Networks- whether private or the ones connected to the internet have growing demands from businesses, in terms of speed, connectivity, bandwidth, distance, and other factors. This is how the demand for fiber optics picked up because of benefits they offer. However, rather than fully upgrading to fiber optics, most businesses find it economical and sustainable to blend fiber optics into their existing copper cable network. You can achieve this with good quality fiber switches, connectors, SFP modules, media converters, and so on. SFP transceivers are small form factor pluggable transceiver-receiver modules which establish connectivity between a network device such as a switch and a copper or fiber optic cable. There is a variety of SFP modules with their advanced versions such as SFP++, and so on available in the market. So, choosing an SFP transceiver must be based on your application requirement, device compatibility, and so on. This post offers tips on choosing SFP transceivers and why VERSITRON SFP modules are better than other choices in the market.
Factors to Consider When Choosing SFP TransceiversHere are some factors you may want to consider when choosing an SFP transceiver for your network
- Consider the transmission distance in terms of kilometers. While expanding the distance, you don’t want to compromise on the signal strength. So, there are short reach and long reach SFP modules. Single mode SFP modules are long reach and typically used to transmit data up to as long as 80 to 100 km. Multimode SFP modules are short reach and used for relatively short distances up to 2 km.
- Data rate capability is an important aspect when choosing an SFP module. A network speed may range from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps and beyond. If you need a high speed of Gigabit Ethernet, opt for SFP+ module which is the higher version of SFP. For very high speeds of 10 Gbps and beyond, you can opt for SFP++, QSFP, or QSFP+ modules.
- Type of network is crucial in deciding the type of SFP module. As mentioned before, most businesses upgrade their existing legacy network by blending fiber optics for increased speed, and distance among other factors. Here, you need to check the network setup. However, even if you have only one fiber optic cable installed, opt for optical SFPs which help enhance speed, and keep the network scalable for future expansions. In an only copper cable network, opt for copper SFP modules.
- Compatibility with the switch is another important consideration to be made SFP modules are connected to switches and hence need to be compatible with then. Most switches have both fiber and copper ports on them and hence would support both types of transceivers. Transceivers need not be of the same brand. You can opt for third party modules by checking their configuration for compatibility.
In addition to these considerations offered in SFP module buying guide, it is important to buy these modules from trusted manufacturers like VERSITRON. The company offers a variety of SFP modules, wherein compatibility is not an issue. The next section offers some important insights on SFP modules offered by VERSITRON.
Why VERSITRON SFP Modules May Be the Best For Your Application
Here are some strong points about VERSITRON’s SFP transceivers that will help you gauge their importance in your applications.
- VERSITRON offers SFP GBIC modules for single mode LX and ZX, as well as multimode LX and ZX networks. They support data rates of 10/100/1000Mbps, 100Mbps, 1000Mbps, and 10Gbps and distances up to 100km.
- They are compatible with fiber and copper with RJ45 connector for copper and LC connector for fiber.
- These hot-pluggable and compact modules can be customized to suit many specific networking application requirements. As per standard requirements, the modules are offered as 1000 Base SX at 850 nm wavelength which are multimode transceivers for short distances. 1000 Base LX is a single mode transceiver for long distances at a wavelength of 1310 nm. These distances can be extended as part of customization.
- The company offers industry standard SFP modules in various configurations and types for long and short distances.
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