Hello, fellow open networking enthusiasts! I am absolutely thrilled to share my passion for network disaggregation and my excitement for the latest release of the Enterprise SONiC distribution version 4.1.0. This remarkable release introduces several new and qualified software features that will undoubtedly elevate our networking capabilities and contribute to a more seamless experience.

Let’s dive into the key features of this release:

  1. Linux Kernel Upgrade: Version 4.1.0 brings an upgrade to Linux Kernel 5.10.46-5, enhancing the overall stability and performance of the distribution.
  2. Multi-rate Support: This release extends multi-rate support to various platforms, increasing flexibility and efficiency.
  3. 100 Mbps and 10 Mbps Support: Enhanced connectivity options are now available.
  4. SONiC Readiness for Campus Use Case: An array of new features, such as Port Access Control, Downloadable ACLs, Posture Assessment, and support for multiple RADIUS servers, make this release a perfect fit for campus use cases.
  5. VLAN Stacking (QinQ) and RoCE V2 Support: The release adds VLAN stacking capabilities on Trident3 (TD3) and Trident4 (TD4) platforms and introduces support for RoCE V2.
  6. One Million Route Scale: The distribution now supports a massive scale of one million routes, enabling larger and more complex network deployments. And yes, you are right – we are talking here about Trident4 like X9 and X11.
  7. AAA Authorization Support with TACACS+: Enhanced security features include AAA authorization support via TACACS+.

These are just a few of the new features introduced in the Enterprise SONiC distribution 4.1.0. I am beyond excited to see how these advancements will empower us to build more robust and efficient network infrastructures.

The release also comes with various package options to cater to different networking requirements:

  1. Cloud Base Package: This package includes essential features for data center fabric underlay use cases, such as eBGP, ZTP, programmatic API, QoS, ACL, and TACACS+. It also offers base telemetry features like Thresholds and Snapshots (BST).
  2. Cloud Advanced Package: Building on the Cloud_Base package, the Cloud_Advanced package adds Inband Flow Analyzer (IFA 2.0), Tail Stamping, Drop Monitor, and Linux PTP (KNETSync) for enhanced functionality.
  3. Enterprise Base Package: This package provides underlay and overlay features for data center fabric use cases, such as eBGP, ZTP, programmatic API, QoS, ACL, BGP EVPN, and VXLAN. It also includes enterprise-specific features like RPVST+, IP Multicast, and base telemetry features like Thresholds and Snapshots (BST).
  4. Enterprise Advanced Package: Expanding on the Enterprise_Base package, this package offers additional features like Inband Flow Analyzer (IFA 2.0), Tail Stamping, Drop Monitor, Linux PTP (KNETSync), and the Broadcom Debug Tool.
  5. Campus Package: Tailored for campus-specific platforms, this package includes L2/L3 features, POE support, Port Access Control features (IEEE 802.1X, MAB, dynamic ACLs, RADIUS-assigned VLANs, RADIUS support), LLDP-MED, Port Security, Digital Optical Monitoring, Time Domain Reflectometry, and EVPN VXLAN.

In this release, we see an increasing number of key networking vendors offering open platforms, making open networking more accessible and versatile than ever before. Based on the provided information, the summary of key vendors and the number of specific hardware platforms supported are as follows:

  1. Edgecore Networks (Accton Technology): 12 platforms – go, go Edgecore Team!
  2. Alpha Networks: 4 platforms
  3. Celestica: 2 platforms – welcome Guys! 😉
  4. Extreme Networks: 2 platforms – yes, that Extreme!
  5. QTC – Quanta Computer: 6 platforms
  6. …..

In total, we have almost 40 platforms, and more are expected to come later this year!

As a firm believer in the power of open networking, I am ecstatic to witness the ongoing growth and development of this incredible technology. The Enterprise SONiC distribution 4.1.0 is a testament to the bright future of disaggregated networking, and I can’t wait to explore its full potential.

Here’s to the future of open networking and the exciting journey that lies ahead!

