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Clarification regarding DFE Support of 100Mb MGBICs

  • 1.  Clarification regarding DFE Support of 100Mb MGBICs

    Posted 11-25-2013 18:36
    Article ID: 11788

    Products
    Matrix N-Series DFE
    MGBIC-LC04
    MGBIC-LC05
    MGBIC-N-LC04
    MGBIC-N-LC05

    Goals
    The DFE product line supports the use of 100Base-X fiber uplink modules in an MGBIC form-factor. This article clarifies the hardware and firmware necessary to install and successfully use them.

    Solution
    Release notes (for example, Platinum/Diamond) state support of this MGBIC type:MGBIC-LC04 100 Mb, 100Base-FX, IEEE 802.3 MM, 1310 nm Long Wavelength, 2 KM, LC SFP
    MGBIC-LC05 100 Mb, 100Base-LX10, IEEE 802.3 SM, 1310 nm Long Wavelength, 10 KM, LC SFP[/code]Note that the "-N" variation of the MGBIC names was used upon initial release, and has now been standardized by removal of the "-N" designation. There is no functional difference between the MGBIC-LC0x and the MGBIC-N-LC0x.

    The hardware hierarchy consists of slot/standalone modules, MGBICs installed in MGBIC/SFP slots, and NEMs installed in NEM slots. Certain NEM types (as listed below) have MGBIC/SFP slots.** Slot/Standalone Modules **

    Any DFE Gold, Platinum, or Diamond module with MGBIC/SFP slots:
    The MGBIC/SFP slots do not support 100Base-X MGBICs.

    Any DFE Gold, Platinum, or Diamond module with NEM slots:
    The NEM slots support uplink modules including the 7G/7K NEMs listed below.

    ** Network Expansion Modules (NEMs) **

    7G-6MGBIC NEM with 6 1000Base-X mini-GBIC slots:
    Any firmware.
    No 100Base-X MGBIC support.

    7G-6MGBIC-A NEM with 6 1000Base-X mini-GBIC slots:
    Requires firmware 4.05.07 or higher.
    No 100Base-X MGBIC support.

    7G-6MGBIC-B NEM with 6 1000Base-X mini-GBIC slots w/ 100FX MGBIC support:
    Requires firmware 5.41.25 or higher.
    Supports the MGBIC-LC04 (MGBIC-N-LC04).
    Supports the MGBIC-LC05 (MGBIC-N-LC05).

    7K-2XFP-6MGBIC NEM with 2 10 Gb Ethernet XFP slots, 6 1000Base-X mini-GBIC
    slots w/ 100FX MGBIC support:
    Requires firmware 5.41.25 or higher.
    Supports the MGBIC-LC04 (MGBIC-N-LC04).
    Supports the MGBIC-LC05 (MGBIC-N-LC05).[/code]Further 7G-6MGBIC-A / 7G-6MGBIC-B / 7K-2XFP-6MGBIC information, including MGBIC Optical Specifications, may be found on the manuals download page (Documentation tab, Hardware Documentation->Network Expansion Modules section).
    See also: 12780.