Published On: July 31ˢᵗ, 2020 04:38

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches Hardware Installation Guide

The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches family consists of fixed core and aggregation layer switches supporting redundant power supplies and modular fans. The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series offers switch models with downlink ports of the following types:

  • 16 and 32 ports of 100G QSFP28

  • 12, 24 and 32 ports of 40G QSFP

  • 24 and 48 ports of 25G SFP28

  • 16, 24, 40 and 48 ports of 10G SFP/SFP28

The Catalyst 9500 Series Switches provide support for the following features:

  • Uplink connectivity

    • Network modules with SFP and QSFP uplink ports that provide 10G and 40G connectivity on C9500-16X and C9500-40X switches.

    • Fixed QSFP uplink ports that support 40G/100G connectivity on C9500-24Y4C and C9500-48Y4C switches.

  • Advanced security capabilities like ETA, MACSec-256 and TrustWorthy systems.

  • IoT integration and policy-based automation from the edge to the cloud with SD-Access solution.

  • RJ-45 and USB Mini-Type B console ports.

  • Supports SATA SSD storage for container-based application hosting on select switch models.

Switch Models

Table 1. Switch Models — Base PIDs

Switch Model

Description

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

C9500-12Q

12 40-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ ports and 2 power supply slots

C9500-24Q

24 40-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ ports and 2 power supply slots

C9500-16X

16 10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP/SFP+ ports and 2 power supply slots; supports optional network modules on uplinks ports — 8-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet(SFP/SFP+) and 2-Port 40 Gigabit Ethernet(QSFP+)

C9500-40X

40 10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP/SFP+ ports and 2 power supply slots; supports optional network modules on uplink ports — 8-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet(SFP/SFP+) and 2-Port 40 Gigabit Ethernet(QSFP+)

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series High Performance Switches

C9500-32C

32 40G/100G QSFP28 ports and 2 power supply slots

C9500-32QC

32 40G or 16 100G QSFP28 ports and 2 power supply slots

C9500-24Y4C

24 1G/10G/25G SFP28 ports and 2 power supply slots; supports fixed network modules on uplink ports — 4 40G/100G QSFP+ ports

C9500-48Y4C

48 1G/10G/25G SFP28 ports and 2 power supply slots; supports fixed network modules on uplink ports — 4 40G/100G QSFP+ ports

Table 2. Switch Models — Bundle PIDs

Switch Model

Description

C9500-16X-2Q

16 10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP/SFP+ ports and a 2-Port 40-Gigabit Ethernet (QSFP+) network module on uplink ports; and two power supply slots

C9500-40X-2Q

40 10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP/SFP+ ports and a 2-Port 40-Gigabit Ethernet (QSFP+) network module on uplink ports; and two power supply slots

C9500-24X

16 10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP/SFP+ ports and an 8-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet (SFP/SFP+) network module on uplink ports; and two power supply slots

C9500-48X

40 10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP/SFP+ ports and an 8-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet (SFP/SFP+) network module on uplink ports; and two power supply slots

Front Panel

Figure 1. Front Panel of a 48-Port Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switch (C9500-48Y4C)

1

48 1G/10G/25G SFP28 ports

5

USB mini Type B console port

2

RFID

6

USB 3.0 host port

3

Ethernet management port

7

Console port (RJ-45 Serial)

4

Reset switch

8

Uplink ports

Figure 2. Front Panel of a 12-Port Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switch

1

12 40G QSFP ports

6

USB mini Type B console port

2

RFID

7

Mode button

3

Console port (RJ-45 Serial)

8

USB 2.0 host port

4

Blue beacon LED

9

Ethernet management RJ-45 port

5

10G Status LEDs

Figure 3. Front Panel of a 24-Port Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switch

1

24 40G QSFP ports

6

USB mini Type B console port

2

RFID

7

Mode button

3

Console port (RJ-45 Serial)

8

USB 2.0 host port

4

Blue beacon LED

9

Ethernet management RJ-45 port

5

10G Status LEDs

Figure 4. Front Panel of a 16-Port Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switch

1

16 10G SFP ports

6

USB mini Type B console port

2

Network modules

7

Mode button

3

RFID

8

USB 2.0 host port

4

Console port (RJ-45 Serial)

9

Ethernet management RJ-45 port

5

Blue beacon LED

Figure 5. Front Panel of a 40-Port Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switch

1

40 10G SFP ports

6

USB mini Type B console port

2

Network modules

7

Mode button

3

RFID

8

USB 2.0 host port

4

Console port (RJ-45 Serial)

9

Ethernet management RJ-45 port

5

Blue beacon LED

SFP and QSFP Module Ports

The SFP and QSFP modules provide copper or fiber-optic connections to other devices. The SFP and QSFP module ports for Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches are as follows :

Table 3. Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switch Models

Switch model

Supported ports

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

C9500-12Q

Supports standard 12x40G QSFP+ modules.

