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Considerations for Using Media Converters in a Network

Media converters are simply plug and play devices, yet you still have to consider some factors when connecting them to the network. It is better to choose a flat, secure place to install the media converter. Leave ample space around the converter for ventilation.

  • The wavelengths of the transceivers on both media converters should be consistent. That is, if one transceiver is of the 1310nm/850nm wavelength, the same goes for the other transceiver. Besides, the data rate of the transceivers and the media converters must be the same: 1000BASE SFP transceivers are for Gigabit media converters. Also the transceiver type on a pair of media converters should be the same. Use either single mode or multimode optical transceivers at both sides.
  • The endface of the fiber patch cable should be in accordance with the media converter port. Generally, SC fiber patch cables are used to connect media converters with SC ports, while LC fiber patch cables are plugged into the SFP/SFP+ ports on fiber media converters.
  • Make clear whether the media converter support full-duplex or half-duplex transmission. Use full-duplex media converters with switch or hub of half-duplex mode will cause serious packet loss in the network.
  • The operating temperature should be maintained in a proper range, or the media converter would fail to work. The parameters may vary for media converters of different vendors.



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