Having a few media converters in your toolbox can increase your flexibility while decreasing stress on the job. In this article, we will be covering the basis of media converters and their most popular uses.
Now, what is a media converter? It essentially acts as the glue for networks. It helps connect networks made up of different signal types, network protocols, data rates, connectors, or cabling types through on transceiver. A media converter is versatile because it converts light waves into electrical waves and electrical waves into light waves. Some types include copper to fiber, coax to fiber, fiber to fiber, and single mode to multi-mode.
There are a few factors that make media converters the superior and smarter choice to use. Older equipment, or legacy equipment, is the cheaper and easier solution to a new computer. The same thought goes into older buildings or complexes, or legacy buildings, where the rewiring of a whole structure is just not feasible or practical. These situations are ideal to utilize a media converter to drive costs down and productivity up. Cutting down on cost has made the media converter steadily more popular over the years.
 With the ever-changing technology of our world, the need for media converters increases. Fibers that are located outside, WANs and LANS, remote management with monitoring capabilities, and enhanced bandwidth that allows signals to go in 2 directions are a few reasons why these devices are selling in mass quantities recently.
There are several types of converters that can meet any need. There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before purchasing. Firstly, ask yourself what kind of network it will need to support? What cable or connector type do you use? What type of cables are you connecting? Finally, you need to ask yourself what kind of tasks you will need the media converter for, managed or unmanaged capabilities?
Here are some recommendations for media converters depending on how you answered the questions above. Ethernet converters connect different types of network media to allow them to connect, no matter their individual data rates. Some models can rate switch anywhere from 10/100 to 10/100/1000. A fiber media converter can switch between multi and single mode. The two types, optical and coaxial, transmit signals in either a form of light or a form of electricity, respectively.
The main goal of media converters is to decrease the amount of money spent to keep ethernet strong and increase the speed of all devices to run an overall smoother business in any setting.
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A network switch is a computer networking device that keeps users connected to each other and to the internet. It’s not just the computer itself that benefit from this device: printers, gaming consoles, DVD drives, etc. benefit from this as well. It allows you to perform various functions on multiple devices. Choosing the network switch that is right for you depends upon factors such as the number of devices and the number of people that are going to be using the network. Some of the different types of network switches are local area network (LAN) switch or active hub, unmanaged network switches, managed switches, and routers.
The LAN switch or active hub is also known as the local area network or Ethernet switch. It connects points on a company’s internal LAN and allocates the bandwidth economically so overlapping data is blocked. The LAN switch delivers data to its intended recipient and reduces traffic.
Unmanaged network switches are the easiest to install and are used mostly in home or small business settings. They also allow different devices to connect with each other. Managed switches can be customized and can enhance a networks functionality. There are two types of managed switches: smart and enterprise. Smart switches have limited features but create a web interface and accept configurations of basic settings. Enterprise switches have a wide range of management features and are often found in large companies that have a lot of connections, nodes, switches, and ports. Because they are more customizable, they are more expensive. Routers send data along networks and are usually connected to LANs or wide area networks (WANs). They are able to connect more than two networks.
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A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) uses the same wires as a telephone line to generate high-speed internet connection. The wires used in telephone installation can handle a greater range of frequencies than those used for voice. DSL takes advantage of this without having to disturb the line’s ability to carry a conversation.

ADSL, or asymmetric DSL, works on the assumption that users browse more information than they send. ADSL is sensitive to distance, limited to 18,000 feet. The maximum downstream speed is 8 megabits/second and maximum upstream speed is 640 kilobits/second. ADSL can be disqualified when loading coils, which boost voice signals, are used. Bridge taps, fiber-optic cables, and distance can also compromise ADSL signals.

