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fiber sfp modules compatibility

What is an SFP?

SFP is the acronym for small form-factor pluggable transceiver. To describe simply, it is a tiny transceiver capable of sending and receiving data over optical fiber. It’s a telecommunications and data communication system’s tiny optical transceiver module. It aids in the seamless conversion of Ethernet signals into optical signals for data transmission and reception. Furthermore, the SFP module is hot-swappable, making it simple to modify an existing network without having to rewire the entire cable infrastructure.

1.25G SFP Optical Module

What is SFP Compatibility?


To understand SFP compatibility, you must know MSA. MSA is the abbreviation for Multi-Source Agreement. MSA is multi-transceiver manufacturer agreement to ensure that all transceiver manufacturers produce standardized products that comply with specific regulations. MSA defines SFP specifications, including size, connector, and signal type to ensure that SFP modules work with branded SFP equipment.

Why SFP Need to Be Compatible?

Some major manufacturers Cisco, 3Com, etc. advertise that only SFP modules with their brands can be used with their equipment, but the official SFP modules are expensive. And cost is usually an important factor, or even the primary factor, when consumers buy certain goods. Using official SFP modules means you have to pay a lot more than compatible SFPs. A compatible SFP is also a standard product as long as it meets the MSA standard. Using a compatible SFP means you can save a lot without worrying about your equipment and SFP coming from different vendors.

How to Choose Compatible SFP?

There are many factors to choose compatible SFP: the connector type, such as SC, ST, or LC; the mode is single mode or multi mode; the wavelength, such as 1550nm, 1310nm, or 850nm; the speed, such as 10Gbps, 40Gbps.

How to Use It?

An optical fiber link (MMF optical fiber/SMF optical fiber) with a duplex LC connector is required to support the connection when the switch’s SFP port is contained in an optical SFP module with an optical port.

SFP ports and SFP modules are utilized in a variety of applications to enable high-speed,  seamless data transfers or long-distance telecommunications connections. They are typically used to connect one gigabit network switch to another network switch, hence expanding the network’s size and improving its functioning. This is useful in industrial, commercial settings, and military where a large number of equipment require high-speed, connected, and dependable connections over a large area.

Baudcom’s SFP

Baudcom’s SFP module is compatible with Zyxel, 3Com and Cisco. For Huawei, it can only be compatible with the old models, because some new devices (such as S6800 series) requires special compatibility code.

Baudcom offers all kinds of fiber optic SFP modules. For more information, please visit

Post time:2023-07-14


Lomoveishiy – Finland

I needed those to connect my PC on the third floor to have internet access in that room, and ISP installed their modem on the first floor only. After dropping fiber patch cables, plugged in all cables into these media converters at both sides, and link came up instantly. Was much easier than I thought!

Raymond – USA

Great experience – units worked straight out of the box – just needed plug in cables and we were done. I also like the possibility to enable jumbo frames, while we do not have a need for this feature at the current moment it’s great to have this option.

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