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Cisco WS-X5540 Catalyst Supervisor Engine Refurbished

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WS-X5540 Catalyst 5500 5000 Supervisor IIG Data Networking 1.20 Gigabits per second (Gbps) Accessories | Made by Cisco | Refurbished
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Product Overview for the Cisco WS-X5540 Catalyst Supervisor Engine

In the ever-evolving landscape of data networking, Cisco has been a frontrunner, consistently pushing the boundaries of innovation. One of its noteworthy contributions is the Cisco WS-X5540 Catalyst 5500/5000 Supervisor IIG, a powerful component designed to enhance data networking capabilities. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the intricacies of this supervisor module, focusing on its features, specifications, and the accessories that complement its functionality.

Understanding Cisco WS-X5540 Catalyst 5500/5000 Supervisor IIG

The Cisco WS-X5540 Catalyst 5500/5000 Supervisor IIG is a critical component within the Cisco Catalyst 5500 and 5000 series switches, renowned for its prowess in managing and controlling network operations. As a Supervisor II generation module, it builds upon the success of its predecessors, introducing advanced features to meet the demands of modern data networking.

Key Features
  • Enhanced Speed with 1.20 Gbps: One of the standout features of the WS-X5540 is its impressive data transfer rate of 1.20 Gigabits per second (Gbps). This high-speed capability ensures efficient and rapid data transmission within the network, supporting the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth.
  • Scalability: The Supervisor IIG is designed with scalability in mind, allowing network administrators to adapt and expand their networks seamlessly. This scalability feature is particularly crucial in dynamic environments where the demand for network resources fluctuates.
  • Reliability and Redundancy: Cisco places a premium on the reliability of its networking solutions. The Supervisor IIG is equipped with redundancy features, ensuring that even in the event of a failure, the network can continue to operate without disruptions. This is achieved through redundant components and failover mechanisms.
  • Advanced Security Protocols: Security is a top priority in modern networking, and the WS-X5540 doesn't disappoint. It comes with advanced security protocols, including encryption and authentication mechanisms, to safeguard the integrity and confidentiality of the transmitted data.
  • Ease of Management: Cisco understands the importance of user-friendly interfaces for efficient network management. The Supervisor IIG provides an intuitive management interface, streamlining the configuration and monitoring processes for network administrators.
Technical Specifications

To comprehend the full capabilities of the WS-X5540 Catalyst 5500/5000 Supervisor IIG, it's essential to delve into its technical specifications.

  • Compatibility: The module is compatible with Cisco Catalyst 5000 and 5500 series switches, ensuring seamless integration into existing network infrastructures.
  • Connectivity: It features multiple ports for connectivity, including Gigabit Ethernet ports for high-speed data transfer.
  • Processor: The Supervisor IIG is equipped with a powerful processor to handle the complexities of network management and data processing efficiently.
  • Memory: Ample memory resources are allocated to support the storage of configurations, routing tables, and other critical data.
  • Form Factor: The module is designed in a compact form factor, optimizing space utilization within networking equipment racks.
Applications and Use Cases

The high data transfer speed of 1.20 Gbps opens the door to various applications and use cases within a network. This includes:

  • Multimedia Streaming: Networks utilizing the Cisco WS-X5540 can seamlessly support multimedia streaming applications, ensuring smooth playback of high-quality audio and video content.
  • Data Backup and Replication: Faster data transfer speeds enhance the efficiency of backup and replication processes, crucial for data protection and disaster recovery strategies.
  • Virtualization: In virtualized environments, the Supervisor IIG's high-speed capabilities contribute to the smooth operation of virtual machines, supporting the dynamic allocation of resources.
Compatibility and Integration
  • Catalyst 5500/5000 Series Compatibility: The WS-X5540 is specifically designed for integration with the Catalyst 5500 and 5000 series switches, ensuring seamless compatibility. This compatibility is crucial for businesses looking to upgrade their existing network infrastructure.
  • Scalability: The Supervisor IIG enhances the scalability of the network, allowing for future expansion and accommodating the growing demands of an evolving business environment.

Data Networking Capabilities

  • Traffic Management: The Supervisor IIG plays a pivotal role in traffic management within the network. It employs advanced algorithms and protocols to prioritize and optimize data flow, preventing congestion and ensuring a smooth user experience.
  • Redundancy and Reliability: In mission-critical environments, network reliability is paramount. The Supervisor IIG incorporates redundancy features to ensure uninterrupted operation. This includes support for redundant power supplies and the ability to seamlessly switch to a standby supervisor in case of a failure.
  • VLAN Support: Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) are widely used to segment networks for better organization and security. The Supervisor IIG supports VLANs, providing a flexible and efficient way to manage network resources.
  • Quality of Service (QoS): To prioritize certain types of traffic over others, the Supervisor IIG implements Quality of Service mechanisms. This is particularly important in environments where different applications have varying network performance requirements.

