Catalyst 3XXX Series Supports 100-MB Ethernet SFP Transceiver Module Models

We know that almost all enterprise-class switches include two or more SFP ports, allowing them to become part of a ring or star-based network topology spread among different buildings, floors or areas, and connected via fiber optic cabling.

SFPs can be used and interchanged on a wide variety of products, and they can be interchanged in combinations of 1000BASE-T, 1000BASE-SX, 1000BASE-LX/LH, 1000BASE-EX, 1000BASE-ZX or 1000BASE-BX10-D/U on a port-by-port basis.

The Cisco 100BASE-X Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) device is a hot-swappable input/output device that plugs into Fast Ethernet ports, dual-rate Fast/Gigabit Ethernet ports, or Gigabit Ethernet ports of a Cisco switch or router, linking the port with the fiber cabling network.

Main features include the following:

  • Hot-swappable when deployed, the switch or router does not have to reboot
  • Supports the “pay-as-you-populate” model
  • Interchangeable with other 100BASE-X SFPs on the same line card
  • Supports the Cisco quality ID feature that enables the switch or router to identify whether or not the SFP is a Cisco qualified SFP
  • Optically interoperable with respective 100BASE-X Ethernet interfaces on the same link

In this article we will share “the main Catalyst 3XXX Series and its software versions that support 100-MB Ethernet SFP Transceiver Module Models”

Cisco 100BASE-FX SFP

The Cisco 100BASE-FX SFP operates on ordinary multimode fiber-optic (MMF) link spans up to 2 kilometers (km) long.

  1. GLC-FE-100FX modules operate in Fast Ethernet or dual-rate Fast/Gigabit Ethernet ports of Cisco switches and routers.
  2. GLC-FE-100FX-RGD modules operate in Fast Ethernet or dual-rate Fast/Gigabit Ethernet ports of Cisco Industrial Ethernet and SmartGrid switches and routers.
  3. GLC-GE-100FX modules operate in Gigabit Ethernet ports of Cisco switches and routers.

All these modules are interoperable with industrywide interfaces compliant to the IEEE 100BASE-FX standard.

Cisco 100BASE-LX10 SFP

The Cisco 100BASE-LX10 SFP operates on ordinary single-mode fiber-optic (SMF) link spans up to 10 km long.

  1. GLC-FE-100LX modules operate in Fast Ethernet or dual-rate Fast/Gigabit Ethernet ports of Cisco switches and routers.
  2. GLC-FE-100LX-RGD modules operate in Fast Ethernet or dual-rate Fast/Gigabit Ethernet ports of Cisco Industrial Ethernet and SmartGrid switches and routers.

These modules are interoperable with industrywide interfaces compliant to the IEEE 100BASE-LX10 standard.

Cisco 100BASE-BX10 SFP

The Cisco 100BASE-BX10 (part numbers GLC-FE-100BX-D and GLC-FE-100BX-U) SFPs operate on ordinary SMF single-strand link spans up to 10 km long. A 100BASE-BX10-D device is always connected a 100BASE-BX10-U device with a single strand of standard SMF with an operating transmission range up to 10 km. The communication over a single strand of fiber is achieved by separating the transmission wavelength of the two devices as depicted in the following Figure.

100BASE-BX10-D transmits a 1550-nm channel and receives a 1310-nm signal, whereas a 100BASE-BX10-U transmits a 1310-nm wavelength and receives a 1550-nm signal. Note in Figure 2 the presence of a wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) splitter integrated into the SFP to split the 1310-nm and 1550-nm light paths.

Cisco 100BASE-EX SFP

The Cisco 100BASE-EX SFP operates on ordinary SMF link spans up to 40 km long.

GLC-FE-100EX modules operate in Fast Ethernet or dual-rate Fast/Gigabit Ethernet ports of Cisco switches and routers.

Cisco 100BASE-ZX SFP

The Cisco 100BASE-ZX SFP operates on ordinary SMF link spans up to 80 km long.

GLC-FE-100ZX modules operate in Fast Ethernet or dual-rate Fast/Gigabit Ethernet ports of Cisco switches and routers.

Cisco 100BASE-T Copper SFP

The 100BASE-T SFP operates on standard Category 5 unshielded twisted-pair copper cabling of link lengths up to 100 m (328 ft). It supports Industrial temperature range of -40 to 85C.

The Cisco SFPs are supported across a variety of Cisco switches, routers, and optical transport devices.

Connectors and Cabling

Connectors: Dual LC connector (GLC-FE-100FX, GLC-FE-100FX-RGD, GLC-GE-100FX, GLC-FE-100LX, GLC‑FE-100LX-RGD, GLC-FE-100EX, and GLC-FE-100ZX) or single LC connector (GLC-FE-100BX-D and GLC‑FE-100BX-U)

Note: When you order one of the devices listed, you must order the SFP modules separately.

