In the continuous development and improvement of optical fiber media converters, users have also put forward many new requirements for equipment.
First, current fiber optic media converters are not smart enough. For example, when the optical path of the fiber optic media converters is interrupted, the electrical port on the other end of most products will remain open, so upper-layer devices such as routers and switches will still continue to send packets to this electrical port, resulting in unreachable data. It is hoped that the majority of equipment providers can implement automatic switching on the optical fiber media converters. When the optical path is down, the electrical port will automatically raise an alarm, and prevent upper-layer equipment from continuing to send data to this port, and enable redundant links to ensure uninterrupted services.
Secondly, the optical fiber media converter itself should better adapt to the actual network environment. In actual engineering, fiber optic media converters are mostly used in corridors or outdoors, and the power supply is very complicated. This requires that equipment from various manufacturers should support ultra-wide power supply voltages to adapt to unstable power supply conditions. At the same time, because of the extremely high and low temperature weather conditions in many areas, the impact of lightning strikes and electromagnetic interference is also practical. All these have a great impact on outdoor equipment such as media converters. This requires equipment suppliers to be careful and strict in the use of key components, circuit layout and welding, and structural design.
In addition, in terms of network management control, most users hope that all network equipment can be managed remotely through a unified network management platform, that is, the MIB library of the optical fiber media converter can be imported into the entire network management information database. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure the standardization and compatibility of network management information in product development.
The optical fiber media converter breaks the 100-meter limitation of the Ethernet cable in data transmission. Relying on high-performance switching chips and large-capacity buffers, while truly achieving non-blocking transmission and switching performance. It also provides the functions of balanced traffic, isolated conflicts and error detection to ensure high security and stability during data transmission. Therefore, for a long time, the optical fiber media converters will still be an indispensable part of the actual network construction. It is believed that the optical fiber media converters will continue to develop in the direction of high intelligence, high stability, network management, and low cost in the future.
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