Media converter is a device which is used to connect two different networking media. For example connection between a shielded cable and twisted pair can be archived through the media converter. They were introduced to the industry nearly two decades ago, and are important in interconnecting fiber optic cabling-based systems with existing copper-based, structured cabling systems. They are also used in MAN access and data transport services to enterprise customers.
Various functions performed by a media converter are as follows:
- Connect two different types of wiring systems without adding to the repeater count.
- Connect two 10 Base T or 100 Base TX networks in different building using fiber optics.
- To integrate a mix of cabling which included UTP cabling, thin net fiber optic cable, thick net etc.