Transition Networks Expands Hardened Fiber Ethernet Solution Offering with Mini Media Converters

Transition Networks

New Hardened Media Converters Enable Cost-Effective Conversion in Small Spaces and Outdoor Environments

Source: Business Wire. January 19, 2016

Transition Networks, Inc., the fiber network integration technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ-GM: JCS), today announced a new family of hardened mini 10/100/1000 Ethernet bridging media converters (M/GE-ISW-xx-01), enabling cost-effective conversion of copper to fiber in extreme or outdoor 10/100/1000 unshielded twisted pair (UTP) environments.

M/GE-ISW-xx-01 media converter

The new environmentally hardened mini media converters support a wide temperature range for reliable operation in extreme conditions, such as outdoor enclosures or other challenging locations. Measuring only 1.8 inches wide by 3.3 inches deep by 0.8 inches high, the converters add the benefits of fiber – increased data throughput, distance and security - to a hardened Ethernet network within a very small footprint.

The M/GE-ISW-xx-01 media converters provide numerous economic benefits by affordably integrating fiber infrastructure and legacy copper equipment. They install easily and allow networks to be turned up quickly through features like Auto-Negotiation, AutoCross, Active Link Pass Through and Automatic Link Restoration, which automatically establish, configure and restore optimal links. They also increase the scalability of a network by providing rate conversion, distance extension, support for jumbo frames, and choices of fixed fiber connectors or open slots for small form factor pluggable (SFP) connections.

There are three converters in the family with fixed fiber connectors (SC, LC, SM) and one converter with a small form factor pluggable (SFP) opening for flexible connection options. Link budgets for the converters range from 7.5 dB to 10.5 dB.

The media converters enable reduced capital expenditures by affordably integrating fiber infrastructure and legacy copper equipment. And the compact design of the mini media converter makes it ideal for locations with space constraints, particularly at the network edge.