Serial Data to Fiber Media Converters (RS232, RS422, RS485)
Signamax Connectivity Systems' 065-1062AFSx series of RS-232/RS-422/RS485 serial data to fiber media converters are the simple, low-cost answer to the problem of extending a serial data stream over a fiber optic span for distance extension. These converters accept serial data on one port in either RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485 format and convert the serial data stream into a fiber optic signal to a matching unit at the other
end of the fiber span. This fiber optic signal is then converted and reconstructed to the original serial data bit stream.
065-1062AFSx series converters are usable in Industrial Ethernet applications, to extend serial interface Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) devices such as milling machines and lathes/routers for furniture manufacture over longer distances than the copper cable would ordinarily support. RS-232 connections, for example, are by definition maxed at 50 feet; low-capacitance cable increases this in the field to about 200 feet. The singlemode fiber version, model 065-1062AFSM, increases this distance to 15 kilometers (over 9.3 miles) in a typical application.
Security is another application that is well-suited for the 065-1062AFSx series converters. They allow a network designer to incorporate serial data-controlled devices such as door locks, Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) analog camera control, and fingerprint/retinal scanners over either multimode or singlemode fiber optic cable for distance extension as stated above.