If you’re interested in learning more about the SONiC or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be more than happy to help you navigate this thrilling new era of networking solutions. Also, make sure to follow us on our social media channels and subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated on the latest news, releases, and insights in the world of open networking. Together, let’s embrace the future and unlock the full potential of open networking!

If you’re interested in testing the Enterprise SONiC Distribution, either in a virtual environment or by obtaining a trial license, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d be more than happy to help you explore this fantastic new release and guide you through the process. Remember, the future of networking is in our hands, and together, we can make it even more remarkable!

Psss… 4.2.0 still in 2023! 😉 Who knows what surprises and networking adventures await us in the next release? Stay tuned and keep that networking excitement alive!

At Edgecore Networks, we were already pioneering wireless disaggregation before the OpenWiFi project took center stage in 2019. Our vision was to leverage the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) to create Bare-Access Points. We started contributing hardware designs to the Open Compute Project (OCP) in 2017, but it wasn’t until the advent of OpenWiFi, with its OpenWRT-based software, that the pieces fell into place. Our OCP-accepted contributions include:

  • Edgecore ECWO7220-L: 3×3 Outdoor Wireless Access Point – Accepted in 2017.
  • Edgecore ECW7220-L: 3×3 Indoor Wireless Access Point – Accepted in 2018.
  • Edgecore ECW5410: 4×4 Indoor Wireless Access Point – Accepted in 2018.

More details here.

The Birth of OpenWiFi:

In 2019, I found myself in the heart of the inaugural gathering of the “TIP Wi-Fi founding group” at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The birth of a revolutionary concept, the OpenWiFi project, stole the show. As a proud member of Edgecore Networks, a trailblazer in the exhilarating world of open-source network solutions, I could hardly contain my excitement!

OpenWiFi Today:

Fast forward to today, and the OpenWiFi project has matured into a full-fledged giant, ready to reshape the world at any scale. Edgecore Networks fits into this grand scheme by providing a wide array of TIP-ready access points pre-installed with TIP’s Open AP software. These devices, including the Wi-Fi 6 models EAP101 and EAP102, are designed to provide superior capacity and reliability. They’re the superheroes of the Wi-Fi world, catering to an ever-growing legion of users who rely on Wi-Fi connectivity for pretty much everything.

Now, let’s dive a bit deeper into Edgecore’s Wi-Fi 6 Access Points:



  • Enterprise-Grade, Concurrent Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Indoor Access Point.
  • Supports 2×2:2 uplink and downlink MU-MIMO, with up to 1.7Gbps aggregated data rate.
  • 3 x Built-in antenna (2 x 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz, 1 x Bluetooth Low Energy).
  • Gain: 4.8 dBi (2.4 GHz), 6 dBi (5 GHz), 4.6 dBi (BLE).
  • 1G/2.5G RJ45 PoE Uplink and 2 x 1G RJ45 LAN ports.
  • Equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and ZigBee.
  • Supports up to 32 ESSIDs – up to 16 per radio.
  • Performance: Up to 574 Mbps (2.4 GHz), Up to 1200 Mbps (5 GHz).
  • Wall/Ceiling/T-bar mount (Mounting kit included).



  • Enterprise-Grade, Concurrent Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Indoor Access Point.
  • Supports 4×4:4 uplink and downlink MU-MIMO, with up to 2.9Gbps aggregated data rate.
  • 4 x Built-in antenna (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz).
  • Gain: 5.5dBi (2.4 GHz, BLE), 7.6 dBi (5 GHz).
  • 1G/2.5G RJ45 PoE Uplink and 1 x 1G/2.5G RJ45 LAN port.
  • Equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
  • Supports up to 32 ESSIDs – up to 16 per radio.
  • Performance: Up to 574 Mbps (2.4 GHz), Up to 2,400 Mbps (5 GHz).
  • Wall/Ceiling/T-bar mount (Mounting kit included).

