Choosing and Using Tips for Third-Party Fiber Optic Transceivers

In today’s ever-increasing demand for speedier network connections, optical transceiver with good performance and stability, is considered to be an effective solution to achieve high-speed data transmission. There are a wide range of first-party transceivers available on the market, such as Cisco, Brocade and Juniper. However, people prefer to use third-party transceivers to embrace changes in the dynamic networking and data center hardware markets. With the need for third-party transceivers rapidly increasing, some people who do not know much about 3-rd party transceivers may worry that it could be complicated to use them. Actually, installing third-party fiber optic transceivers is relatively easy, providing you are using a transceiver that is MSA (multi-source agreement) complaint and compatible with your brand of networking equipment. The following guide will offer some tips to choose and install third-party transceivers.

Tips for Choosing and Using Third-Party Transceivers

Point 1: Make sure you have the correct transceiver module for your device. Your device manual should contain a list of compatible transceiver models. The third-party transceiver module you purchase should also indicate which name brand manufacturer it is compatible with. For example, J4859C provided in Fiberstore (shown in the image below) is 100% compatible with HP J4859C. So any devices compatible with HP J4859C transceiver will also work with Fiberstore’s J4859C.


Point 2: You should ensure that you have right equipment and safety gear, such as a grounding device, to prevent electrostatic discharge from damaging sensitive transceivers. If set down, fiber optic transceivers should be placed on a clean and static-free area, such as an antistatic mat.

Point 3: Make sure that both the device’s transceiver ports and the transceiver’s plugs are clean and free of dust or oxidation. If the transceiver is new and won’t be used immediately, do not remove the dust plug. The dust plug at the end of a transceiver should only be removed at the time when a fiber optic cable is inserted, and fiber optic cables should only be plugged into a transceiver after it is completely installed.

Point 4: Properly orient the transceiver with the device slot. If your transceiver has a bail clasp (locking handle), pull it down until it clicks into a horizontal position. When installing a transceiver into a top slot, the bail clasp will typically be facing up. When installing transceivers into bottom slots, the bail clasp will be facing down. Different devices can have different module socket configurations, so make sure you install the transceiver with the correct clasp-up or clasp-down orientation. For SFP and SFP+ transceiver which have Tx (transmit direction) and Rx (receive direction) markings or arrowheads (see in picture below) can help you identify the proper orientation for the transceiver. Unnecessary removal and insertion should be avoided to prevent damaging both the transceiver and the device.


Point 5: When you slide the transceiver into the device slot, there should be an audible click to indicate that the transceiver is in place. Press the transceiver firmly in using your thumb. To ensure the transceiver is secure, lightly tug on it and try removing the module without releasing the bail clasp. This step is shown in the following image.


Point 6: If installing more than one transceiver, repeat steps 1 to 5 until all transceiver are installed. After all transceiver modules have been inserted, it’s time to remove the dust plugs on any cable-ready modules and begin connecting fiber patch cables. Then remove the dust plug on the transceiver just before the cable is plugged in. This will help the sensitive components inside your third-party fiber optic transceiver module protected as long as possible.


Customers who incorporate third-party transceivers into their networking and data center hardware strategy will be able to stay ahead of the technology curve, and not break the bank while dong so. After reading this post, you won’t have any worry how to choose and install third-party transceivers.


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