Media Converters

Media Converters

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Industrial Grade Media Converters from CSE Uniserve

In networking parlance, a media converter is a device that allows you to connect network components of different types that would not normally be able to interface with each other. This enables you to have more flexibility in your network design and the types of connections you can make. More flexibility is always a good thing.

CSE Uniserve offers a range of industrial grade media converters that are suited to use in mission critical and heavy duty environments where more delicate components would be prone to failure. The systems we recommend to clients for use in heavy industrial settings are built for durability and performance under extreme conditions.

How a Media Converter Device Works

Media converters are actually quite a simple technology, but essential to have when you want to mix up different types of network components. There are different types.

Simple converters are more basic and require the different connections to have certain things in common, but not everything. The more advanced type is called a switching converter, and it has a built-in network bridge added to its circuitry so the different network components being connected can have much less in common without any problem occurring.

In the simple version, there are just various input ports that can accept different types of input connections. The signals are just passed directly through the internal PCB to the device output, which then connects to the next upstream point on the network (possibly a router, switch, or server). If the level of difference is more than just the type of input connection, for example, if Device A is running in full duplex and Device B is running in half duplex mode, the connection will fail.

The switching version may look similar externally, but internally there’s a lot more going on. In this case, some signal correction occurs to ensure that all the output will be in the same mode, regardless of the input. What kind of signal needs to be passed at the output point depends on the nature of the upstream device and the cabling used to connect to it.

How Our Media Converters are Different

The media converters you’ll find at CSE Uniserve are quite different from ordinary consumer grade products. For a start, there are more input options available, because some types of connections simply are not used at the consumer level.

The casing and internal circuitry is also of a much higher standard than consumer grade equipment. This is important for a number of reasons:

  • Shielding of the signal, so it does not cause interference with other critical electronic infrastructure.
  • To give more protection from the effects of vibration, temperature extremes, humidity, dust, dirt, and liquid ingression, all of which are potential risk factors in heavy industrial settings.

More information is available by contacting CSE Uniserve

Our expert engineering consultants are ready to answer your questions, and even better than that, you can even book a free consultation with no strings attached. You can get in touch on 1800 987 616.

CSE Uniserve is Australia’s leading supplier of electrical equipment & engineering services. We design our technology to assist industries in delivering successful project outcomes, such as our slip energy recovery system & variable speed drives. Visit our website or contact us for more information.

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