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11 Nov 2015

Existing and emerging network technologies are driving the need for optical transceivers which support increased data rates in the data center. With the emergence of 1000BASE-LX specification, 1000BASE-LX/LH SFP transceiver module is widely used in optical network systems. Here are the most frequently asked questions we might have when using Cisco 1000BASE-LX/LH SFP (GLC-LH-SM or GLC-LH-SMD) transceivers.

1. Can 1000BASE-LX be compatible with 100BASE-LX?

1000BASE-LX and 100BASE-LX are very different standards. 1000BASE-LX SFP (GLC-LH-SMD) and 100BASE-LX SFP (GLC-FE-100LX) are two module types, one for GE and one for FE slots. The GLC-LH-SMD does not operate at 100Mbps. You will need to use a 100Mb module to connect to another...

04 Nov 2015

1000BASE-LX/LH Optical Interface Specifications

The 1000BASE-LX, 1000BASE-LH and 1000BASE-LX/LH all refer to Gigabit Ethernet transmission. Among them, the 1000BASE-LX is a standard specified in IEEE 802.3 Clause 38 which uses a long wavelength laser, while the 1000BASE-LH and 1000BASE-LX/LH are just terms widely used by many vendors. Long Haul (LH) denotes longer distances while Long Wavelength (LX) denotes less energy which is obviously shorter distance. The 1000BASE-LX/LH SFP modules compatible with the IEEE 802.3z 1000BASE-LX standard can achieve a distance up to 10km over single mode fiber. Unlike 1000BASE-LX/LH SFP modules, 1000BASE-LH SFP modules operate at a distance up to 70km over single mode fiber. Besides 1000BASE-LX, other...

30 Oct 2015

SFP transceiver is a compact and hot-pluggable transceiver that plugs into a special port on a switch or other network devices. Cisco SFP transceiver is one of the most popular SFP transceivers for Gigabit Ethernet applications. When choosing SFP transceivers for specific applications in Gigabit Ethernet, we are usually confused with the fiber optic interfaces of them. This article will introduce the family products and the fiber optic interfaces of Cisco SFP transceiver for Gigabit Ethernet applications.


The Product Family of Cisco SFP Transceivers

The product family of Cisco SFP transceivers include the following types:

  • 1000BASE-T SFP for copper networks
  • 1000BASE-SX SFP for multimode fiber only