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.

The networking landscape has been rapidly evolving, thanks to the growing demand for open networking and disaggregation. As network operators and data center managers seek to modernize their infrastructures, they are increasingly turning to solutions that provide flexibility, scalability, and ease of management. One such offering is the Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Broadcom, a robust and commercially supported version of the open-source SONiC network operating system (NOS). In this blog post, we’ll explore the various packages available within the Enterprise SONiC Distribution, with a special focus on the Campus Package and Power over Ethernet (PoE) use cases.

Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Broadcom: Packages Overview

Broadcom’s Enterprise SONiC Distribution offers a comprehensive suite of packages to cater to various networking environments and use cases. These include:

  1. Cloud Base Package: Designed for data center fabric underlay use cases, it includes essential features like eBGP, ZTP, programmatic API, QoS, ACL, and security features such as TACACS+. It also offers base telemetry features like Thresholds and Snapshots (BST).
  2. Cloud Advanced Package: Building on the Cloud Base Package, it adds Inband Flow Analyzer (IFA, version 2.0), Tail Stamping, Drop Monitor, and Linux PTP (KNETSync).
  3. Enterprise Base Package: Tailored for data center fabric underlay and overlay use cases, it offers features such as eBGP, ZTP, programmatic API, QoS, ACL, BGP EVPN, VXLAN, and more. It also includes base telemetry features like Thresholds and Snapshots (BST).
  4. Enterprise Advanced Package: Expanding on the Enterprise Base Package, it incorporates Inband Flow Analyzer (IFA, version 2.0), Tail Stamping, Drop Monitor, Linux PTP (KNETSync), and the Broadcom Debug Tool.
  5. Campus Package: Specifically designed for campus-specific platforms, it extends the L2/L3 features to support PoE, PoE+, and PoE-bt, port access control, LLDP-MED, port security, digital optical monitoring, time domain reflectometry, EVPN VXLAN, and more.

Exploring the Campus Package

The Campus Package is designed to cater to the unique needs of campus environments, providing a versatile solution for connecting edge devices and data centers. It is particularly useful in situations where campus devices such as POS systems, thin clients, and security cameras need to be connected to an existing data center infrastructure.

One of the key advantages (and a simply must) of the Campus Package is the support for Power over Ethernet (PoE), a technology that simplifies network deployments by delivering both power and data over a single Ethernet cable. By incorporating PoE, PoE+, and PoE-BT, the Campus Package enables seamless integration of various devices while reducing the need for additional power infrastructure.

To further demonstrate the capabilities of open networking hardware compatible with the Broadcom SONiC, let’s take a closer look at Edgecore’s offerings. Edgecore is one of the vendors who offer open networking hardware with support for different PoE standards, making them a great choice for campus networks.

Edgecore Hardware with PoE Support:


1. AS4630-54PE: This platform comes with 48x1G, 4x25G, and 2x100G ports, with PoE, PoE+, and PoE-BT support. It has been fully supported since the 3.5.0 release.


2. AS4630-54TE (MGMT): Although this model doesn’t feature PoE support, it’s worth mentioning as it offers a variety of ports including 48x1G, 4x25G, and 2x100G. It has been fully supported since the 4.0.0 release.


3. AS4630-54NPE: This platform is equipped with 36x10G, 12x10G, and 4x25G ports, with support for PoE, PoE+, and PoE-BT. Full support is available in the 4.1.1 release, which is expected to arrive in July 2023.


By adopting Edgecore’s open networking hardware, network operators can leverage the benefits of the Campus Package to create a seamless, efficient network infrastructure, meeting the specific needs of campus environments.

I’m sure that you are familiar with PoE, but let’s make a short review and summary of its use cases. PoE has become increasingly important for modern networks, particularly in campus environments where devices need to be deployed in hard-to-reach locations. Some noteworthy use cases include:

  1. Wireless Access Points: PoE simplifies the deployment of wireless access points by eliminating the need for separate power sources, making it easier to place them in strategic locations for optimal coverage.
  2. IP Cameras: Security cameras often need to be installed in remote or hard-to-reach areas, making PoE an ideal solution for powering these devices while ensuring a stable data connection.
  3. IP Telephony: As businesses transition to IP telephony, PoE enables the deployment of power-hungry IP phones without the need for separate power connections, simplifying the installation process and IoT Devices: The Internet of Things (IoT) is driving the proliferation of connected devices across campuses, including sensors, actuators, and controllers. PoE provides a reliable and cost-effective way to power these devices while ensuring seamless data connectivity.
  4. Lighting Systems: PoE-enabled LED lighting systems can be easily integrated into the network infrastructure, enabling centralized control and monitoring, as well as energy-saving features such as occupancy sensing and daylight harvesting.
  5. Digital Signage: PoE can be used to power digital signage displays, ensuring a reliable connection for content delivery while reducing the need for additional power outlets.

