Do MCU 5300 series support flexible port configuration?

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Mar 31st, 2012

Hi all,

I coudn't find an admin guide or something for MCU5300 series. I want to learn that if the ports are flexible or not. You know it supports up to 20HD or 40SD ports. Is it possible to make it support 10HD ports and 20 SD ports at the same time like Polycom RMXes? Or do I have to select one mode (HD or SD) and use only them in this mode?

Best regards,

Tufan

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Correct Answer by Martin Koch about 2 years 2 weeks ago

From what I understood its the features of the MSE8510 in a standalone MCU.

On the MSE8510 its not possible, so I say:

No, its not possible to have a flexible port configuration.

So yes, its a fixed setting.

Here some older posting about the MSE8510:

https://supportforums.cisco.com/thread/2132414

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Oleksandr Yurchenko Sat, 03/31/2012 - 06:53

Hi Tufan

MCU5300 its new product. Now i found only datasheet.

In datasheet for MCU5300: Benefit - "Software selectable between HD or SD video ports"

But I think - this feature not same as plcm port feature and need to select one mode (HD or SD) and use only them in this mode.

Waiting admin guide or cisco man )

Br. Oleksandr

sagsheth Sat, 03/31/2012 - 10:02

Hi Tufan,

Please see the snippet below

"

The Cisco TelePresence MCU 5300 Series:

  • Is standards-based and compatible with all major vendors’ endpoints
  • Is highly configurable and field upgradable
  • Offers a broad range of HD MCU entry points for customers
  • Is software-selectable between HD or SD video ports
  • Provides an upgradable unit with growth capacity using software port licenses

Point 4 states it has to be either HD or SD.

However I will confirm this and will be able to provide you concrete answer on Monday

-Sagar

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Martin Koch Sat, 03/31/2012 - 06:10

From what I understood its the features of the MSE8510 in a standalone MCU.

On the MSE8510 its not possible, so I say:

No, its not possible to have a flexible port configuration.

So yes, its a fixed setting.

Here some older posting about the MSE8510:

https://supportforums.cisco.com/thread/2132414

crisalex Sun, 04/01/2012 - 00:11

HI

It will work in either one mode or the other one , you can not mix HD with SD mode.

Regards

Cristian

tufan.kabacioglu Sun, 04/01/2012 - 03:42

Thanks for all replies. I understand it is not flexible as I expected.We need that way in port usage as we compete with Polycom. I hope Cisco sees that need.

Best Regards,

Tufan

Martin Koch Sun, 04/01/2012 - 04:06

At least for the endpoints it does not matter as SD devices can still connect if its set to HD,

or HD systems to a SD configured MCU, but sure you only get SD quality.

At the end everybody needs to devide which features you really need.

We are happy with our MSE8000.

Tufan: please rate the answers with the Stars below each message and set the thread to answered if it is.

crisalex Sun, 04/01/2012 - 04:22

Dear Tufan,

If this is impacting your / customer  bussiness I would really recommend to address this through your Key Account Manager as feature request

Kind regards

Cristian

r.tricard Thu, 05/10/2012 - 01:09

Hello,

Is it the same issue inside a stack of MCU 5300 ?

For exemple is it possible to have a stack of two 5300, one configured with HD ports, the other one with SD ports... ?

Best Regards

Romain

Martin Koch Thu, 05/10/2012 - 07:33

Hi Romain,

you can see it on the datasheet, its not possible to mix, just see the cluster as one fixed unit which

has the same settings.

Sure you could run them indepndent and the Conductor will also become quite handy for such needs.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/ps7060/ps11305/ps11317/ps12283/data_sheet_c78-692890.html

Model

Continuous Presence Video Participants (Symmetric)

Additional Voice Participants

MCU 5310
(with maximum numbers of port licenses)

10 x 720p30 HD ports

5 x 1080p30 or 720p60 Full HD ports

20 x w448p30 SD ports

24 x w360p30 nHD ports

10

5

None

None

MCU 5320
(with maximum numbers of port licenses)

20 x 720p30 HD ports

10 x 1080p30 or 720p60 Full HD ports

40 x w448p30 SD ports

48 x w360p30 nHD ports

20

10

None

None

Stack of two MCU 5320s
(both with maximum numbers of port licenses)

40 x 720p30 HD ports

20 x 1080p30 or 720p60 Full HD ports

80 x w448p30 SD ports

96 x w360p30 nHD ports

40

20

None

None

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Martin

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