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HP 6600 Router Series
Modular Ethernet Router

HP 6600 Router Series

HP Network Routers
6600 Router Series
HP 6604 Router Chassis
List Price: $4,750.00
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The HP 6600 Router Series is a family of high-performance WAN routers that is ideal for campus and data center WAN edge and aggregation deployments.

These routers are built with a multicore architecture offering distributed or centralized processing to help balance performance and cost. The 6600 Router Series delivers robust routing, security, full Layer 2 switching, and modular high-density WAN and LAN interface options, all integrated in a single high-performance routing platform.

In addition, the HP 6600 Router Series features robust carrier-class reliability capabilities to help reduce disruption from network or system failures.

Key Features

  • High-performance WAN routing
  • Multicore distributed or centralized processing
  • Comprehensive routing, switching, and security
  • Embedded hardware encryption
  • Robust high availability and resiliency

Features & Benefits:

Quality of Service (QoS)

  • Traffic policing - supports Committed Access Rate (CAR) and line rate
  • Congestion management - supports FIFO, PQ, CQ, WFQ, CBQ, and RTPQ
  • Other QoS technologies - support traffic shaping, FR QoS, MPLS QoS, and MP QoS/LFI
  • Congestion avoidance - weighted random early detection (WRED)/random early detection (RED)


  • Management interface control - provides management access through modem port and terminal interface, as well as in-band and out-of-band Ethernet ports
  • Management security - includes multiple administration levels, with password protection and restricted access to critical configuration commands; access control lists (ACLs) provide telnet and SNMP access; local and remote syslog capability allows logging of all access
  • SNMP v1, v2, and v3 - provides complete support of SNMP, as well as full support of industry-standard MIBs and private MIB extensions
  • Industry-standard CLI with a hierarchical structure - reduces training needs and increases productivity in multivendor installations
  • Remote monitoring (RMON) - uses standard SNMP to monitor essential network functions; supports events, alarm, history, and statistics group plus a private alarm extension group
  • Debug and sampler utility - supports ping and traceroute for both IPv4 and IPv6
  • Network Quality Analyzer (NQA) - analyzes network performance and service quality by sending test packets, and provides network performance and service quality parameters such as jitter, TCP, or FTP connection delays and file transfer rates; allows a network manager to determine overall network performance and to diagnose and locate network congestion points or failures
  • Network Time Protocol (NTP) - synchronizes timekeeping among distributed time servers and clients; keeps timekeeping consistent among all clock-dependent devices within the network so that the devices can provide diverse applications based on the consistent time
  • Information center - provides a central repository for system and network information; aggregates all logs, traps, and debugging information generated by the system and maintains them in order of severity; outputs the network information to multiple channels based on user-defined rules
  • FTP and TFTP support - File Transfer Protocol allows bidirectional transfers over a TCP/IP network and is used for configuration updates; Trivial FTP is a simpler method using User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
  • Loopback - supports internal loopback testing for maintenance purposes and high availability; loopback detection protects the system from incorrect cabling or network configurations and can be enabled on a port or VLAN
  • Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) - is used by IP hosts to establish and maintain multicast groups; supports v1, v2, and v3; utilizes Any-Source Multicast (ASM) or Source-Specific Multicast (SSM) to manage IPv4 multicast networks


  • High port density - provides up to 16 interface module slots, and high-density Ethernet interface cards; a single card can provide up to 48 GbE interfaces, which enables the routers to fully satisfy the demands of high-density Ethernet (MSTP) link distribution
  • Multiple WAN interfaces - support Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet/10GbE ports, OC3~OC48 POS/CPOS, and ATM ports
  • Flexible port selection - provides a combination of fiber and copper interface modules, 100/1000BASE-X auto speed selection, and 10/100/1000BASE-T auto speed detection plus auto duplex and MDI/MDI-X; speed is adaptable between 155 M POS and 622 M POS


  • Industry-leading performance - provides up to 252 Mpps forwarding performance
  • Flexible chassis selection - consists of 4 models: 16 HIM-slot chassis, 8 HIM-slot chassis, 4 HIM-slot chassis, and 2 HIMslot chassis
  • Scalable system design - backplane is designed for smooth bandwidth upgrade

