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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.

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.

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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.

Control Timing Module (CTM)

Image of the CTM 194-0700-900 Control Timing Module

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

Fabric Box (FB)

Image of the Fabric Box 194-0800-900 32x QSFP-DD Fabric Box

  • 32 x QSFP-DD or mix of DAC/AEC/AOC ports
  • Full duplex between all Interface Boxes
  • N+1 Fabric redundancy


Image of the Q-Box 194-2000-900 QB6 15x QSFP-DD Q-Box

  • Any housing slot
  • Networking Ports
    • 15 x 100/200/400GbE or 100/200/400 WL5n 400GZR/ZR+
  • 20 x 400G QSFP-DD Fabric ports

WaveRouter features and benefits

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

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

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

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

MACsec and IPsec ready

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


  • +Interface Modules
    • Interface Box: (15) 400/200/100GbE QSFP-DD
  • +Commons & Fabric Modules
    • Control and Timing Module (CTM)
    • Access Panel (AP): 1/10GbE management, alarm, console
    • Fabric Box: (32) QSFP-DD w/DAC/AOC
  • +Physical Characteristics
    • Shelf in a 21 Rack Unit (RU) housing with removable fans:
      • 19" (W) 21.53" (D) 35.91" (H)
      • 482.57 mm (W) 546.85 mm (D) 912.2 mm (H)
  • +Power
    • Redundant, N+1 field replaceable
    • AC input: 180–240 Vac (nominal)
    • DC input: -48 Vdc (nominal)
    • ETSI EN 300 132-2 V1.1.1
    • ETSI EN 300 132-3 V2.1.1
  • +Ethernet
    • IEEE 802.1D MAC Bridges
    • IEEE 802.1p Class of Service (CoS) prioritization
    • IEEE 802.1Q VLANs
    • IEEE 802.3-2018 IEEE Standard for Ethernet and supporting following rates:
      • IEEE 802.3ba-2010 100 Gb/s
      • IEEE 802.3bs-2017 200/400 Gb/s
  • +Standards Compliance
    • Emissions and Immunity (EMC)
    • EN 55035 / CISPR 32
    • CISPR 35
    • ETSI 300 386 Class A
    • FCC Part 15 Subpart B, Class A
    • Industry Canada ICES-003 Class A
    • VCCI Class A
    • NEBS (GR-63-CORE Issue 5, GR-1089-CORE Issue 8) - Level 3 compliant (except full temperature range) - LEVEL 3 compliant (except high-temperature) GR-63  Issue 5
  • +Safety
    • ETSI EN 62368-1:2014+A11:2017 and CSA/ UL 62368-1:2014
    • IEC 60825-1 Class A
    • IEC 60825-2 Hazard Level 1M
  • +Environmental
    • ETSI EN 300-019-1-1, Class 1.2
    • 300 019-1-2, Class 2.3
    • ETSI 300 018-1-3, Class 3.1
    • NEBS Level 3 CO (GR-63 Core)
    • RoHS2 Directive (2011/65/EU, 2015/863)
    • WEEE Directive (2002/96/EU)
    • Operating Temperature
      • 32°F to +104°F (0°C to +40°C)
    • Storage Temperature
      • -40°F to +158°F (-40°C to +70°C)
    • Humidity
      • Non-condensing 5% to 90%
  • +Service Security
    • Broadcast Containment Egress Port Restriction
    • Hardware-based DOS Attack Prevention
    • Layer 2, 3, 4 Protocol Filtering
    • User Access Rights Local user authorization

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