PCIe adapters supporting long distance 10GB fiber?

Baldur Norddahl baldur.norddahl at gmail.com
Tue Jun 20 15:15:06 CST 2017

The real question here is: will my NIC support other SFP+ modules than the
few options carried by the NIC vendor?

For example Intel claims the Intel NICs can only accept SFP+ modules by
Intel. They probably do not make optics themselves and only have few
options available. And indeed if you put in a third party optic it will be

There are two ways around that. One is finding a device driver with vendor
check disabled. The other option is to get optics that pretend to be Intel.

You can get optics with vendor ID many places. A good place to start is
Fiberstore fs.com because they have public pricing on the website.

With the vendor id the answer to the question is that all NICs with SFP+ I
ever heard about will support any range, WDM or other special SFP+ module.



Den 20. jun. 2017 02.59 skrev "chiel" <chiel at gmx.net>:

> Hello,
> We are deploying more and more server based routers (based on BSD). We
> have now come to the point where we need to have 10GB uplinks one these
> devices and I prefer to plug in a long range 10GB fiber straight into the
> server without it going first into a router/switch from vendor x. It seems
> to me that all the 10GB PCIe cards only support either copper 10GBASE-T,
> short range 10GBASE-SR or the 10 Km 10GBASE-LR (but only very few). Are
> there any PCIe cards that support 10GBASE-ER and 10GBASE-ZR? I can't seem
> to find any.
> Chiel

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