PCIe adapters supporting long distance 10GB fiber?

Oliver Elliott Oliver.Elliott at bristol.ac.uk
Tue Jun 20 15:26:05 CST 2017

I have used 3rd party Cisco coded optics in an Intel SFP card successfully,
but it won't be "officially supported".


On 20 June 2017 at 16:15, Baldur Norddahl <baldur.norddahl at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> rejected.
> 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.
> Regards,
> Baldur
> 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
> >

Oliver Elliott
Senior Network Specialist
IT Services, University of Bristol
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