CWDM equipment (current favorites)

Mike Leber mleber at he.net
Sat Nov 11 19:24:38 UTC 2006


On Tue, 31 Oct 2006, Pekka Savola wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Oct 2006, Mikael Abrahamsson wrote:
> > On Mon, 30 Oct 2006, Deepak Jain wrote:
> > > We need to place a new order for some new fiber builds and were considering
> > > some other vendors. Especially in the nx2.5G and nx10G (are CWDM x-cievers
> > > even available in 10G yet?) range. Anyone have any new favorites?
> > 
> > I have recommended Transmode (www.transmode.com) to several people and not
> > been flamed yet, so I think people are resonable satisfied with them.

We use transmode as well (TS series), their service has been great and
the price is right.

> Are we talking about the same vendor?  Who only only provides Web 
> interface for management of the system?

Hah, considering that the configuration of the equipment is fixed based on
how you connect your fiber patch cables, monitoring it via SNMP is more
than sufficient.  You can look at the web interface to see a pretty
picture of your equipment, which I guess could come in handy if you forgot
what you have.

They do have more than one line of equipment.  They have some more
expensive stuff that has OADM like capabilities.

> But maybe others are likewise less than ideal..

Transmode has been rock solid.  Once it is plugged in and you connect the
patch cables you are done.  Mentally you have to get used to the idea the
chasis is just there for power and SNMP (which just reports "I'm alive"
and what type of cards).  Reconfiguration is pulling out SFPs (GE and C48
waves) or XFPs (10G waves) and changing patch cables, or
inserting/removing cards.

Mike.

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