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SFP connectors, Fibre and Switches.

Last Modified: 2015-06-17
HI All.

Our client wants us to connect 3 switches with fibre.

At the moment the switch from the server room (Which has 5 servers in it) is connecting to the main switch in another room (30 meters away) with a single cat5 cable.

The other switch is similar in that it has 20 odd clients connecting to a single cat5 back to the main switch.

Their switches have 4 x SFP connectors so we wanted to connect these switches together with fibre.

My question(s) are as follows:

We can purchase an SFP to Fibre converter module but looking at the spec these are rated at 100Mbs
IS THAT CORRECT - 100Mbps - are we talking 10x's slower than a 1gb network port on the same switch - or am I getting well mixed up here?

Can we simply purchase 30 odd metres of fibre and plug it straight into the SFP converter module.

Finally - is a single fibre connection a two way connection or do you need two - one for each way - i.e. upstream and downstream.

I make no apologies for the basicness and naivety of these questions - this is new to us.

Thank you and Regards
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