Media Converters: LAN to MAN and Beyond
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Overview: Media converters play an important role in today's multiprotocol, mixed-media LANs. For example, LAN administrators can deploy media converters to integrate fiber-optic cabling and active equipment into existing copper-based, structured cabling systems while achieving significant cost savings.
Media converters are also becoming a critical piece of data networks outside the LAN, as electrical-to-optical conversion technology is enabling service providers to speed up deployment and minimize the cost of provisioning fiber to the subscriber, and offering metropolitan area network (MAN) access and data transport services to enterprise customers.