Omnitron iConverter Gx AN

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The iConverter Gx AN is a 1000BASE-T copper to 1000BASE-X fibre media converter, and is available as a compact unmanaged standalone unit or a managed chassis plug-in module.

The RJ-45 port supports auto-negotiation or forced negotiation of duplex modes and pause capability. The fibre port supports both manual or auto-negotiation.

The iConverter Gx AN features user-selectable link fault detection modes, including Link Propagate, Link Segment and Remote Fault Detection. These Link Modes provide rapid fault detection and isolation by monitoring the state of the cabling hardware, and operate independently of the network management.

Fixed-fibre connectors are available with multimode (MM) dual fibre, single-mode (SM) dual fibre and single-mode single-fibre (SF) options. They support ST, SC and LC connectors with distances up to 220/550m over MM fibre, 140km over SM fibre and 40km over SF. The Gx AN Small Form Pluggable (SFP) model supports a wide variety of 1000BASE-X SFP transceivers.

The hot-swappable plug-in module can be mounted in a 19 or 5-Module chassis with any combination of redundant AC and DC power supplies. It can also be mounted in a 2-Module AC or DC powered chassis, or in a 1-Module chassis with AC or DC power input.

The Gx AN standalone unit is available as a table top or wall mount unit. The table top model can be DIN-rail mounted using an optional DIN-rail mounting kit. Both the table top and the wall-mount

models are DC powered and are available with an external AC to DC power adapter or a terminal connector for DC power.

Benefits include

  • IEEE 802.3ab compatible 1000BASE-T UTP to 1000BASE-X fibre converter
  • Small Form Pluggable (SFP) transceivers with Optical Statistics for standard or CWDM applications
  • Fixed fibre connectors available for multimode
  • Single mode dual fibre and single mode single fibre
  • UTP auto or forced negotitaion of duplex modes and pause capabilities
  • Fibre port supports auto or manual negotiation
  • User selectable link fault detection modes facilitate quick fault detection, isolation and reporting
  • Management of the plug-in module is available with the addition of a management module to the chassis
  • SNMP management via NetOutlook® provides module information, remote parameter configuration and trap notification
  • Plug-in modules are hot-swappable in 19-Module, 5-Module, 2-Module or 1-Module chassis
  • LED displays for immediate visual status of each port
  • Lifetime Warranty and free 24/7 Technical Support


The iConverter Gx AN plug-in module can be used in managed or unmanaged applications. Management provides remote configuration, monitoring and trap notification. Management of the plug-in module is accomplished by installing an iConverter Management Module (NMM2) or Network Interface Device (NID) in the same chassis.

The Management Module can be accessed via SNMP, Telnet, and serial port. The Gx AN can be managed with Omnitron’s intuitive, graphic-oriented NetOutlook SNMP Management Software or third party SNMP management software. Management via the Telnet and the serial interfaces have an easy-to-use, menu-driven interface.

The management software can override the physical DIPswitch settings such as fibre negotiation, auto or forced negotiation of duplex modes and link modes. Some of the real-time Gx AN parameters that can be monitored include power, link and data activity status. Other parameters include module type and model, hardware and software revisions, serial numbers and a user-defined identifier.

The iConverter Gx AN supports SNMP trap notification for the monitoring and notification of different network events. Specific events that generate traps include module insertion and removal, and port link-up and link-down. Trap monitoring of specific events can be selectively enabled or disabled by the network management software.

Application Example

In this application example, Gx AN media converters are deployed in a star topology network with fibre links distributed from a central location.

At Building A, iConverter Gx AN media converters are installed in an iConverter 19-Module providing a high density copper-to-fibre deployment. RJ-45 ports from an Ethernet switch are converted to fibre, extending the network to different locations throughout the campus.

At Buildings B and C, iConverter Gx AN standalone media converters provide copper-to-fibre connectivity to Ethernet switches in each building.

The iConverter Gx AN supports Link Modes used to provide network notification of fibre and copper faults. Link failures on any port are propagated to managed network switches, notifying network administrators of link failure.

GX AN Application 1


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