Access hardware for small FTTP deployment

Eugeniu Patrascu eugen at
Sat May 17 07:14:12 UTC 2014

On Fri, May 16, 2014 at 6:18 AM, Chris <hs.citizen at> wrote:

> Hi all,
> We are looking at doing a small FTTP deployment in a community of about 30
> homes and I'm searching for options regarding access layer hardware.
> Initially we thought of a simple point-to-point ethernet setup with
> 1000Base-BX to each premises and a 48-port access switch. However, finding
> an appropriate piece of hardware has proven challenging because of our
> requirement of a 60+ degrees Celcius operating temperature (due to outdoor
> cabinet placement).
> The only one I found that meets the temperature requirement was Cisco's ME
> 2600X with 44 SFP ports, 4 SFP+ and 65degC max, but it's a bit pricey for
> our liking. Other offerings from HP (5800-24G-SFP), Juniper (EX4550),
> Brocade (CES-2048F) were nice, but all only had 40-45degC max operating
> temp.
> I'm interested to see what other people are doing for these types of small
> setups. Does anyone know of any other reasonably priced access switches,
> 32+ SFP ports, and able to withstand 60degC or higher operating
> temperature?
> We are also considering GPON, but given that we would only need one
> interface for such a small deployment, most of the hardware out there seems
> like overkill. Are there good small OLTs?
For your particular case, you might want to look at industrial ethernet
switches with IP67 enclosure specs.

>From Cisco you can look at IE3000 series. They can do VLANs, routing, have
SFP ports for uplinks.

Another option would be the OCTOPUS series from Belden, they claim -40C to
+70C degrees operating temperature.


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