Are you using PoE? How do you see the needed budget for implementation? Total budget is definitely important but it’s also essential to consider the various types of PoE:

IEEE has released several PoE standards, including IEEE802.3af (standard PoE), IEEE802.3at (PoE+), and IEEE802.3bt (PoE++), which regulate power delivery to PDs. Understanding these standards is crucial for network administrators to ensure compatibility and efficient power management.

  1. IEEE 802.3af (Standard PoE): With a supply voltage of 44-57V and a supply current of 10-350mA, this standard provides a maximum power output of 15.4W per port. The minimum guaranteed power available at the PD is 12.95 watts per port, suitable for VoIP phones, sensors, and more.
  2. IEEE 802.3at (PoE+): This updated standard is backward-compatible with standard PoE and provides up to 30W of power per port. The minimum output power assured is 25W, supporting devices requiring more power, such as LCD displays, biometric sensors, and tablets.
  3. IEEE 802.3bt (PoE++): The latest PoE standard defines Type 3 (PoE++) and Type 4 (higher-power PoE) powering/wattage standards. Both types increase the maximum PoE power by delivering more power through two or more pairs of Ethernet cables. These modes are backward compatible with 802.3af and 802.3at and support devices with higher power requirements like video conferencing systems, laptops, and TVs.

Configuration Examples

Now that we have covered the basics, let’s dive into some configuration examples to give you an idea of how to configure PoE on a Broadcom SONiC switch. I need to tell you that there is not too much but mostly all what we need, but could be better 😉

! Configure PoE on an interface

interface Ethernet1/1

! Enable PoE

no poe disable

! Set the PoE detection mode to dot3bt followed by Legacy detection

poe detection dot3bt+legacy

! Set the port priority level to high

poe priority high

! Configure PoE on another interface

interface Ethernet1/2

! Enable PoE

no poe disable

! Set the PoE detection mode to dot3bt only

poe detection dot3bt

! Set the port priority level to low

poe priority low

! Reset PSE operation on all ports, if needed

clear poe counters

! Configure power management type for the system

poe power management dynamic

! View the current PoE configuration and system-wide status information

show poe

! View the POE port configuration information for individual ports or all ports

show poe port configuration all

This sample configuration demonstrates how to enable and configure PoE on different interfaces, set the detection mode, port priority level, and power management type for the system. It also shows how to reset PSE operation and view the PoE configuration and status information.

What, in your opinion, is missing in the current PoE configuration? …Personally, I would love to see a simple feature that could set up a schedule with synced calendars to disable PoE on specific ports, such as those connected to VoIP phones. This would help save energy during the night or over the weekend when no one is in the office.

The Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Broadcom provides a flexible and scalable solution for open networking, catering to a wide range of use cases with its various packages. The Campus Package, in particular, offers a comprehensive feature set tailored to the specific needs of campus environments, with its support for different types of Power over Ethernet being a key advantage.

By adopting the Campus Package and using open networking hardware such as Edgecore’s offerings, networking specialists can leverage the benefits of open networking and disaggregation, enabling seamless integration of various devices and creating a more streamlined, efficient network infrastructure. The future of networking is open, and Broadcom’s Enterprise SONiC Distribution is at the forefront of this transformation.

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At STORDIS, our mission is to help businesses build efficient, scalable, and reliable network infrastructures. In the realm of open networking, several options are available, including Bare Metal, White Box, and Brite Box switches. While all of these options are “open,” they each have unique characteristics. In this blog post, I will objectively explain the key differences between these three types of switches and share my personal preference at the end.

Disaggregation in Networking

Disaggregation refers to the separation of hardware and software components, allowing businesses to choose the best combination for their unique needs. This approach optimizes network infrastructure for performance, cost, and flexibility. At STORDIS, we help businesses aggregate these disaggregated components, creating tailored solutions that perfectly fit their requirements.

Bare Metal Switches

Bare Metal switches are open switches without any network operating system (NOS) included. Businesses purchase the hardware and then choose the NOS that best supports their applications or operational environment. Some of the major Bare Metal manufacturers include Accton, Foxconn, Quanta QCT, Alpha Networks, Delta Computer, and Celestica. These companies produce high-quality hardware that can be customized to your heart’s content.

