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Comparison of Huawei ME60-X3 and ME60-X8 Router

Abstract

ME60-X3 and ME60-X8 are the Huawei ME60 Series BRAS router with the industry’s largest capacity routing line cards (480G) plus a large-capacity NAT service line card(160G), enabling smooth evolution from IPv4 to IPv6.

Misleadingly, we always consider ME60-X3 has three slots and ME60-X8 has 8 slots. It seems that their difference only lies in slots number, however that is far from true. Even for slots number, what we describe is not fully correct since ME60-X3 has 5 slots and ME60-X8 has 11 slots.

In this article, we will make a comparison between ME60-X3 and ME60-X8 in terms of slots layout, forwardering performance, switching capacity and etc., in the mean time, giving basic knowlege of ME60 series router.

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ME60 Series Router Description

The ME60 series is a range of multiple-service control gateways—a type of Broadband Remote Access Server (BRAS)—developed by Huawei to serve as a platform for unified user access and management, and most suitable for industries such as broadcasting, television, and education. Based on a 2T platform, the series boasts the industry’s largest-capacity routing line card (480G) plus a large-capacity NAT service line card (160G), enabling smooth evolution from IPv4 to IPv6.

  • Large Capacity

Developed based on a 2T platform, with the industry’s largest capacity routing line cards (480G) plus large capacity Network Address Translation (NAT) service line cards (160G).

  • High ReliaIntegratedlity

Stable operation of services is guaranteed with device-, network-, and service-level reliaIntegratedlity and innovative multiple-device hot backups.

  • Full-Service Access

Unified platform for user access and management with full support for various access services, including IPoX, PPPoX, 802.1x, and web authentication.

  • Appearance

ME60-X3 Layout

ME60-X3 has AC and DC power with different slot layout, both in total 5 slots, including 3 LPUs and 2 MPUs.

ME60-X8 Layout

ME60-X8 only has DC power with 11 slots, including 8 LPUs, 2 SRUs, and 1 SFU.

Data Comparison

Product name ME60-X3 ME60-X8
Processing unit MPUD D2: 1.2 GHz (single-core)
MPUD D3: 1.2 GHz (single-core)
SRU A5: 1.5 GHz (dual-core)
SRU B5: 2.0 GHz (quad-core)
SRU A7: 1.5 GHz (dual-core)
Flash MPUD D2: 16 MB
MPUD D3: 16 MB
SRU A5: 16 MB x 2
SRU B5: 16 MB
SRU A7: 16 MB x 2
SDRAM MPUD D2: 2 GB
MPUD D3: 4 GB
SRU A5: 2 GB x 2
SRU B5: 8 GB x 2
SRU A7: 2 GB x 2
Storage MPUD D2: 2 GB
MPUD D3: 2 GB
SRU A5: 2 GB x 2
SRU B5: 8 GB
SRU A7: 2 GB x 2
Forwarding performance 225 Mpps (BSUF-51)
360 Mpps (BSUF-100)
2880 Mpps (BSUF-240)
Switching capacity 1.08 Tbps 7.08 Tbps (BSUF-240)
Control Plane MPUD D2
MPUD D3
Switch&Route A5
Switch&Route A7
Switch&Route B5
Switching Network None 200Gbps Switch Fabric Unit C(SFUI-200-C)

100Gbps Switch Fabric Unit D(SFUI-100-D)

Dimensions (H x W x D) 175 x 442 x 650 mm (DC 4 U)
220 x 442 x 650 mm (AC 5 U)
620 x 442 x 650 mm (14 U)
Weight (full config.) DC: 42 kg (100G)
AC: 52 kg (100G)
136 kg
Max. Power Cons 920 W (BSUF-100) 2340 W (BSUF-100)
3220 W (BSUF-240)
Interface Types 100 GE-WAN/LAN
10 GE-WAN/LAN
GE/FE
BRAS User access protocols: PPPoE, IPoE, 802.1X, and ND access
User authentication protocols: PAP, CHAP, MSCHAP, RADIUS, and HWTACACS
User Integratedlling protocols: RADIUS, HWTACACS, and COPS
User authorization protocols: RADIUS, HWTACACS, COPS, and COA
Note: MPUD=Main Processing Unit; Switch&Route=Switch and Route Processing Unit

 

Card Compatibility

1 BSUF-51/

MSUF-51

(2 sub-slots)