C9500-24Q

Supports standard 24x40G QSFP+ modules.

C9500-16X

Supports standard 16x10G SFP modules.

The uplink ports support 8x10G SFP/SFP+ modules and 2x40G QSFP+ modules.

C9500-40X

Supports standard 40x10G SFP modules.

The uplink ports support 8x10G SFP/SFP+ modules and 2x40G QSFP+ modules.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series High Performance Switches

C9500-32C

Supports standard 32x100G or 32x40G QSFP28 modules; all ports are 100G/40G capable.

C9500-32QC

Supports standard 16x100G or 32x40G QSFP28 modules; only the ports in the top row are 100G capable.

C9500-24Y4C

Supports standard 24x25G or 24x10G SFP28 modules; all ports are 25G/10G/1G capable.

The uplink ports support 4x100G or 4x40G QSFP+ modules.

C9500-48Y4C

Supports standard 48x25G or 48x10G SFP28 modules; all ports are 25G/10G/1G capable.

The uplink ports support 4x100G or 4x40G QSFP+ modules.


Note
For information about SFP and QSFP network modules, see Network Modules.

Support for Breakout Cables

On Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series High Performance Switches ,breakout cables are supported only on the C9500-32C model. Breakout cables enable a single 40G QSFP+ interface to be split into four 10G SFP+ interfaces and a single 100G QSFP28 interface into four 25G SFP28 interfaces.

For supported SFP and QSFP modules, refer to the Cisco Transceiver Modules Compatibility Information at http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/interfaces-modules/transceiver-modules/products-device-support-tables-list.html .

Port Mapping for Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

The odd-numbered ports are on the upper row and the even-numbered ports on the lower row. The following figures show how the ports and the LEDs are numbered on different switch models. This section also explains the port mapping between 40G and 10G ports for the switches when configuring 40G ports to operate as four 10G ports using breakout cables.

C9500-12Q
Figure 6. 40G native port numbering

Table 4. Port mapping for C9500-12Q

40-Gigabit native ports

Configurable 10-Gigabit ports with Breakout Cable

1

1, 2, 3, and 4

2

5, 6, 7, and 8

3

9, 10, 11, and 12

4

13, 14, 15, and 16

5

17, 18, 19, and 20

6

21, 22, 23, and 24

7

25, 26, 27, and 28

8

29, 30, 31, and 32

9

33, 34, 35, and 36

10

37, 38, 39, and 40

11

41, 42, 43, and 44

12

45, 46, 47, and 48

C9500-24Q
Figure 7. 40G native port numbering
Table 5. Port mapping for C9500-24Q

40-Gigabit native ports

Configurable 10-Gigabit ports with Breakout Cable

1

1, 2, 3, and 4

2

5, 6, 7, and 8

3

9, 10, 11, and 12

4

13, 14, 15, and 16

5

17, 18, 19, and 20

6

21, 22, 23, and 24

7

25, 26, 27, and 28

8

29, 30, 31, and 32

9

33, 34, 35, and 36

10

37, 38, 39, and 40

11

41, 42, 43, and 44

12

45, 46, 47, and 48

13

49, 50, 51, and 52

14

53, 54, 55, and 56

15

57, 58, 59 and 60

16

61, 62, 63, and 64

17

65, 66, 67 and 68

18

69, 70, 71, and 72

19

73, 74, 75, and 76

20

77, 78, 79, and 80

21

81, 82, 83, and 84

22

85, 86, 87, and 88

23

89, 90, 91, and 92

24

93, 94, 95, and 96

C9500-16X
Figure 8. 10G native port numbering
Table 6. Port mapping for C9500-16X

40-Gigabit Uplink ports

Configurable 10-Gigabit ports with Breakout Cable

17

1, 2, 3, and 4

18

5, 6, 7, and 8

C9500-40X
Figure 9. 10G native port numbering
Table 7. Port mapping for C9500-40X

40-Gigabit Uplink ports

Configurable 10-Gigabit ports with Breakout Cable

41

1, 2, 3, and 4

42

5, 6, 7, and 8

Port Mapping for Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series High Performance Switches

The following figures show how the ports are numbered on different Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series High Performance Switches.

C9500-32C
Figure 10. Native Port Numbering for C9500-32C


All the 32 ports can be configured as 100G or 40G.