Very interesting EAP104:


  • Enterprise-Grade, Concurrent Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Indoor Wall-Plate Access Point.
  • Supports 2×2:2 uplink and downlink MU-MIMO, with up to 3Gbps aggregated data rate.
  • 5 x Built-in antenna (2 x 2.4 GHz, 2 x 5 GHz, 1 x BLE).
  • Gain: 3.9 dBi (2.4 GHz), 5.2 dBi (5 GHz), 4 dBi (BLE).
  • 1G RJ45 PoE Uplink and 4 x 1G RJ45 LAN ports (one with PoE out) plus 1 pass-through port.
  • Equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and ZigBee.
  • Supports up to 32 ESSIDs – up to 16 per radio.
  • Performance: Up to 574 Mbps (2.4 GHz), Up to 2,402 Mbps (5 GHz).
  • Wall-plate (standard bracket) / Wall mount (standard bracket) / Desktop (optional stand).

And another interesting AP but WIFI 5 under cost-optimized design which you can also use outdoor!



  • Enterprise-Grade, Concurrent Dual-Band Wi-Fi 5 Indoor / Outdoor Access Point.
  • Supports 2×2:2 uplink and downlink MU-MIMO.
  • 2 x Built-in antenna (2 x 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz).
  • Gain: 6 dBi (2.4 GHz), 8 dBi (5 GHz).
  • 1G RJ45 PoE Uplink and 1 x 1G RJ45 LAN port.
  • Supports up to 16 ESSIDs – up to 8 per radio.
  • Performance: Up to 400 Mbps (2.4 GHz), Up to 866 Mbps (5 GHz).
  • Optional LTE Module.
  • Operating Temperature: -30ºC to 55ºC with IP55 Rating.
  • Wall/Ceiling/T-bar mount (Mounting kit included) / Pole (optional stand).

All of them we can operate as standalone or managed by Edgecore ecCLOUD, ecOPEN and EWS-Series controller, Edgecore VEWS Virtual Wireless LAN Controller and of course 3rd parties CLOUDs!

Advanced Technologies:

Edgecore’s Wi-Fi 6 access points also support advanced technologies like OpenRoaming and OpenMesh. With OpenRoaming, different Wi-Fi networks work together like a well-choreographed dance troupe, providing users a seamless, connected Wi-Fi experience. And OpenMesh? It’s like the friend who always has your back, allowing access points to wirelessly connect to each other, extending the Wi-Fi signal over a larger area, and minimizing those pesky dead zones.

Looking Ahead: Wi-Fi 7 and OpenLAN:

But wait, there’s more! Let’s talk about the Wi-Fi 7, the eagerly anticipated next generation in wireless technology. As Wi-Fi 6 is already making waves, Wi-Fi 7 promises to take things even further, with the possibility of supporting up to 30 Gbps of throughput. Edgecore is staying ahead of the curve, already working on Wi-Fi 7 solutions to provide faster, more reliable connections when it becomes available.

Now, every great access point needs a faithful sidekick, and that’s where the OpenLAN project steps in. OpenLAN Switching is building on the foundation of OpenWiFi to expand the project to provide a unified solution for LAN switches that has all the same attributes as OpenWiFi (open-source, multi-vendor, interoperable whitebox, hardened and validated E2E systems etc.).

OpenLAN Switching was specifically created to address these key requirements:

  • Support Wi-Fi 6E/7 and 6 Ghz AP’s that require new level of power to operate (PoE++).
  • Provide a common solution to WiFi & switching with a unified controller.
  • Future proofing network for immersive applications (extreme low latency, high bandwidth).

The recently unveiled ECS4125-10P, the world’s first OpenLAN switch, is a testament to Edgecore’s unwavering commitment to open-source networking. This advanced, fully programmable network switch is a Swiss army knife of solutions, providing a practical and cost-effective way to manage the increasing demand for network resources in a variety of settings.

The ECS4125-10P switch features:


  • High-performance 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet access.
  • Perfect for SMBs, enterprise, and campus networks.
  • 8 x 1G/2.5G RJ45 ports and 2 x 10G SFP+ uplink ports, offering a smorgasbord of connectivity options.
  • PoE++ support Wi-Fi 6E/7 and 6 Ghz AP’s, nice 240W 802.3af/at/bt PoE budget, and a switching capacity of 80G.
  • L2+/Lite L3 routing and switching support.
  • Cloud manageable via ecCLOUD and soon ecOPEN.

