The new miConverter S-Series from Omnitron Systems is being touted as one the smallest media converters available today.

Weighing less than 2.5 oz. (72 grams) and about the length of a standard house key, the miConverter S-Series provides Gigabit and Fast Ethernet fiber to 10/100/1000BASE-T media conversion. The device also is designed for mobile applications where light weight, compact size and low power are critical requirements.

According to the manufacturer, these media converters can be USB-powered, thus enabling fiber connectivity to locations where AC or DC power is unavailable, for example, field-deployed fiber-to-the-laptop. Fiber is run directly to the laptop, where it is converted to copper UTP and connected to a laptop RJ-45 port with an Ethernet patch cable. Power is supplied to the media converter by the laptop’s USB port using a standard USB cable, eliminating the need for an electrical outlet.

The miConverter S-Series is available with 100BASE-FX or 1000BASE-X fixed fiber transceivers (SC or ST connectors), and it supports multi-mode, single-mode and single-fiber options. It also supports Small Form Pluggable (SFP) transceivers for adaptability to different fiber types, speeds, distances, and wavelengths. In addition, the devices operate in temperatures ranging from -40C to 65°C for deployments in harsh environments.

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