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Re: NANOG Digest, Vol 43, Issue 53
From: Jared Mauch <jared () puck nether net>
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2011 22:09:54 -0400


On Aug 13, 2011, at 11:58 AM, Dorn Hetzel wrote:

[[[ Note: If I could find cheap enough switches with an optical interface I
would be switching to optical at this point! ]]]

There are some media converters out there that take a SFP/GLC <-> RJ45 for $20-25, e.g.:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_qf_sp_sr_tl?ie=UTF8&keywords=B003H44S40&tag=pucknethernet-20&index=aps&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325

(disclosure; amazon referral url)

For the cost of 2 of these, and SFPs (plus an x-over cable) it may be worth it.  I know personally I have observed 
people giving away SFPs as marketing. This may work well for your home/farm setup.

I'm sure there are likely cheaper media converters as well, but this is in the same price range as most 5-port gigabit 
switches (x2 obviously)

- Jared

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