Connecting Meraki MS-425 with Cisco Legacy Switches with Fiber

Abdulrhman_BM
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Connecting Meraki MS-425 with Cisco Legacy Switches with Fiber

Hi All,

We are going to connect Meraki MS-425 as a replacement of an old cisco legacy core switch  and I have questions regarding the fiber connectivity:

 

1) The SFP module connected to legacy cisco access switches are SFP 1G, so can we buy Meraki SFP+ modules and connect with those of Cisco SFP 1G? 

 

2) In case SFP+ modules are not auto negotiation or I can't manually force the speed, can I buy SFP module from Meraki and connect it in MS-425 an will work 

 

3) In case I want to use the existing SFP Module from Cisco Legacy Switch, Can I just plug them in Meraki Switch, or they are not supported 

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Bruce
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Re: Connecting Meraki MS-425 with Cisco Legacy Switches with Fiber

1) Yes you can buy Meraki SFP modules and they will work with a Cisco one at the other end, so long as you use the same type e.g. 1000Base-SX to 1000Base-SX.

 

2) Normally there is no auto-negotiation in SFPs (there are few exceptions, but basically they don’t negotiate), you buy the speed you want, either 10Gbps or 1Gbps in the case of Meraki SFP+/SFP modules. A 10Gbps SFP+ module won’t run at 1Gbps.

 

3) You can definitely try and use a Cisco SFP in a Meraki switch, in most cases they work. Technically only the SFPs listed in Meraki documentation as supported are officially supported, but a lot of other SFP modules (including many third party ones) also work.

Inderdeep
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Re: Connecting Meraki MS-425 with Cisco Legacy Switches with Fiber

@Abdulrhman_BM : if Cisco legacy switch have 1 G SFP, don’t use SFP+ on Meraki side, use SFP on Meraki side as well as @Bruce @said.

2)you can set the port with your requirements like half duplex/full duplex/auto. Make sure you set that settings both sides.

3) I am sure that SFP which is there on Cisco device will support, but try and check 

Regards
Inderdeep Singh
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PhilipDAth
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Re: Connecting Meraki MS-425 with Cisco Legacy Switches with Fiber

You can use an SFP in an SFP+ port.

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