Gigabit media converters feature GBIC, SFP pluggable optics

August 24, 2005 San Jose, CA -- Allied Telesyn has launched its MC1008 line of pluggable media converters. According to the company, suitable for enterprise, educational, and service provider networks that operate over long distances, the converters feature optical plug-ins that allow them to be deployed and re-deployed multiple times.

Aug 24th, 2005

August 24, 2005 San Jose, CA -- Allied Telesyn has launched its MC1008 line of pluggable media converters. According to the company, suitable for enterprise, educational, and service provider networks that operate over long distances, the converters feature optical plug-ins that allow them to be deployed and re-deployed multiple times.

The devices connect to any managed or unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet port that has standard RJ-45 connection. Each converter features one Gigabit twisted pair port and one GBIC or SFP slot. Where multiple media converters are used, up to 12 standalone devices can be inserted into the company's AT-MCR12 rackmount chassis, powered by a single internal power supply. In critical applications, according to the company, a second load sharing internal power supply can be installed into the rackmount chassis.

The devices also feature the company's MissingLink and SmartMissingLink network monitoring and fault notification, allowing all ports on the media converter to display the status of their links and shut them down in the event of loss of connection, thereby notifying the node that connections have been lost.

The converters require no software configuration and can be used as standalone units or in a back-to-back configuration for media conversion or network extension. Optical distances are determined by the GBIC or SFP plug-ins chosen. The company offers an array of GBIC and SFP pluggables, with ST, SC, MT-RJ, and RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet media connections.

The company says the most common use for the devices will be as media converters for copper-based network devices located remotely and connected by a fiber-optic link of up to 80 km. In some instances where cost is of paramount concern, the company notes that it may be cheaper to deploy an MC1008, rather than to purchase specialist fiber appliques.

"With its interchangeable plug-in design, the MC1008 is a highly-flexible solution and an ideal one for cost-conscious organizations," remarks Philip Yim, executive vice president of product management and marketing for Allied Telesyn. "Unlike fixed media converters, the MC1008 pluggables let you re-use existing SFPs and GBICs, which lowers both current inventory costs and network re-design costs down the road."

The MC1008 series comes in two models: an MC1008/GB GBIC pluggable, and an MC1008/SP SFP pluggable. Both are currently available, priced at $550.

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