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How to Use Fiber Media Converter in Your Network?

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How to Use Fiber Media Converter in Your Network?

Fiber media converters play an important role in today's multi-protocol, mixed media networks. We can deploy fiber media converters to integrate fiber optic cabling and active equipment into existing copper-based cabling systems, which provides convenient flexibility for your network design, making your network compatible with copper and fiber. Compared to purchasing new switches with built-in fiber ports, the fiber media converter solution is considerably more economical. In this tutorial, we may concentrate on how to use fiber media converter in your network?


Two Types Ports of Fiber Media Converter

A fiber media converter is used to extend copper UTP Ethernet cabling to distances beyond the 100 m maximum for UTP by converting the signals to fiber optic cabling. Media converters have two types of ports. One for copper and the other for fiber. In terms of fiber ports, there are two types. One is designed for fiber optic transceivers (SFP, XFP, etc), the other directly for fiber optic patch cables (SC, LC, etc). The copper ports, however, are all designed for RJ45 copper cables.

How to Use One Fiber Media Converter in Your Network?

Since fiber media converter is used to convert fiber between copper, in one fiber media converter application scene, we usually use fiber media converter to connect a copper device and a fiber device. Take the 1SFP+ and 1RJ45 Port Gigabit fiber media converter for example, follow the steps displayed below to use fiber media converter in your network.

1. Connect the copper port of Cisco switch and RJ45 port of fiber media converter using a UTP cable.

2. Insert an SFP module into SFP slot of fiber media converter.

 The connection distance can be extended up 120 km using fiber optic cables.  The connection distance is determined by the SFP module and the fiber optic cable.  For more details on supported SFP modules, refer to the following FS.COM Fiber Media Converter Solutions.

3. Insert an SFP module into SFP slot of Brocade switch.

4. Use fiber optic patch cable to connect the fiber media converter and Brocade switch.

How to Use a Pair of Fiber Media Converters in Your Network?

Unlike the application mentioned above, if we want to connect two copper devices over fiber cabling, we may use a pair of fiber media converters instead of one. In this scene, we also take the 1SFP+ and 1RJ45 Port Gigabit fiber media converter for example, follow the steps displayed below to use fiber media converter in your network.

1. Connect the copper port of Cisco switch and RJ45 port of fiber media converter #1 using a UTP cable.

2. Insert an SFP module into SFP slot of fiber media converter #1.

 The connection distance can be extended to 500m to 10km using fiber optic cables.

3. Insert an SFP module into SFP slot of fiber media converter #2.

4. Use the fiber optic patch cable to connect the fiber media converter #1 and fiber media converter #2.

5. Connect the RJ45 port of fiber media converter #2 to a Cisco switch using a UTP cable.

FS.COM Fiber Media Converter Solutions

We supply various fiber media converters including single-mode and multimode fiber, Mini, Multi-port types for Ethernet, fast Ethernet, Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet devices. Easy Plug and Play technology and unmanaged simplicity make the fiber media converter a breeze to set up and run. Now, start to get this compact and space-saving device to convert a fiber connection from a distant wiring closet to a copper gigabit connection.

PN. Fiber Media Converter
11789

Convert From: 1000 Mbps Twisted Pair Copper

1000BASE-T

Convert To: 1000 Mbps Fiber

1000BASE-X (up to 100 km)

35610

Convert From: 10 Gigabit Ethernet Twisted Pair Copper

10GBASE-T

Convert To: 10 Gigabit Ethernet Fiber

10GBASE-X


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