Fiber optic media converters are cost-effective networking devices used to connect two different types of networks with varying media forms. The transceiver-type media converter is a common option that converts the electrical signals moving through copper Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) network cabling into light waves that can travel across fiber optic cabling. Fiber optic connectivity is often required when the distance between two network devices is longer than the set transmission distance of copper cabling. As such, copper-to-fiber conversion using media converters allows network devices with copper ports to be connected over lengthy distances with fiber optic cabling between.
Available as Physical Layer or Layer 2 switching devices, media converters can offer rate-switching and other advanced features like VLAN tagging. They also support a large number of network types and data rates while being able to convert wavelengths for Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) applications.
Media Converter Benefits
Network speeds and bandwidth requirements are constantly being improved upon, with requirements regarding Local Area Network (LAN) steadily increasing as a result of widespread network complexity. As a whole, this has increased the growth in the number of devices commonly present on a network, and to solve connectivity issues, media converters permit fiber-optic use when necessary, integrating new equipment into existing cabling infrastructure.

Besides copper-to-fiber conversion and the ability to change between different fiber types, media converters for Ethernet networks are able to support integrated switch technology. Moreover, they are also able to support advanced features such as VLAN, Quality of Service (QoS) prioritization, port access control, and bandwidth control, all of which facilitate new data, voice, and video to end users.
These small, cost-effective devices enable interconnection between existing switches, servers, routers, and hubs, reducing capital equipment expenditures (CAPEX) by removing the need to install new fiber links. This is done by enabling WDM technology through wavelength conversion. Moreover, media converters reduce network operating costs (OPEX), as they allow one to troubleshoot and fix network equipment at distant locations without the need for a network administrator to go to that specific location.
Types of Media Converters
Different media converters are available depending on the specific network protocols, data rates, cabling, and connector types employed. For example, copper-to-fiber media converters offer connectivity for Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet devices, permitting equipment with unequal data rates and interface types to be integrated into a single network. Fiber-to-fiber media converters, on the other hand, offer connectivity between multimode and single-mode fiber optic cables, as well as between dual-fiber and single-fiber types. They also support conversion from one wavelength to another, and are available for Ethernet and TDM applications.
Other media converter types include standalone and chassis-based media converters. To start, standalone media converters are available as single units that can be AC or DC powered, and they are deployed to convert one copper connection to a fiber optic medium. Chassis-based media converters can be plugged in and installed in a number of configurations, these units typically featuring multiple power supplies to provide redundant power protection and data backplanes for optimal connectivity between modules with multi-port deployments.
Finding a Media Converter Solution
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A gateway for VoIP, otherwise known as Voice over Internet Protocol gateway is a component that transforms analog telephony signals to digital signals. The gateway is a type of hardware that has been designed to transform TDM telephony traffic from the PSTN into digital  IP packets for transport over to an IP network. A type of IP network that can receive this packet can be a LAN network, though there are many others. The VoIP portal can also transform digital IP packages into traffic known as TDM telephony. This type of connection is used for transportation across the publicly switched telephone network, which is otherwise known as the PSTN. For more detailed information on the voice over internet protocol, read the article below.
The method in which a VoIP gateway can function is simple. A voice over internet protocol portal functions as an overpass that is placed in between the publicly switched telephone network and the IP network. The voice over internet protocol, depending on the origin location of the voice traffic, will then transform the voice traffic into a standard mold that fits its destination network, which can be either the publicly switched telephone network or the IP.
In the case that the voice traffic stems from the publicly switched telephone network, the voice over internet protocol will enable the transformation from an analog voice signal into a digital signal. That digital signal is then compressed by way of a codec and is then categorized into a line of packages that can be taken with a signaling protocol and moved throughout the IP network. If the voice traffic is originating from an IP network the voice over internet protocol gateway will decompress the digital packets into a digital signal that is then converted into an analog signal to be sent across the publicly switched telephone network.
If you are working on your internet gateway, you need to use the codec and the protocol so as to ensure that the portal is working correctly. Not only that, but you must ensure that the codec is suitable for your voice over internet protocol phone system or other systems. Depending what kind of codec or protocol you use, you can significantly strengthen or weaken the quality and standards of your call.
When it comes to the protocol for the voice over internet transfer, it is the VoIP that is the determining factor of how your voice packet is taken throughout the network. Normally, a voice over internet protocol portal will maintain just one protocol.
There are various voice over internet protocols, but the most common types include but are not limited to the SIP, which is the Session Initiation Protocol, the SCCP which is the Skinny Cisco Client Control Protocol, the MGCP, and the H.323. The SIP refers to a\ standards-based protocol that is utilized and supported by the overall majority of VoIP phone systems while the SCCP is a proprietary protocol used by Cisco's as well as other IP phones. Meanwhile the MGCP refers to an older voice over internet protocol that is no longer supported, while the H.323, much like the former, is an older voice over internet protocol that is generally obsolete.
There is much to know and learn about the VoIP, so if you need any help with acquiring a certain product, get in touch with our team today and we can provide you with a same day estimate. At ASAP IT Technology, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the unique parts for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries. We’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7-365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at or call us at 1-714-705-4780.

