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Best Meraki Compatible SFP transceiver manufacture

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Best Meraki Compatible SFP transceiver manufacture

Hello,

I need to interconnect MX, MS and other vendors such as Fortignate and Dell/EMC.

 

As we all know,  the price on original Meraki SFP transceiver is 5-10x more expensive then 3rd-party vendors.

 

==Cables that I need to purchase==

MA-SFP-1GB-TX
MA-SFP-10GB-SR
MA-SFP-1GB-LX10

MA-CBL-40G-50CM

MA-CBL-TA-1M

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I just wonder which manufacturers you guys've been using and if that was successful, recommending  or creating more complications.

 

Thank you.

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Re: Best Meraki Compatible SFP transceiver manufacture

I can't understand why people spend so much on networking kit, and then risk their support and the risk of software upgrades to cheap SFPs.

 

Meraki SFP's are reasonably priced compared to Cisco Enterprise ones.

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Re: Best Meraki Compatible SFP transceiver manufacture

Generally I agree with @PhilipDAth on this one. Cheap optics cause more grief than they're worth by far.

 

However, there is a third class of optics out there... https://interoptic.com/ is an example. I've heard very good things about InterOptic, but I have never used them personally and in no way endorse them. 

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Re: Best Meraki Compatible SFP transceiver manufacture

I don't completely disagree with PhilipDAth, but can understand why people look elsewhere when the price is so different.  I have had good luck with https://www.fluxlight.com over the years.

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Re: Best Meraki Compatible SFP transceiver manufacture

I've used both. If you want maximum support and visibility go with the Meraki SFPs.  As @PhilipDAth pointed out, they are not too much different in price from other leading vendor SFPs.  

Adam R MS | CISSP, CISM, VCP, MCITP, CCNP, ITILv3, CMNO
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Re: Best Meraki Compatible SFP transceiver manufacture

I see a lot of Microsemi used. I believe that they are identical to the ones HPE Aruba is selling with higher prices.

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Re: Best Meraki Compatible SFP transceiver manufacture

We mainly use Meraki SFP modules but have a couple of Cisco SFP modules and a couple of Allied Telesis SFP+ modules.

Be aware that Meraki won't offer support if your problem relates to a 3rd party receiver.
Meraki CMNO, Ruckus WISE, Sonicwall CSSA, Allied Telesis CASE & CAI
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Re: Best Meraki Compatible SFP transceiver manufacture

10Gtek is a professional transceivers vendor that compatible with Cisco, Meraki and other named brands. 10Gtek products are in a pretty good price and high quality. I have had good luck with 10Gtek https://www.sfpcables.com/sfp-transceivers and https://www.sfpcables.com/sfp-1-25g-series over the years.

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Re: Best Meraki Compatible SFP transceiver manufacture

Most people may disagree with me but I speak from 15+ years of experience using aftermarket SFPs with Cisco gear. There's no difference!

Cisco DOES NOT manufacture SFPs, they OEM it from Finisar and possibly others. I've bough SFPs straight from the Finisar factory and they told me Cisco was one of their clients. All they do it put a different branding sticker and sometimes hardcode a vendor ID in it, that's why you get a warning on some Cisco switches.

 

Buy it from the right manufacturer and it's the same. 10 years ago I used to buy thousands from the source for $20-30/piece for 1G SFPs when Cisco's list on those was $500 to $1000 !!!! At that point throwing in 10% extra was still 10x cheaper!!! And till today, I've NEVER had a single one fail! I still keep a 10 year old finisar SFP in my laptop bag that been abused, and it still works flawlessly! 

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Re: Best Meraki Compatible SFP transceiver manufacture

100% agreed.

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