OT: GBIC compatibility and pricing (was Managed, cheap, DC power switches)

Jay R. Ashworth jra at baylink.com
Thu Jul 17 20:31:44 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 01:16:09PM -0700, Seth Mattinen wrote:
> Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> >For what it's worth, I gave the sales rep what-for about the price, and
> >he gave it back to me, telling me that ProCurve switches will only
> >accept ProCurve(-compatible) SFP GBICs, which cost more, both because
> >they're compatible, and because they're SFP.
> Recent ProCurve switches only accept "rev B" modules; I have a new-ish 
> switch that won't accept a pile of Finisar optics that did work in older 
> HP switches. I don't know what the difference between "rev B" and older 
> ones are, though.

Specifically, that rep (Bill Billings) told me that a *firware upgrade*
broke compatibility with the old GBICs, which *originally* worked, and
he ended up eating nearly 300 of them at one point.

But we're probably off topic now.  :-)

-- jra
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