A media converter is a networking device that links between networks or network devices having different speeds, operation types, modes, and media types; such as copper unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling and fibre optic cabling. Media converters are cost-effective and flexible. They are mainly meant to implement and optimize fibre links in all types of networks. Fibre optic connectivity is vital if the distance between two network devices is more than the copper UTP cabling’s transmission distance. There is a broad range of media converters; however, the two main types are copper-to-fibre media converters and fibre-to-fibre media converters.
Media converters offer several benefits including:
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