Brocade ICX Series (cheap & powerful 10gbE/40gbE switching)

Alitech

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Thanks but I am none the wiser. I looked at the document and the vast range of kit in there. Which cable and tranceiver is right for me?

I just need to connect one 2 Mellanox Connect X 3 cards to my 6450p switch. Which one should I buy? I need 10GB ethernet
 

Mithril

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Thanks but I am none the wiser. I looked at the document and the vast range of kit in there. Which cable and tranceiver is right for me?

I just need to connect one 2 Mellanox Connect X 3 cards to my 6450p switch. Which one should I buy? I need 10GB ethernet

Which model of the Connect X 3 cards do you have? Some have SFP+ ports on the back, some have QSFP+ ports
 

Alitech

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Ok so SFP+ on both the cards and the switch then. Mellanox tends to work with "everything" so as long as either the DAC or optics are compatible on the switch side you should be fine. Are you within DAC distance (5M max for passive DAC) or do you need to go with optics?
Thanks for your help. Yes well within 5m for all gear across my tiny little home office so all good there.

Which item can I go and purchase then? I just need another compatible cable and dacs right?
 

Mithril

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Thanks for your help. Yes well within 5m for all gear across my tiny little home office so all good there.

Which item can I go and purchase then? I just need another compatible cable and dacs right?
So a "DAC" is a cable, stands for "direct attach cable", think of it almost like a HDMI cable, many many copper wires that (mostly) connect from one side to the other, insulation from interference, etc. There's a small bit of electronics in each connector that tells what you plugged it into what you just plugged in. From an electrical point of view theres no difference between DACs of the same quality and length. However some devices (switches and cards both) are programmed to only work with specific cables (and/or optics).

My personal suggestion is either find someone in this long, long thread that mentions a specific DAC working, ideally with your exact switch, or buy a brocade brand DAC on ebay and make sure it works before buying a second. Personally for SFP+ I have a bunch of optics I picked up from computer recyclers (or good ebay listings) so I've got a bunch of brands. I have a 6610 that should be here this week, I'll test my optics and DACs and report what works. I know that's not your exact model, but it's the same generation I think
 

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Thanks for your help. Yes well within 5m for all gear across my tiny little home office so all good there.

Which item can I go and purchase then? I just need another compatible cable and dacs right?
literally any 10gbe DAC will work, you won't gain anything by going "brocade certified", because there's no optics monitoring information from DAC cables as there's no optics

10G SFP+ DAC Cable 2m - Cisco SFP-H10GB-CU2M Twinax Copper Passive Cable in US 603149406483 | eBay
 

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literally any 10gbe DAC will work, you won't gain anything by going "brocade certified", because there's no optics monitoring information from DAC cables as there's no optics

10G SFP+ DAC Cable 2m - Cisco SFP-H10GB-CU2M Twinax Copper Passive Cable in US 603149406483 | eBay
Unrelated Question : was just watching a youtube video on 100GBe Switches. I"m certainly not buying one; but was curious about their noise : If you have experience with one, are they as insanely loud and power hungry as one might guess? What price range are they in? $10,000? 5000?
 

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Not sure if anyone else noticed, but it looks like Commscope acquired Arris and Ruckus. Ruckus support site is still linked through the new Commscope pages.
 

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Not sure if anyone else noticed, but it looks like Commscope acquired Arris and Ruckus. Ruckus support site is still linked through the new Commscope pages.
Yeah this happened last year. I had to purchase some switches for a client and I was dealing with presales people who worked for Commscope, though they were VERY knowledgeable about the kit. hehe I still managed to score some Ruckus stickers after the deal (they had no more Brocade stickers) and the Ruckus stickers were almost gone.
 

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Hello,
i am looking for a compatible RJ45 Tranceiver with 1G/2,5G/5G and 10G support. Has anyone tested this yet and can recomend a module?
Otherwise i would order the ordinary Fiberstore . com module with brocade compatibility. thanks
 

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To answer my own question yes it appears different models are stackable

From Brocade stackable models
That paragraph means all those models support the stacking feature, not that they can be stacked together. The only models that support mixed stacking are the 6450 and 6610, but calling it stacking is a misnomer. If you used the search function in this thread you'd find this covered a lot of times https://forums.servethehome.com/ind...be-40gbe-switching.21107/page-154#post-253912
 
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Hello all, just won an ICX 7150-C12P! Does anyone know if the 2x 1Gbe RJ45 uplink ports can just be used with normal hosts, making it a total of 14x 1Gbe RJ45 ports? Or are they required to be uplink only?
 
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