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In today’s world, network servers provide us with countless abilities and services that many of us unknowingly rely on almost daily. From sending emails to downloading files, servers provide for a variety of internet and network activities that may benefit both individuals and businesses alike. While the network server acts as a primary component of our current IT infrastructure, many may not be familiar with their complexities and functionalities. In this blog, we will discuss more in detail on what a network server is, as well as examine some of the most commonly utilized types.
In general, a network server refers to a computer that establishes the ability for sharing resources and data to other workstations (clients) that are connected over a network. Servers may be used for simple tasks, such as sharing files and emails within an organization, or to provide for a service on the behalf of a company. The computers that operate as servers are fairly similar to standard work stations, and they are mostly differentiated due to the processes that they execute, rather than the hardware that they hold.
Nevertheless, most devices that serve to establish servers are very powerful so that they may cater towards the needs of a number of clients that are connected to it. To handle multiple processes and/or clients, a network server will often feature increased amounts of RAM, memory, hard drives, and other components. Network server stations may also have a specialized operating system so that they can continue to run and function for 24 hours a day depending on the needs of consumers and personnel.
Across the internet, a multitude of client-server models are in constant operation, and one may interact with many during a single session unknowingly as they carry out their day on a computer. One of the most common server types, and one that most would be familiar with, is the web server. These types of servers are designed to host web pages for the World Wide Web and may be accessed over HTTP or other protocols. Mail servers are another type that many may use for both personal and work related matters, and these types of servers are for the storage and transferring of emails and through LAN, WAN, and the Internet.
Beyond basic email and web servers, there are also many servers that specialize in data. With the database server, organized collections of data may be maintained and shared over a network. File servers are another type that allows for file and folder sharing over an established network. These types of servers are commonly used by many organizations, allowing for common drives or data access points that may be used by personnel for their various operations.
Depending on the need, there are various server types that can cater to a variety of clientele for data storage, business, instant communication, entertainment, and more. When it comes time to begin sourcing the hard drives, storage servers, and network server components that you need for your next project or operation, ASAP IT Technology has you covered with everything you are searching for. ASAP IT Technology is owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, and we can help you find the aviation, NSN, and electronic parts that you are searching for, new or obsolete. As a premier supplier of parts for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries, we're always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7x365. ASAP Semiconductor is an FAA 0056B accredited and AS9120B, ISO 9001:2015 certified enterprise. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at or call us at +1 (714) 705-4780.

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When setting up a typical computer network, two important devices that allow for network connection are the modem and router. For those that are newer to computer networking, distinguishing between these two devices can be difficult, especially as they can either be separate or combined devices. As everyday businesses and many day to day activities now greatly depend upon functioning networks, understanding these two devices and their capabilities can be very helpful.

