Media Converter Buying Guide

Media Converter Buying Guide
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Jun 2022 3 min read

Media Converter Buying Guide

Ethernet media converters are used to convert fibre optic cabling (light transmission) to copper cabling (electrical transmission). Ethernet media converters can be used for expanding the scope, speed, security, and dependability of your company's network. There is undoubtedly a media converter to suit your needs because there are so many different transmission distances and data rates available.

Because there are so many options available, it might be difficult to select the best one for your application (and budget). To help you choose a media converter more effectively, we've put together this useful buyer's guide.

Read on to learn more about the many media converters that are available. This guide will help you select the media converter that is best suited for your organization, and what factors you should take into account before making a purchase.

Applications for Media Converters

In a wide range of industries, including healthcare, government, defence, energy and utilities, telecommunications, entertainment, transportation, and manufacturing, media converters are used to provide secure, high-performance data transfer.

Some of the most typical uses are listed below:

  • Expand a network
  • Maintain network speed and performance for businesses, governments, and the military.
  • Information exchange between medical equipment.
  • Connection of security equipment.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) and "smart" manufacturing.

How to Select the Right Ethernet Media Converter for Your Application

Work through this list of factors before you start looking for Ethernet media converters. Your responses to the below questions will enable you to narrow down your search and locate the ideal equipment for your company.

What kind of data will you be sending, and how far must it travel?

Your response establishes the fundamental characteristics for your application and determines if you require a multimode to single mode fibre conversion, as well as any additional features like SFP plug-ins.

Do you require fibre-to-fibre, copper-to-fibre, or both types of conversion?

To enable conversion between various devices, cable types, and wavelengths, some networks incorporate multiple types of media converters. Examine your network to determine the option that best suits your requirements.

What speed do you require?

100 MBPS, 1000 MBPS or 10 GBPS transfer rates are possible using Ethernet media converters.

Where will the equipment be located and how will be it installed?

Will your equipment be used on a factory floor, in a harsh outdoor environment, in a climate-controlled data centre, or in an office? Will the equipment be housed in an enclosure? This enables you to decide if you require a media converter that has been specially hardened or a generic commercial type.
You can choose between freestanding, SFP, or chassis-mounted converters depending on the installation needs.

Does the media converter require power?

If so, look for Ethernet media converters that support Power over Ethernet.

What are your requirements for security and monitoring?

A straightforward, unmanaged Ethernet media converter is an excellent option if your security risks and needs are low. If security is a top priority, consider a managed Ethernet media converter with cutting-edge capabilities like remote configuration and network monitoring, such as automatic fault detection.

If you are unsure what media converter you require, or need further assistance selecting the right media converter for your needs, contact our friendly team on 1800 328 200.

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