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Dell Networking N2048 Switch

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Dell Networking N2000 is a series of energy-efficient and cost-effective 1GbE switches designed for modernizing and scaling network infrastructure. N2000 switches utilize a comprehensive enterprise-class Layer 2+ feature set, deliver consistent, simplified management and offer high-availability device and network design.

The N2000 switch series offers a power-efficient Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network-access switching solution with integrated 10GbE uplinks. The N2000 switch series has high-performance capabilities and wire-speed performance, utilizing a non-blocking architecture to easily handle unexpected traffic loads. The switches offer simple management and scalability via an 84Gbps (full-duplex) highavailability stacking architecture that allows management of up to 12 switches from a single IP address.

An integrated 80PLUS-certified power supply and features such as Energy-Efficient Ethernet and short cable detection provide energy efficiency to help decrease power and cooling costs.

Modernize campus network architectures

Modernize campus network architectures with a power-efficient and resilient 1/10GbE switching solution with Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+). Select N2000 models offer 24 or 48 ports of PoE+ to deliver clean power to network devices such as wireless access points (APs), Voice-over-IP (VoIP) handsets, video conferencing systems and security cameras. For greater interoperability in multivendor networks, all N-Series switches offer the latest open-standard protocols and include technology to interface with Cisco protocol RPVST+ and devices using CDP. Achieve high availability and full bandwidth utilization with Multi-chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG). All N-Series switches support MLAG to create active/active loopfree redundancy without spanning tree.The N2000 series is also fully tested and validated to work with Dell EqualLogic™ PS-Series storage arrays.*

Leverage familiar tools and practices

All N-Series switches include Dell Networking OS 6, designed for easier deployment, greater interoperability and a lower learning curve for network administrators. One common command line interface (CLI) and graphic user interface (GUI) using a well-known command language gets skilled network administrators productive quickly. This allows network administrators to maintain consistent configurations by running one OS release across all N-Series products. With USB auto-configuration, network administrators can rapidly deploy mirrored configurations to numerous devices by simply inserting a USB key.

Deploy with confidence at any scale

N2000 series switches help create performance assurance with a data rate up to 220Gbps (full duplex) and a forwarding rate up to 164Mpps. Scale easily with built-in rear stacking ports. Switch stacks of up to 600 1GbE ports can be managed from a single screen using the highly-available stacking architecture for high-density aggregation with seamless redundant availability. N-Series switches help provide certainty with a lifetime warranty that covers software upgrades, hardware repair or replacement, and optics and cables purchased with the switch.

Upgrade your network

Upgrade your network

N-Series is a family of energy-efficient and cost-effective 1GbE and 10GbE switches designed for modernizing and scaling network infrastructure. The Dell Networking N2000 Series offers enhanced, high-availability Layer 2 Ethernet switches with basic Layer 3 routing functionality (Layer 2+) that:

  • Use MLAG for multipath loop-free redundancy without spanning tree to enable full-bandwidth utilization and high availability
  • Promote greater interoperability through interfaces with Cisco's Rapid Per VLAN Spanning Tree (RPVST+) and devices using Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP)
  • Offer a more flexible choice in your network by uniting products with the latest open standard protocols
  • Feature Layer 3 IPv4 and IPv6 functionality, including static routing and Routing Information Protocol (RIP version 1 & 2) support for up to 256 interfaces

Deliver clean power to network devices with PoE+ support

The Dell Networking N2000 Series has options for up to 48 ports of Power-over-Ethernet Plus (PoE+). This allows you to attach devices with high power requirements (up to 30.8 watts) without running a separate power cable. PoE+ is particularly useful in older buildings where installing power to multiple, widespread locations can be prohibitively expensive.

Deliver clean power to network devices with PoE+ support

Designed for efficiency

Built to help keep operating costs down, the N2000 Series can operate at temperatures up to 113°F (45°C) to help reduce cooling costs. Features designed to improve overall efficiency include:

  •  80PLUS-certified efficient integrated power supply
  •  Redundant variable-speed cooling fans
  •  Energy-Efficient Ethernet and low-power PHYs to help reduce power to inactive ports and idle links

Advanced feature set to simplify management

The Dell Networking N2000 Series is designed for easy deployment, outstanding interoperability and a low learning curve for network administrators. A single OS release (Dell Networking OS 6) allows you to maintain consistent configurations across all N-Series products with a comprehensive feature set that includes:

