Omnitron’s miConverters. How to Deploy the World’s Smallest Ethernet Media Converters
Omnitron’s miConverter miniature media converters enable cost-effective fiber connectivity in Enterprise and Government networks worldwide. miConverter media converters feature a compact form factor and the the miConverter S-Series is the smallest media converter in the world. They are made in the USA, and support a wide temperature range of -40° to +60°C.
miConverter miniature media converters are used to:
– Deploy fiber to the desk or ruggedized laptop
– Distribute multiple fiber links from UTP switches in Campus LAN/WAN networks
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miConverter Miniature Media Converters
miConverter S-Series Ultra-Compact Media Converters
|miConverter S-Series Ethernet media converters are the smallest converters in the world. The ultra-compact S-Series is designed for mobile applications where light weight, compact size and low power are critical requirements. They are available with 100BASE-FX or 1000BASE-X fixed fiber transceivers (SC or ST connectors), or Small Form Pluggable (SFP) transceivers.The miConverter S-Series media converters can be USB powered, enabling fiber connectivity to locations where AC or DC power is unavailable, such as field-deployed fiber to the laptop and military applications. They are also available with country-specific AC/DC power adapters.|
miConverter Miniature Media Converters and Chassis.
|The miConverter miniature Ethernet media converters provide cost-effective fiber connectivity from network switches to desktop PCs or laptops. A variety of models are available for Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and 10/100 or 10/100/1000 bridging.|
A USB power adapter cable allows the miConverter to be powered by a USB or USB 2.0 port, eliminating the need for an electrical outlet. The miConverter is also available with an external AC power supply, and is available in US or a variety of International models.
The miConverter 18-Module Power Chassis is a cost-effective mounting and powering solution for miConverter miniature media converters. This compact chassis consolidates individual media converters into a high-density, rack mountable form factor.
Deploy Fiber to the Desk and Ruggedized Laptops
Fiber to the Desk provides a higher level of signal quality and security than copper UTP cabling. A fiber optic network link is immune to EMI, RFI, cross-talk, ground loops and other electrical problems, greatly enhancing the signal quality in severe environments. Conversely, fiber optic links do not generate EMI or RFI signals that can lead to cross-talk noise like copper UTP. These characteristics make fiber to the desktop/laptop extremely attractive to operators of high-security enterprise and government networks.
Media converters enable fiber to the desk connectivity, and overcome the challenges of installing a fiber optic Network Interface Card (NIC) in each workstation. Media converters take just seconds to install because they do not require opening computers or installing device drivers.
In the upper left of this diagram, UTP from a 10/100/1000 core switch is converted to multiple Gigabit fiber runs with a high density, using miConverter GX/T media converters installed in a miConverter 18-Module Chassis.
On the top right, fiber is distributed to an office, where a miConverter GX/T converts the fiber to copper and provides connectivity to a Thin Client device that does not have a fiber port. The miConverter GX/T can be attached to the side of the Thin Client device with a Velcro tab, or can be wall-mounted using optional wall-mounting brackets. The miConverter module is powered directly from a USB port on the Thin Client device, eliminating the need for an electrical outlet and saving energy costs.
Fiber is also distributed to a ruggedized, field-deployed laptop. A miConverter S-Series media converter provides fiber connectivity to the laptop and draws power from the laptop’s USB port (with a USB power cable represented by the black line), and can be attached to the laptop with Velcro. The S-Series is temperature hardened, and is an excellent solution for fiber-to-the-laptop in military field operations.
Distribute Fiber Links in Campus LAN/WAN networks
In this application example, miConverter media converters are deployed in a star topology network with multiple fiber links distributed from a central location. At the network core in the upper left, miConverter GX/T media converters installed in a miConverter 18-Module Chassis are used to convert the RJ-45 ports from the 10/100/1000 copper switch to fiber links that run to different locations throughout the campus. Note that the media converters provide transparent network connectivity, so the switches in the network can be managed via SNMP management software.
On the right side of the diagram, miConverter GX/T media converters provide copper-to-fiber connectivity to 10/100/1000 department switches.
On the bottom left, a miConverter GX/T media converter provides copper-to-fiber connectivity and bridging between the Gigabit fiber and the 10/100 department switch.