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How to install and remove a SFP+ Transceiver

The installation of a SFP+ transceiver is quite simple. However it is highly advisable to read the installation manual in order to familiarize with the module and follow the various tips regarding the installation of the module. SFP+ transceivers come with different characteristics and they can use four different latching mechanisms:

  • Bail Clap mechanism
  • Mylar Tab mechanism
  • Slide Tab mechanism
  • Actuator Button mechanism

BlueOptics SFP+ transceiver with Bail Clap Machanism

As CBO BlueOptics© SFP+ transceivers use the Bail Clap latching mechanism we will mainly focus on this type of latching mechanism. The Bail Clap SFP+ module has a Clap that is used for securing the SFP+ transceiver in the port. This makes the type of SFP+ transceiver easy to be identified through different colors.

It is strongly recommended not to install or remove the optical SFP+ transceivers with fiber cables attached to them as this may cause a potential damage to the cable which will limit the performance of the transmission. Also removing and re-installing the optical SFP+ transceivers over and over will eventually shorten its operating life. It’s highly advisable not to remove and install these modules unless is absolutely necessary.

How to install a SFP+ transceiver?

For the installation of this type of SFP+ transceiver follow these simple steps:

  • Always attach an ESD preventive wrist strap and follow its instructions. The other end of the strap should be attached to a recommended place on the rack
  • Before inserting the SFP+ transceiver into the designated port always close the Bail Clap mechanism
  • Carefully slide the SFP+ transceiver into the respective port
  • Verify that the SFP+ transceiver is securely inserted and seated in the port
  • Remove the dust plug only when you are ready to attach the fiber optic cable. Do not remove the dust plug before as this will limit the transmission performance because dust can easily block the optical light

How to remove a SFP+ transceiver?

Removing the SFP+ transceiver is also a very simple process if you follow the instructions:

  • Attach an ESD preventive wrist strap and follow its instructions. The other end of the strap should be attached to a recommended place on the rack
  • Disconnect the cable from the SFP+ transceiver and immediately insert the dust plug. The dust plug won’t interfere with the removal process
  • Open the Bail Clap mechanism, with the help of a small flat-blade screwdriver or your index finger, in a downward direction. If by any chance the dust plug interferes with the opening of the latching mechanism, remove it, open the Bail Clap and insert the dust plug immediately after
  • Grasp the optical SFP+ transceiver gently and carefully slide it out of the port
  • Place the optical SFP+ transceiver on an antistatic mat or immediately place it in a static shielding bag
  • Protect the newly opened port with a clean SFP module cage cover. The module cage cover should be always inserted when there is no SFP+ module installed
  • Additional General rules for the installation of a SFP+ transceiver

    When installing and removing various optical SFP+ transceivers, the general rules are:

    • Always wear an ESD preventive strap. This strap can either be attached to your wrist or your ankle. ESD stands for Electrostatic Discharge. This is a sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects. The buildup of the static electricity can be caused by an electrostatic induction
    • Do NOT remove the protective dust plugs beforehand. Always remove them when you are ready to connect the cables. Dust will eventually cause attenuation
    • Always protect the open port of the device with a dedicated module cage cover
    • It is highly recommended to always refer to the datasheet or user manual of any new SFP+ transceivers to familiarize with its properties and the latching mechanism. As there are many manufacturers offering their SFP+ transceivers on the market, they use different latching mechanisms and different latching mechanisms have different installation and removal procedures