White Box Switches

White Box switches are open switches that come with an NOS installed. They are not fully integrated like “black box” switches, meaning the hardware and NOS can be managed independently. Essentially, businesses are purchasing a bundled solution consisting of a Bare Metal switch and an NOS. Examples of such solutions include IP Infusion‘s IPI Pro (Edgecore hardware and IPI OcNOS software) and IPI Fast (UFI Space hardware and IPI OcNOS software) or Pluribus’ Freedom offer (Pluribus Network today under Arista).

Brite Box Switches

Brite Box switches, or BRanded whITE box switches, are open switches with a pre-installed NOS and a brand name, such as for example Dell (who in fact has a really strong portfolio for Data Center, Enterprise and Campus market). These switches are typically made by Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) that also produce Bare Metal switches. A Brite Box switch may be the same as the ODM’s Bare Metal switch but features a branded front bezel.


Choosing the Right Switch

Understanding the differences between Bare Metal, White Box, and Brite Box switches will help businesses make informed decisions when selecting the best option for their network infrastructure. Factors such as budget, performance requirements, and preferred level of customization will influence the choice.

My Personal Preference and Background

Before joining STORDIS, I had the opportunity to work at Edgecore Networks (part of Accton Technology), an open networking leader. Based on my experience, I developed a personal preference for Bare Metal switches. They offer simplicity and flexibility, enabling businesses to create tailored solutions that cater to their unique networking needs. By separating hardware and software components, businesses have the freedom to choose the best possible combination, optimizing for cost and performance.

At STORDIS, we are dedicated to helping businesses navigate the world of open networking and find the ideal solution to meet their needs. As an Open Networking (humble…) Expert, I take pride in assisting organizations in aggregating the disaggregated, building robust and efficient network infrastructures. If you’re considering an open networking solution, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experts.

I hope you found this blog post informative and helpful. If you did, please feel free to like, share, and follow our social media channels for more content like this. I will continue to share insights and knowledge about the open networking industry in future blog posts. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to discuss your networking needs, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. Together, we can find the best open networking solution for your business.

Additionally, I am excited to offer a free course called “Unboxing Open Networking” under the route2open academia. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to Open Networking, covering its history, key organizations, etc. etc. By the end of the course, you will understand what disaggregation is, the benefits of Open Networking, and how it compares to traditional networking approaches.

I invite all interested tech enthusiasts to join our course and delve deeper into the world of Open Networking. To enroll in the course, simply visit the following link: R2O-UON – Unboxing Open Networking. Together, we can find the best open networking solution for your business and shape the future of this revolutionary technology.

Stuttgart, Germany – February 13th, 2023  – STORDIS – The Open Networking Expert – is pleased to announce that they have signed a Support Service Agreement with Edgecore on Enterprise SONiC Distribution By Edgecore.

Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Edgecore is a hardened, open distribution of SONiC which runs on Edgecore Open Networking switches. The SONiC Community is led by Microsoſt and many key players, including Edgecore, to deliver a robust and proven software infrastructure to enable customers to build highly portable, scalable data center networks.

At STORDIS, we have extensive knowledge and experience with delivering Enterprise SONiC solutions. Our team is well versed in SONiC and can provide expert advice and guidance when it comes to the deployment and management of SONiC-based networks. Our support engineers offer the following services:

  • Level 1 – Basic help desk resolution and service desk delivery

Support for basic customer issues such as solving usage problems and fulfilling service desk requests that need IT involvement.

  • Level 2 – In-depth SONiC technical support

Experienced and knowledgeable engineers assess issues and provide solutions.

  • Level 3 – Expert product and services support

For those really serious technical issues that cannot be resolved via Level 1 & 2 support, our STORDIS engineers have access to the most highly skilled product specialists – these may include the creators, chief architects or engineers that created the product – to duplicate problems, define root causes and issue fixes.

STORDIS is excited to be working with Edgecore to offer Enterprise SONiC Distribution By Edgecore to our customers. This collaboration will help us provide the best experience possible for our customers and ensure that they can get the most out of their network… said Waldemar Scheck, CEO of STORDISWe are thrilled to be working with Edgecore to create the Route2open Academy and provide the official on-line course for Enterprise SONiC. This will help customers gain the knowledge and skills they need to take full advantage of SONiC.

