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Compatible Transceivers for Cisco Catalyst 4948E Switch

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Cisco Catalyst 4900 series switches were once the most widely deployed ToR (top-of-rack) switches in this industry. This post will introduce the detailed compatible transceivers information for Cisco Catalyst 4948E switch.

Cisco Catalyst 4948E

Port Information of Catalyst 4948E Switch
Cisco Catalyst 4948E switch is a one-rack-unit (1RU) fixed configuration network switch with 48 RJ45 ports of 10/100/1000M for downlink and 4 SFP/SFP+ ports of 1/10G for uplink on the front panel. The following picture shows the detailed port information of Cisco Catalyst 4948E switch.

Catalyst-4948E-F-ports-information

Downlink Connection for Cisco Catalyst 4948E Switch
The 48 ports on the front panel of Catalyst 4948E can support downlink of 10/100/1000M. The great advantage of these ports is that they can configure themselves to operate at the speed of the attached devices. If the attached devices do not support auto-negotiation, the speed and duplex parameters can be set explicitly. A network cable with a RJ-45 plug at both end can connect Cisco Catalyst 4948E switch to the downlink target devices.

Uplink Connection for Cisco Catalyst 4948E Switch
The four uplink SFP/SFP+ ports on Cisco Catalyst 4948E can support both copper and fiber optic transmission of 1G/10G by using different modules and cables. In addition, these ports can also support CWDM SFP transceivers and DWDM SFP transceivers. The following part will introduce the details about compatible transceivers for Cisco Catalyst 4948E switch.

Modules Connector & Cable
GLC-T (1000BASE-T) RJ45,Cat5
GLC-TE
GLC-SX-MM LC duplex, MMF
GLC-SX-MMD
GLC-LH-SM LC duplex, SMF
GLC-LH-SMD
GLC-EX-SMD
GLC-ZX-SM
GLC-ZX-SMD
CWDM SFP
DWDM SFP
GLC-BX-D LC simplex, SMF
GLC-BX-U
GLC-BX40-D-I
GLC-BX40-U-I
GLC-BX40-DA-I
GLC-BX80-U-I
GLC-BX80-D-I
Modules Connector & Cable
SFP-10G-LRM LC duplex, MMF
SFP-10G-SR
SFP-10G-SR-S
SFP-10G-LR LC duplex, SMF
SFP-10G-LR-S
SFP-10G-ER
SFP-10G-ER-S
SFP-10G-ZR
SFP-10G-ZR-S
DWDM SFP+
SFP-10G-BXD-I LC simplex, SMF
SFP-10G-BXU-I
SFP-10G-BX40D-I
SFP-10G-BX40U-I
SFP-H10GB-CU1M 10G SFP+ DAC Twinax Cable
SFP-H10GB-CU3M
SFP-H10GB-CU5M

Related Article: Cisco SFP-10G-SR: All You Need to Know

Great Compatible Cisco SFP+ Transceiver Modules

transceiver moduleThe enhanced small form-factor pluggable (SFP+) is an enhanced version of the SFP that supports data rates up to 16 Gbit/s. Since SFP+ is mostly used for 10G, we usually call it 10G SFP. It is a popular industry format supported by many network component vendors. In terms of the SFP+ transceivers, there are various major brands, such as Cisco, HP, Juniper etc. In the current market, the Cisco SFP+ transceivers are very popular with the customers, especially the Cisco SFP-10G-SR and SFP-10G-LR. However, these original transceiver modules are really expensive. To save cost, we usually use 3rd-party transceiver modules instead of the original brand. In this text, two kinds of compatible SFP+ modules that can severally replace the Cisco SFP-10G-SR and SFP-10G-LR will be introduced. These two kinds of compatible modules are all from the Fiberstore, the leading manufacturer and supplier of optical transceiver modules in China.

SFP+ is the Most Popular 10G Transceiver Module

Since there are many different 10GbE physical layer standards, many interfaces consist of a standard socket into which different PHY modules may be plugged. On the market, the common 10G transceiver modules are XENPAK, XPAK, X2, XFP and SFP+. XENPAK was the first MSA for 10GbE and had the largest form factor. X2 and XPAK were later competing standards with smaller form factors. XFP came after X2 and XPAK and it is also smaller. The newest module standard is SFP+. In comparison to earlier XENPAK or XFP modules, SFP+ modules leave more circuitry to be implemented on the host board instead of inside the module. Now SFP+ has become the most popular socket on 10GbE systems.

Common 10GbE Standards for SFP+

10 Gigabit Ethernet is a group of computer networking technologies for transmitting Ethernet frames at a rate of 10 gigabits per second. It was first defined by the IEEE 802.3ae-2002 standard. Some common 10GbE standards for SFP+ are shown in the table below:

Standards for SFP+

Two Kinds of Compatible Cisco SFP+ Transceiver from Fiberstore

For 3rd-party transceiver modules are much cheaper than the original brand (Cisco. HP, etc), they are become more and more popular in the market. As a result, suppliers to offer these effective modules are also become more than before. But in my opinion, the Fiberstore does the best among them. They provide all kinds of compatible transceivers, especially the SFP-10G85-3M-CO and SFP-10G31-10-CO, which can entirely replace the Cisco SFP-10G-SR and SFP-10G-LR.

  • SFP-10G85-3M-CO

    The SFP-10G85-3M-CO series multi-mode transceiver is a SFP+ module for duplex optical data communications such as 10GBASE-SR and 10GBASE-SW. This transceiver offers the same function with Cisco SFP-10G-SR and is fully compatible with Cisco devices. It is a hot-swappable input/output device, which means no need to power down if installing or replacing. Its transmission distance can up to 300m with duplex LC multi-mode Fiber cable.

  • SFP-10G31-10-CO

    The SFP-10G31-10-CO single mode transceiver is a small form factor pluggable module for serial optical data communications such as IEEE 802.3ae 10GBASE-LR/LW. This transceiver offers the same function with Cisco SFP-10G-LR and is fully compatible with Cisco devices. This module is designed for single mode fiber and operates at a nominal wavelength of 1310 nm. Its transmission distance can up to 10km with duplex LC single-mode fiber.

Cisco SFP+ Transceiver

All these products offered by Fiberstore are tested in-house prior to shipping to ensure that they will arrive in perfect physical and working condition. Fiberstore can guarantee these 10G SFP+ transceivers to work in your system and all of their 10G SFP+ transceivers come with a lifetime advance replacement warranty. Now they have many SFP-10G85-3M-CO and SFP-10G31-10-CO transceiver modules in stock. Therefore, Same-Day Delivery is available. If you want to know more about their products or services, please feel free to contact them at sales@fs.com.

Related Article: Cisco SFP-10G-SR: All You Need to Know