The OpenLAN project, like a friendly neighborhood hero, realized that our Access Points needed a companion – a switch with Power over Ethernet (PoE). And thus, the OpenLAN switch was born, a testament to Edgecore’s commitment to open-source networking.

Third-Party Cloud Solutions:

But the OpenWiFi project isn’t just about hardware. It’s also about creating an ecosystem teeming with various third-party cloud options. It’s like a buffet of choices that enhances the flexibility and scalability of OpenWiFi, making it an irresistible solution for a wide range of users and use cases.

Several notable third-party cloud solutions have integrated with the OpenWiFi project. For instance, NetExperience provides an end-to-end cloud-native network software stack that streamlines network management and enhances user experience. Tanaza offers a cloud-based platform that allows users to operate and manage their Wi-Fi networks remotely, like puppet masters controlling their puppets from afar.

And of course, there’s Edgecore’s own ecCLOUD, a shining star in the open-source networking universe. This cloud-based controller simplifies device deployment, management, and monitoring. It’s like the trusty butler, always ready to help IT staff manage their networks with centralized intelligence and scalable solutions.

Nice but… What next? 😉

To sum it up, the OpenWiFi project, along with OpenLAN, has grown from a tiny seed in 2019 into a mighty redwood today. Thanks to the tireless efforts of founding members like Edgecore and the broad ecosystem of hardware and software options, it’s ready to revolutionize the world of Wi-Fi. As a networking professional and an ardent fan of open-source, I can barely contain my excitement! It’s an exhilarating time for wireless tech enthusiasts, and I can’t wait to see where this open-source revolution takes us next. Stay tuned, folks, because this ride’s only getting started!

And, oh! Nearly slipped my mind amidst all this excitement! Fancy giving these technological marvels a spin? Just ping me. We’ve just had a sea delivery docking into our warehouse, and we have more than 2,000 units each of EAP101, EAP102, EAP104 etc. and our first hero from the ECS4125 series – the 10P. So, whether you’re itching to test out these babies, or you have a project where a helping hand could be the difference between ‘meh’ and ‘wow’, remember – we’re here, ready to leap into action! Open-source networking is not just a revolution; it’s a party – and everyone’s invited! Until next time, folks, keep the Wi-Fi signals strong and the open-source spirit stronger!

In today’s data-driven world, high-speed, long-distance data transmission is more important than ever. As service providers and data centers strive to meet the increasing demand for bandwidth and maintain control over their infrastructure costs, Dense Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (DWDM) has emerged as a crucial technology in coherent optical networks. This blog post delves into the exciting advancements in DWDM technology, with a special focus on the innovative OpenZR+ implementation, which promises to revolutionize the way service providers and data centers build efficient, converged IP/optical networks for both long-haul and DC to DC interconnection needs. Learn about the evolution of DWDM, the benefits it offers, and how Edgecore Networks and Smartoptics are offering comprehensive solutions that support OpenZR+ technology for the next generation of high-speed, long-distance data transport.

The Evolution of DWDM

Dense Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (DWDM) has been a driving force in the evolution of optical networks. It allows multiple data streams to be transmitted simultaneously over the same fiber optic cable by assigning each data stream a unique wavelength or “color” of light. This approach effectively multiplies the capacity of the fiber, enabling service providers to accommodate rapidly growing bandwidth demands without costly infrastructure upgrades.

DWDM technology has undergone several significant advancements since its inception, with the introduction of coherent detection and digital signal processing (DSP) being key milestones. Coherent detection allows for the recovery of both amplitude and phase information of the transmitted signal, enabling advanced modulation schemes that can transmit more data per wavelength. Meanwhile, DSP techniques enable improved signal recovery and error correction, which in turn allows for longer transmission distances without the need for signal regeneration.

