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Bi-Directional Optical Transceivers

Available now for use at our LINX Manchester exchange.

What is a Bi-Directional Optical Transceiver and How Does it Work


Bi-directional optical transceivers (or BiDi transceivers for short) allow the transmitting and receiving of data on a single fibre. 

When connecting to the London Internet Exchange most members will connect using a fibre pair or cross connect. One fibre is dedicated to receiving data from network equipment and the other fibre will be dedicated to transmitting data to the network.

Bi-Di optics split the light into different wavelengths using wave division multiplexors (WDM). They must work as a matched pair having the correct receive and transmit wavelength.


If you are interested in ordering a BiDi transceiver please complete the new/upgrade portal form and tick the checkbox that appears for BiDirectional Optic when ordering at LINX Manchester.



Benefits of Bi-Directional Optics

  • Reduced interconnect costs
  • Doubles the capacity of each cross connect
  • Optical Distribution Frame (ODF) port reduction
  • Conduit space saving
  • Ports charged at the same rate as traditional optics

Usual naming convention has one device referred to as upstream and one as downstream. For delivery of the LINX Bi-Di product LINX will always be the downstream device.

The member will have to purchase the corresponding downstream device.

The wavelengths of its Bi-Di transceivers are as shown in the table below.

Port SizeMember Side
10GTransmit (nm) 1270

Receive (nm) 1330

Transmit (nm) 1330

Receive (nm) 1270

BiDi Transceivers are currently only available for 10G ports and there is no additional charge for use other than a £200 installation charge.


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