Modem networking relies on the SFP (small-form-factor pluggable) optical transceiver.  These are for use in the SPF port of routers.  Using one of them helps you avoid the cost associated with upgrades for mismatched cabling, by allowing a wide range of inputs.  They can be removed and added at your pleasure, providing you with “side-grades”, when you require a change in connectivity.  Side-grades are a cost-effective means of achieving what costly upgrades would, if you didn’t have the SFP.

Here’s what to look for in Cisco compatible optical transceivers, to ensure you’re getting what you need.

Different SFPs for different folks.

There is a wide variety of optical transceivers on the market.  Finding the one that does the job you need it to do is key here.  Required in and outputs are where you should look for the answer.  Calling on Vitex for advice is probably your best bet.  No guesswork and quality, professional help.  What’s not to like?

Can you trust that brand?

In a world of third-party manufacturers, it’s important to know who you’re buying from.  You want to ensure that you’re getting the kind of quality you need.

Look for a brand that distributes nationally, to begin with.  With partnerships in the USA and Asia, Vitex has developed relationships with brands who do exactly that and which model excellent quality and compatibility with Cisco products.

Guaranteed performance in writing.

Short term warranties are a dime a dozen and there are plenty of them out there.  This is a big part of what to look for in Cisco compatible optical receivers.  Shop around.  Find the optical transceiver with the best warranty you can.  Service and support are important and you should have those for the longest duration possible.

With a good SFP, you should get a few years out of it.  It should also be capable of deployment with a variety of devices, as you upgrade and change your requirements.

Is it more cost effective?

Whichever third-party SFP you choose, you should be making a move that’s more cost-effective.  There’s no point going third party if you’re not getting the quality, service, support and price you’re looking for to reduce your outlay.

While it’s tempting to go straight for the giants in the market, third-party optical transceivers can fulfil your needs at reduced cost.  So long as you know what you’re buying and who you’re buying it from, you’ll get what you’d expect from the big boys from a third party SFP.

This is a basic guide to what to look for in a Cisco compatible optical transceiver.  If you hit all these numbers, you’ll be getting the same level of performance from your SFP that you would if you’d opted for the original.  You’re not even “going cheap”.  You’re going smart, if you ensure that all your needs are met, by doing your homework.

Vitex provides high performance photonic solutions for fiber optic communications, working with partners in a variety of industries.  Contact us to find out more.  We’re part of the photonics revolution.

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