Catalyst 3XXX Series Support and Minimum Software Requirements
Catalyst 3850 Series
Network Device Transceiver Model Minimum Cisco IOS Release Required
C3850-NM-4-1G
C3850-NM-2-10G[7]
Uplink Modules
GLC-GE-100FX XE 3.2.0SE
WS-C3850-12S
WS-C3850-24S
XE 3.3.3SE

7 Supported in SFP ports (1 and 2) only; not supported in SFP+ ports (3 and 4).

 

Catalyst 3750 Series
Network Device Transceiver Model Minimum Cisco IOS Release Required
WS-C3750-24PS
WS-C3750-24TS
WS-C3750-48PS
WS-C3750-48TS
WS-C3750G-12S
GLC-GE-100FX 12.2(20)SE
WS-C3750G-24PS
WS-C3750G-24TS
WS-C3750G-24TS-E1U
WS-C3750G-24TS-S1U
WS-C3750G-48PS
WS-C3750G-48TS
12.2(20)SE3
WS-C3750-24FS-S GLC-GE-100FX
GLC-FE-100FX
GLC-FE-100LX
GLC-FE-100BX-D
GLC-FE-100BX-U
12.2(25)SEB
WS-C3750V2-24PS
WS-C3750V2-24TS
WS-C3750V2-48PS
WS-C3750V2-48TS
GLC-GE-100FX 12.2(50)SE
WS-C3750V2-24FS-S GLC-GE-100FX
GLC-FE-100FX
GLC-FE-100LX
GLC-FE-100BX-D
GLC-FE-100BX-U
12.2(50)SE

 

Catalyst 3750-E Series
Network Device Transceiver Model Minimum Cisco IOS Release Required
WS-C3750E-24TD
WS-C3750E-24PD
WS-C3750E-48TD
WS-C3750E-48PD
WS-C3750E-48PDF
GLC-GE-100FX 12.2(35)SE2

 

Catalyst 3750-X Series
Network Device Transceiver Model Minimum Cisco IOS Release Required
WS-C3750X-24T
WS-C3750X-48T
WS-C3750X-24P
WS-C3750X-48P
WS-C3750X-48PF
GLC-GE-100FX 12.2(53)SE
With C3KX-NM-1G and C3KX-NM-10G
(slots 1 and 3) network modules
WS-C3750X-12S
WS-C3750X-24S
GLC-GE-100FX 12.2(58)SE1
Note: Client ports and uplink ports with
C3KX-NM-1G and C3KX-NM-10G
(slots 1 and 3) network modules

 

Catalyst 3650 Series
Network Device Transceiver Model Minimum Cisco IOS Release Required
WS-C3650-24TS
WS-C3650-48TS
WS-C3650-24PS
WS-C3650-48PS
WS-C3650-48FS
WS-C3650-24TD1
WS-C3650-48TD1
WS-C3650-24PD1
WS-C3650-24PDM*
WS-C3650-48PD1
WS-C3650-48FD1
GLC-GE-100FX XE 3.3.0SE

*This model is supported on Cisco IOS Release XE 16.2.1 and above only.

Catalyst 3560 Series
Network Device Transceiver Model Minimum Cisco IOS Release Required
WS-C3560-24PS
WS-C3560-48PS
WS-C3560-24TS
WS-C3560-48TS
GLC-GE-100FX 12.2(20)SE
WS-C3560G-24PS
WS-C3560G-24TS
WS-C3560G-48PS
WS-C3560G-48TS
12.2(20)SE3
WS-C3560-8PC GLC-FE-100FX
GLC-FE-100LX
GLC-FE-100BX-D
GLC-FE-100BX-U
12.2(35)SE
WS-C3560-12PC-S GLC-FE-100FX
GLC-FE-100LX
GLC-FE-100BX-D
GLC-FE-100BX-U
12.2(46)SE
WS-C3560V2-24PS
WS-C3560V2-24TS
WS-C3560V2-48PS
WS-C3560V2-48TS
GLC-GE-100FX 12.2(50)SE

 

Catalyst 3560-E Series
Network Device Transceiver Model Minimum Cisco IOS Release Required
WS-C3560E-24TD
WS-C3560E-24PD
WS-C3560E-48TD
WS-C3560E-48PD
WS-C3560E-48PDF
GLC-GE-100FX 12.2(35)SE2
WS-C3560E-12SD
WS-C3560E-12D
GLC-GE-100FX 12.2(44)SE

 

Catalyst 3560-X Series
Network Device Transceiver Model Minimum Cisco IOS Release Required
WS-C3560X-24T
WS-C3560X-48T
WS-C3560X-24P
WS-C3560X-48P
WS-C3560X-48PF
GLC-GE-100FX 12.2(53)SE
Note: With C3KX-NM-1G and C3KX-NM-10G (slots 1 and 3) network modules

 

Catalyst 3560-C Series
Network Device Transceiver Model Minimum Cisco IOS Release Required
WS-C3560CG-8TC-S
WS-C3560CG-8PC-S
GLC-FE-100FX
GLC-FE-100LX
GLC-FE-100BX-D
GLC-FE-100BX-U
12.2(55)EX
WS-C3560C-8PC-S
WS-C3560C-12PC-S
GLC-FE-100FX
GLC-FE-100LX
GLC-FE-100BX-D
GLC-FE-100BX-U
12.2(55)EX3

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