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ForitGate 500E - hardware / software switch

We are deploying a FortiGate 500E for a customer and a 10Gb switch (different vendor). Instead of using up the 10G ports the customer wants to use the Fortigate copper ports as 1Gb switch ports. 
 
Does the 500E have a hardward switch? I cannot find any reference if it does. If not, can we configure the copper ports to be part of the software switch? 
 
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    Kenundrum
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    Re: ForitGate 500E - hardware / software switch 2019/02/07 10:20:54 (permalink)
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    It has soft switch capability. I used a few of the 1G ports as a soft switch for a while after rapid deploying a location and the full switch was delayed in shipping. It works for bridging a bunch of the interfaces together, but not much else. I would not recommend using it forever as I imagine there is a performance penalty.

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    Re: ForitGate 500E - hardware / software switch 2019/02/07 17:59:53 (permalink)
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    The 300E has a hardware switch, the 500E only has a software switch.
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    Re: ForitGate 500E - hardware / software switch 2019/02/08 06:03:26 (permalink)
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    It seems that only the SMB Modells have Hardware Switch (exempt older C and D Series)
    https://beneicke-edv.de/wp-content/uploads/FTNT/manuals/feature-platform-matrix-SWMTX-563-20171206-R24.pdf
     
    If you go with Software Switch you have Performance Penalty as the Traffic no longer gets offloaded by the Asic.
    https://help.fortinet.com/fos50hlp/54/Content/FortiOS/fortigate-hardware-acceleration-52/acceleration-overview.htm
    Chapter: Software switch interfaces and NP processors
     
    Also be aware that Firewall sessions that include proxy-based security profiles are never offloaded to network processors and are always processed by the FortiGate CPU.
    https://help.fortinet.com/fos50hlp/54/Content/FortiOS/fortigate-hardware-acceleration-52/acceleration-overview.htm
    Chapter: Network processors (NP1, NP2, NP3, NP4, NP4Lite, NP6 and NP6Lite)
     
    More about NP6 and NP6lite Acceleration
    https://help.fortinet.com/fos50hlp/54/Content/FortiOS/fortigate-hardware-acceleration-52/NP6.htm
     
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    Re: ForitGate 500E - hardware / software switch 2019/02/08 06:06:50 (permalink)
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    Thank you all, the answers have been helpful. 
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