Resiliency and high availability

  • Separate data and control planes - provide greater flexibility and enable continual services
  • Hitless software upgrades - Allow patches to be installed without restarting the device, increasing network uptime and simplifying maintenance.
  • Redundant design of main processing unit and power supply - increases the overall system availability
  • Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) - enables fast convergence of routes and packet forwarding when links fail, ensuring high network availability
  • IP Fast Reroute Framework (FRR) - nodes are configured with backup ports and routes; local implementation requires no cooperation of adjacent devices, simplifying the deployment; solves the traditional convergence faults in IP forwarding; provides restoration within 50 ms, with the restoration time independent of the number of routes and fast link switchovers without route convergence
  • Graceful restart - features are fully supported, including graceful restart for OSPF, IS-IS, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), LDP, and RSVP; network remains stable during the active-standby switchover; after the switchover, the device quickly learns the network routes by communicating with adjacent routers; forwarding remains uninterrupted during the switchover to realize nonstop forwarding (NSF)
  • Hot-swappable modules - facilitates the replacement of hardware interface modules without impacting the traffic flow through the system

Layer 3 services

  • Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) - determines the MAC address of another IP host in the same subnet; supports static ARPs; gratuitous ARP allows detection of duplicate IP addresses; proxy ARP allows normal ARP operation between subnets or when subnets are separated by a Layer 2 network
  • User Datagram Protocol (UDP) helper - Redirects UDP broadcasts to specific IP subnets to prevent server spoofing.
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) - Simplifies the management of large IP networks.
  • Domain Name System (DNS) - Provides a distributed database that translates domain names and IP addresses, which simplifies network design; supports client and server.

Layer 3 routing

  • Static IPv4 routing - Provides simple manually configured IPv4 routing.
  • Routing Information Protocol (RIP) - Uses a distance vector algorithm with UDP packets for route determination; supports RIPv1 and RIPv2 routing; includes loop protection.
  • Open shortest path first (OSPF) - Delivers faster convergence; uses this link-state routing Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP), which supports ECMP, NSSA, and MD5 authentication for increased security and graceful restart for faster failure recovery.
  • Intermediate system to intermediate system (IS-IS) - Uses a path vector Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP), which is defined by the ISO organization for IS-IS routing and extended by IETF RFC 1195 to operate in both TCP/IP and the OSI reference model (Integrated IS-IS).
  • Static IPv6 routing - Provides simple manually configured IPv6 routing.
  • Dual IP stack - Maintains separate stacks for IPv4 and IPv6 to ease the transition from an IPv4-only network to an IPv6-only network design.
  • Routing Information Protocol next generation (RIPng) - Extends RIPv2 to support IPv6 addressing.
  • OSPFv3 - Provides OSPF support for IPv6.
  • BGP+ - Extends BGP-4 to support Multiprotocol BGP (MBGP), including support for IPv6 addressing.
  • IS-IS for IPv6 - Extends IS-IS to support IPv6 addressing.
  • IPv6 tunneling - Allows IPv6 packets to traverse IPv4-only networks by encapsulating the IPv6 packet into a standard IPv4 packet; supports manually configured, 6 to 4, and Intra-Site Automatic Tunnel Addressing Protocol (ISATAP) tunnels; is an important element for the transition from IPv4 to IPv6.
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) - Uses BGP to advertise routes across Label Switched Paths (LSPs), but uses simple labels to forward packets from any Layer 2 or Layer 3 protocol, which reduces complexity and increases performance; supports graceful restart for reduced failure impact; supports LSP tunneling and multilevel stacks.
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Layer 3 VPN - Allows Layer 3 VPNs across a provider network; uses MP-BGP to establish private routes for increased security; supports RFC 2547bis multiple autonomous system VPNs for added flexibility.
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Layer 2 VPN - Establishes simple Layer 2 point-to-point VPNs across a provider network using only MPLS Label Distribution Protocol (LDP); requires no routing and therefore decreases complexity, increases performance, and allows VPNs of non-routable protocols; uses no routing information for increased security; supports Circuit Cross Connect (CCC), Static Virtual Circuits (SVCs), Martini draft, and Kompella-draft technologies.
  • Policy routing - Allows custom filters for increased performance and security; supports ACLs, IP prefix, AS paths, community lists, and aggregate policies.
  • Multicast VPN - Supports Multicast Domain (MD) multicast VPN, which can be distributed on separate service cards, providing high performance and flexible configuration.
  • Border Gateway Protocol 4 - Exterior Gateway Protocol (EGP) with path vector protocol uses TCP for enhanced reliability for the route discovery process, reduces bandwidth consumption by advertising only incremental updates, and supports extensive policies to increase flexibility and scale to large networks
  • OSPFv3 MCE - Multi-VPN-Instance CE (MCE) binds different VPNs to different interfaces on one single CE; the OSPFv3 MCE feature creates and maintains separate OSPFv3 routing tables for each IPv6 VPN to isolate VPN services in the device


