Comparison Of Huawei S12700 Series: S12704 vs. S12708 vs. S12710 vs. S12712

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The Ethernet switches are one of the products which Huawei engineers are most familiar with. The complicated models, various specifications and similar names often confuse people.

Huawei switches consist of the S1700, S2700, S3700, S5700, S6700, S7700, S9700 and S12700 series.

Today, let’s make a comparison the S12700 series.

Overview of S12700 Series Switches

The S12700 series uses a Huawei Ethernet Network Processor (ENP) and provides a native Wireless Access Controller (AC) to help build a wired and wireless converged network. Its Unified User Management capabilities deliver unified user and service management, and Huawei’s Packet Conservation Algorithm for Internet (iPCA) supports hop-by-hop monitoring of any service

flows, helping manage services in a more refined way. The S12700 series runs the Huawei Versatile Routing Platform (VRP), which provides high-performance L2/L3 switching services and rich network services, such as Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPN, hardware IPv6, desktop cloud, and video conferencing. In addition, the S12700 series offers a variety of reliability technologies, including non-stop forwarding, Cluster Switch System Generation2 (CSS2), a switch fabric hardware clustering system that allows 1+N backup of Main Processing Units (MPUs), hardware Eth-OAM/BFD, and ring network protection. These technologies help improve productivity and maximize network operation time, reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

The last two figures in the names of Huawei modular switches represent the number of service slots. For example, “S12712” represents that this model has 12 service slots. The following pictures shows the Huawei S12700 series switches.

S12700 Series Agile Switches – Flagship Products

S12704 vs. S12708 vs. S12710 vs. S12712

Table 1. S12700 Series Agile Switches Feature Comparison

Item S12704 S12708 S12710 S12712
MPU Slots 2 2 2 2
SFU Slots 2 4 4 4
CSS2 1+N backup of MPUs in a cluster

Up to 1.92 Tbit/s cluster bandwidth, 4 μs inter-chassis transmission latency

Wireless Network Management Native AC

AP access control, AP region management, and AP profile management

Radio profile management, uniform static configuration, and centralized dynamic management

Basic WLAN services, QoS, security, and user management

User Management Unified user management

802.1x, MAC, and Portal authentication

Traffic- and time-based accounting

User authorization based on user groups, domains, and time ranges

SVF2.0 Virtualization Up to 4K clients (access switches and APs) virtualized into a single device

Two layers of ASs allowed in an SVF system

Third-party devices allowed between SVF parent and clients

MAC Address 1M MAC address entries

Dynamic MAC address learning and aging

Static, dynamic, and blackhole MAC address entries

Source MAC address filtering

MAC address limiting based on ports and VLANs

Ring Network Protection Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) (IEEE 802.1d), RSTP (IEEE 802.1w), and MSTP (IEEE 802.1s)


Bridge Protocol Data Unit (BPDU), root protection, and loop protection

BPDU tunnel

G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS)

IP Routing 3M IPv4 routing entries

512K IPv6 routing entries

IPv4 dynamic routing protocols, such as RIP, OSPF, IS-IS, and BGP

IPv6 routing protocols, such as RIPng, OSPFv3, IS-ISv6, and BGP4+

Multicast 128,000 multicast routing entries

IGMP v1/v2/v3 and IGMP v1/v2/v3 snooping


Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP) and Multiprotocol Extensions for BGP (MBGP)

Fast leave

Multicast traffic control

Multicast querier

Multicast protocol packet suppression

Multicast Call Admission Control (CAC)

Multicast ACL

Reliability Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) and E-Trunk

Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) and Bi-directional Forwarding Detection (BFD) for VRRP

BFD for BGP/IS-IS/OSPF/static route

Non-Stop Routing (NSR), Non-Stop Forwarding (NSF) and Graceful Restart (GR) for BGP/IS-IS/OSPF/LDP

TE Fast ReRoute (FRR) and IP FRR

Eth-OAM 802.3ah and 802.1ag (hardware-based)



Device Link Detection Protocol (DLDP)

QoS 256K ACLs

Traffic classification based on Layer 2 headers, Layer 3 protocols, Layer 4 protocols, and 802.1p priority

ACLs and actions such as Committed Access Rate (CAR), re-marking, and scheduling

Queuing algorithms, such as SP, WRR, DRR, SP + WRR, and SP + DRR

Congestion avoidance mechanisms, including (WRED) and tail drop


Traffic shaping

Configuration and Maintenance Terminal access services such as console port login, Telnet, and SSH

Network management protocols, such as SNMP v1/v2/v3

File uploading and downloading through FTP and TFTP

BootROM upgrade and remote in-service upgrade

Hot patches

User operation logs

Security and Management MAC address, Portal, 802.1x, and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) snooping triggered authentication


RADIUS and HWTACACS authentication for login users

Command line authority control based on user levels, preventing unauthorized users from using command configurations

Defense against DoS attacks, Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) SYN Flood attacks, User Datagram Protocol (UDP) Flood attacks, broadcast storms, and heavy traffic attacks

Remote Network Monitoring (RMON)

Security Protection Firewall

Network Address Translation (NAT)


Intrusion Protection System (IPS)

Load balancing Analog Digital Conversion (ADC)

Operating Voltage DC: –40V to –72V

AC: 90V to 290V

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