Accessories for Cisco WS-X5540 Catalyst 5500/5000 Supervisor IIG

  • Power Supplies: Reliable power is essential for the continuous operation of networking equipment. The WS-X5540 is compatible with various power supply units, ensuring that the supervisor module receives a stable power source.
  • Fan Modules: Maintaining optimal operating temperatures is crucial for networking equipment. Fan modules compatible with the Supervisor IIG are available to ensure proper cooling, preventing overheating and potential performance issues.
  • Memory Modules: Memory plays a crucial role in the performance of networking devices. The Supervisor IIG supports additional memory modules, allowing businesses to enhance the module's capacity based on their specific requirements.
  • Interface Modules: The WS-X5540 Supervisor IIG is equipped with various interface slots to accommodate different interface modules. These modules can include Ethernet ports, fiber optic interfaces, and other connectivity options, providing flexibility in network configuration.
  • Expansion Modules: Businesses with evolving networking needs can leverage expansion modules to add more features and capabilities to the WS-X5540 Supervisor IIG. This modular approach allows for customization based on specific requirements.

The Deployment and Configuration

The WS-X5540 Cisco Catalyst Supervisor Engine is a network component designed for deployment in high-performance switch systems. It provides advanced network management and security features, along with enhanced performance and reliability.

Deployment of the WS-X5540 requires the following steps:

  • Hardware Installation: The WS-X5540 must be physically installed in the switch chassis and connected to the necessary power and data cables.
  • Configuration of the Switch: The switch must be configured with the appropriate settings, including network settings, VLANs, and security features.
  • IOS Software Upgrade: The WS-X5540 must be running the latest version of the Cisco IOS software. This can be accomplished by downloading the appropriate software image from the Cisco website and upgrading the switch using the CLI or a graphical interface.
  • Configuration Management: The WS-X5540 supports many configuration management tools, including CiscoWorks, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and the Cisco CLI. These tools allow administrators to monitor and manage the switch from a central location.
  • High Availability: The WS-X5540 supports many high-availability features, including redundancy and failover. This allows the switch to continue operating even in the event of a component failure.
  • Security Configuration: The WS-X5540 supports many security features, including access control lists (ACLs), virtual private network (VPN) support, and encryption. These features help protect against network attacks and unauthorized access.
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting: The WS-X5540 supports many monitoring and troubleshooting tools, including syslog, SNMP, and the CLI. These tools help administrators diagnose and resolve network issues quickly.

Upgrades and Updates


  • Software Upgrade: Upgrading the software version of the WS-X5540 Cisco Catalyst Supervisor Engine can improve the performance and functionality of the network device. It can also fix any bugs or security vulnerabilities.
  • Hardware Upgrade: Upgrading the hardware components of the WS-X5540 Cisco Catalyst Supervisor Engine can improve the performance and scalability of the network. For example, upgrading the memory or adding additional ports can enhance the device's ability to handle traffic.


  • Security Updates: Regular security updates for the WS-X5540 Cisco Catalyst Supervisor Engine can help keep the network secure from cyber threats. These updates can include patches for vulnerabilities or new security features to improve network security.
  • Feature Updates: New software releases for the WS-X5540 Cisco Catalyst Supervisor Engine may include new features or improvements to existing functionality. Keeping the software up to date can ensure that the network remains up to date with the latest technology.
  • Bug Fixes: Updates to the WS-X5540 Cisco Catalyst Supervisor Engine can include bug fixes to resolve issues with the software. Regular updates can help prevent downtime and ensure that the network is operating smoothly.
General Information about this Cisco WS-X5540
  • Manufacturer: Cisco
  • Part Number or SKU# WS-X5540
  • Product Type: Network Module
  • Product Name: Catalyst 5500 5000 Supervisor IIG
Technical Information
  • Application/Usage: Data Networking
  • Interfaces/Ports Details: 1 x RJ-45 Console Management
  • Interfaces/Ports Details: 1 x RJ-45 Auxiliary Management
  • Data Transfer Rate: 1.20 Gbps

Additional Information:

  • Processor: 37.5MHz Motorola MCF5102
  • Integrated Modular: NFFC-II
  • Modular: RSFC
  • FE Management Interface
  • Max VLANs: 1024
  • Software Version: 5.1(1a)

Compatible with Cisco Catalyst 5000 Family.

In general, the Cisco WS-X5540 Catalyst 5500 5000 Supervisor IIG, with its 1.20 Gbps data networking capability, stands as a robust solution for organizations seeking high-performance networking infrastructure. The associated accessories, including power supplies, cooling fans, interface modules, and redundancy modules, further enhance the module's versatility and reliability. By following proper installation, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting procedures, network administrators can harness the full potential of the Cisco WS-X5540, ensuring a seamless and efficient networking experience.

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