That’s why you should call Black Box Network Services for our channel solutions. Our
channel solutions consist of components engineered to meet or exceed all requirements
for their respective grades. And to back up our performance claims, we guarantee—for
life—all the products in our channel solutions.
What is a channel solution?
A channel solution is a cabling system from the data center to the desktop in which
every cable, jack, and patch panel is designed to work together and give you
consistent, end-to-end performance when compared with the EIA/TIA requirements.
Why buy your channel solutions from Black Box?
A supplier may claim its products meet CAT5e or CAT6 requirements, but the proof is
in the performance. At Black Box Network Services, our GigaBase® CAT5e and
GigaTrue® CAT6 Channel Solutions are actually ETL Verified. This means that four
times a year, an independent testing lab comes into our warehouse and randomly picks
the products that will be put through a rigorous passive testing process.
During passive testing, the data is sent through the channel to see how the products
compare with the requirements in the CAT5e or CAT6 specifications and to pinpoint
how much headroom the channel solutions provide above those specifications. With our
GigaBase and GigaTrue channel solutions, the result is the same in every test: They
pass with zero errors, and that testing confirms that there’s ample headroom. This
means that our cabling, jacks, and other channel components will serve you well both
now and in the future—guaranteed.
Want to find out more?
» Download our GigaBase CAT5e flyer.
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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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