There are typically three styles of Ethernet Media Converters: 1) Standalone units with completely enclosed cases, 2) Card based chassis only models and 3) DIN Rail Mount Industrial Models. Standalone converters are typically used in locations where only one or two conversions are needed. The chassis based options are often used in large MDF or IDF locations where multiple fiber links are converted to UTP. The DIN Rail Mount Industrial Ethernet Media Converters as the name would suggest are used in large manufacturing plants where harsh conditions and limited space and power options make it ideally suited. Note: some standalone unmanaged models can also be used in special multi-slot chassis designed specifically for them.
|Standalone Unit ||Card Based Chassis ||DIN Rail Mount Industrial |
Managed and Unmanaged
Unmanaged or "plug and play" Ethernet Media Converters are easy to install and trouble shoot. The disadvantage with unmanaged converters is when a network issue is occurring, there is no way to access the Ethernet Media Converter to see exactly what might be causing the issue. Many chassis based Ethernet Media Converter solutions feature an option for an SNMP card that shows statistics and overall health of all the media converters in the chassis. This is helpful when you have multiple chassis filled with Ethernet Media Converters in a large data center. Additionally, there are standalone Ethernet converters on the market today that support SNMP management.
Typical Ethernet Media Converter Application
This diagram shows a typical application where Ethernet Media Converters connect to Ethernet Switches by way of Multimode fiber and UTP copper cabling.