What is the difference between compatible, supported and original SFPs?

What is the difference between compatible, supported and original SFPs?

The landscape of Small Form-factor Pluggables (SFPs) consists of Compatible, Supported, and Original or Official SFPs. Each type offers unique features and considerations, from universal compatibility to brand-specific coding and brand-assured options.  

Type of SFPDescriptionUnique Features
Compatible SFPsDeveloped by third-party Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), these SFPs employ a universal coding scheme that ensures interoperability across various types of switches.Universal compatibility across all switch types. Users may see a benign "unsupported transceiver" message, which does not affect functionality.
Supported SFPsAlso produced by third-party OEMs, these SFPs contain code specifically tailored for a particular brand or family of switches.Brand-specific coding eliminates the "unsupported transceiver" message. Most third-party vendors can customize code compatibility.
Original or Official SFPsReleased by the brand name companies, these SFPs are guaranteed to be compatible with the corresponding hardware.Guaranteed compatibility with specific hardware, but at a higher cost. Limited development of new SFP variants.

Compatible SFPs

Compatible Small Form-factor Pluggables (SFPs) are those developed by third-party Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) which employ a universal coding scheme, ensuring interoperability across diverse switch types. When engaging the Digital Diagnostic Monitoring (DDM) functionality embedded within these SFPs, users may occasionally encounter an "unsupported transceiver" notification. This message is purely cosmetic, leaving the performance of the transceiver entirely unaffected.

Supported SFPs

Also produced by third-party OEMs, supported sfps, contain code specifically tailored for a certain brand or family of switches. A considerable number of third-party vendors have the capability to customize the code, thus ensuring compatibility with distinct switch families. This gives the impression to the switch that an original SFP has been inserted, thereby eliminating the "unsupported transceiver" message. This feature often compels customers to opt for Supported SFPs.

Original or official SFPs

Original or Official SFPs are those released by the brand name companies. Their chief advantage lies in their guaranteed compatibility with the associated hardware. However, these SFPs tend to carry hefty price tags, which might not represent a worthy investment in the long run. Moreover, manufacturers of original SFPs typically do not venture into the development of new SFP variants, thereby constraining customers to specific transmission distances or temperature-hardened conditions. Meanwhile, third-party optics continue to innovate, offering extended transmission ranges, superior component lasers, and rugged alternatives.

Third party optics and warranty, often misunderstood

In terms of warranty and third-party optics, even when third-party optics are utilized, brand name companies continue to extend their support for switches. In an event where a support agent insists on not providing support due to the usage of third-party optics, users can effortlessly switch the particular port to an original SFP.

Eolsystem offers

Eolsystem offers compatible (factory sealed), supported (factory sealed) and original (excess/refurbrished) SFPs . EOLSYSTEMs universally-coded pluggables have demonstrated consistent reliability in metropolitan networks over the past decade. We have made our carefully curated selection of SFP modules available at highly competitive and affordable pricing. These modules are compliant with the Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) standards, which all major equipment vendors universally respect and adhere to and have diagnostics DDM functionality.

We welcome you to reach out to our dedicated customer service team for further assistance and support. We are committed to helping you navigate your options and identify the solutions best suited to your specific needs.


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