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No connectivity between switches...

Hi Guys,

I have two Cisco Catalyst 2960G switches that I am trying to trunk together.

Each switch has a SFP transciever module plugged into the gi0/24 GBIC port. My setup is like this:

switch1----media converter******media converter-----switch2

- is LC to ST fiber

* is cat5e STP straight through cable

The only reason we are using the media converters is because we don't have any LC to LC fiber. Media converters both state that links are active (flashing lights), but when I do a "show cdp neighbors" on either switch, nothing shows up. The interfaces on both switches show as (notconnect). Trunk ports ARE properly configured to trunk..

Anybody have any ideas? Help would be greatly appreciated.

-Chris

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Re: No connectivity between switches...

That would very likely be your issue then. SFPs are typically gigabit only. Fiber transceivers from cisco are pretty much either 100base FX or 1000base FX.

To prove your configuration you'd be better off duplicating the trunk config on a copper port and using a crossover cable to verify.

This is why you couldn't hard-set the port speed. It's already hard-set at gigabit. What is the model of SFP being used?

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Re: No connectivity between switches...

Are both switches in the same VTP domain?

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Re: No connectivity between switches...

Why didn't you just get some LC to ST patch cords to simplify things?

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Re: No connectivity between switches...

You mean LC to LC? We don't have any currently, and this isn't in production, so it isn't too important. I'm just power conditioning these switches and making sure they connect properly before we send them out to the remote site. And yes, they are in the same VTP domain.

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Re: No connectivity between switches...

Which side is the fiber facing? Towards the gigabit SFPs on the switches?

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Re: No connectivity between switches...

Duh, if I'd read a little more closely.

Are these standard gigabit SFPs, and are the media converters gigabit fiber.

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Re: No connectivity between switches...

Actually the media converters only operate at 100base-FX to 100base-TX. I tried to hardcode a speed of 100 in on the trunking interface, but it wouldn't accept the command.

New Member

Re: No connectivity between switches...

That would very likely be your issue then. SFPs are typically gigabit only. Fiber transceivers from cisco are pretty much either 100base FX or 1000base FX.

To prove your configuration you'd be better off duplicating the trunk config on a copper port and using a crossover cable to verify.

This is why you couldn't hard-set the port speed. It's already hard-set at gigabit. What is the model of SFP being used?

New Member

Re: No connectivity between switches...

Yes, the LC side of the cord is plugged into the SFP transciever on the switch and the ST side is plugged into the media converter (for both switches).

bjw Silver
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Re: No connectivity between switches...

What type of transceivers? Sometime's there's a MDI-X, or maybe some vendor specific equivelent switch settings that have to be made. For transition M/Cs the MID-X settings must be different on both ends of the MC---copper---MC side.

A test would be to move the whole fiber>copper>fiber link to a known good switch fiber interface and eliminate the patching process as a problem.

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Re: No connectivity between switches...

After consulting one of my co-workers, he seems pretty confident as well that the problem lies with the converter only supporting 100Mbs. Thanks for the help guys.

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