Media Converters are devices that convert one type of signal transmission medium into another. Copper wires or optical fiber cables serve as a typical medium for signal transmission. The equipment complies with the requirements to devices of Industrial Ethernet class.
Different types of media converters are designed in office and industrial version and built for operation at standard or extended temperature range.
In order to operate more effectively the industrial media converters consider the specific characteristics of the application fields, which are as follows:
- Oil and gas industry
- Railway industry
- Power industry
- Intellectual transport systems
- Extraction industry
Functionality of optical media converters
Optical media converters operate of the 2nd level of OSI model, which allows to convert not only the medium, but also the data transmission speed. They also perform such functions as line breakdown notification, control over data transmission stream, etc.
It is possible to choose the items with modifiable amount of ports, conformal PC-boards coating, extended temperature range models with a back-up power source, as well as devices conforming to specific field standards.
If it is required to overcome the twisted pair restriction of 100 m., to get rid of crosstalks or providing it is impossible to lay new connection lines the optical media converters can become essential part of an industrial system. Ethernet converters to optics solve a problem of long distance location and interference protection, whereas DSL extenders reduce the cost of communication lines and facilitate the cable laying.