Two standards for ADSL are the discrete multitone system (DMT) and the carrier less amplitude/phases system (CAP). DMT divides data signals into 247 channels, each 4 KHz wide. The system switches between channels to find the optimum for transmission and reception. CAP divides signals into three bands. Voices are carried in the 0 to 4 KHz band, the upstream channel is carried between 25 to 160 KHz, and the downstream channel is carried between 240 KHz and 1.5 MHz. Low-pass filters are used to block signals above 4 KHz. These prevent data signals from interfering with phone calls.
The DSLAM, DSL access multiplexer, consolidates connections from many users onto a single connection to the internet. DSLAM supports multiple types of DSL in a central office and different varieties of protocol and modulation in the same type of DSL. ADSL connections trace back to the DSLAM which prevents performance decrease as users increase.

Other types of DSL include: very high-bit rate DSL (VDSL), symmetric DSL (SDSL), rate-adaptive DSL (RADSL), ISDN DSL (IDSL), and universal DSL (Uni-DSL). DSL alternatives include cable and wireless.

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TE Connectivity, a global technology and manufacturing leader, recently introduced its brand-new product line of connectors. The new connectors and cages will be able to bring a speed of 28 gigabits of data rates per second, the fastest rate the globe has seen thus far. The new levels allow designers of high-speed networking systems to have a larger range of flexibility. These connector and cable assemblies are completely customizable and support PCle Gen 3 system requirements.

These connectors are CDFP which enable the highest bandwidth and port densities on the pluggable market. Each connector has 16 different channels, all with data rates up to 28 gigabits per a second.

These connectors can handle a bandwidth that totals 400Gbps, proving that TE connectivity is keeping up with the worlds increasing data usage. The assembly of these connectors consists of a simple one-piece, press-fit pluggable output/input design allows for standardization and flexibility. This design is highly attractive for high-speed networking applications which include high-performance computing systems, controller cards, servers, routers, and network interface cards.

TE Connectivity is a $13-billion-dollar technology company with a goal of producing the fastest components in today's world. Over the past 75 years, TE Connectivity has provided sensor and connectivity solutions that have led to advancements in medical technology, data communications, industrial applications and home. This global company employs more than 78,000 individuals with 7,000 of those individuals being engineers. The company is redefining what is deemed ‘possible’ by using their expertise in science to manufacturing whatever their customer needs. Whether its technology that is three to four generations from now, or solving a current problem, TE connectivity is up to the challenge.

ASAP-IT Technology has a dedicated and expansive array of cable assemblies, CDF connectors, and connector parts making us the premier supplier of electronic components. We serve customers as a one-stop shop and primary destination for product sourcing. ASAP-IT Technology will ensure that your needs are addressed in the most expeditious and transparent manner, all the while offering cost-effective component solutions. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at www.asap-ittechnology.com or call 1-714-705-4780.

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The work place has become a second home to many employees across the world, as they spend countless hours working. Many modern companies have taken the time to change the ambiance of the work place to be more imitating to a homely feel. Modeling after many Silicon Valley type companies such as Google, to reinforce that employee happiness is the backbone to a good functioning company.

Networking company Belkin International has been named one of the most desired companies to work for in recent years according the Los Angeles Business Journal.

The Business Journal creates a list of the "Best Places to Work" every year and includes 100 of the most desired work places across Los Angeles. This list has a wide range of corporation companies and has a sub list of smaller companies as well. Belkin had huge success when filling out the survey to apply for the prestigious listing.

According to sources the networking company scored “high” in areas such as:
  • Culture and Communications
  • Leadership and Planning
  • Relationship with management
  • Work Environment
  • Job Satisfaction

Many employees reported their happiness with the company and are very content with possibilities that the company offers. Employees commented such, "Belkin International has a way of really bringing the right people together. Not once have I seen jealousy or animosity towards another employee. Everyone who works here wants to do well by the company, and we all work together to get it done. Forget the egos, they don't exist here. Belkin lets their employees be themselves. No one has to be anything other than what they are at any time. We're all free to be unique, and that's what makes Belkin unique."
The Belkin Company offers a next level work experience that many growing companies wish to acquire.

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AT&T announced that it will expand and open its 1Gbps fiber optic broadband service to 38 more additional cities. This will bring the city total to 58 locations.

