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Media Conerter 101

Flexible and economical equipment for integrating and optimising fibre-converting in all networks are media conversion systems. A transceiver that transforms the electric signal that is used in the copper cable Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) Network into light wave cables for fibre optic cables is a most common form of media converter. Fiber optic communication is required if the transmission distance of copper cabling exceeds the distance between two network devices. Converting copper to fibre by means of media conversions enables the connexion of two copper ports network devices through fibre optic cabling over extended distances. 

Ethernet converters are available as switching devices for physical layer or layer 2 and can provide speed switching and other advanced switching features such as VLAN tagging. Media converters generally are protocol specific and can accommodate a wide range of network types and data rates. Media converters can also transform multiplexing (WDM) applications between wavelengths. Media converters have become a Swiss army networking knife for convergence and fibre distance expansion, deployed through the Enterprise-, Government-, Data Center-, and Telecom Fiber networks.

Media converters’ advantages

The complexity of the network, the challenging applications and the number of network devices increase the drive speed and bandwidth requirements of the Local Area Network ( LAN). Digital conversion systems provide solutions to these problems through the use of the fibre when necessary and the introduction of new equipment into current cable infrastructure. The media converter ensures seamless copper and fibre integration in the company’s LAN networks of multiple fibre types. They support the creation of a stable and more cost-efficient network through a range of protocols , data rates and media types. Media converters do more than copper to fibre converts and converts among different types of fibre.

 Ethernet Network Media Converters can support integrated switching technologies and allow the output of 10/100 and 10/100/1000 rate switches. In addition, advanced features such as VLAN, Service quality (QoS) prioritisation, Port access control and bandwidth management can be enabled by media converters. These features make it easier for end users to deploy new content, voice and video. All of the sophisticated switch capabilities can be supported by media converters in a compact, cost efficient unit.

The advantages of fibre optic cable are used by media converters

Fiber can carry more data than copper cable over long distances, and increased distances allow more users and facilities to be reached. Since fibre has no electro-magnetic emissions, it has absolute immunity to electric interference and offers greater protection than co-cabling. Fiber has become the perfect platform for business, governmental and financial networks. Fiber network infrastructure-supported distances will mainly be limited by the optical power or luminosity of the active interface hardware. Depending on the form of media converter, cable, wavelength and data rate Fiber lengths can range from 300 to 160 kilometres.