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Converting the QSFP+ Ports on QFX Series Devices

The 40-Gbps QSFP+ ports on QFX Series devices can be configured to operate as four 10-Gigabit Ethernet (xe) ports, one 40-Gigabit Ethernet (xle) port.

To start converting QSFP+ ports:

  1. Click Deploy in the Network Director banner.

  2. Select the node in the View pane that contains the ports you want to convert.

  3. Select the task Device Management > Convert Ports in the Tasks pane.

    The Ports Conversion wizard opens to the Device Selection page. Continue with Selecting Devices.

This topic describes:

Selecting Devices

Use the Device Selection page to select the devices that contain the ports you want to convert.

To select devices that contain the ports you want to convert:

  1. Select the device family to filter and display devices from that device family. You can select Data Center ELS.
  2. Select the devices that contain the ports you want to convert by selecting their check boxes.
  3. Click Next.

    The Convert Ports page opens. Continue with section Converting Ports.

Table 1 describes the information provided about devices on the Device Selection page. This page lists all the devices in the selected scope that contain QSFP+ ports.

Table 1: Port Conversion Device Selection Page




Configured name of the device or IP address if no hostname is configured.

IP Address (Standalone devices only)

IP Address of the device.

Serial Number

Serial number on device chassis.


Model number of the device.

Connection State

Connection status of the device in Network Director:

  • UP—Device is connected to Network Director.

  • DOWN—Device is not connected to Network Director.

  • N/A—Connection status is unavailable to Network Director.

Config State (Standalone devices only)

Displays the configuration status of the device:

  • In Sync—The configuration on the device is in sync with the Network Director configuration for the device.

  • Out Of Sync—The configuration on the device does not match the Network Director configuration for the device. This state is usually the result of the device configuration being altered outside of Network Director.

    You cannot deploy configuration on a device from Network Director when the device is Out Of Sync. To resolve this state, use the Resynchronize Device Configuration task in Deploy mode.

  • Sync failed—An attempt to resynchronize an Out Of Sync device failed.

  • Synchronizing—The device configuration is in the process of being resynchronized.

  • N/A—The device is down.

Converting Ports

Use the Convert Ports page to convert QSFP+ ports between port types.

The page contains a table in which you configure the port conversion. The Port Name (Default) column displays the default port name.

To convert QSFP+ ports:

  1. To convert a port, click its Convert to Port column.
  2. Select an option from the list that opens:
    • No Change—Does not change the port type.

    • xle—Configures the port as one 40-Gigabit Ethernet port.

    • xe—Configures the port as a group of 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

  3. The Port Name (After Conversion) column displays what the port name will be if you commit the current settings.
  4. When you finish making port type settings, click Next.

    The Review page opens. Continue with Reviewing and Deploying Port Conversions

Reviewing and Deploying Port Conversions

Use the Review page to review settings and deploy the port conversion:

  1. To change settings from the Review page, click Back to return to previous wizard pages.
  2. When you finish making changes, click Deploy to deploy the port conversion to the selected devices.