Port Type

Port Number on the Switch

100G native ports

1—32

40G native ports

1—32

Breakout is supported only on 24 ports of the C9500-32C switch model. Every 4th port of C9500-32C does not support breakout due to ASIC limitation. Port numbers 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28 and 32 do not support breakout. When you enable breakout on a native port, the port numbering convention changes from 3-tuple to 4-tuple. For example, if you enable breakout on port number 2 which is represented as Hu1/0/2, four logical ports are created which are represented as Hu1/0/2/1, Hu1/0/2/2, Hu1/0/2/3 and Hu1/0/2/4.

Table 8. Port mapping for C9500-32C

40G/100G native ports

Configurable 10G/25G ports with Breakout Cable

40G/100G native ports

Configurable 10G/25G ports with Breakout Cable

1

1/0/1/1, 1/0/1/2, 1/0/1/3, 1/0/1/4

17

1/0/17/1, 1/0/17/2, 1/0/17/3, 1/0/17/4

2

1/0/2/1, 1/0/2/2, 1/0/2/3, 1/0/2/4

18

1/0/18/1, 1/0/18/2, 1/0/18/3, 1/0/18/4

3

1/0/3/1, 1/0/3/2, 1/0/3/3, 1/0/3/4

19

1/0/19/1, 1/0/19/2, 1/0/19/3, 1/0/19/4

4

Not applicable

20

Not applicable

5

1/0/5/1, 1/0/5/2, 1/0/5/3, 1/0/5/4

21

1/0/21/1, 1/0/21/2, 1/0/21/3, 1/0/21/4

6

1/0/6/1, 1/0/6/2, 1/0/6/3, 1/0/6/4

22

1/0/22/1, 1/0/22/2, 1/0/22/3, 1/0/22/4

7

1/0/7/1, 1/0/7/2, 1/0/7/3, 1/0/7/4

23

1/0/23/1, 1/0/23/2, 1/0/23/3, 1/0/23/4

8

Not applicable

24

Not applicable

9

1/0/9/1, 1/0/9/2, 1/0/9/3, 1/0/9/4

25

1/0/25/1, 1/0/25/2, 1/0/25/3, 1/0/25/4

10

1/0/10/1, 1/0/10/2, 1/0/10/3, 1/0/10/4

26

1/0/26/1, 1/0/26/2, 1/0/26/3, 1/0/26/4

11

1/0/11/1, 1/0/11/2, 1/0/11/3, 1/0/11/4

27

1/0/27/1, 1/0/27/2, 1/0/27/3, 1/0/27/4

12

Not applicable

28

Not applicable

13

1/0/13/1, 1/0/13/2, 1/0/13/3, 1/0/13/4

29

1/0/29/1, 1/0/29/2, 1/0/29/3, 1/0/29/4

14

1/0/14/1, 1/0/14/2, 1/0/14/3, 1/0/14/4

30

1/0/30/1, 1/0/30/2, 1/0/30/3, 1/0/30/4

15

1/0/15/1, 1/0/15/2, 1/0/15/3, 1/0/15/4

31

1/0/31/1, 1/0/31/2, 1/0/31/3, 1/0/31/4

16

Not applicable

32

Not applicable

For more information about how to configure a breakout interface, see "Configuring Breakout Interfaces" section in the nterface and Hardware Components Configuration Guide.

C9500-32QC
Figure 11. Native Port Numbering for C9500-32QC

Port Type

Port Number on the Switch

40G native ports

1—32

100G native ports

33—48

The 40G ports on this switch can be configured to function as 100G ports using the Command Line Interface (CLI). For more information about mode conversion, see "Configuring Interface Characteristics" in Interface and Hardware Components Configuration Guide.

C9500-24Y4C
Figure 12. Native Port Numbering for C9500-24Y4C

Port Type

Port Number on the Switch

25G native ports

1—24

40G or 100G native ports

25—28

C9500-48Y4C
Figure 13. Native Port Numbering for C9500-48Y4C

Port Type

Port Number on the Switch

25G native ports

1—48

40G or 100G native ports

49—52

RFID Tag

The chassis has a built-in, front-facing, passive RFID tag that uses UHF RFID technology and requires an RFID reader with compatible software. It provides auto-identification capabilities for asset management and tracking. The RFID tags are compatible with the Generation 2 GS1 EPC Global Standard and are ISO 18000-6C compliant. They operate in the 860- to 960-MHz UHF band. For more information, see Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) on Cisco Catalyst 9000 Family Switches White Paper.

Console Ports

The console ports connect the switch to a PC running Microsoft Windows or to a terminal server.

  • RJ-45 console port (EIA/TIA-232). The RJ-45 console port connection uses an RJ-45-to-DB-9 female cable.

