Access hardware for small FTTP deployment

Chris hs.citizen at
Mon May 19 02:50:01 UTC 2014

Thanks all. The Calix E7-2 and Zhone MXK-194 seem like good options for
GPON, we will look further at these two.


On Sat, May 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM, Eugeniu Patrascu <eugen at>wrote:

> 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.
> Regards,
> Eugeniu

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