Definition - What does Media Converter mean?
The copper-to-fiber conversion carried out by a media converter allows two network devices having copper ports to be connected across long distances by means of fiber optic cabling.
Techopedia explains Media Converter
Generally, media converters are protocol specific and they support an extensive array of data rates and network types. They are presented as physical layer or Layer 2 switching systems. Media converters that include Layer 2 switching functionality offer rate-switching as well as other innovative features.
Network intricacy, challenging applications and the increasing range of network devices drive network bandwidth and speed requirements to new extents and push longer distance requirements inside the local area network (LAN). The answer to these issues is media converters. Media converters permit fiber usage when required and integrate new devices into existing cabling infrastructure. Media converters provide flawless incorporation of fiber and copper, and various fiber forms in LAN networks. They support a multitude of protocols, media types and data rates to build a more trustworthy and cost-effective network.
Media converter characteristics:
- Expands network distances with the conversion of UTP to fiber and the extension of fiber links
- Retains investments in pre-existing devices
- Boosts the potential of present fiber with WDM wavelengths
- Remotely handled converters and multi-port switch configurations
- Conversion of DM wavelengths to enhance the bandwidth capacity
- Facilitate fiber-to-the-desktop