Fiberstore's 10 Gigabit Ethernet Transceivers and Cables Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between SFP+ and SFP?
The pinouts of SFP and SFP+ connectors are identical. However, SFP has a maximum data rate of 5Gb/s whereas SFP+ is designed for 10Gb/s. The SFP receptacles and plugs are not as well impedance matched as SFP+ receptacles and plugs. Also SFP+ cable is designed for 10Gb/s whereas SFP cable may not be able to satisfactorily transmit that rate.
What is the distance supported by the SFP+ SR transceiver?
The supported distance is up to 300 meters depending on the quality of the multimode fiber (MMF) you use. Quality of MMF is listed as OM1 (up to 33 meters), OM2 (up to 82 meters), OM3 (up to 300 meters), and OM4 (up to 400 meters). Check with the supplier for the cable distance supported. Take GP-10GSFP-1S as an example, it is Dell Force10 10GBASE-SR SFP+ covering a distance of 300m over OM3 multimode cable.
Can I use SFP+ cables in SFP ports?
Yes, SFP+ cables are compatible to SFP ports and will work fine. SFP cables are not compatible to SFP+ ports. SFP+ receptacles have a mechanical feature to prevent engaging SFP plugs.
Do Fiberstore’s SFP+ direct-attach Twinx passive cables work with Cisco or other third-party switches?
Fiberstore’s direct-attach SFP+ Twinx passive cables are fully compatible with the original brand like Cisco. For example, SFP-H10GB-CU3M is Cisco SFP+ to SFP+ passive copper cable from Fiberstore which is fully compatible with Cisco switch. The following image shows that our professional trained staff tests the compatibility and interoperability of each optics to make sure our customers to receiver the optics with superior quality.
What are the distances supported by cables to use with the 10GBase-T ports? Does Fiberstore offer these cables?
Data centers have a large installed base of Cat 5/6/7 twisted pair cables for the last decades—initially for 1000BASE-T and now for use with 1/10GBase-T infrastructure. Fiberstore does offer these cables since they are industry standard and widely available from us in various lengths and colors. Distances supported at 10 Gbps speed:
- CAT 6A and CAT 7 cables supporting 100 meters
- CAT 5e and CAT 6 cables supporting 55 meters
Do the SFP+ optical transceivers support 1 GbE operation?
Yes, they support 1GbE and 10 GbE dual rates and can be configured for 1 GbE.
Will the SFP+ optical transceivers auto-negotiate between 1 GbE and 10 GbE?
Auto-negotiation is not supported betweFiberstore's 10 Gigabit Ethernet Transceivers and Cables Frequently Asked Questionsen the 10 GE and 1 GE speed. The transceiver must be manually configured to operate at 1 GE speed.
How do I use the SFP+ ports for 1000BASE-T?
You need to purchase Fiberstore’s SFP+ to 1000BASE-T Media Converter. (SFP+/Copper RJ45), part number FMC-1SFP/1RJ45-GB.
Is TwinX same as Twinax?
Does the Twinx copper cable plug directly into the NIC and the switch?
Yes, the copper cable has an SFP+ or QSFP connector on both ends of the cable that directly plugs into the corresponding ports of the switch and NIC.
Should I use optical transceivers with the SFP+ and QSFP direct-attach Twinx copper cables?
No. These are direct-attach Twinx cables and come with connectors that plug directly into the SFP+ port or the QSFP port of the switch/NIC on either end. Transceiver cannot be used.
What is the advantage of SFP+ Twinx copper cable?
It is a low-cost option for shorter distances up to 5 meters.
Is 10GBase-T same as 10GBASE-T?
Yes. 1GBase-T is shorthand for 1000BASE-T and 10GBase-T is same as 10GBASE-T; they are the twisted pair implementations of 1 GbE and 10 GbE respectively.
What are the SFP+ copper cables provided by Fiberstore?
The above chart lists detailed information about some of the 10G SFP+ cables from Fiberstore. We also offer SFP+ copper cables that are fully compatible with major brand like Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, etc. The supported distance of this cable varies from 0.5m to 7m. Users can connect our SFP+ copper cable with top-of-rack (ToR) switch to realize 10G connectivity. For more information, please contact us directly.