SFP Transceivers

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This recipe shows you have to install and remove SFP Transceivers from your device. 

SFP transceivers are static sensitive devices. Use an ESD wrist strap or similar grounding device when handling transceivers.

Do not force the SFP transceivers into the cage slots. If the transceiver does not easily slide in and click into place, it may not be aligned correctly or may be upside down. If this happens, remove the SFP transceiver, realign it or rotate it and slide it in again.

Note: Installing and removing SFP transceivers can shorten their useful life. Do not
install or remove transceivers more than is necessary.

To Install the SFP Transceivers

  1. Ensure that you are properly grounded.
  2. Remove the caps from the SFP cage sockets on the front panel of the unit.
  3. Position the SFP transceiver in front of the cage socket opening and ensure that the transceiver is correctly oriented. When the transceiver is correctly oriented, the extraction lever will be level with the socket latch.
    Note: SFP cage socket orientation may vary. Ensure that the SFP transceiver module is correctly oriented each time that you are inserting a transceiver.
  4. Hold the sides of the SFP transceiver and slide it into the cage socket until it clicks into place.
  5. Press transceiver firmly into the cage socket with your thumb.
  6. Verify that the transceiver is latched correctly by grasping the sides of the transceiver and trying to pull it out without lowering the extraction lever.
    If the transceiver cannot be removed, it is installed and latched correctly.

    If the transceiver can be removed, reinsert it and press harder with your thumb.

    If necessary, repeat this process until the transceiver is securely latched into the cage socket.

To Remove the SFP Transceivers 

  1. Ensure that you are properly grounded.
  2. If applicable, disconnect the fiber-optic cable from the transceiver connector and install a clean dust plug in the transceiver’s optical bores.
  3. Pull the extraction lever out and down to eject the transceiver. If you are unable to use your finger to open the lever, use a small flat-head screwdriver or other similar tool to open the lever.
  4. Hold the sides of the transceiver and carefully pull it away from the cage socket.
  5. Replace the cap on the SFP cage socket and place the removed SFP transceiver into an antistatic bag.

Caution: Do not install or remove SFP transceivers while fiber-optic cables are still attached. This can cause damage to the cables, cable connectors, and the optical interfaces. It may also prevent the transceiver from latching correctly into the socket connector.

Note: Follow proper fiber-optic handling procedures when installing and removing SFP transceivers to ensure the devices remain clean and are not damaged.

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