  • One common command line interface (CLI) and graphical user interface (GUI) that use a well-known command language to help skilled network administrators become productive quickly
  • USB auto-configuration that helps network administrators rapidly deploy mirrored configurations to numerous devices by simply inserting a USB key
  • A variety of enterprise-class features with familiar and intuitive configuration and management commands
  • The latest open-standard protocols and smart integration technologies to help make smoothly operating multi-vendor networks possible

Hardware, performance and efficiency

  • Up to 48 line-rate GbE RJ-45 ports and two integrated 10GbE SFP+ ports.
  • Support for 24 ports of PoE+ in 1RU or up to 48 ports of PoE+ with an optional external power supply.
  • Up to 600 1GbE ports in a 12-unit stack for high-density, highavailability in IDFs, MDFs and wiring closets.
  • Non-stop forwarding and fast failover in stack configurations.
  • Energy-Efficient Ethernet and lower power PHYs reduce power to inactive ports and idle links, providing energy savings from the power cord to the port.
  • Dell Fresh Air compliance for operation in environments up to 113°F (45°C) helps reduce cooling costs in temperature constrained deployments.

Deploying, configuring and managing

  • USB auto-configuration rapidly deploys the switch without setting up complex TFTP configurations or sending technical staff to remote offices.
  • Management via an intuitive and familiar CLI, embedded web server (GUI), SNMP-based management console application (including Dell OpenManage Network Manager), Telnet or serial connection.
  • Private VLAN extensions and Private VLAN Edge support.
  • AAA authorization, TACACS+ accounting and RADIUS support for comprehensive secure access support.
  • Authentication tiering allows network administrators to tier port authentication methods such as 802.1x, MAC Authentication Bypass and Captive Portal in priority order so that a single port can provide flexible access and security.
  • Achieve high availability and full bandwidth utilization with MLAG and support firmware upgrades without taking the network offline.
  • Interfaces with RPVST+ protocol for greater flexibility and interoperability in Cisco networks.
  • Advanced Layer 2+ IPv4 and IPv6 functionality including static routing and Routing Information Protocol support.
  • Policy based forwarding provides access control for all packets that are bridged within a VLAN or that are routed into or out of a VLAN.
  • Remote Switch Port Analyzer (RSPAN) monitors ports across a Layer 2 domain without costly dedicated network taps.

Dell Networking N2000 Series:

Dell Networking Products
Dell Networking N2000 Series 1GbE Layer 2 Switches
Dell Networking N2024

Dell Networking N2024

  • 24 RJ45 10/100/1000Mb auto-sensing ports
  • Two integrated 10GbE SFP+ ports
  • Two dedicated rear stacking ports
  • One integrated power supply (100W AC)
Dell Networking N2024P

Dell Networking N2024P

  • 24 RJ45 10/100/1000Mb PoE+ auto-sensing ports
  • Two integrated 10GbE SFP+ ports
  • Two dedicated rear stacking ports
  • One integrated power supply (1000W AC)
Dell Networking N2048

Dell Networking N2048

  • 48 RJ45 10/100/1000Mb auto-sensing ports
  • Two integrated 10GbE SFP+ ports
  • Two dedicated rear stacking ports
  • One integrated power supply (100W AC)
Dell Networking N2048P

Dell Networking N2048P

  • 48 RJ45 10/100/1000Mb PoE+ auto-sensing ports (optional external power supply needed to provide power to all 48 ports at 30.8 watts)
  • Two integrated 10GbE SFP+ ports
  • Two dedicated rear stacking ports
  • One integrated power supply (1000W AC)


  • 2 rear stacking ports (21Gbps) supporting up to 84Gbps (full-duplex)
  • 2 integrated front 10GbE SFP+ dedicated ports
  • USB (Type A) port for configuration via USB flash drive
  • Auto-negotiation for speed and flow control
  • Auto MDI/MDIX, port mirroring
  • Flow-based port mirroring
  • Broadcast storm control
  • Energy-Efficient Ethernet per port settings
  • Redundant variable speed fans
  • Air flow: I/O to power supply
  • Integrated power supply: 100W AC (N2024, N2048), 1,000W AC (N2024P, N2048P)
  • RJ45 console port with RS232 signaling (RJ-45 to female DB-9 connector cable included)
  • Dual firmware images on-board


  • Size (1RU): 1.7 in x 17.3 in x 10.1 in (43.5 mm x 440.0 mm x 257.0 mm) (H x W x D) (N2024 and N2048)
    1.7 in x 17.3 in x 15.2 in (43.5 mm x 440.0 mm x 387.0 mm) (H x W x D) (N2024P and N2048P)
  • Approximate weight: 8.1351lbs/3.69kg (N2024), 14.0435lbs/6.37kg (N2024P), 8.9287lbs/4.05kg (N2048), 14.9914lbs/6.8kg (N2048P)
  • Rack mounting kit with 2 mounting brackets, bolts and cage nuts


