Optic Vendor Coding Question

Do Dell 8132s have SFP+ vendor code issues?

Do Dell 8132s have SFP+ vendor code issues?

As in, do they not-work with non-Dell optics?

They don't work with Intel SR optics (whatever it is that comes with
the X520-SR's). They do seem to work with generic Finisar 1GB optics.
Since the Dell branded FTLX8571D3BCL SR's seem to go for only $20-$30
on eBay I haven't been highly motivated to identify other 10GB modules
that work/don't-work.

The strategy here has been to simply load up 10GB gear with compatible
SR optics and then forget about it. I'm guessing that's not helpful
because you're probably interested in non-SR optics, but feel free to
ping me if you think I might be able to answer further questions.

#show interfaces transceiver properties

Yes: Dell Qualified No: Not Qualified
N/A : Not Applicable
Port Type Media Serial Number Dell Qualified
--------- ------- --------------------- --------------------- --------------
Te1/0/3 SFP 1000BASE-T PL7xxxx No
Te1/0/4 SFP 1000BASE-T PKLxxxx No
Te1/0/5 SFP+ 10GBASE-SR AL3xxxx Yes
Te1/0/6 SFP+ 10GBASE-SR AK3xxxx Yes
Te1/0/7 SFP+ 10GBASE-SR AP9xxxx Yes
Te1/0/8 SFP+ 10GBASE-SR AP9xxxx Yes
Te1/0/9 SFP+ 10GBASE-SR AP9xxxx Yes
Te1/0/10 SFP+ 10GBASE-SR AP9xxxx Yes
Te1/0/11 SFP+ 10GBASE-SR AJCxxxx Yes
Te1/0/12 SFP+ 10GBASE-SR AL2xxxx Yes
Te1/0/13 SFP+ 10GBASE-SR AJQxxxx Yes
Te1/0/14 SFP+ 10GBASE-SR AP9xxxx Yes
Te1/0/15 SFP+ 10GBASE-SR AHGxxxx Yes
Te1/0/16 SFP+ 10GBASE-SR AJQxxxx Yes
Te1/0/17 SFP 1000BASE-T PKLxxxx No
Te1/0/18 SFP 1000BASE-T PL7xxxx No
Te1/0/19 UNKNOWN N/A H11xxxx N/A
Te1/0/20 UNKNOWN N/A P11xxxx N/A
Te1/0/22 UNKNOWN N/A H51xxxx N/A
Te1/0/23 SFP+ 10GBASE-CU1M 228xxxx08 Yes
Te1/0/24 SFP+ 10GBASE-CU1M 115xxxx60 Yes
Fo1/1/2 QSFP 40GBASE-CR4-1M CN0xxxxV42N6F37 Yes

The 19, 20, 22 SFP's are Finisar 1GB, the 1000baseT are Dell branded
but apparently not qualified for use in the switch. I think they
showed up differently before the firmware upgrade that made the unit
think it's a Dell Networking N4032F.

Overall we're pleased with the 8132F, but we're not doing anything too
awful stressy with them.

... JG

Check on ebay for a SFP / SFP+ programmer. You can then buy cheap optics from fiberstore.com and code them to any vendor. You could 'clone' one of your current dell optics to the generic ones.


Thanks for this and several off-list responses. The consensus was that I was safe.

*nods* I may end up doing that. I was ordering new ones from China (6COM and Gigalight) and they asked me if I needed any particular vendor coding. Thus far people that have used all of the various pieces involved (Mikrotik, Dell, generic Intel) said they should be fine with non-coded optics.

BTW Keefe: Do any of you "north side" guys have a link into Cermak? Offlist is fine.