What is a Modem?
The name “modem” is a portmanteau of “modulator-demodulator”, describing the functions that a modem provides for a computer network. In simpler terms, the modem is used as a medium that either encodes or decodes information that it sends and receives from other devices. While the data is on a computer, it is stored in a digital format for use. When sending information over a network, that digital format is transformed into an analog wave and sent over phone or cable lines.
There are various types of modems, and these types can affect the method in which data is transferred and a network connection is established. The cable modem connects to a network via a coaxial cable that is tightened to the back of the device. The other end of the coaxial cable may be connected to a wall panel if present, or to the back of the cable box. With current technology standards, the cable modem is considered to be the fastest option with “high speed internet” capabilities. DSL is another form of modem, allowing for connection with a cable. DSL connections work through the phone line of a network infrastructure. Similar to DSL, dial-up modems also use the phone line to establish a connection to the internet service provider (ISP). Unlike DSL, however, dial-up internet connection cannot be established while a phone is being used if there is only one line. Dial-up is also the oldest form of internet connection, and it provides slower network connections as compared to the other two options.
What is a Router?

While modems encode and decode information for use, the router connects networks and directs traffic in between them. A network consists of the internet connection and a private local network. Devices communicate to each other over the private local network, and the router bridges the connection from the local network to the internet connection. Routers also allow for establishing a Wi-Fi network, providing an access point for wireless connection of devices to the internet. Finally, routers can provide protection to devices that connect to the internet, controlling the traffic and devices that can connect to the local network.
For some connections, such as a single computer on a network, a router might not be needed. Nevertheless, they are recommended for multiple devices, as well as general business and home networking. Modems and routers may be purchased as two separate devices, connecting to each other through cabling. In recent years, some ISPs have begun offering devices that combine the router and modem into a single unit. If VOIP is a need for your project, ISPs may also have router/modem combined units that also have phone interfaces.
When it comes time to begin sourcing the analog modem and router devices and components that you need for your next project or operation, ASAP IT Technology has you covered with everything you are searching for. Owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, and we can help you find the IT hardware parts that you need, new or obsolete. As a premier supplier of parts for the computer components, we're always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7x365. ASAP Semiconductor is an FAA 0056B accredited and AS9120B, ISO 9001:2015 certified enterprise. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at or call us at +1 (714) 705-4780.

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A network adapter is defined as the component of a computer’s internal hardware that is used for communicating with another computer over a network. A network adapter enables a computer to connect with any computer, server, or other networking device via LAN connection. They can be used over both wired networks via ethernet cable and wireless networks through a router.

The network is typically the only component within a computer for interfacing or connecting with a network. Adapters are commonly built on a printed circuit board with jumpers that connect to the computer’s motherboard. Adapters for wired networks feature an RJ-45 port that uses cables for network connectivity. Wireless adapters connect to the network via a built-in or externally connected antenna. Both network adapters, whether wired or wireless, support LAN protocols like TCP/IP and others. This blog will provide further insight into network adapters, their types, and functions.

Several types of hardware adapters exist: integrated wireless chips, USB adapters, media adapter, and PCI adapters. An integrated wireless chip is a built-in network adapter that is pre-installed in a new computer. This is common only in newer models. A USB adapter is probably the most commonly-used adapter. It is a simple USB plug that fits into a port to enable computer network connections. This is found in WiFi or ethernet applications. A media adapter, sometimes called a game adapter, is used to connect to older models of game consoles or other home entertainment with modern networks, simultaneously providing WiFi capability.

The final type of network adapter, the PCI adapter, is found on older PCs. Also called a NIC(Network Interface Card), the PCI adapter is a type of add-on card installed inside a desktop computer. A variation of the PCI called a PC Card can be inserted into the side of a laptop computer and provide the same function. In addition to these, there are some types of network adapters that have no hardware component, but rather consist solely of software. These are called ‘virtual adapters’ because they lack any physical parts. Virtual adapters are commonly found in VPNs (virtual private networks), which mask your IP address and encrypt your internet traffic to protect your online identity. In addition to VPNs, virtual adapters are used in research computers or IT servers that run virtual machine technology.