24-Port 100/1000Base-X-SFP FC(BP51)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC(BP51, 2 sub-slot)
2-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC(BP51)
24-Port 1000Base-X-SFP FC E(BP51-E)24-Port 1000Base-X-SFP FC E(BP52-E)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC E(BP51-E, 2 sub-slot)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC E(BP52-E, 2 sub-slot)
2-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC E(BP51-E)
2-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC E(BP52-E)
2-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC H(BP51-H)
24-Port 100/1000Base-X-SFP FC(BP51)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC(BP51, 2 sub-slot)
2-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC(BP51)
24-Port 1000Base-X-SFP FC E(BP51-E)
24-Port 1000Base-X-SFP FC E(BP52-E)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC E(BP51-E, 2 sub-slot)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC E(BP52-E, 2 sub-slot)
2-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC E(BP51-E)
2-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC E(BP52-E)
2-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC H(BP51-H)
2 BSUI-51-E 2-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP++24-Port 1000Base-SFP Integrated E(BSUI-51-E)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ Integrated E(BSUI-52-E)2-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP++24-Port 1000Base-SFP Integrated E(BSUI-52-E)
2-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP++24-Port 1000Base-SFP Integrated E(BSUI-51-E)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ Integrated E(BSUI-52-E)
2-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP++24-Port 1000Base-SFP Integrated E(BSUI-52-E)
3 BSUF-100/

MSUF-100

(2 sub-slots)

6-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC(BP100)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC(BP100)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC E(BP100-E)
1-Port 100GBase-CFP FC(BP100)1-Port 100GBase-CFP2 FC(BP100)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC E(BP120-E)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC H(BP100-H)
6-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC(BP100)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC(BP100)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC E(BP100-E)
1-Port 100GBase-CFP FC(BP100)1-Port 100GBase-CFP2 FC(BP100)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC E(BP120-E)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC H(BP100-H)
4 BSUI-120-E 10-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ Integrated E(BSUI-120-E) 10-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ Integrated E(BSUI-120-E)
5 BSUI-200 None 2-Port 100GBase-CFP Integrated(BSUI-200)
6 BSUF-240/

MSUF-240

(2 sub-slots)

None 12-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC(BP240)
10-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC(BP240)
10-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC E(BP240-E)
1-Port 100GBase-CFP FC(BP240)1-Port 100GBase-CFP2 FC(BP240)
10-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ FC H(BP240-H)
7 MSUI-240 None 24-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ Multi Service Unit Integrated(MSUI-240)
8 VSUF FC Versatile Service Unit 80(VSUF-80)
Versatile Service Daught Card(SP80)
FC Versatile Service Unit 80(VSUF-80)
FC Versatile Service Unit 160(VSUF-160)
Versatile Service Daught Card(SP80)
Versatile Service Daught Card(SP160)
Integrated Versatile Service Unit(VSUI-160-E)
Note: FC=Flexible Card; Integrated=Broadband Service Unit Integrated

 

ME60 Router Common License

  • ME60 2M NAT Session License

Controllable feature: This license controls NAT for VSUF-80s/VSUF-160s/VSUI-160-Es.The number of NAT session tables that can be created on a device equipped with VSUF-80s or VSUF-160s ranges from 0 to 512. The unit is 2M. The number of NAT session tables that can be created on a device equipped with VSUI-160-Es ranges from 0 to 1024. The unit is 2M. This license is a device-level resource license. In application, a command must be run to allocate license resources to service boards or CPUs:- active nat session-table size (license view) for the VSUF-80/VSUF-160/VSUI-160-E.

  • ME60 20Gbps capacity license for VSU Series Units

Controllable feature: The VSUF-80/VSUF-160/VSUI-160-E supports capacity expansion.

A VSUF-80 mother board supports a default capacity of 20Gbit/s and can be increased to 40 Gbit/s. To expand the capacity, equip a VSUF-80 mother board with a 20Gbit/s license.

A VSUF-160 mother board supports a default capacity of 40 Gbit/s and can be increased to 80 Gbit/s. To expand the capacity, equip a VSUF-160 mother board with a maximum of two 20 Gbit/s licenses.

A VSUI-160-E supports a default capacity of 80 Gbit/s and can be increased to 160 Gbit/s. A VSUI-160-E has a mother board and two subcards. To expand the capacity, configure 20 Gbit/s licenses for the CPUs of the mother board and subcards. A maximum of four 20 Gbit/s licenses can be configured for a VSUI-160-E.

  • ME60 Quantity of Concurrent Subscribers(1k Subscribers)

Controllable feature: This license controls the number of BAS access users. Each license allows the access of 1000 users.

In conclusion, though ME60-X3 and ME60-X8 both support Broadband Remote Access Server(BRAS) function; in comparison with ME60-X3, ME60-X8 has more than 8 times forwarding performance, 7 times switching capacity and more slots for capacity expansion.

What’s more, when you choose the ME60-X3 or ME60-X8 mother card and daughter card, please must have a look at their compatability to make them run smoothly.

It is also note that there are also integrated cards on ME60 for your choice, which integrates the function of mother and daughter card since integrated cards and mother card with daughter card are interchangeable.

Hope you could know how to choose the more appreciate router between ME60-X3 and ME60-X8. If you are still not quite clear about ME60-X3 and ME60-X8, please contact our team freely.

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