These advances have made DWDM an indispensable technology in modern optical networks, and the industry is continuously working to develop even more efficient and flexible solutions. One such development is OpenZR+, a new implementation that combines the best features of existing standards to create a powerful solution for high-speed, long-haul data transport.

Expanding the Possibilities with OpenZR+ in DWDM Optical Networks

The world of data transmission has come a long way in recent years, and DWDM technology has played a significant role in meeting the needs of service providers by enabling high-speed, long-distance data transport. As data demands continue to grow, driven by applications such as video streaming, online gaming, conference calls, and cloud services, the need for more efficient and flexible solutions has become apparent. OpenZR+ is an innovative implementation that addresses these needs and takes DWDM technology to new heights.

The OpenZR+ standard combines the best features of existing implementations, such as 400ZR and Open ROADM, offering extended reach, multiple data rates, and improved power efficiency. With support for 100G, 200G, 300G, and 400G transmission rates and advanced modulation schemes like QPSK, 8QAM, and 16QAM, OpenZR+ enables reach and capacity optimization, as well as flexible configurations for diverse network requirements.

One of the key advantages of OpenZR+ is its ability to extend the transport distance even further by adopting oFEC (Open Forward Error Correction) from Open ROADM. oFEC is a type of Soft-Decision FEC that provides better recovery rates and ensures data correctness over long distances, up to thousands of kilometers. Although oFEC demands more complex hardware designs, longer latency, and higher power consumption, the trade-off is well worth it for improved performance and reach.

In addition to extending the reach and supporting multiple data rates, OpenZR+ enables interoperable and flexible coherent DWDM optical solutions in a compact, pluggable form factor. This simplification of network architecture reduces the costs of long-haul optical transport networks, allowing service providers to utilize DWDM via an OpenZR+ pluggable transceiver.

As more equipment manufacturers and service providers adopt OpenZR+ compliant solutions, the future of DWDM optical networks looks brighter than ever. With its ability to address a wide range of application scenarios, optimize reach and capacity, and reduce costs, OpenZR+ is poised to revolutionize the way we build and maintain high-speed, long-haul data transport networks. Stay tuned for more exciting developments in this rapidly evolving field, as OpenZR+ continues to shape the future of DWDM technology and the Bright modules are just behind the corner.

Introducing Edgecore’s Portfolio Supporting 400G ZR+

Edgecore Networks, a leading provider of traditional and open network solutions for enterprises, data centers, and telecommunication service providers, offers a comprehensive portfolio of hardware that supports 400G ZR+ technology. This portfolio includes four advanced models, two from the Cloud and Data Center portfolio, and two from the Telecom and Service Provider portfolio.

Switches from the Cloud and Data Center Portfolio:


Figure 1. DCS240 – 12.8T Data Center Switch (AS9726-32DB)

The DCS240 is a top-of-the-rack or spine switch designed for high-performance data centers. Equipped with 32 x 400G QSFP56-DD switch ports and the Broadcom Trident 4 switch series silicon, it delivers non-blocking line-rate performance. The switch comes pre-loaded with Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) for automated loading of compatible open-source and commercial NOS offerings – SONiC and OcNOS from IP Infusion are on the way. Most importantly, we can support up to 16 x 400G ZR+ using all upper QSFP-DD ports!


Figure 2. DCS520 – 25.6T Data Center Switch (AS9736-64D)

The DCS520 is a high-performance spine switch that supports line-rate L2 and L3 switching across 64 x 400G QSFP56-DD ports. The switch uses the Broadcom Tomahawk 4 switch series silicon for non-blocking line-rate performance and supports 400G ZR or ZR+ coherent optics with up to 24W power budget per port. This model, like a Beast, can provide 64 x 400G links under single chipset and control plane and 16 ports are supporting ZR+ (you can use 8 ports from the left and 8 ports from the right). The needed power budget for ZR+ is one, but the challenge is always related to heating. Edgecore did a great job here again! It is pre-loaded with ONIE and is compatible with Open Network Linux (ONL) and you could run today Enterprise SONiC by Edgecore. Soon we will see OcNOS from IP Infusion as well as other SONiC Distributions.

