The iConverter 2Fx manageable media converter is a member of the modular iConverter product family. It provides a cost-effective solution for extending network distances by connecting multimode fiber network devices over single-mode fiber cabling. The iConverter 2Fx both regenerates and retimes the fiber optic signal, and multiple 2Fxs can be used to extend total network distances.
The iConverter 2Fx features two 10/100 Ethernet backplane ports to provide connectivity to adjacent modules for network expansion and for In-Band connectivity to an iConverter Network Management Module (NMM).
The iConverter 2Fx supports the IEEE 802.1Q and 802.1p standards, and the 802.1Q TagVLAN packet tagging and untagging including double-tagging (1Q1Q double-stacking) standard. Stacked-tagging enables the service provider to support tagged or untagged customer traffic thus eliminating the constraints on the customer's data type and enabling customers to "tunnel" their enterprise VLAN networks transparently through the service provider's network. Up to 64 VLAN tags can be assigned.
Whether deployed at the customer premises (CP) or at the central office (CO), Omnitron's 2Fx VLAN-based technology enables service providers to offer to their customers secure Ethernet Virtual Private Line LAN "tunnels" which are isolated from other customer's data as well as from the service provider's management traffic. It also enables the service provider to deploy edge equipment at the customer premises while maintaining secure separation of service provider network management and customer data traffic flows thus providing intrusion protection to the service provider.
The iConverter 2Fx features PortVLAN, which enables the network administrator to specify and restrict traffic flow between the module's fiber, UTP and backplane ports thereby providing security and intrusion protection. The 2Fx's support of the 802.1p prioritization enables delivery of Quality of Service (QoS) to high priority real time applications such as voice or video over Ethernet.
The iConverter 2Fx supports Bandwidth and Port Access Controls. The Bandwidth Control enables the network administrator to selectively deliver eight different levels of traffic bandwidth to different ports, thereby limiting the bandwidth allocated to individual users. The Port Access Control enables the network administrator to easily control and deny individual port access while maintaining port configuration for easy port re-enabling.
The 2Fx features user-selectable Link Propagate, Link Segment, Remote Fault Detection, and Symmetrical Fault Detection modes to facilitate quick fault detection, isolation, and reporting. To facilitate future features and upgrades, the 2Fx supports field upgrades using an optional flash-memory feature. Software upgrades can be downloaded to the module via FTP.