Waldemar Scheck, CEO, STORDIS

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Secure your tickets now for the 2023 OCP Regional Summit and be part of an incredible event filled with networking, collaboration, and learning opportunities! Held from 1920 April at the stunning Prague Congress Centre, the summit will bring together EMEA technical and business leaders from the OCP Community to discuss important topics such as data center sustainability and hyperscale DC operator innovations. This is your chance to dig deep into the world of open technologies and approaches, led by industry experts and facilitated by panel discussions, workshops, and presentations.

Plus, dont forget to visit STORDIS booth A1 at the summit were giving away a GIFT voucher with promo code for Enterprise SONiC training. 

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In a few short years, SONiC has become one of the major players in the fields of data centers and hyper-scalers and is now poised to become just as dominant in the telcos, enterprises and SMBs domain. Join STORDIS as they introduce the benefits of using SONiC as your NOS of choice in the enterprise environment. STORDIS will highlight the differences between SONiC vs Enterprise SONiC, will guide you through the initial steps of installation, manual & automatic configuration options, and how you can monitor your network using the opensource solution MONSOON. They have guests from Deutsche Telekom, who have already made the jump to using SONiC, to talk about their experience. Technical experts from Broadcom and Weaveworks will be on hand to discuss a specific end-to-end observability solution for drop monitoring, explain how the community can take advantage of open-source collector software and how GitOps principles can be applied to networking enabling self-service and on-demand change for platform users without sacrificing efficiency or security. They look forward to seeing you there! 

Our Agenda:

  • STORDIS will show you how to boost your Network with “How to go superSONiC with Your Network Infrastructure!”
  • Deutsche Telekom will show how they moved their datacentres to SONiC with “Implementing SONiC Architecture within Multi VRF Datacenters”
  • STORDIS will show how to use MONSOON for “Monitoring and Telemetry”
  • Broadcom will demonstrate how Root Cause Analysis and de-bugging can be done with “Leveraging Silicon Enabled Observability with Open Source Collector to improve your MTTI”
  • STORDIS will guide you through the initial setup stages with “Not again, something new? Getting started with Open networking and SONiC”
  • Weaveworks will then discuss larger Networks with “Gitops for Networking – Orchestration at Scale”

This is your chance to explore:

Don’t miss out on this chance to build relationships and make a real impact in the world of open networking!

Stop by STORDIS’ booth A1 at the OCP’s Regional Summit and claim your GIFT Voucher with promo code for Enterprise SONiC training!

OCP Regional Summit 2023

Open Compute Project Foundation helps organizations unlock their potential by leveraging the benefits of open technologies and approaches. OCP’s Regional Summit is a great opportunity to learn from industry experts and network with other professionals in the field while learning from the speakers, presentations, panel discussions, and workshops at the event. You won’t want to miss this chance to impact the future of data center design, operations, and deployment. Get ready for two days of networking and collaboration with like-minded professionals from across the globe. Be part of this great event by registering for your ticket today!

Looking forward to meeting you there!

In recent years, the networking industry has seen a major shift towards open networking and the use of disaggregated hardware and software. This new approach to networking offers a range of benefits compared to traditional, closed networking solutions. However, like any new technology, open networking also has its pros and cons, and it’s important to understand these before making a decision about whether or not to switch to this new approach. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits, pros, and cons of open networking, and what it means for network professionals and organizations.

What is Open Networking?

Open Networking is a new approach to networking that separates the hardware and software components of networking devices. Unlike traditional networking solutions, which are often tied to a specific vendor and operating system, open networking allows organizations to choose the hardware and software that best fits their needs. This separation of hardware and software is called “disaggregation”.

Benefits of Open Networking

The benefits of open networking are many, and can greatly improve the operation, management, and monitoring of a network. Some of the key benefits include:

