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iConverter xFF

SFP to SFP Protocol-Transparent Media Converter and WDM Transponder

The iConverter xFF is a protocol-transparent media converter that provides reliable and cost-effective conversion between different wavelengths, multimode and single-mode, and dual and single-fiber.


SFP to SFP protocol-transparent fiber converter

  • Supports Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, SONET (OC-3/12/48), SDH (STM-1/4/16) and
    1x/2x/4x/8x Fibre Channel applications
  • Supports Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) line rates up to 6.144Gbps
  • Provides multimode to single-mode and dual to single-fiber media conversion
  • Provides wavelength conversion for CWDM applications
  • User-selectable link fault detection modes facilitate quick fault detection, isolation and reporting
  • Management is available with the addition of a management module to the chassis
  • SNMP management via NetOutlook® provides real-time port and module information, configuration and trap notification
  • Modules are hot-swappable in 19-Module, 5-Module, 2-Module or 1-Module chassis
  • LED displays for immediate visual status of each port
  • Conforms to IEEE 802.3 specifications
  • Lifetime Warranty and free 24/7 Technical Support

The iConverter xFF is a protocol-transparent media converter that provides reliable and cost-effective conversion between different wavelengths, multimode and single-mode, and dual and single-fiber.

The iConverter xFF operates as a protocol and rate-transparent device, supporting Small Form Pluggable (SFP) transceivers with data rates from 1Mbps to 8.50Gbps. The xFF supports a variety of network protocols, including Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, SONET (OC-3/12/48), SDH (STM-1/4/16) and 1x/2x/4x/8x Fibre Channel and Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI).

The iConverter xFF supports multimode, single-mode and single-fiber SFP transceivers. SFPs allow adaptability to different fiber types, distances and wavelengths, providing maximum flexibility across a variety of network architectures and topologies. The same xFF media converter can utilize a variety of SFPs for different wavelengths and distances, reducing costs and simplifying inventories.

SFP transceivers enable the xFF to operate as a Coarse Wave Division Multiplexing (CWDM) transponder, which converts an optical signal from legacy fiber equipment to a specific CWDM wavelength. CWDM technology increases the bandwidth capacity of the fiber infrastructure by overlaying multiple signals, each using a different wavelength, over an existing fiber link.

There is no manual configuration required with the plug-and-play iConverter xFF. Connect the fiber cables to the appropriate interface and the installation is complete.

The xFF features user-selectable Link Propagate and Remote Fault Detection modes to facilitate quick fault detection, isolation and reporting.

The iConverter xFF is available as a compact, unmanaged standalone unit, or a chassis plug-in module that can be managed with a management module installed in the chassis. 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 standalone iConverter xFF is an unmanaged wall-mount unit. The wall-mount models are DC powered and are available with an external AC/DC power adapter, or a terminal connector for DC power.

Management of the plug-in module is accomplished by using a Management Module1 (such as an iConverter NMM2 or 10/100M2) that provides monitoring, configuration and trap notification. The management module can be accessed via SNMP, Telnet, or serial port. The SNMP-based management is accomplished via Omnitron’s intuitive, graphic-oriented NetOutlook management software or third party SNMP management software, while the Telnet and the serial interfaces have an easy-to-use, menu-driven interface.

Real-time xFF parameters that can be monitored include power, link, data receive status, module type and model, hardware and software revisions, serial numbers and a user-defined identifier.

The user can override the xFF module’s physical DIP-switch settings by using SNMP or Telnet to configure DIP-switch-selectable parameters such as Link Propagate or Remote Fault Detection.

In addition to all standard iConverter SNMP traps such as module insertion and removal, the xFF modules can generate traps on port state changes including link-up and link-down. Trap monitoring of specific events can be selectively enabled or disabled by the network administrator.

  1. 1 For complete management support, use a M2 series module (NMM2, GX/TM2, 2GXM2, 10/100M2, 2FXM2) or higher.
Model Type iConverter xFF

Protocol Transparent up to 8.50Gbps:

Ethernet (100BASE-X, 1000BASE-X)

SONET (OC-3, OC-12, OC-48)

SDH (STM-1, STM-4, STM-16)

Fibre Channel (1x/2x/4x/8x)

CPRI line rates (up to 6.144Gbps)

Compliance UL, FCC Class A, CE
Fiber Connectors SFP - LC
Controls LP, RFD
LED Displays Power, FO link (2)



W 0.85” x D 4.5” x H 2.8”

W 3.8” x D 4.8” x H 1.0”



without Power Adapter:

with Power Adapter:

8 oz.

1.0 lb.

1.5 lb.

DC Power Connector



Power supplied by backplane

2.5mm Barrel Connector or
2 Pin Terminal Connector

DC Power Requirement (typical)



0.5A @ 3.3VDC

5 - 32VDC
0.3A @ 9VDC (1.0A max)

AC Power Adapter [US]




100 - 120VAC/60Hz
0.05A @ 120VAC

AC Power Adapter [Universal]




100 - 240VAC/50 to 60Hz
0.05A @ 120VAC





Standard: 0 to 50º C

Wide: -40 to 60º C

Storage: -40 to 80º C

Humidity 5 to 95% (non-condensing)
Altitude -100m to 4000m
MTBF (hrs)


with US Power Adapter:

with Universal Adapter:




Example 8699-0-DW = xFF Wall-Mount with External US AC Power Supply and Wide Temperature Operating Range

Order the appropriate SFPs separately. See SFP Data Sheet for available transceivers and optical parameters .

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