  • USB mini-Type B console port (5-pin connector).

If you use the USB mini-Type B console port, the Cisco Windows USB device driver must be installed on any PC connected to the console port (for operation with Microsoft Windows). Mac OS X or Linux do not require special drivers.

The 4-pin mini-Type B connector resembles the 5-pin mini-Type B connectors. They are not compatible. Use only the 5-pin mini-Type B.

This illustration shows a 5-pin mini-Type B USB port.

Figure 14. USB Mini-Type B Port

With the Cisco Windows USB device driver, you can connect and disconnect the USB cable from the console port without affecting Windows HyperTerminal operations.

The console output always goes to both the RJ-45 and the USB console connectors, but the console input is active on only one of the console connectors at any one time. The USB console takes precedence over the RJ-45 console. When a cable is connected into the USB console port, the RJ-45 console port becomes inactive. Conversely, when the USB cable is disconnected from the USB console port, the RJ-45 port becomes active.

You can use the command-line interface (CLI) to configure an inactivity timeout which reactivates the RJ-45 console if the USB console has been activated and no input activity has occurred on the USB console for a specified time.

After the USB console deactivates due to inactivity, you cannot use the CLI to reactivate it. Disconnect and reconnect the USB cable to reactivate the USB console. For information on using the CLI to configure the USB console interface, see the Software Configuration Guide, Cisco IOS XE Everest 16.5.1 (Catalyst 9500 Switches).

Management Port

The Ethernet management port, also referred to as the Gi0/0 or GigabitEthernet0/0 port, is a VRF (VPN routing/forwarding) interface to which you can connect a PC. It supports TFTP image downloading, network management, SNMP, Telnet, and SSH connections. The switches support out-of-band management through the Mgmt-vrf. Mgmt-vrf is used to segment management traffic from the global routing table of the switch. The Ethernet management port supports speeds upto 10/100/1000 Mbps and is set to auto-negotiate.

USB Host Ports

The Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches support two USB host ports — USB 2.0 on the front panel and USB 3.0 on the back panel. USB 2.0 port supports Cisco USB flash drives with capacities from 128 MB to 8 GB (USB devices with port densities of 128 MB, 256 MB, 1 GB, 4 GB, and 8 GB are supported). Cisco IOS software provides standard file system access to the flash device: read, write, erase, and copy, as well as the ability to format the flash device with a FAT file system. USB 3.0 SSD port provides an optional 120 GB USB 3.0 SSD storage device for application hosting and saving packet captures and trace logs.

In Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series High Performance Switches, the USB 3.0 port is available on the front panel and support Cisco USB flash drives with capacities from 64 MB to 16 GB.

Mode Button

The mode button has the following function:

  • 10G Status LED Mode — works with 10G Status LEDs to indicate status of 10G ports

10G Status LED Mode


Note

This functionality is available only on Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches.


Each 40G port can be configured to function as a 10G port using a Cisco QSFP to four SFP Active Optical Breakout Cables that connect a 40G QSFP port of the switch on one end to four 10G SFP ports of the switch on the other end. After system bootup, the four 10G Status LEDs indicate the status of 10G ports 1-4 by default which maps to 40G port number 1. A short press on the mode button moves the pointer to the next 10G group (5-8) which maps to 40G port number 2. You can check the status of all the 96 10G ports by pressing the mode button 24 times, after which it rolls back to 10G port 1-4.

Network Modules

The C9500-16X and C9500-40X switch models support two network modules that provide uplink ports to connect to other devices. The switch should only be operated with either a network module or a blank module installed.

Table 9. Network Modules
Network Module Description

C9500-NM-8X

This module has eight 10G SFP ports. Any combination of standard SFP modules are supported.

C9500-NM-2Q

This module has two 40G QSFP ports. Any combination of standard QSFP modules are supported.

For information about the network modules, see Installing the Network Modules section. For cable specifications, see Cables and Adapters section.

LED Indicators

You can use the switch LEDs to monitor switch activity and performance. You can also monitor the status of the fan tray assembly and the power supplies.

Figure 15. LEDs on Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

1

System LED

4

Power Supply Unit(PSU) LED

2

Blue beacon LED

5

Fan LED

3

10G Status LEDs 1

6

Ethernet Management port LED

1 Available only on switches with 10G ports.
Figure 16. LEDs on Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series High Performance Switches

1

Ethernet Management port link activity LED

5

Blue beacon LED

2

Ethernet Management port link status LED

6

Fan LED

3

Reset switch

7

Power Supply Unit (PSU) LED

4

System LED

8

Port LEDs

System LED

The system LED indicates the status of the system.

