HP mini-GBIC with Cisco switch

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May 17th, 2010

I heard it was possible to use HP mini-GBIC modules with Cisco switches, but there is a special command for it.. Has anybody heard anything about it?

I have this problem too.
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Correct Answer by Tom Randstrom about 6 years 6 months ago

Caveat emptor.

Cisco has indicated they do not support the installation of non-Cisco transceiver modules within their equipment.  They have a unique identifier code stored in the transceiver's memory that is checked by the software during bootup.

As with anything, people work had to get around the systems.  Just remember that if you upgrade the switches software in the future, the hack may no longer work and a new hack will need to be worked.

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Leo Laohoo Mon, 05/17/2010 - 06:26

I heard it was possible to use HP mini-GBIC modules with Cisco switches

You heard wrong.  It won't work.

but there is a special command for it.

Google it.  You'll find it but don't expect forum members to provide you the answer because it ain't ethically correct.
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Tom Randstrom Mon, 05/17/2010 - 06:40

Caveat emptor.

Cisco has indicated they do not support the installation of non-Cisco transceiver modules within their equipment.  They have a unique identifier code stored in the transceiver's memory that is checked by the software during bootup.

As with anything, people work had to get around the systems.  Just remember that if you upgrade the switches software in the future, the hack may no longer work and a new hack will need to be worked.

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