Media Converters

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Convert and Extend Signals Within Your Ethernet Network


Media converters are simple devices used to connect two devices or LANs that are not entirely relatable, due to different speeds, operation types, modes or media types (twisted pair, fiber, coax). They are most commonly used to insert fiber segments into copper networks. Media converters also:

  • Extend your Ethernet network beyond the 100-meter limit imposed by copper cable
  • Integrate new technology with existing equipment to support new applications and technologies and future growth
  • Extend the productive life of your existing cabling as well as the active equipment without costly, across-the-board upgrades


Media Converter Benefits

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Increase Network Reach and Speed

Break the 100-meter distance limit of CATx cable and utilize fiber links to reach distances of up to 80 km and convert link speeds from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps or from 100 Mbps to 1000 Mbps.

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Maintain Investments in Existing Equipment

Migrate a local network to fiber while protecting your investment in existing copper-based hardware and maintaining your existing infrastructure.

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Protect Data from Interference

Electromagnetic interference, or EMI, can cause corruption of data over copper-based Ethernet links. Data transmitted over fiber-optic cable, however, is completely immune to this type of noise, ensuring optimal data transmission.

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Reliable Data Transmission

A media converter is essentially two transceivers passing data back and forth to each other, so it gives you stronger access to and a smaller chance of losing any connection.


Media Converters Features

Seamless Conversion of Copper to Fiber

Connect 10/100/1000/10G Ethernet to fiber segments without using crossover cables.

Standalone or Chassis Based

Standalone media converters are deployed to convert one copper connection to fiber, whereas chassis-based media converters can be installed in a variety of configurations for enterprise-wide deployment.

802.3AF PoE / 802.3AT PoE+ Support

Power compatible PoE or PoE+ devices like access points, cameras and similar devices via copper wiring.


Enables the device port to automatically detect the cable type (straight-through or cross-wired).

Autosensing Ports

Allows media converters to automatically recognize the current local network's speed and adjust its own setting accordingly.

SFP Ports

Enables you to use a small form-factor pluggable transceiver (SFP), either multimode or single-mode, to link the media converter to many kinds of fiber cable.

Media Converters Applications

Security and Surveillance

Security & Surveillance - IP Camera Backhaul

PoE+ simplifies installation of IP security cameras by eliminating the need for a power circuit near the installed device. PoE+ media converters power these devices and backhaul signals to remote data centers or operations centers.


Government & Defense - Fiber to the Desktop

Provide secure, high-performance LAN connections from the data center to desktops with fiber. Highly reliable with unsurpassed bandwidth, speed and security, fiber to the desktop is a perfect fit for government and defense applications.

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Enterprise - Wireless Access Point Backhaul

PoE media converters backhaul Wi-Fi data and power access points.


Extend LAN Distances With Fiber

Extend LAN reach far beyond the 100-meter limit of copper CATx cabling by converting links to fiber. Fiber links enable link distances of up to 80 km.


Fiber Mode Conversion

Convert fiber links from multimode to single-mode and vice versa.

Media Converters Product Portfolio

Ideal for linking a switch via a 10-GbE Ethernet link to a fiber backbone for extended distance. Choose from desktop and chassis-based models.
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    Choose from a wide variety of modular chassis-based converters and compact, standalone media converters for copper, fiber, T1/E1, and coax cable.
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Designed to operate in extreme temperatures, these converters have IP-rated cases, and for maximum redundancy, many offer multiple power options.
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Choose from a wide variety of managed and unmanaged modular media converters that work alone or in convenient rack mount chassis.
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Bring fiber-based Ethernet to the desktop. Choose from Gigabit and super-fast 10-Gigabit PCI-E adapter cards with copper, fiber, and SFP ports.


Extend your Ethernet network over fiber and power distant wireless access points, security cameras, sensors, and other PoE devices.

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