  • Flexibility: One of the biggest benefits of open networking is the flexibility it provides. Organizations can choose the hardware and software that best fits their needs, without being tied to a specific vendor or operating system. This allows for more innovation and rapid pace of software development, as well as the ability to choose the best hardware for specific requirements.
  • Scalability: Open networking provides the ability to scale from small to hyperscale networks, as the network grows with the organization. This scalability is achieved through the use of standard, un-coded internal components and the ability to choose the right hardware and software for specific requirements.
  • Simplified Architecture: Open networking enables organizations to build flexible and agile network topologies, by using a simplified architecture – most of the time so called CLOS based on Spine and Leaf switches.
  • Greater Agility: Open networking provides greater agility, as organizations can create specific flows to control their environment.
  • Reusability: Open networking also provides the ability to reusethe hardware platform for other purposes. And this is really great – so for example if your bare-metal switch is powerful enough you can change the OS and use it as the load-balancer, aggregator or packet broker.
  • Greener: Open networking is also a greener solution, as it provides improved energy efficiency through the use of automated configurations, rollouts, and operations. Additionally, open networking is based on the latest and greatest chipsets and CPUs, which are always reducing power consumption and increasing performance with each new generation.
  • Automation: Open networking provides automation, freeing up time for network professionals. This is achieved through the use of standard components and the ability to choose the best hardware and software for specific requirements.
  • Lower Cost: Finally, open networking can provide up to 50% CapEx savings, compared to traditional networking solutions. This is accomplished through the utilization of hardware sourced directly from the original manufacturers and software that could be either open source or commercially produced, tailored specifically to your requirements – you will only be paying for what you need.

Pros of Open Networking

  • Freedom from Vendor Lock-in: One of the biggest pros of open networking is the freedom it provides from vendor lock-in. Organizations can choose the hardware and software that best fits their needs, without being tied to a specific vendor or operating system.
  • Control: Open networking provides organizations with the ability of control over their network, giving them the ability to decide how their network operates and what is important for their business. This control is achieved through the use of standard components and the ability to choose the best hardware and software for specific requirements.
  • Innovation: Open networking allows for rapid innovation and development of new features and functions which accelerates operations and new revenue streams.

Cons of Open Networking

  • Lack of Integration: One of the biggest cons of open networking is the lack of integration between hardware and software components. Organizations must ensure that their hardware and software components are compatible with each other, and they may need to spend time and resources to ensure that this compatibility is achieved.
  • Complexity: Open networking can also be complex, and organizations must be prepared to invest time and resources in order to understand and implement this new approach to networking. This complexity is due to the need to choose and integrate hardware and software components, as well as the need to manage and monitor the network.
  • Support: Another con of open networking is the lack of support for some components, particularly open-source components. Organizations may need to rely on community support for these components, and they must be prepared to invest time and resources in order to ensure that their network is properly supported.

To address the cons of open networking, organizations can take the following steps:

  • Ensure Hardware and Software Compatibility: Organizations must conduct thorough research and select hardware and software components that are compatible with each other. They can also seek the help of vendor partners or industry experts to ensure compatibility between their hardware and software.
  • Invest in Network Professionals’ Training: To deal with the intricacies of open networking, organizations should invest in training and education for their network professionals. This may include attending training courses, workshops, and conferences, as well as accessing industry publications and online resources.
  • Consider Commercial Solutions for Support: To mitigate the lack of support for some open-source components, organizations can explore commercial solutions that offer continuous support and testing. These commercial solutions can provide assurance and guarantee that the network is appropriately supported.
  • Cultivate a Strong Community: To overcome the lack of support for some open-source components, organizations can establish a strong community of users and contributors. This community can provide necessary support and resources, and can assist organizations in maximizing their open networking solution.
  • Collaborate with Vendor Partners: To address the complexity of open networking, organizations can work with vendor partners who can deliver support, consultation, and implementation services. These vendors can help organizations in deploying and managing their open networking solution, and can ensure that the network is properly supported.

How Traditional Networking compares to Open Networking?

Traditional Networking vs Open Networking

One of the biggest differences between traditional and open networking is the level of freedom and choice organizations have:

  • Network Control – Full control at the network vendor versus full control in the hands of the organization
  • Knowledge to Operate the Network – Special vendor certification required versus only basic Linux knowledge required
  • Cost Transparency – Hidden costs on additional software, training, mandatory certification, etc. versus full transparency upfront, with free and open-source community tools also available
  • User Interface – Manageable via custom, vendor-specific CLI versus easily manageable via CLI or shell – learn once, use everywhere
  • Migration & Upgrade – Future migration or upgrades limited, due to proprietary protocols – locked to the vendor versus easy and fast migration to anywhere, thanks to open protocols
  • Hardware Reusability – Limited reusability versus the possibility to flexibly repurpose old hardware and make it into a switch, router, SDN solution, load balancer, aggregator, or packet broker
  • Time Consumption – Time-consuming and tedious workflows and tasks versus automated operation workflows that free up time and resources
  • Energy – Energy-hungry solutions versus greener and smarter solutions through network stack offloads and automation (e.g., does the whole network need to run all the time, even on the weekend?)

