Monday, December 11, 2006

L-com Media Converters to change from one signal type to another

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Sorry I haven't posted much in the past few days. We're closing in on the end of the year and working hard to be ready for our 25th Anniversary Year! But in the mean time, I'm back with a quick post about L-com's media converters.

Obviously, the point behind a media converter is to convert a media type. But what does that mean, exactly? Different types of media (or signal transmitting methods) come with different advantages and disadvantages.

For instance: fiber optic cables are immune to EMI and lightning strikes and can carry a signal a long distance, but they can be expensive and sensitive to shock and impact. Twisted pair cables tend to have a length limit of 100 meters and can't be bent or flexed too tight for fear of untwisting the pairs, but they can transmit at high speeds. Coaxial cables tend to be more robust than most other types of cables but they also tend to work at slower speeds.

Because a single cable run may go through multiple environments, it makes sense to convert the media as the environment requires to get maximum efficiency. Common media converters include fiber optic media converters, coax media converters, and interface converters. L-com also separates the converters we carry by manufacturer. If you don't know which manufacturer you prefer, try using our Ethernet Converter Wizard tool, or shop by converters, whichever is more convenient.

And, of course, if we can help you choose the best item, let us know!

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