Omnitron miConverter 18-Module Chassis

miConverter 18 Module ChassisThe miConverter 18-Module Power Chassis is a cost-effective mounting and powering solution for miConverter miniature media converters. This compact chassis is ideal for consolidating multiple media converters into a high-density, rack mountable form factor. It can be deployed in Service Provider, Enterprise and Government applications where fibre optic links are distributed from UTP switch equipment. The miConverter chassis is suitable for Fibre-to-the-Desk, Campus LAN/WAN fibre networks and hybrid copper/fibre networks.

The chassis holds up to eighteen miConverter 10/100, 10/100 Plus, Gx and GX/T copper to fibre media converter modules with barrel-style DC connectors. It provides centralized power for all installed modules, and eliminates the need for individual power supplies. It is available with a single universal AC, 24VDC or 48VDC internal power supply.

The chassis is less than 1.5U high, and two chassis can be installed in 3U of rack space. It can be mounted in a standard 19” equipment rack, or it can be mounted in a 23” rack using optional 23” rack mount brackets.

Each media converter within the chassis is secured in place and maintains a reliable power connection, even when data cables are under tension.

Benefits Include

  • Provides high-density fibre distribution from UTP switches
  • Two chassis can be mounted in 3U of rack space
  • Standard 19” rack-mount dimensions allow space-saving and convenient installation
  • Media converters are secured in place. Reliable connection is maintained at all times
  • Available in universal AC, 24VDC and 48VDC models
  • Commercial (0 to 50°C) and wide (-40 to 65°C) temperature ranges
  • Completely software independent with no installation of drivers required
  • Media converter modules are hot-swappable
  • Peace-of-mind reliability backed by a lifetime warranty and free 24/7 technical support

Application Examples


In the upper left of this diagram, UTP from a core switch is converted to fibre with a miConverter 18-Module chassis of media converters.

miConverter 18 Module Chassis Application Example 1

  1. Fibre is distributed to a field-deployed laptop computer. A miniature miConverter media converter provides fibre connectivity to the laptop and draws power from the laptop’s USB port (represented by the black line).
  2. Fibre is distributed to a Thin Client, where a miniature miConverter converts the fibre to copper and provides connectivity to the Thin Client device that does not have a fibre port. The miConverter module is powered directly from a USB port on the Thin Client device, eliminating the need for an electrical outlet and saving energy costs.
  3. Fibre is distributed to a PC or Workstation, where a miniature miConverter converts the fibre to a UTP cable that is connected to the workstation supporting a 10, 10/100 or 10/100/1000 copper connection. The miConverter module is powered directly from a USB port on the PC or Workstation.

Hybrid Copper/Fibre Campus LAN

This application example illustrates an Ethernet Enterprise network with a star topology that provides multiple fibre links to remote buildings. In the upper left, three copper UTP links from a core switch are converted to three fibre links via a miConverter 18-Module chassis of media converter modules.

miConverter 18 Module Chassis Application Example 2

The fibre links run to remote buildings, where the fibre at each location is converted back to copper and distributed to end users at different buildings. Management is carried from the core switch across the fibre link to each switch located at the remote buildings. This provides centralized network management across the campus network.

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