Network Converter

Things You Should Know About Network Converter

What Is Network Converter

A network converter is an Ethernet transmission media conversion device that exchanges short-distance twisted pair electrical signals and long-distance optical signals. It is also called a media converter, fiber to ethernet converter, and fiber media converter.

Network converters are generally used in the actual network environment where Ethernet cable cannot cover and optical fiber must be used to extend the transmission distance. They are usually located in the access layer application of broadband man, such as HD video image transmission of monitoring safety engineering. Also, it has played a great role in helping to connect the last kilometer of optical fiber line to the metropolitan area network.

Purpose of Network Converter

Network converters are generally used in the network environment where Ethernet cables cannot cover and optical fiber must be used to extend the transmission distance. At the same time, they also play a great role in helping to connect the last kilometer line of optical fiber to the metropolitan area network and outer network. Network converters also provide a cost-effective solution for users who lack funds, manpower, or time to upgrade their network system from copper wire to optical fiber.

In a word, the function of the network converter is to convert the electrical signals to be transmitted into optical signals and send them out. At the same time, it can convert the received optical signals into electrical signals and input them to the receiving end.

Features of Network Converter

Network converters usually have the following features:

– Provide ultra-low delay data transmission.

– Be completely transparent to network protocols.

– Use a special ASIC chip to realize data line-speed forwarding. Programmable ASIC integrates multiple functions on one chip, which has the advantages of simple design, high reliability, and less power consumption. It can make the equipment get higher performance and lower cost.

– Rack-type equipment can provide a hot-plug function, which is convenient for maintenance and uninterrupted upgrading.

– The network management equipment can provide functions such as network diagnosis, upgrade, status report, exception report, and control, and can provide complete operation log and alarm log.

– The equipment mostly adopts a 1+1 power supply design, supports ultra-wide power supply voltage, and realizes power protection and automatic switching.

– Support ultra-wide working temperature range.

– Support complete transmission distance (0 ~ 120km).

Advantages of Network Converter

When it comes to the network converter, people often compare it with switches with optical ports. The following mainly discusses the advantages of network converters over optical port switches.

First of all, the price of the network converter is far cheaper than that of the optical port switch. In particular, some optical port switches will lose one or even several electrical ports after inserting optical modules, which can greatly reduce the initial investment of operators.

Secondly, most of the optical modules of the switch do not have a unified standard, so once the optical module is damaged, it needs to be replaced with the same commercial module from the original factory, which brings great trouble to the later maintenance.

However, there is no problem in the interconnection between the equipment of different manufacturers of optical fiber transceivers. Therefore, once damaged, it can also be replaced by the products of other manufacturers, which is very easy to maintain.

In addition, optical fiber transceivers have more complete products in transmission distance than optical port switches. Of course, the optical switch also has advantages in many aspects, such as unified management and unified power supply.


Network Converter breaks the 100-meter limitation of Ethernet cable in data transmission. Relying on a high-performance switching chip and high-capacity cache, it not only truly realizes the switching performance of the nonblocking transmission, but also provides the functions of balancing traffic, isolating conflicts, and detecting errors, so as to ensure the high security and stability of data transmission.

Therefore, for a long time, network converters will still be an indispensable part of the actual network construction. It is believed that network converters will continue to develop in the direction of high intelligence, high stability, network management, and low cost in the future. QSFPTEK provides various high-reliable and high-stable network converters, such as 1000BASE-T RJ45 to 1000Base-X SFP copper to fiber media converter, 10GBASE-T RJ45 to 10GBase-X SFP+ copper to fiber media converter, 10GBase-X SFP+ to 10GBase-X SFP+ fiber to fiber media converter and PoE media converter. Welcome to consult via

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