch for normal operation. If a single SF module fails, the input/output traffic for that module is load-balanced among the remaining SF modules, providing graceful degradation in midplane performance. The impact of an SF module failure on the performance of an EX8216 switch varies based on the type of line cards installed in the switch and the traffic mix flowing through them. In an EX8216 switch configuration that is fully loaded with 8-port 10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ line cards, if one SF module fails, the remaining seven SF modules still have sufficient switching capacity to maintain continuous switch operation at full wire-rate performance. See Switch Fabric (SF) Modules in an EX8216 Switch.

    The EX8216 switch can also be connected to an XRE200 External Routing Engine. An XRE200 External Routing Engine is used to connect multiple EX8200 switches into a Virtual Chassis. See XRE200 External Routing Engine Hardware Overview.

    Line Cards

    The EX8216 switch features 16 horizontal line card slots and supports wire-rate performance for all packet sizes for the installed line cards. The line cards in EX8200 switches combine a Packet Forwarding Engine and Ethernet interfaces on a single assembly. They are FRUs, and you can install them in the slots labeled 0 through 15 on the front of the switch chassis. All line cards are hot-insertable and hot-removable.

    Twelve line cards are available for EX8200 switches. The extra-scale line card models provide larger IPv4 and IPv6 route table sizes than the non-extra-scale models to store more unicast routes.

    Table 1 shows the model numbers and descriptions of the line cards available for EX8200 switches.

    Table 1: Line Cards Available for EX8200 Switches



    Additional Information


    8-port SFP+ line card

    8-port SFP+ Line Card in an EX8200 Switch


    8-port SFP+ line card, extra-scale

    8-port SFP+ Line Card in an EX8200 Switch


    40-port SFP+ line card

    40-port SFP+ Line Card in an EX8200 Switch


    40-port SFP+ line card, extra-scale

    40-port SFP+ Line Card in an EX8200 Switch


    40-port PoE+ with 4-port SFP and 2-port SFP+ line card

    EX8200-2XS-40P Line Card


    40-port RJ-45 with 4-port SFP and 2-port SFP+ line card

    EX8200-2XS-40T Line Card


    48-port PoE+ 20 Gbps line card

    EX8200-48PL Line Card


    48-port RJ-45 20 Gbps line card

    EX8200-48TL Line Card


    48-port RJ-45 line card

    48-port RJ-45 Line Card in an EX8200 Switch


    48-port RJ-45 line card, extra-scale

    48-port RJ-45 Line Card in an EX8200 Switch


    48-port SFP line card

    48-port SFP Line Card in an EX8200 Switch


    48-port SFP line card, extra-scale

    48-port SFP Line Card in an EX8200 Switch

    Note: We recommend that you do not install extra-scale line card models and non-extra-scale models in the same switch or Virtual Chassis. If you install extra-scale line cards in a switch or Virtual Chassis that has non-extra-scale models installed, the IPv4 and IPv6 route table sizes default to those of the non-extra-scale models and you will not get the benefit of the increased table sizes of the extra-scale models.

    You will experience these decreased route table sizes in a Virtual Chassis even when the non-extra-scale line cards are installed in one member switch and the extra-scale line cards are installed in another member switch.

    Cooling System

    The cooling system in an EX8216 switch consists of two hot-insertable and hot-removable FRU fan trays. Each fan tray contains nine fans. Both fan trays install vertically on the left front of the chassis and provide side-to-side chassis cooling and front-to-side cooling. The top and bottom fan trays are identical and interchangeable. However, only the top fan tray cools the SF modules installed in the rear of the chassis. See Cooling System and Airflow in an EX8216 Switch.

    Power Supplies

    Power supplies for the EX8216 switch are fully redundant, load-sharing, and hot-insertable and hot-removable FRUs. Each EX8216 switch chassis can hold up to six AC or DC power supplies.

    Table 2 shows the details of the power supplies available for EX8216 switches.

    Table 2: Power Supplies Supported on EX8216 Switches

    Power Supply

    Input Voltage

    Output Power

    2000 W AC

    Low-voltage line (100-120 VAC)

    1200 W

    High-voltage line (200-240 VAC)

    2000 W

    3000 W AC

    Low-voltage line (100-120 VAC)

    Not supported

    High-voltage line (200-240 VAC)

    3000 W

    3000 W DC

    -40 VDC through -72VDC

    3000 W

    The redundant AC configuration ships with six AC power supplies to provide the capacity to power the system using N+1 or N+N power redundancy. See AC Power Supply in an EX8200 Switch and EX8216 Switch Configurations.

    The redundant DC configuration ships with four DC power supplies. The dual inputs of the DC supplies provide direct support for N+N power redundancy. The redundant configuration also provides sufficient capacity for N+1 redundancy in most configurations; if necessary, up to two additional DC supplies can be added to the system. See DC Power Supply in an EX8200 Switch and EX8216 Switch Configurations.

    Caution: Mixing different types of power supplies (AC and DC) in the same chassis is not supported.

    Modified: 2015-05-27