Cranbury, New Jersey – IHSE USA, a manufacturer of KVM matrix switch and extender solutions for video environments and government agencies, announced the introduction of a family of fiber/cat-x media converters and cross-repeaters. The 485 series was designed for applications requiring cross conversion of Cat-x to fiber, repeating Cat-x or fiber interconnects for longer distances, or connecting redundant path operations for zero down-time operations. These cost-effective media converters/repeaters can be used with IHSE USA’s vario, compact, and enterprise line of switch products.
The 485 series is a good solution when only a few signals need to be shared over longer distances between buildings or multi-level office buildings. Signals available on a Cat-x matrix switch system can be converted to fiber for transmission and converted back to Cat-x at the receiver (or vice-versa). This is useful in bridging buildings with copper-based switch/extender systems that are located some distance apart.
High-quality signal processing and integral amplification in the 485 series products ensures no signal degradation or transmission artifacts. These devices can be deployed between extenders as point-to-point or between extenders and matrices. For instance, IHSE USA’s Cat-x matrix systems can easily be retrofitted to support longer-run fiber requirements by adding a set of 485 Cat-x to fiber media converters.
For critical path operations, the 485 series is offered with a redundant path option. Each 485 series includes two parallel path interconnects (RJ-45 or LC fiber) for primary/secondary operations. A typical scenario would have the local extender connected to the 485 unit with the primary connection to a KVM matrix switch and the secondary connection as a by-pass directly to the remote extender. In the event of a switch failure, the local and remote extenders can still communicate as a direct point-to-point path.
The 485 series family features bi-directional data ports, allowing any port to be configured as an input or output. No additional configuration is required.