  • Power supply efficiency: 80% or better in all operating modes
  • Max. thermal output (BTU/hr): 117.44 (N2024), 3,113.33 (N2024P), 167.7 (N2048), 6069.80 (N2048P)
  • Power consumption max (watts): 42.9 (N2024), 913 (N2024P), 53.9 (N2048), 1738 (N2048P)
  • Operating temperature: 32° to 113°F (0° to 45°C)
  • Operating humidity: 95%
  • Storage temperature: –40° to 149°F (–40° to 65°C)
  • Storage relative humidity: 85%


  • MAC addresses: 8K (16K theoretical*)
  • Static routes: 256 (IPv4)/128 (IPv6)
  • Dynamic routes: 256 (IPv4)
  • Switch fabric capacity: 172Gbps (N2024 and N2024P) (full duplex) 220Gbps (N2048 and N2048P)
  • Forwarding rate: 128Mpps (N2024 and N2024P) 164Mpps (N2048 and N2048P)
  • Link aggregation: 128 LAG groups, 144 dynamic ports per stack, 8 member ports per LAG
  • Priority queues per port: 8
  • Line-rate Layer 2 switching: All (non-blocking)
  • Line-rate Layer 3 routing: All (non-blocking)
  • Flash memory: 256MB
  • Packet buffer memory: 4MB
  • CPU memory: 1GB
  • RIP routing interfaces: 256
  • VLAN routing interfaces: 256
  • VLANs supported: 4,094
  • Protocol-based VLANs: Supported
  • ARP entries: 1,024
  • NDP entries: 400
  • Access control lists (ACL): Supported
  • MAC and IP-based ACLs: Supported
  • Time-controlled ACLs: Supported
  • Max number of ACLs: 100
  • Max ACL rules system-wide: 2,048
  • Max rules per ACL: 1,023
  • Max ACL rules per interface (IPv4): 1,024 (ingress), 512 (egress)
  • Max ACL rules per interface (IPv6): 512 (ingress), 256 (egress)
  • Max VLAN interfaces with ACLs applied: 24

IEEE compliance

  • 802.1AB LLDP
  • Dell Voice VLAN
  • Dell ISDP (inter-operates with devices running CDP)
  • 802.1D Bridging, Spanning Tree
  • 802.1p Ethernet Priority (User Provisioning and Mapping)
  • Dell Adjustable WRR and Strict Queue Scheduling
  • 802.1Q VLAN Tagging, Double VLAN Tagging, GVRP
  • 802.1S Multiple Spanning Tree (MSTP)
  • 802.1v Protocol-based VLANs
  • 802.1W Rapid Spanning Tree (RSTP)
  • Dell RSTP-Per VLAN (compatible with Cisco's RPVST+)
  • Dell Spanning tree optional features: STP root guard, BPDU guard, BPDU filtering
  • 802.1X Network Access Control, Auto VLAN
  • 802.2 Logical Link Control
  • 802.3 10BASE-T
  • 802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T)
  • 802.3ac Frame Extensions for VLAN Tagging
  • 802.3ad Link Aggregation with LACP
  • 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-X)
  • 802.3AX LAG Load Balancing
  • Dell Multi-Chassis LAG (MLAG)
  • Dell Policy Based Forwarding
  • 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
  • 802.3u Fast Ethernet (100BASE-TX) on Management Ports
  • 802.3x Flow Control
  • 802.3z Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-X)
  • ANSI LLDP-MED (TIA-1057)
  • MTU 9,216 bytes

RFC compliance and additional features

  • General Internet protocols are supported.
  • General IPv4 protocols are supported.
  • General IPv6 protocols are supported.

Layer 3 functionality

  • 1058 RIPv1
  • 2082 RIP-2 MD5 Auth
  • 1724 RIPv2 MIB Extension 2
  • 453 RIPv2


  • 2365 Admin scoped IP Mcast 4541
  • IGMP v1/v2/v3 Snooping and Querier
  • 2932 IPv4 MIB
  • IEEE 802.1ag draft 8.1 – Connectivity Fault Management
Quality of service
  • 2474 DiffServ Field
  • 2697 srTCM
  • 2475 DiffServ Architecture
  • 4115 trTCM
  • 2597 Assured Fwd PHB
  • Dell L4 Trusted Mode (TCP/UDP)
  • Dell Port Based QoS Services Mode
  • Dell Flow Based QoS Services Mode (IPv4/IPv6)

