Technical Documentation

Installing an SFP or XFP Transceiver in an EX-series Switch

EX-series switches have a field-replaceable unit (FRU) uplink module on the front panel. You can install four SFP transceivers in the SFP uplink module and two XFP transceivers in the XFP uplink module. The SFP and XFP transceivers in EX-series switches are hot-removable and hot-insertable.

Note: If you insert a transceiver in an SFP uplink module installed in an EX 3200 switch, a corresponding network port from the last four ports is disabled. For example, if you insert an SFP transceiver in ge-0/1/3, ge-0/0/23 is disabled. The disabled port is not listed in the output of show interface commands.

Ensure that you understand safe handling of lasers (see Laser and LED Safety Guidelines and Warnings) and have the following tools and parts available to install an SFP or XFP transceiver in an EX-series switch chassis:

  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD) grounding strap
  • A rubber safety cap for the transceiver

Ensure you understand how to prevent ESD damage (see Preventing Electrostatic Discharge Damage).

To install an SFP or XFP transceiver in an uplink module installed in an EX-series switch (see Figure 1):

  1. Attach an electrostatic discharge (ESD) grounding strap to your bare wrist, and connect the strap to the ESD point on the chassis.
  2. Remove the SFP or XFP transceiver from its bag.
  3. Ensure that the transceiver is covered by a rubber safety cap. If it is not, cover the transceiver with a safety cap.
  4. Remove the dust cover covering the port in the uplink module. Save the dust cover in case you need to cover the port later.
  5. Using both hands, carefully place the transceiver in the empty port in the uplink module. The connectors should face the uplink module.

    Caution: Ensure the transceiver is aligned correctly when you slide it into the port; misalignment might bend the pins and make the transceiver unusable.

  6. Slide the transceiver in gently until it is fully seated.
  7. Remove the rubber safety cap when you are ready to connect the cable to the transceiver.

Figure 1: Installing an SFP or XFP Transceiver in an EX-series Switch

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