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Brocade ICX Series (cheap & powerful 10gbE/40gbE switching)

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fohdeesha

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mini-usb to rj45 IS the cable I linked. that turns the 6650's weird mini-usb serial port into a standard DB9 serial plug, which you can then plug into any USB to serial adapters you probably already have, like one of these https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Serial-Adapter-Chipset-CB-FTDI/dp/B006AA04K0

if you already have a serial cable with a regular serial connector on it, or an actual DB9 serial connector on a desktop, you don't need one of those, just the one I linked earlier
 
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vangoose

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Have a question about stacking?

Would multi-unit stacking act as a single switch?

Can I create LACP LAG across 2*7250 stacking unit to uplink 6650? One 10Gb link to each 7250 from 6650, and have the 2 10gb link as LACP LAG?

Thanks
 

fohdeesha

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Have a question about stacking?

Would multi-unit stacking act as a single switch?

Can I create LACP LAG across 2*7250 stacking unit to uplink 6650? One 10Gb link to each 7250 from 6650, and have the 2 10gb link as LACP LAG?

Thanks
exactly, that's one of the more common uses for stacking
 

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I'll be joining the Brocade gang shortly, does anyone have a pair of '7450 2 post rack mounts they dont need anymore? Part number, ICX7000-RMK?
 

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I am 98% certain that the ICX7750-RMK works with the 7450, which can be found on eBay. Same with all the others that are standard 1U rack-mount switches in the ICX7k line.
 
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D_Net

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Received my 6610. Appears in fine shape – just a few scuffs on the top plate and a slightly bent ear. Otherwise it came with 2x Rev B PSUs, and 2 x fans.

Managed to get the console connection going and play with the CLI commands. My first serial /usb console cable did not work (even though it gets properly recognized in windows). I had to get a second cable which fohdeesha referenced in several earlier postings – it works.

Switch came with ver 7.x firmware. I upgraded following fohdeesha's superb instructions. My only stumble was hitting "b" key quickly enough to register. I did not realize the time window is super short, just about 1 sec. But, otherwise it was a breeze.

So far I love it – almost. It is built very solidly, the inside layout is well organized, and super clean -- no dust. The only down side is the fan noise. After finishing boot it does spin down the fans somewhat, but it is still too loud for my environment.

When I remove the secondary PSU and both fans, the remaining PSU fan noise is tolerable, but only for a short time, and then the fan accelerates to a higher speed and the noise become annoying (this is with no ports in use). Obviously the one fan is insufficient to keep the temp in check.

I will try to get some quiet fans or blowers to retrofit into the cavity where the second PSU goes. Hopefully this will add some airflow to prevent the temp rising to trigger the higher fan speed, yet not generate too much additional noise.

Can anyone suggest a convenient location to tap for 12V?
 

sth

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Does this look like its something fixable by firmware upgrade or something more fundamental / hardware based?

Code:
Apr  1 05:50:30:I:Stack unit 1 Power supply 2 is up
Apr  1 05:50:28:M:AQUANTIA PHYSICAL LAYER- Error Code violation on this - unit for port 1/1/30
Apr  1 05:50:28:M:AQUANTIA PHYSICAL LAYER- Error Code violation on this - unit for port 1/1/29
Apr  1 05:50:28:M:AQUANTIA PHYSICAL LAYER- Error Code violation on this - unit for port 1/1/31
Apr  1 05:50:28:M:AQUANTIA PHYSICAL LAYER- Error Code violation on this - unit for port 1/1/26
Apr  1 05:50:28:M:AQUANTIA PHYSICAL LAYER- Error Code violation on this - unit for port 1/1/25
Apr  1 05:50:28:M:AQUANTIA PHYSICAL LAYER- Error Code violation on this - unit for port 1/1/28
Apr  1 05:50:28:M:AQUANTIA PHYSICAL LAYER- Error Code violation on this - unit for port 1/1/27
Apr  1 05:50:28:I:System: Warm start
Apr  1 05:50:28:I:DHCPC: protocol disabled by user
EDIT: tried updating boot, firmware and poe firmware but getting this crash when updating poe firmware.

Code:
ICX7450-32ZP Router#Flash Memory Write (8192 bytes per dot) ...
stack: 0147f0f0 0145a420 b6bae7c1 00f772ac 00f606c0 001f3df4 004fcc54 00782ae0 01665d20 01666e94 016781e0 011e7d84 0067fa30 011e5ab[  281.210023] [BrcdSoftlockup]: sim_softwatchdog thread is detached on core=0
c 0145260c b6d22195
Disabled core-1
               Application received signal -> SIGNUM#11
Tuning CFS scheduler parameters...
Copying fitrace errorlog file to flash
CORE_PATTERN:PID=1042 UID=0 GID=0 sig=11
Thu Apr 1 08:20:45 UTC 2004: Dumping core file to /tmp.gz, this will take couple of minutes ...
 
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sth

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thought as much, too good to be true. Worth a try anyway. Thanks for confirming.
 

infoMatt

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Just for fun, I've bought a power meter (DDS238-1), and I've hooked it up to my ICX6450-24P...
It draws considerably more than the "24W" stated in the datasheet, averaging around 36W with a couple of port active, and PoE enabled (but not used) on all ports, with a not-so-good PF of 0.61... wondering if my power supply has some defective caps, or if it is normal...

Italy, so 230V 50Hz.
 

juey

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Just for fun, I've bought a power meter (DDS238-1), and I've hooked it up to my ICX6450-24P...
It draws considerably more than the "24W" stated in the datasheet, averaging around 36W with a couple of port active, and PoE enabled (but not used) on all ports, with a not-so-good PF of 0.61... wondering if my power supply has some defective caps, or if it is normal...

Italy, so 230V 50Hz.
Mine has its 23-25W Idle, also 230V AC.
 

infoMatt

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Mine has its 23-25W Idle, also 230V AC.
Strange... mine pulls 20-ish watt only during POST/bootloader... as soon as the ports are activated it jumps straight to 35-36W, according to my meter... I'll repeat the test as soon as possible adding a constant load to the meter, just to see if it's an error due to the low current passing through...

And as far as I can tell, there's no appreciable difference on power usage disabling the PoE on all ports and even disabling all the copper ports! Say a watt, inside the margin of error of the meter itself.