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Pete Baldwin
Pete Baldwin
12/5/2012 | 5:19:54 PM
re: Gray-Market Optics Get a Brand Name


Checked with NHR, and none of the branded modules being offered so far is a Menara one.


The list of form factors includes a few that Menara wouldn't touch anyway (X2, Xenpak, GBIC). 

BigBro
BigBro
12/5/2012 | 5:19:49 PM
re: Gray-Market Optics Get a Brand Name


All I can say is "caveat emptor". All optical modules are *not* created equal.


Very few people realize that there is a microprocessor in each of those, which means there is software ("firmware") running in them.  As we all know, all software has bugs.  (Anyone who claims their software is bug-free is clueless or lying.)  There is no off-the-shelf implementation of this software (open-source or closed-source).  Every optics vendor rolls their own.


So even though "all optics follow 'The Standard'", they're not all the same.


Oh, and there is no independent body or testing organization that actually certifies whether a given vendor's optic complies with "The Standard".  It is up to each optics vendor to state whether they conform or not. Can you imagine *anyone* saying "well, we're close, but not quite 100% compliant."?

Mike Sheldon
Mike Sheldon
12/5/2012 | 5:19:31 PM
re: Gray-Market Optics Get a Brand Name

All NHR branded optics are MSA compliant and correspond to published standards for optical power, receive sensitivity and other physical characteristics.

 

 

The optics we sell as “Cisco compatible” are tested in a wide range of Cisco products for compatibility and interoperability.  The same can be said for the other “OEM compatible” optics we carry.  We guarantee our optics with a lifetime warranty and our customers can be assured that our testing procedures are best-in-class and adhere to TL9000 and ISO9001 standards.



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