Open Networking offers organizations a greater flexibility, scalability, and control over their network. With open networking, organizations can choose the best hardware and software for their specific needs and take advantage of the many benefits it provides, including greener solutions, cost-effectiveness, and automation.

However, transitioning to open networking can be complex and requires careful planning and preparation. To ensure a successful transition, organizations should assess their networking needs, research hardware and software components, choose a vendor partner, invest in network professionals’ training, and implement automation.

I recommend that organizations take advantage of the many benefits of open networking and consider switching from traditional networking solutions. The first step in the transition process is to assess your organization’s networking needs and research the available hardware and software components. From there, you can choose a partner who can provide support, consultation, and implementation services, invest in network professionals’ training, and implement automation to streamline your network operations.

Don’t wait any longer to take advantage of the benefits of open networking. Start your transition today and see the positive impact it can have on your organization. Contact me directly to get started.

On November 30th, 2022 we held a very informative webinar together with our partners from Aprecomm!

During this webinar, we were discussing how to improve WiFi Network Reliability and reduce OpEx Costs for SMBs and Enterprises!

Aprecomm is an industry game-changer with an AI-enabled Software Stack to understand Customer Wi-Fi Experience. Aprecomm offers cloud-based automated solutions to help enterprises, ISPs, and TSPs improve their business standards through higher reliability, reduced opex, and speedy ROI.

The live webinar was quite a success – it provided an opportunity for people to ask questions and get answers in real-time.

We once again would like to thank everyone that registered and attended for the great time and experience.

However, if you were not able to attend the live webinar or have missed registering for it – do not worry: We have recorded the full webinar and uploaded it to our YouTube channel. You can check out the recorded webinar on YouTube or watch it directly below:

If you have any questions or want to learn more about Aprecomm, go ahead and check this page or get in touch with us.

Additional information as well as all the presentation documents can be found on the Live Webinar information page – feel free to check it out and share the documents with anyone that might be interested in it.

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Today, the STORDIS Group has another reason to celebrate: STORDIS GmbH has reached its 15th anniversary!

It was 2007 when STORDIS was founded as a Value-Added Distributor for storage products. Only 7 years later, in 2014, a Team of IT enthusiasts started the successful journey into Open Disaggregated Networking. STORDIS officially became key partners with Edgecore Networks Corporation, Pica8, Inc. and Cumulus Networks.

The next step was taken in 2017 when we started to promote Open Networking in the UK; but that story you already know about because we recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of STORDIS Ltd.

Since then, a lot has happened: we are fully engaged in the Open Networking market and are a key Partner of the Open Networking Community, promoting the evolution of Disaggregated Networking and actively engaging in projects such es SONiC, DENT and MONSOON. STORDIS encourages and supports continuous learning by offering the in-depth Unboxing Open Networking and SONiC pieces of training through the route2open Academy.

We formed the STORDIS Group by bringing together the experience, talent and know-how from all three parts of our business: STORDIS GmbH, STORDIS Ltd and Route2Open. In the last 3 years we have grown organically into a very diverse and integrated team operating in 3 countries with one vision: to become the world’s leading open networking solutions provider, partnering with customers to drive R&D and contributing to open source communities.

It is amazing to see how much we have created together and how much we have given to each other. Projects, services, courses, products, and most of all relationships. Relationships between our colleagues, our suppliers and our customers. We believe that we are The Open Networking Expert delivering customer-centric solutions.

For our partners, we are constantly evolving, and it shows! We live our Values: to be a trusted team, passionate to deliver innovation. And we believe in improvement: To be better together!

Maybe the recipe for our success is our close-knit team, our approach to every-day working: together and with passion.

So, here we are: Happy 15th Anniversary, STORDIS!


If you’re wondering how to set up GNS3 Topology Running Enterprise SONiC Switches, then you need to watch this video!

Kamal Krishna Bhatt, our Software Product Manager at #STORDIS will show you all the steps to get started and also how to troubleshoot some of the more difficult setups.

Video explains:

  • how to utilize the popular network and device simulator tool “GNS3” to simulate Enterprise SONiC switches
  • creation of GNS3 compatible appliance file from a SONiC image and import it into GNS3
  • how to create a simple spine-leaf topology with Enterprise SONiC switches in GNS3
  • how to connect all devices to your local network
  • last but not least its integration with MONSOON

You’ll have enterprise-level network setup in no time!

Video Tutorial can be found here.

If you are not familiar with MONSOON we will highly recommend watching this video.

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