Routers from the Telecom and Service Provider portfolio:


Figure 3. AGR400 – 2.4T Aggregation Router (AS7946-30XB)

The AGR400 is a high-performance 100G aggregation router engineered with the latest Broadcom StrataDNX™ Qumran2C silicon, suitable for OpenBNG, 100G aggregation router, PE router, or data center TOR switch/router use cases. It comes with 18 x 100G QSFP28, 4 x SFP28 which can support 1G/10G and 25G, and finally, we have 4 x 400G QSFP-DD and two of them can support ZR+. From the software side, we have IP Infusion OcNOS, Casa software, or RtBrick Full Stack OS.


Figure 4. CSR440 – 800G Cell Site Router (AS7535-28XB)

The CSR440 is an open disaggregated cell site gateway platform designed for 5G mobile xHaul networks. This temperature-hardened platform supports a wide range of interfaces, including 1/10/25Gbps, 50/100Gbps, and 100/400Gbps – and going into the details, we have 24 x 1G/10G/25G SFP28, 2 x 100G QSFP28, and 2 x 400G QSFP-DD – yes, with ZR+ support! From the software, IP Infusion OcNOS, RtBrick Full Stack OS, and some new to come soon.

Edgecore’s portfolio of 400G ZR+ supported hardware provides robust and flexible solutions for various network requirements, catering to the needs of data centers, telecom operators, and service providers. These cutting-edge switches and routers ensure high performance, reliability, and scalability, allowing customers to build cost-effective and efficient networks. It’s time to forget about legacy transponders!

Smartoptics Solutions: The Ideal Complement to OpenZR+ Technology

Smartoptics, a leading provider of optical solutions, offers an ideal solution for data center interconnect (DCI) applications, particularly in situations where switches or routers support ZR+. The DCP-M40-C-ZR+ is a 40 channel DWDM open line system optimized for use with OpenZR+ pluggable coherent optics. This unique solution provides a cost-effective and simplified approach to implementing DWDM networks, enabling customers to take full advantage of the benefits offered by OpenZR+ technology.


Figure 5. The DCP-M40-C-ZR+ flexible open line system optimized for 400ZR+

The DCP-M40-C-ZR+ system is designed to support up to 40 wavelengths, each carrying up to 400G traffic, resulting in a total system capacity of up to 16Tbps. The system is compatible with Edgecore’s portfolio of switches and routers supporting OpenZR+ technology, allowing for seamless integration and efficient deployment. With its passive design, the DCP-M40-C-ZR+ offers a low power consumption solution, contributing to reduced operational expenses.

By pairing Smartoptics’ DCP-M40-C-ZR+ with Edgecore’s OpenZR+ enabled switches and routers, customers can achieve efficient, high-capacity, and long-reach optical transport solutions for their data center and telecommunications networks. Together, these technologies provide a powerful and flexible foundation for the ever-evolving demands of high-speed, long-haul data transport.


Figure 6. DCP-M for Point-to-point Links

The rapid growth of bandwidth demands has propelled the evolution of DWDM technology, with OpenZR+ emerging as the latest innovation in the field. Combining the best features of existing implementations, OpenZR+ enables extended reach, multiple data rates, and improved power efficiency, making it a powerful solution for today’s high-speed, long-haul data transport needs.

Edgecore Networks and Smartoptics are at the forefront of providing cutting-edge solutions that support OpenZR+ technology. Their comprehensive portfolio of switches, routers, and DWDM systems enables service providers to build efficient, converged IP/optical networks that cater to the ever-increasing demands for bandwidth and performance.

As the world continues to rely on data-intensive applications, OpenZR+ and the associated hardware solutions from Edgecore Networks and Smartoptics will play an increasingly critical role in shaping the future of DWDM optical networks. These technologies promise to revolutionize the way service providers design, deploy, and maintain their infrastructure, providing the necessary foundation for meeting the needs of an increasingly connected and data-driven world.