Pica8 OpenFlow Switch

How do I access the console port?

All Pica8 switches come with a serial console port and at least one Ethernet management port. Both serial port and Ethernet port use RJ-45 connectors, so you need to pay attention to the fine print on the ports to tell which one is the serial console port (“Con”) and which is the Ethernet management port (“Eth”).

The pin-out of the Pica8 management ports is exactly the same as the Cisco’s. The easiest way to access the serial port is to use an RJ-45 to nine-pin (RS-232 or DB9) female cable. The RJ-45 plugs into the female RJ-45 console port on the switch. The RS-232/DB9 connects directly to a standard PC type serial port.

You can buy this type of cable at PChome and other 3C retailers. Connection settings of the serial port:

  • Baud rate: 115200
  • Data bits: 8
  • Stop bits: 1
  • Parity bits: 0
  • Flow control: none (or xon/xoff)

Which SFP, SFP+ and QSFP+ modules do you support?

Pica8 supports any off-the-shelf-SFP, SFP+ and QSFP+ modules, as long as they are compatible to the standard. Pica8 has tested the following products:


  • Finisar FCLF8521P2BTL
  • Finisar FTRJ8519p1BNL
  • Finisar FCMJ-8521-3
  • Cisco 1000 BASE-SX
  • JDS Uniphase JSM-12L0AA1
  • JDS Uniphase JSM-12S0AA1
  • Optech OP6C-TX1-00-C2


  • Finisar FTLX8571 (SR)
  • Finisar FTLX1471 (LR)


  • Finisar FTL410QE1C (100m)
  • Finisar FTL4C1QEC (10km)

What kind of modes does the Pica8 switch have?

The operating system of Pica8 switch is names PicOS, developed by Pica8. PicOS includes a layer-2/layer-3 switching mode (L2/l3 mode), and an Open vSwitch mode (OvS mode). L2/L3 mode is the proprietary switch software developed by Pica8 that supports traditional switching protocols and OpenFlow. OvS mode is a port of the OpenFlow software switch, www.openvswitch.org, and supports Linux-based virtualization orchestration technology including OpenStack.

Where can I find the latest PicOS images?

Please click here to view PicOS releases.

How can I upgrade PicOS?

Please click here to download the image upgrade guide.

Which OpenFlow versions does the switch support?

For PicOS version 2.0.4, both the L2/L3 and OvS modes support OpenFlow 1.0, 1.2 and 1.3.

Where do I start in L2/L3 mode?

Please click here to go to the L2/L3 mode troubleshooting page.

Where do I start in OvS mode?

Please click here to go to the OvS mode troubleshooting page.