Media Converter Switches do more than just adapt from one cable type to another. They’re true Ethernet switches and behave like switches within your Ethernet network. This means you can connect them together indefinitely without worrying about interrepeater links. Each Media Converter Switch features nonblocking switching architecture with a 2K MAC address table. The 128K buffer memory makes it easy to interconnect 10Mbps and 100Mbps devices.
Hardened Media Converter Switches are for dusty or dirty environments with temperatures that range between -13 and +140° F (-25 to +60° C). They use the metal case as a heat sink so no internal airflow is needed for cooling. The case is sealed to resist environmental contaminants such as dust, dirt, moisture, smoke, and insects. They’re an ideal choice for demanding industrial applications such as factory floors.
Media Converter Switches are also available in standard versions for office or wiring closet environments and extreme versions for outdoor environments. Because all three types work together seamlessly, you can use inexpensive Standard Media Converter Switches in the protection of the wiring closet and choose the more robust Hardened or Extreme Media Converter Switches for harsh locations at your network’s edge.
Because they’re switches as well as media converters, Media Converter Switches provide more options in network topology, overcoming the distance limitations inherent with simple media converters—to add extra distance, just daisychain another Media Converter Switch. If you need more ports at your remote location, just add a Convenient Switch.
Multimode models support up to 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) between Media Converter Switches.
Both copper ports are autosensing for speed and duplex, adjusting to the connected device automatically. Plus, the UTP ports feature Auto MDI/MDIX, eliminating the need for crossover cables.
Media Converter Switches each have two full sets of LED indicators: one set on the front for viewing convenience when the Media Converter is DIN rail or wallmounted, and one set mounted in the end next to the media ports for easy viewing when units are in a rackmount tray.
DC-powered units have internal screw terminals for connecting DC power in addition to an AC power jack. Because these models have dual power connections, you can use them simultaneously with both your DC power supply and an AC power adapter (sold separately) to provide redundant power input.
Media Converter Switches fit in where you need them. They come with neat, removable rubber feet so you can use them as standalone units. Or you can easily panelmount them with the included brackets and screws.
For use with DIN rails, order the optional DIN Rail Mounting Bracket. This handy bracket features springmounting, enabling you to easily pop your Media Converter Switches on and off the DIN rail without using a screwdriver or tightening set screws. DIN-rail-ready Media Converter Switches are also available.
Standard Media Converter Switches are for use in clean, temperature-controlled environments such as offices and wiring closets. Even though these models are designed for use in controlled environments, you’ll find that they feature the same heavyweight metal case as our more robust models.