Two years ago, AT&T launched their GigaPower in Austin, Texas to fight against Google Fiber. Most of all of Texas has is equipped with the GigaPower along with many of California’s cities. Within the 38 additional, some of the large cities include San Francisco and San Jose, California, Detroit, Michigan, and Columbus, Ohio.

As for Google Fiber, they announced that they have picked up 18 cities, including Oklahoma City and Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida. Jeffrey Kagan, an independent analyst, mentions that AT&T is expanding more quickly than its competitor.With today's announcement, AT&T GigaPower is far outpacing every other competitor, even Google Fiber."

In addition to this statement, Kagan talks about his prediction for the future and how AT&T has a winning edge.

"Gigabit Internet is one important key to the future. Cities that get it early on have a competitive advantage. Eventually, every city will have to have this or they will be at a competitive disadvantage."

Not only has AT&T expanded more quickly, they have also been very strategic in terms of pricing. According to The Consumerist, AT&T tends to charge up to $40 more per month in markets where it's not competing with Google Fiber; the typical monthly range is $70 to $110.

AT&T GigaPower is considered to be completely 100% fiber-optic built all the way to your home while using the latest wifi technology to create the best in-home experience and also available with enhanced TV, digital voice, and DVR compatibility. Twenty-five songs can be downloaded in one second, an HD TV show can be downloaded in 3 seconds, and an HD movie can be downloaded in 36 seconds with GigaPower.

We at ASAP IT Technology we have the resources to supply a vast array of AT&T products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-ittechnology.com or call us at toll free at +1-714-418-5034.

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The Federal Communications Commission has fined the country’s second-largest cellular carrier, AT&T, with the largest fine they have ever issued: $100,000,000. That’s a hundred million dollars. The FCC is accusing AT&T for violating the FCC’s rules on corporate transparency, claiming that AT&T has been improperly “throttling” internet speeds for customers who thought they were paying for “unlimited” data.

The Federal Communications Commission has revealed that when AT&T customers surpass a certain data threshold, AT&T would improperly slow down their internet speeds. AT&T has been utilizing this practice since 2011, eliciting thousands of complaints to the FCC from thousands of AT&T customers. The FCC believes that AT&T violated their rules on corporate transparency by not correctly disclosing their policy to their customers. Many AT&T customers were misled into signing up for “unlimited” data plans. This practice has affected millions of AT&T customers. Unfortunately for these customers, they are very unlikely to receive any money from this fine. Instead, the money will go to the United States Treasury.

"Consumers deserve to get what they pay for,” said FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler. “Broadband providers must be upfront and transparent about the services they provide. The FCC will not stand idly by while consumers are deceived by misleading marketing materials and insufficient disclosure.”

AT & T has disputed these charges and claims that they will fight this fine. The company said in a statement, “The FCC has specifically identified this practice as a legitimate and reasonable way to manage network resources for the benefit of all customers, and has known for years that all of the major carriers use it.”

For AT&T, this fine comes at a precarious time, as they are currently trying to persuade regulators to approve its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, the county’s largest satellite TV provider.

Here at ASAP IT Technology, we strive to have complete transparency with our customers, providing them with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers’ production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective AT&T component and IT hardware components solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-ittechnology.com or call us at +1-714-705-4780.

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Cuba has recently launched the country’s first free public internet service. Located at the Havana cultural center, a free open Wi-Fi hotspot has been introduced to be used by all those who visit the center. Run by the famed contemporary Cuban artist Kcho, the state-owned telecom services provider Etecsa loosened Internet access in an attempt to slowly loosen the country’s strict regulation. Kcho introduced the Wi-Fi hot spot to inspire Cubans to connect and acquaint themselves with the Internet. At a speed of 2 mbps, the Wi-Fi comes directly from Kcho’s personal Internet connection. In a country where the average salary is $20 a month, the ADSL service is very pricey as it is estimated to amount to $900 a month. The undersea fiber optic cable from Venezuela allowed for Cuba to greatly increase their Internet capability in January 2013.

