HP ProCurve was the name of the networking division of Hewlett-Packard from 1998 to 2010 and associated with the products that it sold. The name of the division was changed to HP Networking (also called HP ProCurve Networking) in September 2010 after HP bought 3Com Corporation. As the then-ProCurve division began to offer LAN switches, Core, Datacenter, Distribution, Edge, Web managed and Unmanaged Switches. The ProCurve was also used with Network Management, Routing and Security products. HP ProCurve transceivers as the part of its networking accessories that are applied to their corresponding switches or routers. Today, we will introduce some knowledge of the HP ProCurve Mini-GBICs and SFPs.
A small form-factor pluggable (SFP) Gigabit SX transceiver with 1LC port that provides a full-duplex Gigabit solution up to 550 m on multimode fiber.
- NEW HP J4858A X121 Compatible 1000BASE-SX SFP 850nm 550m Transceiver Module
- NEW HP J4858B X121 Compatible 1000BASE-SX SFP 850nm 550m Transceiver Module
- NEW HP J4858C X121 Compatible 1000BASE-SX SFP 850nm 550m Transceiver Module
An SFP format gigabit transceiver with LC connectors using LX technology.
- NEW HP J4859A Compatible 1000BASE-LX SFP 1310nm 10km Transceiver Module
- NEW HP J4859B Compatible 1000BASE-LX SFP 1310nm 10km Transceiver Module
- NEW HP J4859C Compatible 1000BASE-LX SFP 1310nm 10km Transceiver Module
For the above products, there usually are many questions about them. The following information will let you know more about them.
According to HP ProCurve Networking Mini-GBIC Support Matrix, we can easily find out which Mini-GBICs and SFPs are supported on which ProCurve Systems. General rules are:
- Please use only genuine or high-quality 100% compatible ProCurve Mini-GBICs and SFPs on ProCurve System.
- Newer ProCurve products require revision “B” or later Mini-GBICs and SFPs (product number ends with the letter “B” or later, for example J4858B, J4859C).
HP ProCurve Mini-GBICs and SFPs have three versions, but you may not find A and B anymore in HP’s official website. In fact, the version A, B and C are the development of HP ProCurve Mini-GBIC and SFP. Though there is no big difference between these three versions, some improvement will be added in the newest version, and the supported platforms adjustment. The “revision C” Mini-GBICs (eg. J4858C, J4859C, J4860C) are supported in all ProCurve products that support Mini-GBICs. In addition, “revision B” and “revision C” mini-GBICs can be used together in any ProCurve switch that supports mini-GBICs. Actually, as the transitional products, HP stops offering the version A and version B. But version C are not supported on some old switches, thus, some users have still used the version A or version B. FS.COM can support the 100% compatible HP ProCurve Mini-GBICs and SFPs at version A, B and C, such as J4858A/B/C, J4859A/B/C, J4860A/B/C.
All ProCurve Mini-GBICs and SFPs are hot-swappable (they can be installed and removed while the switch is powered on). However, the network cable should be disconnected before removing the Mini-GBIC or SFP from the switch.
Best practice tip: After inserting a transceiver into a ProCurve switch, the Mode LED will come on for two seconds while the transceiver is initialized. Do not remove the transceiver until the Mode LED has turned off. For the Switch 2600 and 2800 Series: After inserting a transceiver into a 2600 or 2800 switch, the “M” LED will come on to indicate that the mini-GBIC slot is active. Wait at least two seconds after the “M” LED comes on if you need to remove the transceiver.