Limitations of uplink port exactly?

lightminer

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For an uplink port, can you simply plug it into another server? I don't want to use it in a particular case for another switch or router. I know on some you can turn it off or on as being an uplink port, I'm looking at the SG500X-24 from Cisco and want to use the optional 10 GbE simply as another port.
 

lightminer

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Yeah, I've been trying to figure out 10GbE crossover cables and I'm not finding much good info out there. The port on the Cisco switch is a 10 GbE sfp+ port, I'm not even 100% sure its base-T.
 
Sorry, I haven't worked with 10GbE and I'm unsure of it's requirements and cable pinout. On gigbit networks, uplink ports aren't needed as the gigabit spec calls for auto mdi-x. I'd assume it's the same for 10GbE. This should eliminate the need for crossover cables assuming the device you are connected to (router or switch) is also 10GbE.
 

lightminer

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Well, it is a little scary because a lower-end switch in the same family lists auto mdi-x and the one I want doesn't list it. However, now that I had a term to look up I did read in several places that it is in place for most/all gigabit/10GbE equipment, and that would be great. Thanks for the pointers! So while I'm still not sure, I will buy the device and test...