Avaya ERS 5500 Series

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Avaya Ethernet Routing Switch
5500 Series
ERS 5510-48T/5510-24T
Rack mountable: 19-inch standard rack
ERS 5520-48T-PWR/5520-24T-PWR
Rack mountable: 19-inch standard rack
ERS 5530-24TFD
Rack mountable: 19-inch standard rack

The Ethernet Routing Switch 5500 Series or (ERS 5500) is a series of stackable, Layer 3 switches used in computer networking. The ERS 5000 was originally designed by Nortel and is now manufactured by Avaya. Up to 8 ERS 5000 Series Switches may be stacked in a 640 Gbit/s fast stacking configuration.[2][3] This Switch was used as the access layer device for the 2010 Winter Olympics games.[4][5][6] The 817 Access Switches supported 8782 Voice-over-IP telephones.[7]

The Switches have an integrated time-domain reflectometer (TDR) built into every copper port, providing diagnostic monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities of the connected cables allowing for the troubleshooting of cable defects (crimped, cut, shorted or damaged cables) from the telnet, SNMP, web and console management interfaces. This test provides a very reliable test to identify if the cable is good or faulty.[8]


The Switches also include an integrated packet sniffer built into every port that can export the information on to a web page report (see the jpg to the right, an example of top 25 talkers on a switch) or export the information to an IPFIX server. The web base reports will report top 10, 25, or 50 talkers. Reports can also be created and sorted on source address, destination address, TOS, protocol, port number, source or destination ports, packet count, byte count, or first or last packet times. Multiple ports can be monitored simultaneously or individually.[9] A license is not required to enable this function. The Management of the system is accomplished through a serial console (which presents both a menu structure and a command line interface), a web interface or with the device manager tools, which uses SNMP to communicate with the device.


System scaling is accomplished by stacking eight of the 5530 systems to provide up to 192 ports of copper 10/100/1000BASE-T, and up to 96 ports 1000BASE-X Small form-factor pluggable transceivers, and up to 16 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet, or stacking eight 5520-48T systems together will provide up to 384 ports of copper 10/100/1000BASE-T, and up to 32 ports of 1000BASE-X Small form-factor pluggable transceivers.


Version 6.1 Major Features[edit]

IPFIX is now part of the standard software package and no license is required. Username and password security has been enhanced with expansion of the password history to ten. T1 can now support SFP. The 802.1X dynamic authorization extension now allows third-party devices to dynamically change VLANs or close user sessions.

Version 6.2 Major Features[edit]

The enterprise device manager has replaced the Java-based device manager as well as web-based management. The automatic QoS engine has been enhanced, including the ability to run it, ADAC, and 802.1AB MED simultaneously. Dual syslog server support now allows syslog messages to be simultaneously recorded onto two servers at once, in case one becomes unavailable. New energy saving implementations can reduce energy use by 40% through decreasing energy usage during non-peak hours. Multicast groups can now be scaled to three different levels. [10]

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  1. ^ "ASVALAN Certification" (PDF). Defense Information Systems Agency. 18 Dec 2009. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2 Aug 2011. 
  2. ^ Tolly Group Engineers (March 2010). "Avaya Data Network Solutions Performance, Resiliency and TCO Comparison to Cisco/HP ProCurve Across Network Classes (Test# 210113)" (PDF). Tolly Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved 28 Aug 2010. 
  3. ^ Tolly Group Engineers (June 2005). "Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 and Ethernet Routing Switch 5520/5530 (#205116)" (PDF). Tolly Enterprises, LLC. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 4 Aug 2011. 
  4. ^ Venue Telecommunications for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics (PDF), January 11, 2010 
  5. ^ Tim Greene. "Avaya hopes for gold in running the Olympic network". NetworkWorld. Retrieved 16 Feb 2010 & 5 Aug 2011.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ Read, Brendan B. (January 7, 2010), Avaya Takes Over Nortel's 2010 Winter Olympics Sponsorship, TMC News, retrieved 9 Aug 2011 
  7. ^ Frohwerk, Dean; Edgett, Simon; Moore, Greg, Vancouver 2010 Winter Games: The most technologically advanced network in Olympic history, retrieved 9 Aug 2011 
  8. ^ "Ethernet Routing Switch 5000 Series View All Documents". Avaya. Retrieved 4 Aug 2011. 
  9. ^ Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch Solutions. Nortel Press. October 2008. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-9815218-1-7. 
  10. ^ Avaya (December 2010). "Release 6.2 Avaya Ethernet Routing Switch 5000 Series". Avaya. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 

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