Optic Vendor Coding Question

Joe Greco jgreco at ns.sol.net
Thu Mar 5 16:44:19 UTC 2015

> Do Dell 8132s have SFP+ vendor code issues? 

As in, do they not-work with non-Dell optics?

They don't work with Intel SR optics (whatever it is that comes with
the X520-SR's).  They do seem to work with generic Finisar 1GB optics.
Since the Dell branded FTLX8571D3BCL SR's seem to go for only $20-$30
on eBay I haven't been highly motivated to identify other 10GB modules
that work/don't-work. 

The strategy here has been to simply load up 10GB gear with compatible
SR optics and then forget about it.  I'm guessing that's not helpful
because you're probably interested in non-SR optics, but feel free to
ping me if you think I might be able to answer further questions.

#show interfaces transceiver properties

Yes: Dell Qualified        No: Not Qualified
N/A : Not Applicable
Port      Type    Media                 Serial Number         Dell Qualified
--------- ------- --------------------- --------------------- --------------
Te1/0/3   SFP     1000BASE-T            PL7xxxx               No
Te1/0/4   SFP     1000BASE-T            PKLxxxx               No
Te1/0/5   SFP+    10GBASE-SR            AL3xxxx               Yes
Te1/0/6   SFP+    10GBASE-SR            AK3xxxx               Yes
Te1/0/7   SFP+    10GBASE-SR            AP9xxxx               Yes
Te1/0/8   SFP+    10GBASE-SR            AP9xxxx               Yes
Te1/0/9   SFP+    10GBASE-SR            AP9xxxx               Yes
Te1/0/10  SFP+    10GBASE-SR            AP9xxxx               Yes
Te1/0/11  SFP+    10GBASE-SR            AJCxxxx               Yes
Te1/0/12  SFP+    10GBASE-SR            AL2xxxx               Yes
Te1/0/13  SFP+    10GBASE-SR            AJQxxxx               Yes
Te1/0/14  SFP+    10GBASE-SR            AP9xxxx               Yes
Te1/0/15  SFP+    10GBASE-SR            AHGxxxx               Yes
Te1/0/16  SFP+    10GBASE-SR            AJQxxxx               Yes
Te1/0/17  SFP     1000BASE-T            PKLxxxx               No
Te1/0/18  SFP     1000BASE-T            PL7xxxx               No
Te1/0/19  UNKNOWN N/A                   H11xxxx               N/A
Te1/0/20  UNKNOWN N/A                   P11xxxx               N/A
Te1/0/22  UNKNOWN N/A                   H51xxxx               N/A
Te1/0/23  SFP+    10GBASE-CU1M          228xxxx08             Yes
Te1/0/24  SFP+    10GBASE-CU1M          115xxxx60             Yes
Fo1/1/2   QSFP    40GBASE-CR4-1M        CN0xxxxV42N6F37       Yes

The 19, 20, 22 SFP's are Finisar 1GB, the 1000baseT are Dell branded
but apparently not qualified for use in the switch.  I think they
showed up differently before the firmware upgrade that made the unit
think it's a Dell Networking N4032F.

Overall we're pleased with the 8132F, but we're not doing anything too
awful stressy with them.

... JG
Joe Greco - sol.net Network Services - Milwaukee, WI - http://www.sol.net
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