The iConverter 10/100M2 conforms to the Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) fiber standards to support Fiber-to-the-X Metropolitan and Enterprise LAN networks. The 10/100M2 provides intelligent, securely managed service demarcation at the customer premises, offering Layer 2 Control Protocol (L2CP) policy control, Quality of Service and enhanced Bandwidth Control (rate-limiting) capabilities. The 10/100M2 features built-in Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) with comprehensive performance monitoring, fault detection and provisioning.
The 10/100M2 is available as a compact standalone unit or as a chassis plug-in module. The hot-swappable 10/100M2 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 plug-in module can manage other modules in the same chassis and operate as a managed 10/100 media converter. It features two Ethernet backplane ports for connectivity to adjacent modules in a chassis for multi-port and multi-service configurations.
The standalone 10/100M2 is available as a tabletop or wall-mount unit. The tabletop model can be DIN-rail mounted using an optional DIN-rail mounting kit. Both the tabletop and the wall-mount models are DC powered and are available with an external AC/DC power adapter or a terminal connector for DC power. The 10/100M2 standalone unit combines management capability with a compact chassis for deployment at the demarcation point.
The 10/100M2 utilizes the iConverter Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) management system to remotely monitor network status, configure hardware parameters, generate statistic reports and receive a variety of user-specified traps. The iConverter management system reduces operational expenditures by keeping "truck rolls" to a minimum through remote provisioning and instant trap notification capabilities.
The iConverter 10/100M2 supports port access, enhanced bandwidth control, Port MIB statistics, 2,048 byte frames and Layer 2 Control Protocol (L2CP) policy control.
The 10/100M2 features multiple, user-selectable link fault detection modes for quick fault detection and isolation. These modes operate independently of the network management and monitor the state of the cabling hardware.
Link-Segmentation (LS): The normal (default) mode where the UTP and fiber ports establish their links to other connected devices independently of each other.
Link-Propagation (LP): In this mode (also known as "Link-Loss-Carry-Forward"), a link-out from the UTP port is generated only when a link-in to the fiber port is present, and a link-out from the fiber port is generated only when a link-in to the UTP port is present. In LP mode, a cable or link fault is propagated in a "domino" fashion to downstream or upstream connected equipment, enabling rapid fault detection.
Asymmetrical Link Propagation (ALP): ALP has two modes of operation: copper-to-fiber and fiber-to-copper. In the 'copper-to-fiber' mode, a fault on the UTP port will propagate across the fiber to attached link partner, but not to the UTP port of the link partner. A fault on the fiber will not propagate at all. In the 'fiber-to-copper' mode, a fault on the UTP port will not propagate through to the attached UTP device. In this mode the "domino" effect is limited.
Remote-Fault-Detection (RFD): In RFD+LS mode, each port transmits a link signal only when receiving a link. As a result, link faults (no link received) are looped-back and can be reported to the network core.
Remote Fault Detection + Link Propagate (RFD+LP): In RFD+LP mode, link faults are propagated from the fiber to the UTP port and also looped-back to the fiber port. This mode provides rapid reporting of any cable faults to the network core.
Symmetrical-Fault-Detection (SFD): SFD mode is similar to the RFD mode and provides a loop-back of a fiber link fault. When connecting two SFD configured converters "back-to-back", this mode facilitates fiber or UTP fault notification to both ends of the network.
Carrier-grade optical Ethernet
iConverter fiber access Network Interface Devices and media converters are MEF 9 and 14 certified compliant and NEBS Level 3 compliant. iConverter NIDs enable Carrier-Grade Optical Ethernet with reliability and performance monitoring to support Service Level Agreements (SLAs). The modular design of iConverter fiber access equipment future-proofs Metro Ethernet services with scalability of network services and lowers operating costs with comprehensive OAM management and provisioning.
Metro Ethernet access
At the Central Office, the 10/100M2 plug-in module is installed in a managed iConverter 19-Module chassis for high-density fiber distribution from UTP switch equipment. At Customer Premises 1, the 10/100M2 plug-in module is installed in a 2-Module chassis with an iConverter 4TxVT four-port switch module. The two modules share data via the Ethernet Backplane. This configuration functions as a remotely managed demarcation switch with a fiber uplink port to the Central Office and five copper ports that drop off Ethernet service. At Customer Premises 2, the 10/100M2 standalone NID provides a fiber uplink to a single copper port for intelligent demarcation of Ethernet services.
