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Can I have an SFP port with a RJ45/ethernet transceiver on one end and connect the other end to a regular ethernet port?

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That is perfectly fine and normal. You do not need a transceiver on both ends - just whichever side you intend to use an SFP/SFP+/QSFP port on. All you would need to account for is that they operate at the same speeds, really. For example, if the SFP/SFP+ transceiver only operates at 1Gbps or 10Gbps, and the copper port on the other side only operates at 100Mbps, you’d have a problem.

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    Thank you for your help!
    – tgurske
    Oct 20 at 15:01
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    Just a small addition: that's where PHY specs like 1000BASE-T come into play - no matter how you do it, two 1000BASE-T ports are always compatible with each other.
    – Zac67
    Oct 27 at 13:09

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