Product Profile: SD-WAN Cisco vEdge 5000 Router

Published 01/14/2019 12:39 PM   |    Updated 08/20/2019 01:24 PM
The Cisco vEdge 5000 router offers the capabilities large enterprises need to expand and secure a network across multiple sites. As a Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) appliance, the router sits at the edge of your overlay network to establish a secure extensible network. 
Equipped with four Network Interface Module (NIM) slots, the vEdge 5000 router can maintain your system architecture with routing, forwarding, security, encryption, Quality of Service (QoS) and policy management functionality. 

vEdge 5000 specifications

  • Dimensions: 17.2 x 22.8 x 1.7 inches
  • Weight: 36.3 pounds
  • 20 Gbps, 256-bit encryption throughput 
  • Memory: 120GB flash, 32GB RAM
  • Active-Active redundancy power supply 
  • OSPF, BGP, IGMP & static IP routing

vEdge 5000 router connectivity

  • 4 NIM slots
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 serial console port (RJ-45 default)
  • 1 management Ethernet port (RJ-45 10/100/1000 Mbps) 
  • 1 LCD panel and keypad

vEdge 5000 additional features

  • Intel QuickAssist Technology encryption acceleration
  • Hot-swappable power supply
  • Policy-based routing & access control
  • Integrated routing & bridging

Frequently asked questions — technology

Q: What is SD-WAN?
A: An SD-WAN is a software-defined wide area network that automatically adjusts network settings to ensure reliable connectivity for devices and applications when bandwidth availability and conditions change. Administrators can create traffic priority settings through the SD-WAN interface so critical systems can stay online without the need for manual involvement.
Q: What is an edge router? 
A: Sometimes known as an access router or core router, an edge router is an intermediary device that connects multiple networks and operates at the outer layer of the network. Cisco vEdge routers are designed to be located at the perimeter of an overlay network, such as a remote office, branch, school campus or data center. They route data traffic to and from the site across the overlay network.
Q: What does the vEdge 5000 come with?
A: The appliance comes with a 19-inch rack-mount accessory kit. When you unpack the unit, you should find the following components:
Part  Quantity
 Router chassis  1
 Fan tray (pre-installed)  4
 AC power supply (pre-installed)  2
 AC power cord appropriate for your geographical location (AC    router models only)   2
 Blanking cover panel for NIM slots (pre-installed)  4 (1 per NIM slot)
 RJ-45 to DB-9 console cable  1
 Rack-mounting ears   2
 Slide rails  2
 Screws/cage nuts for rack mount   6 of each
 Screws for inner rails  10
 Screws for mounting ears   6
 vEdge 5000 Router Quick Start  1
Q: Are other vEdge models available?
A: Yes, Insight offers every available model of Cisco vEdge routers. The major differences among the vEdge router models are in throughput quantity, hardware redundancy and port density. The models inlcude:

Frequently asked questions — connectivity

Q: What types of NIM connections does the vEdge 5000 support?
A: The four NIM slots on the vEdge 5000 support three types of modules: 
  • 8x1-Gigabit Ethernet SFP NIM 
  • 8x1-Gigabit Ethernet Copper RJ-45 NIM 
  • 4x10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ NIM 
Q: Can I connect wirelessly to the vEdge 5000?
A: No. The router is based on wired connections. 

Frequently asked questions — installation 

Q: How do I set up the vEdge 5000?
A: Before you unpack your vEdge router, it’s important to do some preplanning to ensure your equipment rack or wiring closet is properly prepared. Your installation site should be free of dust and any conductive materials and should have enough space to satisfy airflow requirements. 
For rack-mounting instructions, refer to Cisco’s installation guide. Once you’ve installed the router in its rack, be sure to follow Cisco’s instructions for powering up the device. This should involve four steps: connecting the grounding cable, connecting AC power, connecting to a management console and connecting the router to a network for out-of-band management.
Q: What are the rack requirements for vEdge 5000 router installation?
A: The vEdge 5000 router can be mounted in a four-post rack using slide rails. The rack should comply with the size and strength standards for a 19-inch rack as defined in the Electronics Industry Association’s “Cabinets, Racks, Panels and Associated Equipment” guide. Be sure the holes in the mounting brackets are spaced at 1.75 inches or 4.45 centimeters. 
Q: What are the airflow requirements for the vEdge 5000 router?
A: Because the vEdge 5000 has a front-to-back airflow configuration, there are no airflow requirements for the sides. However, Cisco recommends leaving at least 3 inches of clearance at the back of the appliance.
Q: How do I factory-reset the vEdge 5000?
A: vEdge routers in your overlay network are equipped with a factory default configuration. When you make changes to the default configuration, a new configuration file will be created. The new file then becomes the active configuration. To reset the appliance to the default configuration, you can perform either a long press reset or a short press reset. 
Short press reset: According to the Cisco instruction manual, “A short press reset of the Edge router is equivalent to a graceful software reboot and is the same as entering the reboot command at the CLI [Command Line Interface] prompt.” To do this, locate the Reset button on the front of the router. Using a sharp, narrow tool, hold down the Reset button for two seconds. 
Long press reset: According to the Cisco instruction manual, “A long press reset of the vEdge router erases passwords, keys and most other configuration parameters, restoring the router to its factory-default configuration.” For a long reset, locate the Reset button on the front of the router and use a sharp, narrow tool to hold down the Reset button for more than 10 seconds.

Frequently asked questions — troubleshooting

Q: What does it mean when my router displays a red or yellow light? 
A: A red or yellow light indicates either a critical or major issue with the router. 
Red light: The router requires immediate attention for a critical issue. This means one or more hardware components have failed or exceeded the safe temperature threshold. If a temperature alarm persists for more than five minutes, the router will automatically shut down.
Yellow light: Although not in need of immediate attention, the router requires monitoring and maintenance to prevent a disruption in operation or a degradation in performance. 
Q: What types of warning alarms does the vEdge 5000 router trigger? 
A: The vEdge router has five alarms related to temperature thresholds, fan failure and power supply failure. These alarms indicate an issue with one of the following:
  • Main board temperature
  • CPU junction temperature
  • Protocol-Independent Multicast (PIM) temperature
  • Fan
  • Power supply
Q: How do I check the status and severity of a hardware alarm on my vEdge 5000? 
A: You have a few options: 
  • To check the current condition of the router, including power supply status, temperature sensor readings, fan speed and related alarm statuses, enter the show hardware environment command at the system prompt.
  • To view active alarms, including the severity level and a brief description of the issue, enter the show hardware alarms command at the system prompt.
  • To display temperature thresholds for each alarm level, enter the show hardware temperature-thresholds command at the system prompt. The system will display alarm temperature threshold information for a motherboard in the router and for the router's CPU.

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