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Monitor and manage your network’s copper-to-fiber converters from a central location.
Choose from a wide variety of chassis to build a powerful media-converter solution.
A simple way to house a single media-converter module.
Adds SNMP management capability to High-Density Media Converter System II managed chassis.
Use this compact 6-slot chassis for media converter modules. Then add an SNMP module for management.
Holds three media-converter modules, plus it’s manageable with the addition of an SNMP Management Module.
Adds a redundant AC Power supply to the LMC5203A chassis.
Holds three media converter modules, plus it’s manageable with the addition of an SNMP Management Module.
House two media-converter modules in a convenient desktop chassis.
Mounts an Unmanaged 1- or 2-Slot Chassis in any standard 19" rack.
This simple chassis houses one media converter module and features a dual AC/DC power supply.
Adds redundant AC power to High-Density Media Converter System II LMC5227A chassis.
Enables you to mount an Unmanaged 1- or 2-Slot Chassis on the wall.
Enables you to install an Unmanaged 1- or 2-Slot Chassis in any standard 19" rack.
Is your AC power interface on the wrong side of the Atlantic? Switch to the right one with a Power Adapter Clip.
Replacement DC power supply for High-Density Media Converter System II LMC5208A chassis.
Adds redundant DC power to High-Density Media Converter System II LMC5206A chassis.
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Media converters interconnect different cable types such as twisted pair, fiber, and coax within an existing network. They are often used to connect newer Ethernet equipment to legacy cabling. They can also be used in pairs to insert a fiber segment into copper networks to increase cabling distances and enhance immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI).
Traditional media converters are purely Layer 1 devices that only convert electrical signals and physical media. They don’t do anything to the data coming through the link so they’re totally transparent to data. These converters have two ports—one port for each media type. Layer 1 media converters only operate at one speed and cannot, for instance, support both 10-Mbps and 100-Mbps Ethernet.
Some media converters are more advanced Layer 2 Ethernet devices that, like traditional media converters, provide Layer 1 electrical and physical conversion. But, unlike traditional media converters, they also provide Layer 2 services—in other words, they’re really switches. This kind of media converter often has more than two ports, enabling you to, for instance, extend two or more copper links across a single fiber link. They also often feature autosensing ports on the copper side, making them useful for linking segments operating at different speeds.
Media converters are available in standalone models that convert between two different media types and in chassis-based models that connect many different media types in a single housing.
Standalone converters convert between two media. But, like a small apartment, they can be outgrown. Consider your current and future applications before selecting a media converter. Standalone converters are available in many configurations, including 10BASE-T to multimode or single-mode fiber, 10BASE-T to Thin coax (ThinNet), 10BASE-T to thick coax (standard Ethernet), CDDI to FDDI, and Thin coax to fiber. 100BASE-T and 100BASE-FX models that connect UTP to single- or multimode fiber are also available. With the development of Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps), media converters have been created to make the transition to high-speed networks easier.
Chassis-based or modular media converters are normally rackmountable and have slots that house media converter modules. Like a well-planned house, the chassis gives you room to grow. These are used when many Ethernet segments of different media types need to be connected in a central location. Modules are available for the same conversions performed by the standalone converters, and 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 100BASE-FX, and Gigabit modules may also be mixed.
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