OmniMux 400

AS400/3X 5250 and 5250 Express Multiplexer

The OmniMux™ 400 is an IBM compatible multiplexer that provides part or full local or remote 5250 and 5250 Express twinax controller connectivity to a distant location. It replaces up to eight AS/400 twinax cables with a single link. This link may be a twinax, twisted pair or a multimode or single-mode fiber pair.

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Twinax 5250 and 5250 Express compatible multiplexer that concentrates AS/400 or system 3X twinax cables and delivers them to distances up to 25,000 feet via a fiber pair, twisted pair or a single twinax.

  • Seamlessly connects to IBM AS/400 and 3X local and remote twinax controllers and workstations.
  • Operates with traditional twinax cabling or modern fiber and twisted pair wiring.
  • Retiming repeater technology regenerates and reclocks data, eliminating clock jitter and noise.
  • Digital Phase Locked Architecture provides acquisition of data rates of 1 Mbps for 5250 or 2 Mbps for 5250 Express (-2%, +4%), resulting in high immunity to noise and crosstalk.
  • Twinax or RJ11/45 connectors and polarity controls provide easy installation and flexibility.
  • Clear display and software independence make installation and monitoring intuitive and easy.

The OmniMux™ 400 is an IBM compatible multiplexer that provides part or full local or remote 5250 and 5250 Express twinax controller connectivity to a distant location. It replaces up to eight AS/400 twinax cables with a single link. This link may be a twinax, twisted pair or a multimode or single-mode fiber pair. Optionally, the OmniMux can eliminate the twinax distribution box ("brick") and provide a direct single cable connection to the host controller, replacing all host controller twinax with a single DB25 cable. The OmniMux supports up to 56 addresses per link.

The OmniMux operates as a multiplexer (Mux), a demultiplexer (Demux), a demultiplexer-star (Demux-Star) or a star.

In the Mux and Demux modes, the OmniMux operates in pairs. On the host side, the Mux is connected to the local or remote controller’s twinax connectors, concentrating their twinax ports into a single link. At the far end, the Demux recreates each host port. Each port behaves as the original host port it is recreating. It can connect to the distant workstations via twinax daisy chains, twisted pair star hubs, such as the OmniStar™, or via fiber to desk repeaters, such as the OmniRepeater™ FTD.

In the Star mode, the OmniMux delivers twisted pair or twinax connectivity to the workstation while providing fiber connectivity back to the host end. The fiber conversion at the host end can be done using any OmniRepeaterTM fiber converter.

The Demux-Star mode is used for multi-drop applications, when seven or less workstations at the far end are required. In this configuration, the OmniMux with an OmniMux XL multi-port mux supports the multi-drop requirement and allows a single host port to be selected for delivery to the far end.

The OmniMux utilizes a Digital Phase Locked Architecture (PLA). It facilitates data synchronization of data rate variations of up to -2% to +4%. It also facilitates a high degree of noise and crosstalk immunity. Each port is monitored and each data packet is analyzed for validity and errors. Noisy, shorted or open ports are automatically ignored and only valid data is processed. The retransmitted data is repeated, regenerated and reshaped; this ensures its reliable delivery to its destination.

The Express models operate with both the 5250 and 5250 Express protocols. Each port provides data rates of 1 Mbps for standard 5250 and 2 Mbps for 5250 Express protocol.

The host and workstations can be connected via twinax, RJ11/45 twisted pairs or a 25-pin DB25 cable. The twisted pair polarity control allows interface to different baluns.

Utilizing two links simultaneously provides a hot backup connection for fault tolerance in critical applications.

The OmniMux diagnostics detect and display true port activity and parity errors. Each port is monitored for valid frame header patterns, a detected pattern is displayed via a per-port green Activity LED. The data is analyzed for parity errors; a detected error is displayed via a per-port red Error LED. These features assist in installation and monitoring of the OmniMux operation.

The OmniMux 400 is completely software transparent and no setup or any changes are required.

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