Not all compatibles are created equal

By Dave McCormick, CXtec Product Manager

In today’s day and age, more and more businesses are using compatible optics in their networks. The reason is simple and easy to justify – the cost savings are tremendous.

Many IT pros don’t consider compatible optics because they feel there may be quality or performance issues. If you’re considering compatibles, but still have some performance concerns, here is what you need to know.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is

New companies providing compatible optics are popping up seemingly every day. Some even offer pricing that looks too good to be true.

Everyone is seeking a low cost – that’s totally understandable. But we all need to do our homework before we make any purchase. Sometimes low costs that seem too good to be true are because we’re not getting the highest quality hardware.

When doing your research on compatible optics, make sure of the following:

  1. The transceivers will be made with the highest quality tier 1 optics.
  2. The transceivers are guaranteed to be 100% compatible with your equipment.
  3. The seller stands behind them with a solid warranty.

Keep a vigilant eye

One of the main problems with lower-quality optics in transceivers is that under load they will drop packets/frames. LAN protocols and/or applications take care of transmission errors automatically, but at the cost of a re-transmit. 

The cost of the wasted bandwidth can quickly become more valuable than the original purchase price of the transceiver. It’s crucial that you ensure quality in your compatibles – the performance challenges of low-quality optics will just wind up costing you in the long run.

You can save money and get great quality

If you’re a fan of saving money, then you should be a fan of compatible optics. It’s possible to find a trustworthy vendor who provides high-quality compatibles.

Now that you know the questions to ask, the decision is pretty much a no-brainer. When the above criteria is met, you’ll get quality optics you can rely on. Savings and quality going hand-in-hand – now that’s an equation we can all get behind.

Learn even more about how compatible network optics can save you valuable budget money here.