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Media converters for network expansion


In industrial sector, there are several common issues that engineers are often faced with: the number of different devices in a facility grows, the distance between them increases and the volume of incoming data goes up, too. To solve these issues, interface converters or media converters are usually used. These can be splitters or converters to fast fiber optic connections and may be installed virtually anywhere throughout the network.

Media converters are single-layer devices that only convert electrical signals and the physical medium without changing the data.

MOXA offers a wide range of media converters for serial, Ethernet and fiber optic connections in its arsenal.

MOXA’s media converters have several advantages:

  • Allows you to convert Ethernet or serial interfaces to fiber
  • Industrial grade design for harsh environments
  • Plug-and-play technology and modular design make networking easy

Where to apply media converters? Here are 4 examples of application scenarios:

Scenario 1: You want to connect a RS-232 device via RS-422/485 interfaces. For that, MOXA offers Serial-to-Serial converters


Model name TCC-80/80I TCC-100/100I TCC-120/120I
Interface A RS-232 RS-232 RS-232
Interface B RS-422/485 RS-422/485 RS-422/485
Power over interface
Repeater
Port isolation 2 KV (TCC-80I) 2 KV (TCC-100I) 2 KV (TCC-120I)
Overvoltage protection 1 KV 1 KV

Scenario 2: You want to increase the transmission distance between serial devices. MOXA offers Serial-to-Fiber converters.


Standard design

Model name TCF-90 TCF-142 ICF-1150/1150I
Interface A RS-232 RS-232/422/485 RS-232/422/485
Interface B Fiber optic (single-mode or multi-mode)
Power over interface
Repeater
Port isolation 2 KV (ICF-1150I)
Overvoltage protection 1 KV
Optical ring
Industrial certificates C1D2, ATEX, IECEx

Modular design

1) Chassis

Model name TRC-190 TRC-2190
Slots for modules 19 18
Remote management
Input voltage 100-240 VAC or ±48 VDC redundant

2) Plug-in modules

Model name TCF-142-RM
Interface A RS-232/422/485
Interface B Fiber optic (single-mode or multi-mode)
Optical ring

Scenario 3: You want to increase the distance between PROFIBUS or CAN devices. MOXA offers Fieldbus-to-Fiber converters.


Model name ICF-1170I ICF-1180I ICF-1280I
Interface A ISO 11898-2, terminal block PROFIBUS DP (DB9 female) PROFIBUS DP (DB9 female)
Interface B Fiber optic (multi-mode) Fiber optic (single-mode or multi-mode)
Port isolation 2 KV 2 KV 2 KV
Overvoltage protection 1 KV 2 KV 2 KV
Optical ring
Industrial certificates C1D2, ATEX, IECEx

Scenario 4: You want to increase the distance between Ethernet devices. MOXA offers a wide range of Ethernet-to-Fiber media converters for any industrial network.


Standard design

Model name IMC-21 IMC-21A IMC-21GA IMC-101 IMC-101G IMC-P101 PTC-101 PTC-101-M12
Interface A 10/100BaseT(X), RJ45 10/100BaseT(X), RJ45 10/100/1000 BaseT(X), RJ45 10/100BaseT(X), RJ45 10/100/1000 BaseT(X), RJ45 10/100BaseT(X), RJ45 10/100BaseT(X), RJ45 10/100BaseT(X), RJ45
Interface B 100BaseFX 100BaseFX 100/1000BaseSX/LX, 100/1000 BaseSFP slot 100BaseFX 100/1000BaseSFP slot 100BaseFX 100BaseFX 100BaseFX
Port connection loss ✔(LV model) ✔(LV model)
Power loss ✔(LV model) ✔(LV model)
PoE
Industrial certificates C1D2, ATEX, IECEx C1D2, ATEX, IECEx IEC 61850-3 EN 50121-4

Modular design

1) Chassis

Model name TRC-190 TRC-2190
Slots for modules 19 18
Remote management
Input voltage 100-240 VAC or ±48 VDC redundant

2) Plug-in modules

Model name CSM-200 CSM-400
Interface A 10/100 BaseT(X), RJ45
Interface B Fiber optic (single-mode or multi-mode)
Remote management
Port connection loss
Power loss

For further technical information, inquiries about offers or placement of orders, please contact our sales team at sales@ipc2u.com

https://ipc2u.com/articles/knowledge-base/media-converters-for-network-expansion/
20:58 12.04.2021