1. Prepare the Installation Site
Ensure the cabling infrastructure meets the necessary network specifications.
See the following table for cable types and lengths, and see appendix B,
"Switch Ports and Network Cables" on
For either 10, 100 Mbps or 1000 Mbps
Category 5 or better, 100-ohm UTP or shielded
twisted-pair (STP) balanced cable. For 1000
Mbps (gigabit) operation, Category 5e cabling
or better is recommended.
Multimode fiber-optic cables fitted with LC
Single-mode fiber-optic cables fitted with LC
The multimode cables specified for the Gigabit-
SX mini-GBIC may also be used, but a mode-
conditioning patch cord may be needed — See
the Installation Guide that came with your
module for more information.
The same single-mode fiber-optic cables as for
Gigabit-LH - Between the transmit and receive ends of the cable, at least 5db of attenuation is required for a reliable
connection. This is equivalent to 20km of the fiber-optic cable. For distances less than 20km, you must add attenuators
to bring the total attenuation to at least 5db. Most cable vendors carry attenuators.
Summary of Cable Types to Use with the Switch
Fiber Optic Cables
Installing the Series 5400zl Switches
for more information:
Note: The ProCurve 10/100/1000-T zl
Modules and 100/1000-T Transceiver are
compatible with the IEEE 802.3ab standard
including the "Auto MDI/MDI-X" feature,
which allows use either straight-through or
crossover twisted-pair cables for
connecting to any network devices
including end nodes, such as computers, or
to other switches, hubs, and routers.
The Auto MDI/MDI-X feature only works
when the port is in auto-negotiation mode.
220 meters to 550 meters depending on the
cable used. See "Fiber-Optic Cables" on
for more information.
• single-mode cable = 10 kilometers
• multimode cable = 550 meters
• 70 kilometers