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Fine optical fibers transport waves of data sent by optical transceiver modules. Modules transport and receive optical signals. Under the Multi-Source Agreement these form factors are built by companies. Specific standards must be met in their building. Transfer speeds are what are used to classify optical transceivers together. Each supports rates from 1Gbps to 10Gbps. Module factors known as SFP and GBIC are 1Gbps. These form factors support transmissions bigger than 4Gbps down to 100mbps. Modules known as XENPAK, XFP, X2 and SFP+ support speeds of up to 10Gbps transportation.
SFP modules are small form factor pluggable. The modules are considered to be the updated version of GBIC. GBIC is a half size larger, while SFPs use a minimal fiber interface. Transport reach can go from 500 meters to 120+ kilometers. They are easy to change and easy to work on.
XENPAK modules are the widest in 10G transceiver interfaces and include a dual SC fiber interface. Cisco SFP modules are available in multi-mode and single-mode optical fiber wire, as well as operating in copper wire. 15 meters is the normal transmission span of a copper module. 300 meters is the transmission reach of multimode lines.
XFP transceivers are designed for 10G network applications, including 10G Ethernet. The standard for developing these was created by some of the leading manufacturers in the field. Basic to care for and change, they are also small hot pluggable. This module is utilized in conjunction with laser multimode fibers.
GBIC is short for giga-bit interface converter. This optical works transforming information from a form for the Ethernet network to a form for the fiber optic network. This module joins networks to the fiber optic patch cords. GBIC classification is determined on its wavelength, transfer rate, optical power, and range. They are hot pluggable, which enables one port to be changed to another, without having to power down the switch or router.
Optical networking solutions is an industry that continues to expand and grow. The list above is only a few of the optical options that you will have to choose from. Once again, finding the right distributor will be just as crucial as your education of optical transceivers, and how they work. A vendor who sells a broad range of optical interfaces will be helpful. It's important that they at least have a background and experience in all types of fiber optical products. This will be really crucial if you are not an expert yourself.