Network management and security

  • 1155 SMIv1
  • 1157 SNMPv1
  • 1212 Concise MIB Definitions
  • 1213 MIB-II
  • 1215 SNMP Traps
  • 1286 Bridge MIB
  • 1442 SMIv2
  • 1451 Manager-to-Manager MIB
  • 1492 TACACS+
  • 1493 Managed Objects for Bridges MIB
  • 1573 Evolution of Interfaces
  • 1612 DNS Resolver MIB Extensions
  • 1643 Ethernet-like MIB
  • 1757 RMON MIB
  • 1867 HTML/2.0 Forms with File Upload Extensions
  • 1901 Community-based SNMPv2
  • 1907 SNMPv2 MIB
  • 1908 Coexistence Between SNMPv1/v2
  • 2011 IP MIB
  • 2012 TCP MIB
  • 2013 UDP MIB
  • 2068 HTTP/1.1
  • 2096 IP Forwarding Table MIB
  • 2233 Interfaces Group using SMIv2
  • 2246 TLS v1
  • 2271 SNMP Framework MIB
  • 2295 Transport Content Negotiation
  • 2296 Remote Variant Selection
  • 2346 AES Ciphersuites for TLS
  • 2576 Coexistence Between SNMPv1/v2/v3
  • 2578 SMIv2
  • 2579 Textual Conventions for SMIv2
  • 2580 Conformance Statements for SMIv2
  • 2613 RMON MIB
  • 2618 RADIUS Authentication MIB
  • 2620 RADIUS Accounting MIB
  • 2665 Ethernet-like Interfaces MIB
  • 2666 Identification of Ethernet Chipsets
  • 2674 Extended Bridge MIB
  • 2737 ENTITY MIB
  • 2818 HTTP over TLS
  • 2819 RMON MIB (groups 1, 2, 3, 9)
  • 2856 Text Conv. For High Capacity Data Types
  • 2863 Interfaces MIB
  • 2865 RADIUS
  • 2866 RADIUS Accounting
  • 2868 RADIUS Attributes for Tunnel Prot.
  • 2869 RADIUS Extensions
  • 3410 Internet Standard Mgmt. Framework
  • 3411 SNMP Management Framework
  • 3412 Message Processing and Dispatching
  • 3413 SNMP Applications
  • 3414 User-based security model
  • 3415 View-based control model
  • 3416 SNMPv2
  • 3417 Transport Mappings
  • 3418 SNMP MIB
  • 3577 RMON MIB
  • 3580 802.1X with RADIUS
  • 3737 Registry of RMOM MIB
  • 4086 Randomness Requirements
  • 4113 UDP MIB
  • 4251 SSHv2 Protocol
  • 4252 SSHv2 Authentication
  • 4253 SSHv2 Transport
  • 4254 SSHv2 Connection Protocol
  • 4419 SSHv2 Transport Layer Protocol
  • 4521 LDAP Extensions
  • 4716 SECSH Public Key File Format
  • 6101 SSL
  • 6398 IP Router Alert
  • Dell Enterprise MIB supporting routingfeatures draft-ietfhubmib-etherif- mibv3-00.txt (Obsoletes RFC 2665)
  • Dell LAG MIB Support for 802.3ad Functionality
  • Dell sflow version 1.3 draft 5
  • Dell 802.1x Monitor Mode
  • Dell Custom Login Banners
  • Dell Dynamic ARP Inspection
  • Dell IP Address Filtering
  • Dell Tiered Authentication
  • Dell RSPAN
  • Demo OpenFlow 1.0

Regulatory, environment and other compliance

Safety and emissions

  • Australia/New Zealand: ACMA RCM Class A
  • Canada: ICES Class A; cUL
  • China: CCC Class A; NAL
  • Europe: CE Class A
  • Japan: VCCI Class A
  • USA: FCC Class A; NRTL UL
  • Eurasia Customs Union: EAC
  • Germany: GS mark
  • Product meets EMC and safety standards in many countries inclusive of USA, Canada, EU, Japan, China.
  • For more country-specific regulatory information and approvals, please see your Dell representative.


  • Product meets RoHS compliance standards in many countries inclusive of USA, EU, China, and India. For more country-specific
  • RoHS compliance information, please see your Dell representative.
  • EU Battery Directive


  • Japan: JEL

Certifications (available or coming soon)

  • Available with US Trade Agreements Act (TAA) compliance. N-Series products have the necessary features to support a PCIcompliant network topology.


Download the Dell Networking N2000 Series Spec Sheet (PDF).

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