Cisco ME3400

Andy Susag asusag at
Wed Feb 29 20:13:04 UTC 2012

You'll need to use a metroipaccess image on the me3400 if you want more
than 2 NNI interfaces. We don't do any triple play or ETTH services so I
can't speak on that but as a layer 2 customer prem device for Carrier
Ethernet services it works well and it's hard to beat the price. Would
have been great if it was MPLS capable at its current price point
though! It's functional as a Layer 3 switch but I don't think it is very
robust as a router. If you are not married to Cisco, the Brocade CES is
worth looking in to. MPLS capable across all Ethernet ports. More
expensive though.

Andy S

-----Original Message-----
From: Ramanpreet Singh [mailto:sikandar.raman at] 
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 22:45
To: Holmes,David A
Cc: North American Network Operators' Group
Subject: Re: Cisco ME3400

Checkout me3600/me3800 ngn metro boxes which supports service level/efp
configuration. Also commonly known as cisco's evc infrastructute
currently supported on 7600 with es+ cards and asr 9k.

I dont think there is any other box from cost prespective which supports
most of the desired metro features as me3600/3800 does.
On Feb 28, 2012 4:08 PM, "Holmes,David A" <dholmes at> wrote:

> Anyone with advice on the ME3400 which some telcos use for Metro 
> Ethernet Forum (MEF) services? Specifically looking for layer2 vs 
> layer 3. At Layer
> 2 NNI/UNI vs dot1q qinq vs private VLANs. At Layer 3 multiple VRF 
> CE/PE support. Specifically which connectivity options have been found

> to be most reliable and scalable.
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