  • Access control list - supports powerful ACLs for both IPv4 and IPv6; ACLs are used for filtering traffic to prevent illegal users from accessing the network or for controlling network traffic flow; rules can either deny or permit traffic to be forwarded; rules can be based on a Layer 2 header or a Layer 3 protocol header; rules can also be set to operate on specific dates or times
  • Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) - Eases switch security access administration by using a password authentication server.
  • Terminal Access Controller Access-Control System (TACACS+) - Delivers an authentication tool using TCP with encryption of the full authentication request, providing additional security.
  • Network address translation (NAT) - Supports repeated multiplexing of a port and automatic 5-tuple collision detection, enabling NAPT to support unlimited connections; supports blacklist in NAT/NAPT/internal server, a limit on the number of connections, session log, and multi-instance.
  • Secure Shell (SSHv2) - Uses external servers to securely log in to a remote device; with authentication and encryption, it protects against IP spoofing and plain-text password interception; increases the security of Secure FTP (SFTP) transfers.
  • Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (URPF) - Allows normal packets to be forwarded correctly, but discards the attaching packet due to lack of reverse path route or incorrect inbound interface; prevents source spoofing and distributed attacks; supports distributed URPF.
  • Dynamic Virtual Private Network (DVPN) - collects, maintains, and distributes dynamic public addresses through the VPN Address Management (VAM) protocol, making VPN establishment available between enterprise branches that use dynamic addresses to access the public network; compared to traditional VPN technologies, DVPN technology is more flexible and has richer features, such as NAT traversal of DVPN packets, AAA identity authentication, IPSec protection of data packets, and multiple VPN domains

Multicast support

  • Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) - Utilizes Any-Source Multicast (ASM) or Source-Specific Multicast (SSM) to manage IPv4 multicast networks; supports IGMPv1, v2, and v3.
  • Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) - Defines modes of Internet IPv4 and IPv6 multicasting to allow one-to-many and many-to-many transmission of information; PIM Dense Mode (DM), Sparse Mode (SM), and Source-Specific Mode (SSM) are supported.
  • Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP) - Allows multiple PIM-SM domains to interoperate; is used for inter-domain multicast applications.
  • Multicast Border Gateway Protocol (MBGP) - Allows multicast traffic to be forwarded across BGP networks separately from unicast traffic.


  • Embedded VPN firewall - provides enhanced stateful packet inspection and filtering; provides advanced VPN services with 3DES and AES encryption at high performance and low latency
  • Open Application Architecture (OOA) - provides both software and hardware platforms based on open standards so that third-party applications can be integrated seamlessly into routers

Additional information

  • Green initiative support - provides support for RoHS and WEEE regulations

Product architecture

  • Multi-core CPU - delivers multi-thread processing, with eight cores and 32 hardware threads
  • Distributed processing - two kinds of engines are hardware separated: main controller engine (routing engine) and service engines (Flexible Interface Platform [FIP]); the main controller engine is used for route computing and system management, and service engines are used for processing services
  • Separate FIP card and interface card - interface cards are separated from the FIP card to support flexible service configurations

Warranty and support

  • 1-year Warranty 2.0 - Advance hardware replacement with 10-calendar-day delivery (available in most countries).
  • Electronic and telephone support (for Warranty 2.0) - Limited electronic and 24x7 telephone support is available from HP for the entire warranty period; to reach our support centers, refer to; for details on the duration of support provided with your product purchase, refer to
  • Software releases - To find software for your product, refer to; for details on the software releases available with your product purchase, refer to


