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Gigabit Copper & Fibre Ethernet

The FCM8000 EDD is a Carrier Ethernet Service delivery unit, offering end to end management using 802.3ah and 802.1ag OAM, delivering 10/100/1000baseT Ethernet services via copper or fibre infrastructures.


The FCM8000 has been superceeded by our new Ethernet Demarcation Device range (also known as Network Interface Devices, or 'NIDs'): FCM9003 Ethernet Access Device, and the Advanced FCM9005 Ethernet Demarcation Device products, full details of which can be found under the Managed Carrier Ethernet Service Demarcation product menu.

Managed demarcation/network interface device for Ethernet Services

Gigabit Copper & Fibre Ethernet Demarcation
FCM8000: the Copper Ethernet service demarcation solution
  • Up to 1Gbps with both Copper & Fibre LAN and Network Ports
  • 802.3ah & 802.1ag OAM service integrity checking (EFM, CFM)
  • Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) fully automated discovery, installation and commissioning test process.
  • Support for Performance-Assured Ethernet (PAE) Services
  • Customer VLAN and Q-in-Q support, with Traffic Prioritisation
  • Link Loss Forwarding, RSTP, Jumbo Frame Support (10k byte)
  • Compact unit with robust metal housing and integral power supply
  • Auto-sensing power supply (100-250V AC or -40V DC versions), 12-24V DC on request
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK

The FCM8000 offers a sophisticated demarcation solution for Ethernet Service Providers, with flexible interface options. Measurement of the key parameters: delay and delay variation, is performed to ensure that the service is suitable for real time applications such as VoIP. These measurements can also be performed in-service against programmable thresholds to prove that the service continues to operate effectively over the longer term. This proactive fault detection assists in the rapid isolation of potential service problems resulting in high service levels whilst reducing operational costs (OPEX).

The FCM8000 supports Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP), minimising both on-site installation time and the Engineering skills required. This auto-provisioning process reduces on-site installation to a plug and play exercise, simple enough for the end user to perform themselves, i.e. simply checking that the Ethernet LEDs indicate correct physical connectivity. The EDD auto-discovers its management connection, IP address and TFTP server, then downloads its individual service definition parameters and management system contact details. The EDD then measures the delay of the service to milli-second resolution to prove that the service has been provisioned appropriately for real time applications. The EDD then auto-provisions itself and sends a service availability certificate to the NOC for inclusion into the Service Providers provisioning documentation. Subsequent in-service delay verification measurements then continue to check that service levels are being maintained and notify of any drop in performance below a set of programmable thresholds.

The sophisticated commissioning process followed up with in-service continuity checking and delay monitoring combine to minimize the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of Ethernet Service Provision.

The FCM8000 is available in a choice of 100-250 VAC or -48 VDC integrated power supplies, although a 12V-24V DC version is also available on request.

The FCM8000 can easily be rack mounted in either a 1U two unit rack mount kit, a 6U eighteen unit rack mount kit.

Please contact Metrodata for price and availability of SFP modules including standard 1310nm singlemode as well as long haul, 1550nm, bi-directional and CWDM.

FCM8000 - Core to Edge Network
Core to Edge Networks

The FCM8000 can be deployed wherever managed service demarcation is required at the customer site. The FCM8000 supports standards compliant OAM functions and offers management visibility right up to the customer site demarcation point. Both copper and fibre (SFP) network connections are offered.

FCM8000 - Site to Site and Meshed Network
Site to Site & Meshed Networks

The FCM8000 can be used for the service demarcation of a wide variety of Carrier Ethernet services, including E-Line, E-Tree and E-LAN. Service separation can be achieved using VLANs, with prioritisation used to ensure that mixed traffic flows are handled appropriately. Continuous monitoring of service continuity and transmission delays underpin service integrity with the pro-active reporting of any significant service variations.

FCM8000 - Wholesale Infrastructure
Wholesale Infrastructure & Multi-Carrier Deployments

The majority of Ethernet Service Providers today are in fact Aggregators, offering end-to-end connections supplied on a wholesale basis, potentially sourced from a number of different Infrastructure Carriers. It is important for the Aggregator to ensure that their end-to-end service, right into the customer premises, has an acceptable delay profile for real time applications. In these deployments the FCM8000 can perform the necessary measurements whilst monitoring for any changes in performance levels below pre-defined thresholds.

The FCM8000 has sophisticated and flexible Layer 2 Control Protocol policy management supporting either the filtering or pass-through of a wide variety of packet types including vendor proprietary L2CP frames. The FCM8000 supports auto MDI/MDIX cross-over switching on the copper interfaces, auto- negotiation and the transmission of 10k byte Jumbo frames. To ensure quick fault detection, the FCM8000 supports Link Loss Forwarding, whereby a network fault can automatically force a link down on the user ports to indicate to the attached devices that there is a link problem.

Customer Interface
  • 1 port 10/100/1000BaseT
Network Interface
  • 1 port 10/100/1000BaseT
  • 1 port 100BaseFX/1000BaseX (SFP)
VLAN Support
  • 4096 VLANs (IEEE 802.1Q customer-tagged) & stacked VLANs (Q-in-Q service provider-tagged)
  • 1-tag management (push/pop) for c-tag or s-tag
  • IEEE 802.1ad Provider Bridging (s-tag)
Traffic Management
  • Service classification based on 802.1p or “inherited” DSCP QOS definitions
Ethernet OAM
  • IEEE 802.3ah Link OAM (EFM)
  • IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault Management (CFM)
SLA Measurement and Verification
  • Embedded SLA test generator & analyser accurate to millisecond resolution
  • Link Loss Forwarding to signal network path failures
Performance Monitoring
  • Delay variation measurements
  • Statistics gathered on a per-port & per-service basis
  • 15-minute & 1-day performance data capture
  • Physical parameter monitoring for SFP optics
Automated Configuration & Provisioning
  • Zero-Touch-Commissioning from centralized or remote infrastructure
  • Management connection and layer-3 discovery process
  • EDD downloads individually tailored service definitions
  • Circuit commissioned evidence sent to NOC automatically
  • Self-provisioning by EDD once tests complete
Local Management
  • Local craft port (9-way D) which can be disabled
  • Local LAN port (RJ45) using CLI, SNMP & Web GUI interfaces
Remote Management
  • Maintains in-band VLAN & MAC-based management tunnels
Management Protocols
  • Telnet, SSH (v1/v2), SNMP
System Administration
  • System software upgrade via TFTP
Layer 2 control protocol policy management
  • Per-port filtering or tunnelling of L2CP and other protocols, e.g. RSTP
Alarms & Resilience
  • SNMP Trap notification of EDD status including service availability, LAN disconnect warning & user-defined SLA thresholds exceeded
Regulatory & Standards Compliance
  • IEEE 802.1Q (VLAN), 802.1p (Priority, 4 queues)
  • 802.3ah (EFM), 802.1ag (CFM)
  • Safety EN60950
  • EMC EN55032, EN55024
  • Dimensions: 1U half width, 202 x 132 x 44mm
  • Operating temperature: 0 to +50°C
  • Storage temperature: -40 to +70°C
  • Humidity: Up to 95% non-condensing
  • AC PSU: 100 to 250V AC
  • DC PSU: -40 to -72V DC (12-24V DC optional)
  • Maximum power consumption: 10 Watts


The FCM8000 has been superceeded by our new Ethernet Demarcation Device range (also known as Network Interface Devices, or 'NIDs'): FCM9003 Ethernet Access Device, and the Advanced FCM9005 Ethernet Demarcation Device products, full details of which can be found under the Managed Carrier Ethernet Service Demarcation product menu.

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