ArubaOS enables use of non HPE Transceivers & DACs (Software Version: 16.02)
The following Systems have been tested already:
Needs to have at least Software Version > 16.02.000x:
2530 Starting YA.16.02.xxxx
2920 Starting WB.16.02.xxxx
2930F Starting WC.16.02.xxxx
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previous / end-of-life switches from series 3500 / 3500yl, 3800 and 5406zl / 5412zl with V1 and/or V2 modules do not support this command
New enterprise features*: Allow third-party transceiversFrom there on we looked for this new SW-Version but this was just a advance notice. July 2016 started the roll out of the new SW-Version 16.02 with the ability to enable "unsupported transceiver" or the other way around all other optics than HPE/Aruba ones. We did some tests with Aruba 2920 series. The Flexoptix optics and DACs are working fine now.First of all: Why is Aruba and Hewlett Packard creating a HPE ArubaOS for the HP switches? Hewlett Packard Networks acquired Aruba Networks and renamed the HP switching series from HP to Aruba, that's all.What does this mean for me as a HP user? You are now able to use FLEXOPTIX transceiver in you HP ProCurve / Aruba device. Just use the compatibility "Aruba Networks(ex. HP Network) SW > 16.02" with the transceiver hardware you need and follow the steps below.This feature can be enabled via the CLI on a supported switch. Please find the needed instructions to activate this feature on your HPE / Aruba device with SW-Version > 16.02
Please type this command before plugging the optics:
# allow-unsupported-transceiverDDM information are available with:
# show interface transceiver detailFor more details about the plugged transceiver, please type:
# show tech transceiver
FLEXOPTIX Transceiver will be shown as:
# show interface transceiver detail Transceiver in A1* Interface Index : 49 Type : SFP+SR Model : ?? Connector Type : LC Wavelength : 850nm Transfer Distance : 80m (50um), 20m (62.5um), 300m (50um OM3), Diagnostic Support : DOM Serial Number : unsupported Status Temperature : 55.375C Voltage : 3.2902V Tx Bias : 5.782mA Tx Power : 0.5198mW, -2.842dBm Rx Power : 0.4740mW, -3.242dBm Time Stamp : Mon Aug 15 13:24:15 2016 * third-party transceiverAn original HP J9150A will be shown as:
# show interface transceiver detail Transceiver in A2 Interface Index : 50 Type : SFP+SR Model : J9150A Connector Type : LC Wavelength : 850nm Transfer Distance : 80m (50um), 30m (62.5um), 300m (50um OM3), Diagnostic Support : DOM Serial Number : CN63G625CT Status Temperature : 45.628C Voltage : 3.3024V Tx Bias : 5.500mA Tx Power : 0.6340mW, -1.979dBm Rx Power : 0.5435mW, -2.648dBm Time Stamp : Mon Aug 15 13:24:15 2016
Out of the "HPE ArubaOS-Switch Management and Configuration Guide K/KA/KB.16.02"Allow unsupported transceivers This feature enables and disables the use of non-HPE Aruba transceivers on HPE Aruba switches. Description The Allow Unsupported Transceiver feature allows the user to try a transceiver part (including DAC cables) without the switch attempting to authenticate it as a genuine HPE Aruba part. There is no guarantee that all third-party transceivers will work: typically the ones that work are industry-standard types as identified by the MSA standards body. Those parts that do not comply will most likely still not be enabled. HPE fully backs only HPE Aruba supported transceivers (listed in the switch QuickSpecs under Accessories); support efforts will be honored. Support efforts may require the customer to replace any non-HPE Aruba transceiver/DAC with an equivalent supported HPE Aruba branded transceiver/DAC.
Transceiver technologies enabled by this feature
10-GbE SFP+ SR
10-GbE SFP+ LR
10-GbE SFP+ LRM(1)
10-GbE SFP+ ER
10-GbE SFP+ 1m Direct Attach Cable
10-GbE SFP+ 3m Direct Attach Cable
10-GbE SFP+ 5m Direct Attach Cable(1)
10-GbE SFP+ 7m Direct Attach Cable(1)
QSFP+ 1m Direct Attach
QSFP+ 3m Direct Attach
QSFP+ 5m Direct Attach
(1) May not be enabled in certain switch platforms that do not support this technology.
Allow unsupported transceivers
- Configure unsupported transceivers by issuing the following CLI command (see “CLI command” (page 95)):
The system displays a disclaimer message and requires a Y confirmation (unless the confirm option is specified).
- Do one of the following:
- If any non-HPE Aruba transceivers are present in the switch before executing the command and you want to enable them, remove and reinsert them. If you do not do so, the transceivers will not be enabled.
- If any non-HPE Aruba transceivers are not present in the switch and you want to enable them, insert them into the switch.
- (Optional) Verify that non-HPE transceivers are now allowed:
If non-HPE Aruba transceivers are now allowed, the output from this command includes the line
For a complete description of the show config command, see the HPE ArubaOS-Switch Management and Configuration Guide (version 16.02 or later) for your switch series found at www.hpe.com/networking/support
- (Optional) List the enabled transceivers:
show tech transceivers
The output from this command is similar to the following:
Transceiver Technical Information:
Port # | Type | Prod # | Serial # | Part #
A21 | 1000SX | J4858C | 3CA404J4BK | 1990-3662
H8 *| 1000SX | ?? | unsupported |
J8 | ?? | ?? | unsupported |
* Indicates an unsupported transceiver.