What are Third Party Optical Transceivers and why you should buy it ?

Looking to save on Optical Transceivers costs for your Network or Data Center ? Here is a great solution that you need to consider: Third Party Optical Transceivers

What are Third Party Optical Transceivers?

First of all, let’s define what are Third Party Optical Transceivers, and the difference with OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Optics.

OEM Optics refers to optics supplied and branded by the OEM, such as Juniper transceivers for Juniper switches.

Third Party Optical Transceivers are optical transceivers supplied by a Third Party Vendor that have the same specifications as the OEM optics. For example, Optech transceivers compatible with Juniper switches are Third Party Optical Transceivers.

Most of the OEM don’t manufacture their own transceivers. They work with manufacturers that add the OEM branding on their products. The same suppliers are often manufacturing their own Third Party Optical Transceivers that are compatible with OEM switches and servers.

Price, Quality and Availability

The biggest advantage of buying Third Party Optical Transceivers over OEM Transceivers is of course Price. According to Gartner, you can save up to 50% of the cost by buying them. (More in this article)

If you are afraid that lower prices implied lower quality, in this case it’s not true ! Third Party Optical Transceivers are also compliant with MSA (Multi-Source Agreement) Standards and most of the time they are the same products as OEM optics, only without the OEM branding. Quality, Reliability and Performance are equals or even better if you choose the right third party vendor such as Optech !

Third Party Optics Vendors are able to offer a larger portfolio of products than OEM. Indeed, one vendor can offer you transceivers compatible with several switches and servers brands. In addition, their transceivers are more flexible in terms of features such as the distance reach for example.


Third Party Optical Transceivers don’t void OEM warranty. If the defect comes from the switch itself, the OEM has to support it. It the defect is due to the Third Party Optics, the OEM might not support it until change it back to OEM optics, but you can always ask help from your Third Party Vendor. Most of the time, it is due to software upgrade. Third Party Optical Transceivers don’t damage OEM equipment.

A Professional and reliant Third Party Vendor will always provide you with after sales service. They will help you with any technical problem encounter. In addition, Third Party Optical Transceivers are also under warranty and often money back guarantee.


The reasons why you should buy Third Party Optical Transceivers:

  • Lower price
  • Compatible with OEM equipment
  • Same quality (MSA Standards)
  • Larger selection of products
  • Warranty
  • Pre-sales & After-sales services

Third Party Optical Transceivers are becoming more and more common on the market. If you try them, you will never buy OEM optics ever again! 😉

Optech Compatible Brands

Optech Third Party Optical Transceivers are 100% compatible with all major switch brands. All products are tested on corresponding equipment before shipping.

Compatibility Matrix Available :
AlcatelAlliedAristaAvayaBrocadeCiscoDellDLinkEdgecoreExtreme, Fortinet, HPHPE, HP Blade, HuaweiIntelJuniperLinksysMoxa.
If you don’t find the brand or the part number that you are looking for in the below list, please contact us.

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About Optech

Optech is a leading company in developing and manufacturing Optical Transceivers and Cables solutions for Data Center and Telecom market. Since 2001, Optech has been offering accurate lead time and high quality products to customers.

Optech offers a broad range of networking and communication solutions in following categories: Optical Transceivers, SFP, 10G SFP+, 25G SFP28, 40G QSFP+, 100G QSFP28 , 400G QSFP-DD, Direct Attach Cables (DAC), Active Optical Cables (AOC), Ethernet Media Converter, Fiber Optical Patchcord, BWDM, CWDM, DWDM Mux/Demux and Repeater products.

For more information you can visit www.optech.com.tw or contact us.

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