The System Integrator Program has been designed specifically to aid in the development of strategic
partnerships between Black Box Network Services and qualifying System Integrators and to enhance the IT
solutions System Integrators can provide to their clients.
To qualify as a Black Box System Integrator, all the following requirements must be met:
1. All products purchased from Black Box under the System Integrator discount program
must be for resale to the Integrator’s customers.
2. Integrators must provide a valid vendor’s license from the state(s) in which they operate.
3. Integrators must provide a completed Tax Exemption Certificate from the state(s) in which they operate
stating that the purpose of exemption is that the product purchased is for resale to the Integrator’s customers.
4. Integrators must promote the use of Black Box products within their IT solutions.
5. Integrators must submit the Black Box System Integrator Application and their Vendor’s License,
and sign our Integrator Agreement.
6. Integrators must have a business model of providing turnkey IT solutions, including, without limitation,
value-added engineering, implementation services, and maintenance of installed systems.
7. Integrators must complete the Black Box product training program.
8. Integrators must execute the Black Box System Integrator Agreement.
9. Integrators must be incorporated and do business in the continental United States.
10. Integrators must be approved by Black Box in Black Box’s sole discretion, as evidenced by Black Box’s
execution of the Black Box System Integrator Agreement.
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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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