Managed vs. Unmanaged Media Converter

Managed and unmanaged media converters have unique features that make their use desirable for a particular type of network administrator. When deciding on which media converter to buy, you must consider the network needs, the expectation, the location and the appropriate budget intended for it.

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What Is a Serial-to-Fiber Media Converter?

Serial-to-Fiber media converters are designed to convert electronic signals from serial protocol copper cables into optical signals via fiber optic cables. The maximum serial copper cable length is 4000 feet but depends on the recommended standard. And if the serial copper cable runs at a longer distance than its limitation, it affects data because of electromagnetic (EMI) and radio frequency (RFI) interference.

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What is IEEE 802.3bt PoE, and when do You Need it?

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is an organization that sets global standards for electrical engineering technology and creates PoE standards. The IEEE 802.3bt PoE (Power over Ethernet) standard was published to enable Ethernet cabling to deliver more power. The new standard increases the power transmitted through a single twisted pair cable from 25 watts in 802.3at to 90 watts in 802.3bt PoE. 

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What is BAA (Buy American Act) Compliance?

President Herbert Hoover enacted BAA Compliance, or Buy American Act Compliance, in 1933. It requires the United States government to buy "domestic end products" for use inside the United States of America rather than foreign products. BAA (Buy American Act) Compliance provides a preference for American products to protect domestic labor. 

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Everything you need to know about Multi-Gig Ethernet

Multi-gigabit Ethernet provides higher bandwidth than the 1Gb data rates utilizing the existing cable infrastructure preventing expensive infrastructure upgrades.  Multi-gigabit Ethernet has five different data rates: 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 2.5Gbps, 5Gbps and 10Gbps (up to 5Gbps is supported in Cat5e cables).  This blog reviews what Multi-Gigabit Ethernet is and presents common applications for Multi-Gigabit connectivity.

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How to Convert Multimode to Single-Mode Fiber and Vice Versa

Today’s networks use fiber optic cabling to support the high bandwidth, high transmission speeds and high transmission distance applications.  Two types of fiber optic cabling are used in the network today. Multimode fiber cabling is used for indoor, short distance applications and single-mode fiber cabling is used for outdoor, long distance application.  

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What is TAA (Trade Agreements Act) Compliance?

TAA compliance defines the landscape for technology purchases for the United States Federal Government and State Government agencies.  This blog reviews the importance of TAA compliance and how it relates to network equipment selection.  We also provide the list of TAA compliant designated countries, and also highlight the difference between TAA, BAA and NDAA compliances.

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Everything You Need to Know About Fiber Optic Cables

Fiber optic cables are made of a thin strand of glass or plastic and carry data signals in the form of light waves. This allows them to carry much higher bandwidth applications than conventional cables. Optical fiber cables can easily transfer data, audio, and other data because they have up to 100 Gbps bandwidth.

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What is a Power over Ethernet (PoE) Media Converter?

PoE media converters have the same functionality as PoE injectors, but they also provide conversion from fiber to copper cabling.  PoE media converters are power sourcing equipment (PSE) that provide distance extension over fiber optic cabling to PoE powered devices (PDs), like VoIP phones, wireless access points, and security cameras.

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SFP vs. SFP+: What's the Difference?

The main difference between SFP and SFP+ is their data rate. Otherwise, they both are compact media connectors that eliminate the requirement for excess modules of various media types for network repairs or upgrades. Therefore, they reduce network equipment inventories and help future-proof network upgrades.

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Everything you Need to Know About SFPs

SFP stands for small form-factor pluggable, and the SFP module falls into the classification of transceiver equipment that enables a single network device to connect to various types of fiber or  copper cables and distances. SFP transceiver modules are portable and interchangeable, easily installed in network devices for communication.

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Choosing the Best Network switch for VOIP

Everything that you need to know about finding the best network switch for VoIP phones is summed up in this ultimate guide.

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What is the Maximum Distance for PoE? How Do You Extend PoE Distance?

The maximum PoE distance is 100 meters (328 ft). This is the maximum PoE cable length for UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pairs) cables that are utilized for PoE or any network data transmission.

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Choosing the Best Ethernet Switch in 2023

Is it hard to find the ideal Ethernet switch that fully meets the application requirements that you are searching for? We are here to help. As you follow the steps in this blog, you will be able to select the most feature-rich Ethernet switch. In the end, you will be able to find a cost-effective Ethernet switch that is best suited for your application needs.

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What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network that connects things and humans with multiple physical objects to communicate with each other, allowing them to transmit, receive, and exchange data via the Internet.

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What is an Ethernet Network Switch?

Ethernet switches are the most common network device and the core of your network. An Ethernet switch connects all wired devices, like computers, laptops, printers, wireless access points, and routers for transmitting and receiving data.

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How do you choose between a Commercial vs. Industrial PoE Switch?

Commercial Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches and industrial PoE (Power over Ethernet) switches are essentially the same. The greatest disparity between these two products’ features and applications is operating temperature.

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What Are Managed and Unmanaged PoE Switches?

Both managed and unmanaged PoE switches have features that make their use desirable for a particular type of network administrator. Deciding which to use depends on the expectation of users, the location of users, and the appropriate budget intended for it.

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Everything you need to know about the PoE Switch

The PoE switch is an essential piece of network equipment in a local area network (LAN). Let’s first define the basic and important parts of the PoE switch, while examining its application in the network.

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6 Tips to Help You Find the Best Compact PoE Switch for Your PoE-Powered Devices

Follow these 6 tips to help you choose the best Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch for your specific network needs. Always remember to select a solution that is compliant with the IEEE PoE standards to ensure compatibility with your connected PoE devices. 

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