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Transceiver vs. Transponder: What's the Difference?
What is a transceiver; what is a transponder and what is the
difference between a transceiver and a transponder? These are
questions that need to be discussed at length. Let us first clearly
define what each of these devices mean and why they are important.
Network Transceivers – Optical or Copper
A transceiver is a device that consists of a receiver and a transmitter.
The term “transceiver” is in fact a shortened form of transmitter and
receiver. The main purpose of this device is to transmit and receive
data. A transceiver has a number of different functions in addition to
sending the data back and forth through the network.
These devices help direct the flow of
traffic and perform data conversions.
They also format the information as it
comes in and out of the cables. There
are many types of transceivers such as
optical transceivers of the type XFP, SFP,
and SFP+. Transceivers are available in
the form of chipsets and hot-swappable
What is a Transponder?
Transponders are devices that serve several different purposes
based on the function they serve. “Transponder” is a shortened form
of transmitter and responder. These devices are meant to send out
an identifier signal when identification is requested by an outside
Transponder functions as a channel through which the data travels.
The data can be audio, video or images. This device is mainly used in
satellites and broadcasting systems. Transponders are capable of
transmitting and receiving signals sent through a fiber. But they are
not the same as a transceiver. Let’s understand the difference
between the two.
The Difference Between Transponders and Transceivers
Transceivers are different from transponders because they use a
different interface. Transponders make use of a serial interface, but
transponders operate on a parallel interface. This is a big difference
between the two.
The power consumption in another difference – transceivers
consume much less power and other resources than transponders.
Transponders are large and bulky devices and are not as energy
efficient as transceivers.
There are hence major differences between transponders and
transceivers when it comes to power consumption, bandwidth, and
data transmission rates. Transceivers are far more efficient devices
which provide more value for your money.