However, Cuba’s connectivity rates is one of the lowest in the world as dial-up accounts are extremely restricted and at-home broadband is almost nonexistent. At 2 mbps, Cuba’s internet connectivity is extremely low compared to the 10.5 mbps in the United States and 23.6 mbps in South Korea. In addition, there currently exists over 100 government-run computer cafes in Cuba with an average hourly cost of $4.50. The government prioritizes the bandwidth use and allocates most of it towards schools and workplaces. Large internet-based companies have started to take notice of Internet being introduced to Cuba. Last summer, Google sent executives to the island to promote free and open Internet to the country. Although they did not succeed, Google recently launched their Chrome browser in Cuba. Another company, Netflix, also took notice as they released their video streaming service to Cuba. Their service includes popular movies and TV shows and is targeted to those who have internet connection and international payment methods.

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At the Mobile World Congress trade show held in Barcelona, Spain in March of 2015, a number of network providers debuted documents outlining their vision of the next generation mobile networking system - 5G. The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance presented a white paper guiding the development of new platforms and standards. The 5G White Paper, containing the projected consolidated operator requirements for 5G, was developed by 100 experts worldwide. Viability and commercialization of the technology is anticipated for 2020.

At the conference, international companies presented information on 5G’s current progress. Deutsche Telekom, a German-based telecommunications company, described new systems - network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networks (SDN) - which they expect will form the backbone of a 5G’s integrated infrastructure. In addition, the company’s representatives believe that the technology will have the capability to go beyond purely mobile applications and be a globally integrated network standard with markets ranging from healthcare to automotive. The company projects that 5G speeds will be several orders of magnitude faster than LTE (the fastest network currently available).

The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5GPPP) released its own document entitled 5G Vision, which outlined key drivers of the technology, its disruptive capabilities, design principles, enabling technologies, spectrum considerations, and, finally, a projected timeline. In summary, the document touted 5G’s integrative qualities, higher quality of continuous service in high mobility or very dense/very sparse areas, and the utility of 5G in other mission critical services which require high reliability and low latency. 5G Vision delineated the technology’s essential components, which include: cellular and satellite systems, ultra-dense networks with small cells requiring improvements in interference mitigation, backhauling, and installation. Like Deutsche Telekom, 5GPPP identifies SDN and NFV as key performance technologies, but also references Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) and Fog Computing (FC). Additionally, the paper stated that very wide contiguous carrier frequencies (at least above 6 GHz) are necessary to satisfy 5G’s bandwidth requirements

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In March of 2015, Hewlett-Packard announced its acquisition of Wi-Fi equipment manufacturer Aruba Networks in a deal worth approximately USD$3 billion. The purchase is HP’s largest transaction since the company’s major restructuring into two separate personal-computer/printer and technology services businesses in 2014. Under the deal, HP will pay $24.67 per share (approximately 34% over Aruba’s current price). With the acquisition, the company hopes to bolster its presence in the networking market – products such as smartphones, tablets, connectivity, etc.The past few weeks have seen a number of notable merger and acquisition announcements in the technology sector. This same week, NXP Semiconductors announced that it will acquire Freescale Semiconductor for USD$11.8 billion.

Last week, Avago Technologies revealed it will purchase Emulex for USD$606 million.Aruba Networks, founded in 2002 in Sunnyvale, California, specializes in wireless networking access point hardware and software for large commercial enterprises such as hotels, hospitals, corporations, shopping malls, and universities. The company also offers mesh routers, remote access points, mobility access switches, mobility controllers, antennas, as well as software products including a name brand operating system – ArubaOS – which is utilized on all their access points and mobility controller offerings. Aruba will retain its name and operate as a subsidiary of HP’s Networking business, a division of the HP Enterprise Group. Aruba Networks will keep its current CEO – Dominic Orr – and chief technology officer – Keerti Melkote – at the helm. According to the press release by HP, the merger will create an integrated enterprise networking entity, combining Aruba’s expertise in mobility software and WLAN hardware and Hewlett-Packard’s experience in wired switching products. The purchase is expected to finalize in the second half of fiscal year 2015.

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