Product Documentation

Installing and Removing XFP and 10G SFP+ Transceivers

Jul 29, 2016
Note: This section applies to the MPX 8005/8015/8200/8400/8600/8800, MPX 9700/10500/12500/15500, MPX 15000, MPX 17000, MPX 11500/13500/14500/16500/18500/20500, MPX 11515/11520/11530/11540/11542, MPX 14000, MPX 17500/19500/21500, MPX 17550/19550/20550/21550, MPX 22040/22060/22080/22100/22120, MPX 24100/24150, MPX 25100T/25160T, and T1100 (Gen1), T1100 (16), T1120, T1300, and T1300-40G appliances.

A 10-Gigabit Small Form-Factor Pluggable (XFP or SFP+) is a compact optical transceiver that can operate at speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second.Autonegotiation is enabled by default on the XFP/10G SFP+ ports into which you insert your XFP/10G SFP+ transceiver. As soon as a link between the port and the network is established, the mode is matched on both ends of the cable and for 10G SFP+ transceivers, the speed is also autonegotiated.

Note: An XFP transceiver is not hot-swappable on the NetScaler appliances. You must restart a NetScaler appliance after you insert an XFP transceiver.
However, the 10G SFP+ transceiver is hot-swappable from release 9.3 build 57.5 and later on the NetScaler appliances that use the ixgbe (ix) interface.
The following platforms support 10G SPF+ transceivers:
  • MPX 8005/8015/8200/8400/8600/8800
  • MPX 9700/10500/12500/15500 10G and 10G FIPS
  • MPX 11500/13500/14500/16500/18500/20500
  • MPX 11515/11520/11530/11540/11542
  • MPX 14000
  • MPX 17500/19500/21500
  • MPX 17550/19550/20550/21550
  • MPX 22040/22060/22080/22100/22120
  • MPX 24100/24150
  • MPX 25100T/25160T
  • T1100 (Gen1)
  • T1100 (16)
  • T1120
  • T1300
  • T1300-40G
The following platforms support XFP transceivers:
  • MPX 15000
  • MPX 17000
Caution: NetScaler appliances do not support XFP/10G SFP+ transceivers provided by vendors other than Citrix Systems. Attempting to install third-party XFP/10G SFP+ transceivers on your NetScaler appliance voids the warranty.

Insert the XFP/10G SFP+ transceivers into the XFP/10G SFP+ ports on the front panel of the appliance. Frequent installation and removal of transceivers shortens their life span. Follow the removal procedure carefully to avoid damaging the transceiver or the appliance.

Caution: Do not install the transceivers with the cables attached. Doing so can damage the cable, the connector, or the optical interface of the transceiver.

To install an XFP/10G SFP+ transceiver

  1. Remove the XFP/10G SFP+ transceiver carefully from its box.
    Danger: Do not look directly into fiber optic transceivers and cables. They emit laser beams that can damage your eyes.
  2. Align the XFP/10G SFP+ transceiver to the front of the XFP/10G SFP+ transceiver port on the front panel of the appliance.
  3. Hold the XFP/10G SFP+ transceiver between your thumb and index finger and insert it into the XFP/10G SFP+ transceiver port, pressing it in until you hear the transceiver snap into place.
  4. Move the locking hinge to the DOWN position as shown in the following figure.
    Figure 1. Locking an XFP transceiver


  5. Verify that the LED is green and blinks twice, which indicates that the transceiver is functioning correctly.
  6. Do not remove the dust caps attached to the transceiver and cable until you are ready to insert the cable.

To remove an XFP/10G SFP+ transceiver

  1. Disconnect the cable from the XFP/10G SFP+ transceiver. Replace the dust cap on the cable before putting it away.
    Danger: Do not look directly into fiber optic transceivers or cables. They emit laser beams that can damage your eyes.
  2. Unlock the XFP/10G SFP+ transceiver by moving the locking hinge to the UP position.
  3. Hold the XFP/10G SFP+ transceiver between your thumb and index finger and slowly pull it out of the port.
  4. Replace the dust cap on the transceiver before putting it away.
  5. Put the XFP/10G SFP+ transceiver into its original box or another appropriate container.