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MRV Media Converter Simplifies Cable Management with Single Module

MRV Communications has announced an optical media converter addition to the company's XY line, the Fiber Driver EM316GSW-XY, a gigabit/Fast Ethernet multi-function media converter.

The Fiber Driver XY family of media converters offers multiple functions combined with a flexible multi-rate small form-factor pluggable (SFP) design. The devices feature built-in media conversion, signal repeating, and lambda conversion, with optional wave division multiplexing (WDM) technology available via SFP interfaces.

The EM316GSW-XY combines two 10/100/1000 Ethernet copper ports and two 100/1000 SFP Ethernet ports with four modes of operation to serve as a dual media converter, redundant converter, signal repeater, or a four-port multimedia 100/1000 Ethernet switch.

The EM316GSW-XY can act as a dual independent copper-to-fiber converter. The device operates in standalone unmanaged mode or can be used in a 16-slot Fiber Driver chassis supporting up to 30 converters. In the redundant converter mode, the module can provide a self-healing copper-to-fiber connection for mission critical networks. With its built-in signal repeating capability, the device also acts as a two-port fiber and copper network distance extender.

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