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Intel Network Adapters for Dell PowerEdge R710 Servers

With the growing prevalence of Dell PowerEdge Servers, Dell PowerEdge R710 servers gradually caught Ethernet users’ eyes for its competitive price, superb quality and low power consumption. As one part of the Dell PowerEdge Select Network, Intel Ethernet Network Adapters are high performance adapters for 1/10/25/40GbE Ethernet network connections. This article would give a brief introduction to Dell R710, Intel NDC for Dell R710 and optics for Intel NDC.

About Dell PowerEdge R710

The Dell PowerEdge R710 is a 2U rack server that can support up to two quad- or six-core Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 series processors and to eight SATA or SAS hard drives, giving you up to 18TB of internal storage. It has 18 memory slots allow for a maximum of 288GB of memory, allowing the R710 to support and memory-intensive task you can throw at it. It has low power consumption and high performance capacity, which helps you save both money and time. We would provide detailed information about Dell PowerEdge R710 in the next two parts.

Dell R710 2U Rack Server

Figure1: Dell R710 2U Rack Server

Dell R710 Dimensions

Dell R710 Dimensions

Main Features:
—Processors

Dell PowerEdge R710 adapted Intel’s E5-2600 processors, which have up to 20MB cache and up to 8 cores versus the 5500 and 5600 processors which max out at 12MB Cache and 6 cores. These 8-core processors are ideal for increased security, I/O innovation and network capabilities, and overall performance.

—Storage

The R710 supports a high level of internal storage maxing out at 18TB. That includes up to six 3.5″ hard drives or eight 2.5” hard drives. It provides support for 6Gb/s SAS, SATA, and SSD drives.

—Controller

The R710 sports Dell’s new iDRAC6 management controller, which has a dedicated network port at the rear of the server. It provides a web browser interface for remote monitoring and viewing the status of critical server components, and the Enterprise upgrade key brings in virtual boot media and KVM-over-IP remote access.

—Remote Management

Based on Symantec’s Altiris Notification Server, the Management Console takes over from Dell’s elderly IT Assistant and provides the tools to manage all your IT equipment, instead of just Dell servers. Installation is a lengthy process, but it kicks off with an automated search process that populates its database with discovered systems and SNMP-enabled devices.

Intel network Adapters for Dell PowerEdge R710 servers

According to Dell PowerEdge R710 datasheet, the Dell PowerEdge R710 servers support dual port 10GB enhanced Intel Ethernet server adapter X520-DA2. This Dell Intel Ethernet Network Daughter Card X520/I350 provides low cost, low power flexibility and scalability for the entire data center. The Intel Ethernet Network Daughter Card X520-DA2/1350-T2 provides two 1000BASE-T ports and two 10G SFP+ ports as shown in Figure 2 to support 1GbE/10GbE Ethernet network connectivity.

Intel Ethernet Network Daughter Card X520-DA2

Figure2: Intel Ethernet Network Daughter Card X520-DA2

Cables And Optical Modules for Intel NDC X520-DA2

As we mentioned before, the Intel Ethernet Network Daughter Card X520-DA2 provides two 1000BASE-T ports and two 10G SFP+ ports respectively. We can plug two Intel compatible SFP transceivers into the two 1G ports on the Intel NDC X520-DA2 respectively to achieve 1G network connection. Likewise, we can also connect Intel compatible SFP+ transceiver to the 10G port on the Intel card for making 10G data transferring. In addition, we can also use Direct Attach Cable (DAC) to achieve 10G network connectivity, such as 10Gb fibre optic cable, Intel 10G SFP+ DAC cable. DAC cables are suitable for data transmission over very short link length while optical modules are more appropriate for longer transmission distance.

Intel NDC X520-DA2 with 10G optical modules

Figure3: Intel NDC X520-DA2 with 10G optical modules

Conclusion

The Dell PowerEdge R710 server with the high performance of Intel Ethernet Network Daughter Card X520-DA2 offers you a 2U rack to efficiently address a wide range of key business applications. With the great Intel NDC card, it also provides you a perfect solution for 1G and 10G Ethernet network connectivity. You can rest assured to enjoy a low consumption but high capacity server to keep your business.

