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Functions and Benefits of Media Converters

Posted on February 15, 2023 Sara Lewis Functions and Benefits of Media Converters

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
Those who are in the market for top-quality media converters, and more, can rely on ASAP IT Technology to find what they need with competitive prices and rapid lead-times. Our expansive inventory features more than 2 billion new, used, obsolete, and hard-to-find parts that are available for your immediate purchase. As such, we encourage you to commence procurement by requesting a quote for your comparisons through the submission of an Instant RFQ form available across our website. Upon receipt of a completed submission, our team will respond with a customized quote within 15 minutes or less! For further inquiries on our products and/or services, do not hesitate to give us a call or email, as we are available 24/7x365.

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