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The applications of media converters

Media converters are passive devices which provides networking flexibility with a minimum cost.

Media converters make it easy to integrate new equipment into your structured fiber optic cabling network. The applications of media converters include:

  • Extend the life of existing copper based equipment and network
  • Extend the distance of an existing network
  • Integrate data and telecommunication networks over fiber


Media Converter Applications


Extending the distance between a network switch and a file server or between two switches

Media converters can be used to extend the distance between a network switch and a file server up to 2000 meters. A media converter can support both half-duplex and full-duplex modes and automatically sense the mode in operation.

Integrating single mode and multimode fiber networks

Single mode fiber is mostly used in backbone cabling and telecommunication carrier networks, while multimode fiber is mostly used in LAN and horizontal cabling. Single mode to multimode media converters can transparently connect these two environment and extend the distance to 15000 meters (on single mode fiber). While multimode fibers can only support 2000 meters.

Distinctive advantages of media converters

  • Flexibility in supporting various distances. Media converters used back-to-back can extend the distance up to 2000 meters on multimode fiber and 15000 meters on single mode fiber.
  • Minimum delay. Since most media converters work transparently, the 1~2 microseconds delay is not a problem for most users.
  • Minimum cost. The networking flexibility offered by media converters easily outweigh their cost compared to a full scale fiber optic network upgrade.


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