Fiber Connections receives US patent for GatorLink media converters

JANUARY 14, 2011 -- Fiber Connections Inc., a supplier of custom active and passive optical connectivity and conversion products, says it received US Patent #7,837,397 on its GatorLink media converters this past November 23.

JANUARY 14, 2011 -- Fiber Connections Inc., a supplier of custom active and passive optical connectivity and conversion products, says it received US Patent #7,837,397 on its GatorLink media converters this past November 23.

The GatorLink products are designed to provide a robust, modular option for taking optical fiber and power to a remote location for media conversion and distribution to up to six devices such as security cameras, wireless access points, VoIP phones, etc.

The patent statement indicates that the GatorLink is a “Digital Signal Media Conversion Panel.” The summary reads, in part:


A multi-port patch panel that comprises a housing, a multi-fiber optical cable input arrangement at least partially received in the housing, a plurality of media converters within the housing with each media converter having a fiber optic transceiver attached to fibers of the multi-fiber optic cable input arrangement and a plurality of connectors secured in the housing for connecting equipment to the patch panel using a conventional electrical signal connection. Each of the connectors is in communication with one of the media converters. The patch panel includes a separate power supply, connectable with the housing for providing power to the media converters.


Larry Fingler, Fiber Connections president says, “Our GatorLink was based on our already successful Gator Patch products, which we patented in 1999. The rise in demand for small, flexible PoE [power over Ethernet] extensions, drove us to develop the GatorLink and our entire Chameleon network solution.”

The GatorLink product is currently sold as either a stand-alone unit as part of a Chameleon network installation.

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