I have two Nexus 5000 series switches. My question lies with the Peer Link. My intentions are to use e1/31 and e1/32 on both switches as the peer link. Here are the exact SFPs that I am using for the Peer Link:

    transceiver is present
    type is Fabric Extender Transceiver
    name is CISCO-JDSU
    part number is PLRXPL-VC-S43-CG
    revision is B
    serial number is J_________Q
    nominal bitrate is 10300 MBit/sec
    Link length supported for 50/125um OM3 fiber is 100 m
    Link length supported for 62.5/125um fiber is 10 m
    cisco id is --
    cisco extended id number is 4

I have tried to configure these properly and I'm unable to get the peer-link running over these Fabric Extender style SFPs. I'm curious if I have to use SFPs that carry Data instead for the Peer-Link.

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Unfortunately the FET (as it's known) is limited to only function on links to/from fabric extenders. It can't be used to connect two switches. You'll need to go find an actual SFP-10G-SR (or equivalent) to get the links to come up.

  • The switch treats it differently. There's nothing fundamentally different about it. (it's just a shorter range optic)
    – Ricky
    Aug 15, 2021 at 15:33
  • oh? @Ricky So I CAN use them as peer-link SFPs?
    – AfroJoe
    Aug 15, 2021 at 17:22
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    NO, because the switch software won't let you. Cisco won't allow a "cheap"(er) FET to be used here. (Not that Cisco isn't over charging for every optic signed with their [not so secret] magic sauce)
    – Ricky
    Aug 15, 2021 at 20:48
  • Thanks everyone. Case closed.
    – AfroJoe
    Aug 16, 2021 at 0:27

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