Table 10. System LED Indicator

Color/State

Description

Off

System is not operational.

Green

System is operating normally without alarms.

Amber

System has triggered a minor environmental alarm.

Red

System has triggered a major environmental alarm.

Power Supply LEDs

Power supply modules LED

The following description applies only when two power supplies modules are installed in the switch.

Table 11. Power Supply LED Indicators

Color/State

Description

Green

Power supply is operating normally.

Amber

One of the PSU has input loss.

Red

One of the PSU has output failure.

Fan LED

Table 12. Fan LED Indicator

Color/State

Description

Off

The fan is not receiving power; the fans have stopped.

Green

All fans are operating normally.

Amber

One or more fans have encountered tachometer faults.

Red

One or more fans' tachometer faults have exceeded the maximum limit.

Ethernet Management Port LED

The following table describes the colors and the descriptions of the LEDs for link activity and link status of the Ethernet management port.

Table 13. Ethernet Management Port Link Activity LED
Color Description

Blinking green

Link is up.

Off

Link is down.

Table 14. Ethernet Management Port Link Status LED
Color Description

Solid green

Link is up.

Off

Link is down.

Rear Panel

Figure 17. Rear Panel of a 48-Port Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switch (C9500-48Y4C)

1

Power Supply Modules

3

SATA SSD module

2

Fan Modules

Figure 18. Rear Panel of a 24-Port Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switch

1

USB 3.0 host port

3

Grounding Pad

2

Fan Modules

4

Power Supply Modules

SATA SSD Module

To support the storage needs on the switch, the Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series High Performance Switches provide support for pluggable Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) Solid State Drive (SSD) module. The SATA SSD module slot is located at the rear panel of the switch. The SSD module storage capacity ranges are 240GB, 480GB and 960GB. SATA SSD works as a general-purpose storage device. The storage drive can also be used to save packet captures and trace logs generated by the operating system.

Power Supply Slots

The switch has two power supply slots that accept AC and DC input power supplies. The power supply modules are field replaceable units (FRUs) and are hot-swappable. The chassis is delivered with one power supply pre-installed in the power supply slot. If only one power supply is ordered, then a blank cover is installed in the empty power supply slot, which must remain installed if a power supply is not installed.

The following table describes the internal power supply modules supported on different switch models.

Table 15. Power Supplies supported by Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Switch Model

Power Supply Modules

C9500-12Q

  • PWR-C4-950WAC-R — 950-W AC power supply module

  • PWR-C4-950WDC-R — 950-W DC power supply module

C9500-24Q

  • PWR-C4-950WAC-R — 950-W AC power supply module

  • PWR-C4-950WDC-R — 950-W DC power supply module

C9500-16X

  • PWR-C4-950WAC-R — 950-W AC power supply module

  • PWR-C4-950WDC-R — 950-W DC power supply module

C9500-40X

  • PWR-C4-950WAC-R — 950-W AC power supply module

  • PWR-C4-950WDC-R — 950-W DC power supply module

Table 16. Power Supplies supported by Catalyst 9500 Series High Performance Switches

Switch Model

Power Supply Modules

C9500-32C

  • C9K-PWR-1600WAC-R — 1600W AC power supply module

  • C9K-PWR-1600WDC-R— 1600W DC power supply module

C9500-32QC

  • C9K-PWR-650WAC-R — 650W AC power supply module

  • C9K-PWR-930WDC-R— 930W DC power supply module

C9500-24Y4C

  • C9K-PWR-650WAC-R — 650W AC power supply module

  • C9K-PWR-930WDC-R— 930W DC power supply module

C9500-48Y4C

  • C9K-PWR-650WAC-R — 650W AC power supply module

  • C9K-PWR-930WDC-R— 930W DC power supply module

Fan Modules

The switch supports field-replaceable, variable-speed modular fans with front-to-back airflow. These fan units support Online Insertion and Removal (OIR) for up to 120 seconds and can support a maximum fan speed of 21000 rpm. The fan unit is responsible for cooling the entire chassis and interfacing with environmental monitors to trigger alarms when conditions exceed thresholds. The fan modules contain thermal sensors to detect ambient temperature and adjust the fan speed.

Table 17. Fan Modules supported by Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

Part Number

Description

Switches supported

C9K-T1-FANTRAY

Hot-swappable fan tray unit with dual stacked fans.

  • C9500-32QC

  • C9500-24Y4C

  • C9500-48Y4C

FAN-T4-R

Type 4 hot-swappable fan module.

  • C9500-32C

  • C9500-12Q

  • C9500-24Q

  • C9500-40X

  • C9500-16X

For more information, see Fan Module Overview.