Unifi Switch Vs. EdgeSwitch

Recently, Ubiquiti Network Switch is of prevalence for building and expanding home network. EdgeSwitch and Unifi Switch are two main switch series of the Ubiquiti Network Switch. For years, the EdgeSwitch and Unifi Switch are featured as cost-effective, robust performance, and this is why many people have special favour on them. For they both a good choice for growing networks, it is necessary to make clear their differences and decide which one to choose. In this article, we will mainly introduce the EdgeSwitch and Unifi Switch, similarities and differences as well as compatible SFP transceivers for them.

unifi-switch-8-mounting

Figure1: This picture shows Unifi Switch US-8-150W

Introduction to Unifi Switch

The Unifi Switches provide 8, 16, 24, or 48 PoE Gigabit Ethernet ports to satisfy different requirement for expanding Gigabit Ethernet network and making your network cabling looks neat. They support IEEE 802.3af and IEEE 802.3at. And the operation is rather easy, you can directly connect your switch to a storage server through two SFP ports on each switch. The transmission rate can be up to 1 Gbps. For longer distance and higher bandwidth, you can use Unifi Switch with 48-port which additional added two more SFP+ port. The following picture shows a basic parameter of all the Unifi Switches models.

Chart1 Unifi Switch

Information About EdgeSwitch

As same as Unifi Switch, the EdgeSwitch have the same PoE Gigabit Ethernet ports and IEEE protocols. The most distinctive feature of Edgeswitch is that offers an extensive suite of advanced Layer-2 switching features and protocols, and also provides Layer-3 routing capability. There are 6 EdgeSwitch models, the accurate ports’ number are clearly shown in the below chart. You can use ES-8-150W, ES-16-150W and ES-24-250W as well as ES-24-500W switch models to achieve 1G Ethernet network connectivity. For SFP+ transceivers, you can choose ES-48-500W, ES-48-750W to arrive 10 Gbps connection.

Chart2-EdgeSwitch

Similarities

Both Unifi Switch and EdgeSwitch have 8, 16, 24, or 48 PoE Gigabit Ethernet ports.

—Switch models

The two switch basically share the identical switch type (switch ports and Watts), the only difference lies in the EdgeSwitch does not have one with 8 ports for 60W.

—Protocols

The Unifi Switch and EdgeSwitch both support IEEE 802.3af and IEEE 802.3at.

—Supporting Gigabit Ethernet

They are both support 1G and 10G Ethernet connection and have both SFP and SFP+ ports.

Differences

—Color
The EdgeSwitch is black while the Unifi Switch is silver.

EdgeSwitch and Unifi Switch

—Management

The Unifi Switch can only be managed through the UniFi controller while the EdgeSwitch can only be managed through it’s CLI or web interface.

—Routing protocols

The EdgeSwitches only support static routing, and there are no routing protocols implemented while Unifi Switches don’t support routing at all.

FS.COM’s Compatible SFP Module for Unifi and EdgeSwitch:

Multi-mode and singlemode SFP models are available to Unifi and Edge switch. FS.COM is a leading manufacturer and supplier of fiber optic subsystems, components and solutions. Our optical modules are well known as the superior quality and high compatibility. Besides, all of our products are tested and 100% compatible to the major brands, such as Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, Arista, etc. You can rest assured to use them. For this Unifi and Edge switch, we offer the following compatible SFP module:

1000Base-LX: SFP1G-LX-31 1310nm (SingleMode SFPs).

1000Base-SX: SFP-1G85-5M (multi-mode).

1000Base-T: SFP-GB-GE-T Module.

FS's SFP+ transceiver

Conclusion

Ubiquiti Network Switch seems to be an irresistible trend for home network connectivity. Through this passage, we learned that Unifi Switch and EdgeSwitch are different in color, management and routing protocols. If you are looking for compatible SFP transceivers for those two kinds of switch, you can take FS.COM a try. In addition to SFP transceivers, we still offer many other optical products, such as patch cables, SFP+, QSFP and QSFP28 optical modules, network cables, switches, etc. If you are interested, you can visit www.fs.com.

Ubiquiti US-8-150W POE Switch—An Economic Choice for Home Ethernet Connection

It is universally acknowledged that price is one of the key factors when we buy something. We may heave a sigh of the soaring cost of the switches of the major brands on the current market, such as Cisco, Arista, Juniper…However, that is not a good deal for home and some small enterprises to make Ethernet network connectivity. Ubiquiti POE switches provide a perfect solution for this deadlock. This article would provide the detailed information about Ubiquiti US-8-150W POE switch—its compatible Ethernet cables and SFP modules as well as connection solution.

