Can I connect a Dell R720 with a Broadcom 57840S Quad Port 10Gb SFP+ Direct Attach Rack Network Daughter Card (540-BBCN) and Cisco 2960S SPF connection? I'm using a Cisco Twinax cable and the ports show up as cable diconnected.

Any suggestions? Thank you

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    Which 2960S? Some 2960S series switches do have SFP+ ports, others only have SFP. If it only has SFP ports, then the likely answer is no.
    – YLearn
    Oct 7, 2014 at 15:33
  • Hello YLearn The model is WS-C2960S-48-FPS-L V02
    – Scott
    Oct 7, 2014 at 15:55
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The Cisco WS-C2960S-48-FPS-L has 4 SFP ports which operate at 1Gbps.

From the documentation I can find on the Broadcom 57840S, it has four SFP+ ports that operate at 10Gbps. I find no mention that it can support lower data rates.

As for your Cisco Twinax cables, the only ones I am aware of are 10G. These will not work in your 2960S. A couple of posts that may be somewhat relevant to this from the Cisco forums would be here and here


SFP+ = 10gig
SFP = 1gig

Most SFP+ ports will accept an SFP transceiver
SFP ports cannot support SFP+ transceivers

You might be able to connect a 1gig link from the Broadcom to your switch (if the Broadcom supports SFP, which I couldn't find), but you cannot connect a 10gig link to your switch since your four transceiver ports are all SFP, not SFP+.

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