Catalyst 6500 Series Switch Supervisor Engine Guide
Appendix A --- Pluggable Transceivers
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Pluggable Transceivers

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Pluggable Transceivers

Pluggable Transceivers

Revised: July 2012

This appendix provides pointers and references for the pluggable optical and copper transceivers that are supported on the Catalyst 6500 series supervisor engine uplink ports.

Table A-1 lists the supervisor engine models and the transceiver types and quantities that they support.

Table A-1 Supervisor Engine Transceiver Support 

Supervisor Engine
Number of Ports Supporting Transceivers
Transceiver Type Supported

Supervisor Engine 2
(all models)



Supervisor Engine 32
(WS-SUP32-GE-3B and WS-S32-GE-PISA only)



Supervisor Engine 32
(WS-SUP32-10GE-3B and WS-S32-10GE-PISA only)



Supervisor Engine 720
(WS-SUP720, WS-SUP720-3B, and WS-SUP720-3BXL)



Supervisor Engine 720-10GE
(VS-S720-10G-3C and VS-S720-10G-3CXL)


X2 or SFP+ (2 ports)1

SFP (2 ports)

Supervisor Engine 2T
(VS-S2T-10G and VS-S2T-10GXL)


X2 (2 ports)

SFP (3 ports)

1 A OneX Converter Module (CVR-X2-SFP10G) is required to install an SFP+ tranceiver in an X2 socket.

For up to date information on which models of a specific type of transceiver are supported on a supervisor engine, refer to the transceiver compatibility matrices at the following url:

For transceiver installation and removal instructions, refer to the individual transceiver installation notes at the following url:

To clean the optical connectors on transceivers and the fiber optic cable, use a CLETOP cassette cleaner and follow the product directions. If a CLETOP cassette cleaner is not available or if you want additional cleaning information, refer to the Inspection and Cleaning Procedures for Fiber-Optic Connections document at the following URL:

Warning Invisible laser radiation may be emitted from disconnected fibers or connectors. Do not stare into beams or view directly with optical instruments. Statement 1051