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MX204 Router Overview

 

The Juniper Networks MX204 Universal Routing Platform is an Ethernet-optimized edge router with 400-Gbps capacity that provides both switching and carrier-class Ethernet routing. The MX204 router runs Junos operating system (Junos OS), enabling a wide range of business and residential applications and services, including high-speed transport and virtual private network (VPN) services, next-generation broadband multiplay services, and high-volume Internet data center internetworking. Each router provides full duplex, high-density Ethernet interfaces and high-capacity switching throughput and uses the Junos Trio chipset for increased scalability of Layer 2 and Layer 3 packet forwarding, buffering, and queuing.

Benefits of MX204 Router

  • System Capacity—MX204 provides 400 Gbps of throughput and supports high-density 100-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, and also discrete and breakout 10-Gigabit Ethernet and 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces—all in a single rack unit while consuming only 0.9 W/Gb.

  • The Programmable Chipset—The chipset implemented in the MX Series routers has a programmable forwarding data structure that allows fast microcode changes in the hardware itself, and a programmable lookup engine that allows inline service processing. the chip’s programmable QoS engine supports coarse and fine-grained queuing to address the requirements of core, edge, and aggregation use cases.

  • Always-on infrastructure base—MX Series routers ensure network and service availability with a broad set of multilayered physical, logical, and protocol-level resiliency aspects. Junos OS Virtual Chassis technology on MX Series routers supports chassis-level redundancy and enables you to manage two routers as a single element. Multichassis link aggregation group (MC-LAG) implementation supports stateful chassis, card, and port redundancy.

  • Application-Aware Networking—On MX Series routers you can use deep packet inspection to detect applications, and by using the user-defined policies, you can determine traffic treatment for each application. This feature enables highly customized and differentiated services at scale.

  • Junos Telemetry Interface—Using the Junos telemetry interface data, you can stream component-level data to monitor, analyze, and enhance the performance of the network. Analytics derived from this streaming telemetry can identify current and trending congestion, resource utilization, traffic volume, and buffer occupancy.

  • Integrated Hardware-Based Timing— You do not need to use external clocks because MX Series routers support highly scalable and reliable hardware-based timing, including Synchronous Ethernet for frequency, and the Precision Time Protocol (PTP) for frequency and phase synchronization. Synchronous Ethernet and PTP can be combined in a hybrid mode to achieve a high level of frequency (10 ppb) and phase (<1.5 uS) accuracy.

System Overview

The MX204 router is compact and one rack unit (1 U) tall. Several routers can be stacked in a single floor-to-ceiling rack for increased port density per unit of floor space.

The MX204 router is a fixed-configuration router, and supports one built-in Routing Engine. The router runs on AC or DC power, with two dedicated power supply modules on each device. Cooling is handled by three fan modules.

The MX204 has four rate-selectable ports that can be configured as 100-Gigabit Ethernet ports or 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports, or each port can be configured as four 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports (by using a breakout cable). The MX204 also has eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. The four rate-selectable ports support QSFP28 and QSFP+ transceivers, whereas the eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports support SFP+ transceivers.

Figure 1 shows the front view of the MX204 router.

Figure 1: Front View of the MX204 Router
Front View of the MX204 Router
Front View of the MX204 Router

The MX204 router is a fixed-configuration router, and supports one built-in Routing Engine. The router runs on AC or DC power, with two dedicated power supply modules on each device. Cooling is handled by three fan modules. Table 1 shows the components supported on the router.

Table 1: MX204 Router Components

Component

Description

Power supply module

2

Fan module

3