Copper-Fiber Converters enable connections of UTP copper-based ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link to take advantage of the benefits of fiber which include:
Copper-based Ethernet connections are limited to a data transmission distance of only 100 meters [328 feet] when using unshielded twisted pair ( UTP ) cable. By using an ethernet to fiber conversion solution, fiber optic cabling can now be used to extend this link over a greater distance.
A Copper to Fiber Media Converter can also be used where there is high level of electromagnetic interference or EMI which is a common phenomenon found in industrial plants. This interference can cause corruption of data over copper-based ethernet links. Data transmitted over fiber optic cable however is completely immune to this type of noise. An Ethernet to Fiber Optic Converter therefore enables you to inter-connect your copper-ethernet devices over fiber ensuring optimal data transmission across the plant floor.
By utilizing Copper to Fiber Media Converters, the benefits of fiber optic cabling can now be realized for copper–based ethernet infrastructures.
The copper transceiver used in an Ethernet-Fiber Converter transforms the signal from a UTP / RJ45 ethernet link to one that can be used by a fiber optic transceiver. Media converters can connect to various optical fiber cable such as multimode, single mode or single strand fiber cable. Options exist for many distances to suit the needs of a particular ethernet to fiber application. And, fiber interface connectors can be dual ST, dual SC, dual LC or single SC type.
Copper to Fiber Media Converter models that are best suited for enterprise and Service Provider applications, offer an on-board processor that continuously monitors that both the copper and fiber connections are up. This functionality, generally referred to as "Link Pass-Through", monitors the state of the link to the end devices and to ensure that each end-point knows whether the entire link is up or not. Some media converter products do not have this intelligence and simply “nail up” the link even though the remote copper device may be down or the fiber link broken. With Link Pass-Through functionality available in all Perle Copper to Fiber Optic Converters, the network’s SNMP management system can be alerted when a fault occurs so that corrective action can take place.
The most common type of Ethernet-Fiber Converter is one that is a standalone device (managed or unmanaged) with its own power adapter. They convert fixed speed Fast Ethernet, Gigabit or rate converting 10/100/1000/2500/10000 UTP links to 100Base-FX or 1000Base-X fiber connections. Where a large density of media converters are required, chassis-based systems are also available. These rack mountable units can house up to 19 managed or unmanaged media converter modules providing redundant power for AC and 48v DC environments. Other Ethernet to Fiber Media Converter options include:
Perle offers an extensive choice of full-featured Ethernet to Fiber Media Converter solutions. Choose Perle for the right product to meet your fiber conversion project needs.
Perle also offers a broad selection of Fiber-Fiber Converters to enable the extension of multimode to single mode or multimode to multimode fiber connections to distances up to 160 km.