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Supermicro SSE-X3348TR Layer 3 10G-BaseT Switch Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | Network Switches in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Sep 24, 2014 9:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Supermicro

Supermicro SSE-X3348TR




Most Supermicro SSE-X3348T and SSE-3348TR switches will ship from Supermicro through resellers who drop ship. The packaging is a dense cardboard material that stands up to the brutality of shipping very well.




Inside the package, the switch is sandwiched between two pieces of closed-cell foam. Note the distance from the edges of the switch to the corner of the box and the foam density in those areas. Most box damage occurs at the corners and that is why Supermicro built these areas so strong. The accessories are stored in a separate area in the package and are not just floating in the box.




Here we get our first wide view of the SSE-X3348TR. There are 50 RJ45 ports on the front. The two on the far right are for management and offer failover for high availability. The main cluster of 48 RJ45 ports are your 10GBaseT ports that support 10 gigabit as well as the older 1 gigabit standard.


Between the management ports and the 10GBaseT ports are your four QSFP ports that run at 40 gigabit each.




Vents to pass air through the switch are on the top, bottom and sides of the front.




The status LEDs for the each port are on the top row of RJ45 ports.




Sadly, the status LEDs for the QSFP are in the middle of the ports. Without a clean line of sight, it can sometimes be difficult to see the status LEDs. In a top of rack installation, you will need to get on a stool to peek between the QSFP connectors.


Initially, the Supermicro SSE-X3348T/R switches could only run 40 gigabit Ethernet, but a firmware update enabled the use of QSFP to 4x SFP+ splitter cables. This is a useful feature since most of us still have SFP+ 10GbE cards in older servers that we haven't migrated over to 10GBaseT yet.


On the far right are the two management ports that allow you to configure failover protection. Just above the two management ports are a series of LEDs. The first two LEDs show the redundant power supply status. A dialog LED lets you know if a message is available and finally the fan LED shows the fan status.




Supermicro sells a rackmount slide kit for the SSE-X3348T/R switches. The system does not ship with the rails in the accessory package.




The rear of the system has a console port, USB port, removable fans in a sled and redundant power supply.




On the far left is the console port. I don't think we'll ever move away from this standard. The manual states the USB port is for internal use and has no end-user functions.




On the far right of the switch, we have the redundant power supply - another high availability feature. The switch can use a 100v to 240v power source and is auto switching.




The removable fan tray comes out for rapid changes and uses four Nidec UltraFlo fans.




The power supplies are manufactured by Compuware and they are model CPR-6011-2M2. Each power supply is rated at 600 watts.




Unlike most switches that look fairly plain, the Supermicro SSE-X3348T/R units are a bit intimidating. The logo on the top cover is also a nice touch.




With the top cover off, we see the robustness of the heat sinks and internal layout.




A closer image of the heat sinks that are designed to channel air through the switch.




The accessory package includes two power cords, a console cable, rack ears and screws for mounting the ears to the switch.

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