How to Install A Network Adapter? 
The process of installing a network adapter differs depending on the type and model of adapter you are using, but, generally speaking, consists of two simple steps. The first step is to connect the adapter hardware to the computer, and the second is to install any corresponding software needed for the adapter to operate. Most adapters can be installed while the computer is running normally, but PCI adapters require the user to turn off and unplug the computer before installation. Regardless of the network, adapters are a necessity. Any adapter you purchase will support either WiFi or ethernet standards, and is an essential piece of both wired and wireless computer networks. Specialized adapters with very particular applications are also available, but are not commonly found or needed in most personal or workplace networks.

At ASAP IT Technology, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the wireless devices and network storage adapter parts for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries. Our inventory of over 6 billion new and obsolete parts also contains wireless NIC (network interface controller) parts and much more. We’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7-365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at or call us at 1-714-705-4780.

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A computer network is a good example of something being greater than the sum of its parts. The combination of servers, workstations, network interface cards, active & passive hubs, routers, bridges, and much more create a network of operating parts that put the world at a user’s fingertips. Each of these parts has an important task in the function of the computer network. This blog will explain what a computer networking system is and many of the smaller parts it consists of.
Servers and clients are the two components making an exchange within the network. A server, the most powerful component of a network, is a computer that holds shared files, programs, and the network operating system. Servers provide access to resources to any user of a given network. Servers come in varying types and configurations, and a single server can provide multiple services. Servers are sometimes referred to as host computers. A client in this case is a computer that accesses the server, network, and shared network resources. Client computers are essentially the user of the network. For example, if you are playing an online video game, your gaming console is the client of the game’s network. Clients are also sometimes referred to as workstations. To function, a client must be equipped with the hardware and software necessary to connect to a LAN (local area network) whether it be wireless internet or a wired connection.
The servers, clients, and network as a whole are controlled by the network operating systems (NOS). The NOS is the component that controls communications and shared resources on the network, as well as provides distributing processing ability. Current NOSs provide the basis for client/server applications, integration of all types of computers, and connection of workgroups. The operating system works in tandem with the computer’s operating system. Each client needs an additional card known as a network interface card (NIC). The NIC’s job is to move signals from from the network to the data stream inside the PC via network cables. It can also format data and control the flow of data from the client to the network and vice versa.
The heart of any network is called the hub. The hub is a centralized distribution point for all data transmission in a network. The hub receives transmissions and rebroadcasts them to the other clients connected to the network. In most cases, the hub is a passive device, meaning it does not know the destination of the data it receives and instead sends copies to all connections. Similar to the hub, the switch is a telecommunication device like a hub but with more advanced features. Switches use physical device addresses in incoming messages to identify the right destination or port to which the message must be delivered.
The router is a networking device that forwards data packets between computer networks. Routers direct information sent through the internet, such as a web page or email, from one router to another until the data reaches its destination. They are connected to two or more data lines sourced from IP networks. When data comes in, the router reads the network address to determine the final destination before directing the data to the next network.
Each of these parts plays an important role in the function of a computer network and communication system. At ASAP IT Technology, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the network hardware parts for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries. We’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7-365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at or call us at 1-714-705-4780.

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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.
 At ASAP IT Technology, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the media converters for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries, we’re always available and ready to help you find all the computer parts and equipment you need, 24/7x365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at or call us at +1-714-705-4780.

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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.
 At ASAP IT Technology, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the network switches you need, new or obsolete. As a premier supplier of IT hardware parts, we’re always available and ready to help you find all the computer hardware parts and equipment you need, 24/7x365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at or call us at +1-714-705-4780.

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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.

ASAP IT Technology, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for all your hard to find or urgent DSL switches.

ASAP IT Technology is the premier supplier of computer and cable modem parts, whether new, old or hard to find, they can help you locate it. ASAP IT Technology has a wide selection of parts to choose from and is fully equipped with a friendly staff, so you can always find what you’re looking for, at all hours of the day. If you’re interested in obtaining a quote, contact the sales department at or call +1-714-705-4780.

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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 or call 1-714-705-4780.

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