AW: Recommended 1Gb SFP for ~115km?
Justin M. Streiner
streiner at cluebyfour.org
Wed Aug 4 08:18:42 CDT 2010
On Wed, 4 Aug 2010, Thomas Weible wrote:
> the setup with two media-converters works but has a major drawback. If
> you want to see the overall line (digital diagnostic) you always have to
> take into consideration that there are actually 3 physical links
> involved in the overall link. Looking from your routers you only see
> the SX link (basically 2 meters via patchcord). The potential trouble
> making long distance link is hidden - or you have to look on the
> media-converters (if management is implemented).
I agree on the point that external media converters do have drawbacks
(additional failure points, etc), but the drivers I used for the link I
just lit show me details about link health, in terms of transmit/receive
power, etc, that a "show interface" would not tell me. I considered
Cisco's position re: using 3rd-party optics in their switches to be a
show-stopper for a direct-plug solution. I would have preferred to go
that route if it was viable.
That's not to say that FlexOptix SFPs wouldn't work in the OP's case (or
my case for that matter) - it will just take some time and experience to
sell my management on the upside of buying optics from someone other than
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