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Media converters play key role when businesses function on a large campus

By Donna Donnawitz
June 28, 2013

Have you ever visited a business location where the sheer size of the campus is so large that it can be overwhelming? You may only be able to think of a couple of examples where corporations have such a large office complex that the size is overwhelming, but what about airports, factories with multiple production areas and military bases? These types of organizational locations often cover acres of land and depend on clear lines of communication between facilities spread over the campus. Fiber-optic cabling is often central to supporting the data and communications network, creating an environment in which media converters play a key role in supporting operations.

Assessing core network functions in large organizational settings
Think about a military base. An office on one corner of the base may support administrative functions and need constant network connectivity. On the other side of the base, possibly a few miles away, another office handles key support functions. Workers in both facilities depend on one another to get the job done, but are segmented because they primarily serve different audiences. A web-based platform to connect these offices is often a bad option because securing web channels is difficult. As a result, a dedicated network link is often necessary to connect these locations and interconnect with the rest of the base office. Fiber-optic cabling is often ideal in these settings because the network can cover long distances efficiently, creating a dynamic where the base may establish a fiber-to-the-premises-like network to get the job done.

While this type of core network functionality is a key component of fiber, and media converter use in many organizational settings, fiber-optic cabling is a diverse technology that is being used in a variety of ways. One emerging market for fiber is security.

Fiber-optic cabling and campus security
Have you ever looked at an airport and wondered what, exactly, is stopping a person from cutting a hole in the fence out of sight of any security workers and just walking around the runway areas where nobody can see them? In such large areas, somebody can easily slip in through the fence and hiring security workers to constantly patrol such locations is too expensive. Fiber-optic cabling is often answer, as optical cables equipped with sensors can identify movement in their vicinity, identify the source and transmit that data directly to security workers.

This kind of robust security solution can ease many operational concerns for organizations with large campuses, but it also depends in fiber to Ethernet media converters for interoperability. As fiber plays a wider range of roles in business settings, having media converters in place is becoming vital.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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