glc-sx-mm link problem?

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Aug 8th, 2009

We have pulled in our first fiber cable between two buildings and I was wondering if there is any special configuration needed to get a link going with glc-sx-mm. I have done the basic test on the fiber with an led light source and there is light coming through on the pair we have setup. I just don't get an activity/link on the sfp.

I was going to get a patch cord to get our equipment. What is the minimum length a glc-sx-mm can have for a patch cord between two switches?

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Jerry Ye Sat, 08/08/2009 - 18:09

Hi Dan,

What kind of fiber? Multimode? What is the core size? And what is the modal bandwidth? These information should be listed on the fiber skin. The reason I am asking is if it is a MM, there are different maximum distance. Please see Table 1 of the link below.

Also for directly connected fiber patch cord. The minimum distance is 2 meters (~ 6 Ft.).



danletkeman Mon, 08/10/2009 - 17:09

Its 50 micron multimode cable. We did spec it according to that site before we installed it. I'm not sure on the modal bandwidth.

Jerry Ye Mon, 08/10/2009 - 17:40

Did you check out the power level of the fiber? Table 2 of the spec said if you are within 0 to -17 dBm, you should be fine.



danletkeman Mon, 08/10/2009 - 17:50

I'm guessing I need some kind of test equipment to check the power level?

Jerry Ye Mon, 08/10/2009 - 17:52

A power meter will do it.

Also have you tested the GBIC to see if they are good?



danletkeman Mon, 08/10/2009 - 17:54


Not yet, getting an LC to LC patch cable tomorrow to test the GBIC's.



irlitewave Tue, 08/11/2009 - 12:51

two quick questions are the interfaces possibly shutdown and did you try to transpose the fiber. Sometimes it is the little things.


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