Why Choose Ubiquiti US-8-150W POE Switch?

Nowadays, a lot of families choose Unifi to make Ethernet connection and Ubiquiti sells Unifi-compatible POE switches. Lately, the company has just launched its line of Unifi switches with two more models better suited for home use: the 16-port US-16-150W and the fanless 8-port US-8-150W. They are silent and unobtrusive. The highlight lies in their price, they only cost $299 and $199 respectively. Moreover, they integrate into the same Unifi Web interface as the APs and the Ubiquiti router/gateway. Compared to the Ubiquiti 16-port US-16-150W switch, the Ubiquiti US-8-150W POE switch is more suitable for home use in view of its unique design and function, the detailed information would be provided in the following paragraph.

unifi-switch-8-mounting

About Ubiquiti US-8-150W POE Switch

The Ubiquiti US-8-150W POE Switch delivers quiet yet powerful performance with its 10 independent switching ports. It has 8 RJ45 ports which support 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections and PoE. Two hot-swappable SFP ports support 1 Gbps connections. The switch shares a total of 150W PoE, eight Gigabit Ethernet ports offer 802.3af/at PoE+ or 24V passive PoE, and two SFP ports offer optical connectivity. You can see it more clearly in the following figure.

The front panel of Ubiquiti US-8-150W

Compatible Ethernet Cable for Ubiquiti US-8-150W

As we mentioned above, the eight RJ45 ports support 10/100/1000 Ethernet connection, so the Cat5e, Cat6 and Cat6a Ethernet cable all can be deployed. As for the most appropriate one, that depends on your actual transmission distance demand. The maximum transmission distance of each Ethernet cable is shown in the below chart. You can select a proper one for yourself based on it.

chart Ethernet cables and their maximum transmission distance

FS.COM’s Compatible SFP Modules for Ubiquiti US-8-150W:

Multi-mode and single mode SFP models are available to Ubiquiti US-8-150W. FS.COM (Fiberstore) is a leading manufacturer and supplier of fiber optic subsystems, components and solutions. We are doing business withe many well-known corporations like CloudFlare, Apple, Avago, EXFO, etc. Our optical modules are well known as the superior quality and high compatibility. Besides, all of our products are tested and 100% compatible to the major brands, such as Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, Arista, etc. You can rest assured to use them. For this Ubiquiti US-8-150W switch, we offer the following compatible SFP modules:

1000Base-LX: SFP1G-LX-31 1310nm (SingleMode SFPs).
1000Base-SX: SFP-1G85-5M (multi-mode).
1000Base-T: SFP-GB-GE-T Module.

Compatible FS.COM's SFP module for Ubiquiti US-8-150W

This figure shows compatible FS.COM’s SFP module for Ubiquiti switch.

How to Connect?

Before you begin, please make sure you have the following at hand.

1. Three ethernet cables
2. One micro-USB power cable (5V, minimum 1A as DC output).
3. Your existing router (with at least 3 available LAN ports).
4. An Unifi Switch 8-150W switch
5. UniFi Access Point (UAP) and the Cloud Key (CK) boxes

Procedures:

StepⅠ:The devices will be connected in the following manner:
Your functioning router’s LAN port > US8 (any port) > UAP + CK + Computer (all three connected to the UniFi Switch–this means your router only needs one available LAN port).

Unifi Switch 8-150W switch connection_

StepⅡ:No power injector will be needed for the UAP once it has been plugged into the UniFi Switch 8. The US-8 will provide the necessary power for the Access Point.

Step Ⅲ:The Cloud Key does not require a USB power cable or adapter–it will be powered via the US-8, just as the UAP.

Step Ⅳ:The UniFi Switch needs to be adopted by the controller, and have firmware upgraded in the same way as the UAP.

Conclusion

Through the above descriptions, we may acquire some basic information about the Ubiquiti US-8-150W POE switch. It does an economic choice for 1GbE SFP switch, especially for the home Ethernet connectivity. If you need the compatible Ethernet cables and SFP modules, you can take FS.COM a try. In addition to the above products, we also offer many other fiber optic products with high quality but low cost. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us.