Advances in network cable media have taken Private Enterprise Networks from coaxial cable and LAN-based services to fiber optic media and Internet-based services. Current enterprise networks command more Internet-related services and demand more bandwidth as they grow in complexity. LANs are typically used by organizations that have computers based in one location and connected to a single computer server. They are often used as the basis for private networks such as Intranets.
Local Area Networks concerns, such as data-speed (Mbps/Gbps), distance (feet/meters) and security issues drive the requirements of the upgrading the existing network. A media converter is used in communications networks to change (convert) signal transmission from one media, such as copper to another media such as optical fiber.
For the purposes of this study, The Company classifies the media converter as a device that connects different communication transmission media, for example, from copper to/from optical fiber (or vice versa), multimode optical fiber to single mode optical fiber (or vice versa) and single mode-to-single mode optical fiber.
When expanding the reach of the LAN to span multiple locations, media converters are useful in connecting multiple LANs to form one large 'campus area network' that spans over a limited geographic area. As premises networks are primarily copper-based, media converters can extend the reach of the LAN over multimode fiber with 850nm optics, or longer reach singlemode fiber with 1310nm or even longer reach 1550nm optics.
The worldwide market is segmented into major product categories, as shown in Figure 1. NOTE: The slash marks (/ /) indicates the database category covers media to // from (vice versa) either media type. NOTE: The 10/100/1000 category covers not only the 10.100/1000 converters but it also covers media converters handle 1000 Mbps (1-Gbps) only.
Media converter types range from small (micro) standalone devices, Network Interface Cards (NICs) / Peripheral Component Interconnects / Chassis Slot Cards, and high port-density (typically 6-12-or more ports per unit) rack-mount products. (Note: Empty shell chassis/racks are not counted in this consumption value market forecast).
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