10 Gig Fiber Network Upgrade For Under $50

I ran across some Solarflare 10 Gigabit cards on eBay for $12 and decided to take the Pepsi challenge. To keep things interesting they were paired with the finest $7 Finisar transceivers and a slice of Monoprice fibre. You won’t believe what happened next! Just kidding, everything worked out of the box. Linux is gonna Linux and all that. If you need a 10 Gigabit link between two systems it’s worth looking into.

NOTE: I have zero idea if these cards work with Windows, BSD, or TempleOS.

Hardware list:
Finisar SFP+ transceiver
Solarflare SFP+ card
Full-height bracket

Monoprice OM4 LC/LC fibre

If you’re looking for a cheap 10 Gigabit switch check out the CSS326-24G-2S+RM or CRS309-1G-8S+IN.



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