Fiber port options
10/100M2 models with fixed-fiber connectors are available with multimode (MM) dual fiber, single-mode (SM) dual fiber and single-mode single-fiber (SF) options. They support ST, SC, LC and MT-RJ connectors with distances up to 5km over MM fiber, 120km over SM fiber and 40km over SF. The 10/100M2 Small Form Pluggable (SFP) model supports a wide variety of SFP transceivers available in 20nm increments from 1270nm to 1610nm to support FTTX and CWDM applications.
The 10/100M2 features multiple, user-selectable link fault detection modes, including Link Propagation, Remote Fault Detection and Asymmetrical Fault Detection. These Link Modes provide rapid fault detection and isolation by monitoring the state of the cabling hardware, and operate independently of the network management.
Tag VLAN, Port VLAN and QoS
The iConverter 10/100M2 supports the IEEE 802.1Q tag Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) packet tagging and untagging (including Q-in-Q tunneling and 802.1ad service provider tag) and the 802.1p Quality of Service priority standards. 10/100M2 VLAN 802.1ad tunneling technology enables service providers to offer their customers E-Line and E-LAN services via Ethernet Virtual Circuit (EVC), which connect multiple business LANs at different locations and make their networks appear to be on the same local network. Q-in-Q Service tags transparently transport customer network traffic across the service provider network, isolating it from other customer and service provider management traffic.
Port bandwidth control and port access control
The enhanced Bandwidth Control feature supports levels of bandwidth between the fiber and UTP ports in 64Kbps increments from 64K to Full Line Speed. The 10/100M2 features Port Access Control which blocks user service while maintaining the network link. Port Access Control enables the service provider to control user access while maintaining port configuration for easy disabling or enabling of customer service. Port Access Control provides enterprise administrators the capability to improve network security by controlling port access when the port is not in use.
Port statistics and optical performance statistics
The 10/100M2 supports reporting of utilization, port and optical performance statistics. Port statistics are available for 38 different variables for the UTP and fiber ports. Additionally, full optical performance statistics are available on SFP fiber transceivers with a digital diagnostic bus. Port and optical performance statistics reporting provides the ability to monitor customer bandwidth utilization, network performance and the link signal quality for each individual port.
IEEE 802.3ah operations, administration and maintenance
The 10/100M2 supports the IEEE 802.3ah OAM standard, including Fault Detection, Performance Monitoring and Remote Loopback.
The 10/100M2 detects and indicates link faults, dying gasp and other critical events. The 10/100M2 also supports Unidirectional Link Fault Detection that indicates faults in either direction of the fiber link.
802.3ah Performance Monitoring tools are used for the detection and notification of link performance (quality) faults. Ethernet data performance can deteriorate slowly before disrupting service, and the 10/100M2 allows the setting of error-per-second thresholds. Once the pre-set error threshold is exceeded, an event notification is generated that provides early indication of a problem that may be resolved prior to loss of service.
Remote loopbackProduct Highlights
Remote Loopback is used for fault localization and link performance testing. When a 10/100M2 port is in loopback mode, all received link traffic is looped back and transmitted back unaltered. The statistics from the 10/100M2 port and the remote link partner can be compared for consistency.
- Carrier-grade optical Ethernet network interface device
- Integrated SNMPv1, SNMPv2c, SNMPv3 and IP-less 802.3ah management
- 802.3ah Link OAM for early fault detection and performance monitoring
- VLAN with Q-in-Q for E-Line and E-LAN services
- Quality of Service for Voice/Data/Video over Ethernet
- Bandwidth control (rate limiting) with 64Kb increments
- Port MIB statistics and optical performance statistics to support service level agreements
- Port access control for enhanced security
- 2,048 byte Jumbo frames
- Configurable link fault propagation modes
- Small Form Pluggable (SFP) transceivers with Optical Statistics for standard or CWDM applications
- Fixed-fiber connectors available for multimode and single-mode dual fiber and single-mode single-fiber
- UTP auto-crossover and auto-negotiation of data rate, duplex modes and pause capabilities