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Ciena’s WaveRouter™ is a purpose-built coherent metro router designed to unify IP and Optical in the metro—with ultimate flexibility, future-proof extensibility, and improved network sustainability.

WaveRouter can easily and flexibly scale Wide Area Network (WAN) traffic—with the ability to scale up and out, delivering capacity when and where it’s needed. With optional WaveLogic™ capabilities, WaveRouter can support dense, any-to-any, high-capacity coherent routing and switching metro applications.

Features and benefits

  1. Ultra-high metro capacity and multi-layer (IP/Optical) awareness and coordination

  2. Commercial temperature (0°C to +40°C) for space-constrained locations

  3. Separate modular redundant controller and fabric, providing scale from 6-192 Tb/s

  4. IP routing, BGP-LU, SR-MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, and SRv6 ready

  5. MACsec and IPsec ready

  6. SDN next-generation management, including support for protocols such as NETCONF/YANG, gNMI/gRPC with dial-in/dial-out streaming telemetry

What is metro routing done differently?

WaveRouter represents a true break from legacy constraints—a reimagined routing platform architecture for the converged metro. WaveRouter’s 600mm depth is a footprint-efficient design that fits anywhere. WaveRouter can support a wide range of plugs and submodules without stranding chipset or fabric capacity—whether pluggables (including WaveLogicTM) or ultra-long-haul submodules.

Flexible commons, fabric, and interface modules

WaveRouter offers metro operators a way to easily scale out with extensible switch fabric and flexible cabling options for non-adjacent rows. WaveRouter can reduce blast radius, spread thermal load over multiple racks, and take advantage of fragmented racks.

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Control Timing Module (CTM)

  • 1+1 Redundant
  • Route Processor (RP)
  • Control Plane & Fabric Management
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Fabric Box (FB)

  • 32 x QSFP-DD or mix of DAC/AEC/AOC ports
  • Full duplex between all Interface Boxes
  • N+1 Fabric redundancy
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  • Any housing slot
  • Networking Ports
    • 15 x 100/200/400GbE or 100/200/400 WL5n 400GZR/ZR+
  • 20 x 400G QSFP-DD Fabric ports



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