  HP 6602 Router (JC176A) HP 6604 Router Chassis (JC178B)
I/O ports and slots
2 HIM slots 4 HIM slots or 2 SAP slots, or a combination
Additional ports and slots
2 MPU (for management modules) slots
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 17.40(w) x 18.11(d) x 1.73(h) in (44.2 x 46 x 4.4 cm) (1U height) 17.17(w) x 18.9(d) x 8.66(h) in (43.61 x 48.01 x 22 cm) (5U height)
Weight 83.77 lb (38 kg)
Full configuration weight 16.53 lb (7.5 kg) 83.77 lb (38 kg)
Memory and processor
Multi-core MIPS @ 1000 MHz, 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM, 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM, 256 MB flash, 1 GB flash; packet buffer size: 128 MB DDR2 SDRAM
Mounting and enclosure
EIA-standard 19-inch rack EIA-standard 19-inch rack
Throughput up to 4.5 million pps up to 36 million pps
Routing table size 1000000 entries (IPv4), 300000 entries (IPv6) 2000000 entries (IPv4), 500000 entries (IPv6)
Forwarding table size 1000000 entries (IPv4), 100000 entries (IPv6) 1000000 entries (IPv4), 300000 entries (IPv6)
Backplane bandwidth 48 Gb/s 100 Gb/s
Operating temperature 32°F to 113°F (0°C to 45°C) 32°F to 113°F (0°C to 45°C)
Operating relative humidity 10% to 95%, noncondensing 10% to 95%, noncondensing
Nonoperating/Storage temperature 14°F to 131°F (-10°C to 55°C) 14°F to 131°F (-10°C to 55°C)
Nonoperating/Storage relative humidity 5% to 95%, noncondensing 5% to 95%, noncondensing
Electrical characteristics
Frequency 50/60 +/- 2 Hz 50/60 +/- 2 Hz
Maximum heat dissipation 410 BTU/hr (432.55 kJ/hr) 1126 BTU/hr (1187.93 kJ/hr)
AC voltage 100 - 240 VAC 100 - 240 VAC
Maximum power rating 150 W 650 W
MTBF (years) 26.24 31.19
MTTR (hours) 1 1
  HP 6608 Router Chassis (JC177B) HP 6616 Router Chassis (JC496A)
I/O ports and slots
8 HIM slots or 4 SAP slots , or a combination 16 HIM slots or 8 SAP slots , or a combination
Additional ports and slots
2 MPU (for management modules) slots 2 MPU (for management modules) slots
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 17.17(w) x 18.74(d) x 12.13(h) in (43.61 x 47.6 x 30.81 cm) (7U height) 17.17(w) x 18.74(d) x 34.88(h) in (43.61 x 47.6 x 88.6 cm) (20U height)
Weight 110.23 lb (50 kg)
Full configuration weight 110.23 lb (50 kg) 220.46 lb (100 kg)
Mounting and enclosure
EIA-standard 19-inch rack EIA-standard 19-inch rack
Throughput up to 108 mpps up to 252 mpps
Routing table size 2000000 entries (IPv4), 500000 entries (IPv6) 2000000 entries (IPv4), 500000 entries (IPv6)
Forwarding table size 1000000 entries (IPv4), 300000 entries (IPv6) 1000000 entries (IPv4), 300000 entries (IPv6)
Backplane bandwidth 300 Gb/s 700 Gb/s
Operating temperature 32°F to 113°F (0°C to 45°C) 32°F to 113°F (0°C to 45°C)
Operating relative humidity 10% to 95%, noncondensing 10% to 95%, noncondensing
Nonoperating/Storage temperature 14°F to 131°F (-10°C to 55°C) 14°F to 131°F (-10°C to 55°C)
Nonoperating/Storage relative humidity 5% to 95%, noncondensing 5% to 95%, noncondensing
Electrical characteristics
Frequency 50/60 +/- 2 Hz 50/60 +/- 2 Hz
Maximum heat dissipation 1910 BTU/hr (2015.05 kJ/hr) 4265 BTU/hr (4499.58 kJ/hr)
AC voltage 100 - 240 VAC 100 - 240 VAC
Maximum power rating 650 W 1950 W
MTBF (years) 26.8 24.5
MTTR (hours) 1 1


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