IPIQ Basics: SFP Modules

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By Lindsay Bull, technical writer

 

Luxul SFP Modules are an important piece of the fiber puzzle. You’ll need them to stack switches, which we all know is a common requirement, but in what other applications can they be employed? And why do we have 7 different products; when should you use the 10G-MM-DX-LC vs. the 10G-CAB-05? And while we’re at it, what do those product names even mean?

Stick with us through this post, and you’ll have the answers to all those questions and more… well, maybe not more.

Naming Convention

Product names can get confusing with all the abbreviations and hyphens, so the guides below will help you decode the product names of our SFP modules and translate them into more useful information.

Each bit of text between the hyphens stands for something:

And each something is defined below:

Speed

10G 10 Gigabit
1G 1 Gigabit

Cable Type

SM Singlemode
MM Multimode

Configuration Type

SX Simplex
DX Duplex

Termination Ends

LC Lucent Connector
RJ45 RJ-45

Miscellaneous

CAB Pre-terminated cable for stacking
05 .5 meter

 

Now that you know how to translate the product names into meaningful information, you have a better idea what you’re dealing with out of the gate. But what do each of these products do, and under what circumstances would you need to use them?

10G-SM-SX-LC

  • What’s it do: 10 Gigabit speed with bi-directional data over a single fiber cable
  • When to use it: For a high-data-rate up to 12 miles
  • Link to product page

10G-MM-DX-LC

  • What’s it do: 10 Gigabit speed with bi-directional data over two fiber cables
  • When to use it: For a high-data-rate up to 980 feet
  • Link to product page

10G-CAB-05

  • What’s it do: 10 Gigabit speed with bi-directional data between two switches
  • When to use it: For stacking switches in the same location/rack
  • Link to product page

1G-MM-DX-LC

  • What’s it do: 1 Gigabit speed with bi-directional data over two fiber cables
  • When to use it: For connecting switches up to 1800 feet
  • Link to product page

10G-SM-DX-LC

  • What’s it do: 10 Gigabit speed with bi-directional data over two fiber cables
  • When to use it: For a high-data-rate up to 6 miles
  • Link to product page

10G-RJ45

  • What’s it do: Converts an SFP+ port to RJ-45 Ethernet
  • When to use it: For converting fiber to Ethernet up to 100 feet
  • Link to product page

1G-RJ45

  • What’s it do: Converts an SFP port to RJ-45 Ethernet
  • When to use it: For converting fiber to Ethernet up to 330 feet
  • Link to product page

 

If you’ve read this far, and you’re still having a hard time choosing which module you should use, this other Gateway blog post might be of some assistance to you.

Otherwise, thanks for visiting our blog; we always read and appreciate comments!

Lindsay Bull