Optic Vendor Coding Question

Keefe John keefe-af at ethoplex.com
Thu Mar 5 16:24:46 UTC 2015

Check on ebay for a SFP / SFP+ programmer.  You can then buy cheap 
optics from fiberstore.com and code them to any vendor.  You could 
'clone' one of your current dell optics to the generic ones.


On 3/5/2015 10:44 AM, Joe Greco wrote:
>> 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

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