Which CISCO switch supports SFP, SFP+ and 10G ethernet ports

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Apr 9th, 2009

I would like to have information about a CISCO switch which can support fiber ports SFP(1g) and SFP+(10g) and copper 1g and 10g ethernet ports. And will it also software upgradable to support L3 protocols ?

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Marvin Rhoads Thu, 04/09/2009 - 06:33

You can choose from the Cisco 3560-E, 4900, 4500, and 6500 series switches. That's in order of capability (and cost!), from least to greatest.

The 3560-E and 4900 series are fixed chassis systems (the 4900M is semi-modular) while the 4500 and 6500 series are completely modular - buy the chassis and populate it according to your requirements.

In addition to the references cited above, also refer to the Cisco Products Quick Reference Guide (CPQRG), available at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/qrg/index.html

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agugger Fri, 04/10/2009 - 02:53


It depends to your budget and the number of ports required.

10G-SFP+ are only on Nexus 7000 and 5000 available

10G-X2 ports with more then 2 ports mixed with 1G-SFP are on 6500 with Sup720 and 67XX modules available.

On 3560E-12D are 12 ports 10G-X2 available.

On 3560E-12SD are 2 ports 10G-X2 and 12 ports 1G-SFP available.

With “twingig” converter can 1 port X2-10gig used with 2x 1Gig-SFP



Leo Laohoo Fri, 04/10/2009 - 20:04

10G Ethernet = Nexus

1G Ethernet = 3560/3560-E, 3750/3750-E, 4500, 6500, 7200

1G SFP = 3560/3560-E, 3750/3750-E, 4500, 6500, 7200

10Gig Fibre (X2/XENPAK) = 3560-E, 3750-E/ME 3750, 4500, 6500, 7200, ME3400 and other Metro Ethernet switches

And will it also software upgradable to support L3 protocols ? < --- Just buy the license and you are good to go.


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