PoE Ethernet cables (Power of Ethernet) are getting more and more popular every day. As consumers learn more about what these cables can do and how they work, and businesses and industries take increasing advantage of the added flexibility that comes with transmitting power and data in a single cable, PoE cords are also getting more important for everyday life. Read More
Gigabit switches or gigabit Ethernet switches are used to enhance speeds and data transmission rate up to 1Gbps and beyond. It complies with IEEE 802.3z standard and is widely used in industrial networks. Over the last few years, fiber optics has picked up pace, and this market segment is estimated to grow at a decent rate over the next few years. This is primarily because of blended networks, wherein fiber optics is implemented in the existing copper cable networks. This is an effective and affordable solution to increasing speed, connectivity, transmission distance, bandwidth, and security in a network. These gigabit switches have both SFP as well as RJ45 connector ports, which enable the connectivity between copper cable and fiber networks. This post discusses the significance of an SFP port on gigabit switches and more. Read More
400G Ethernet is near you. It is approved by IEEE under relevant 802.3b standards. This new Ethernet technology assures a 400G data rate at layer 2 with higher transmission ranges than 100G. The Ethernet assures excellent performance up to 10 km over single-mode fiber and up to 100 meters over multimode fiber. This technology is already influencing several enterprise networks. Would you like to know how it shaping the future of data transfer and common integration challenges faced by users? Stay tuned to know more. Read More
With businesses embracing technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), open systems, machine learning, and cloud storage, the bandwidth and data transfer demands on network infrastructure has increased. Unfortunately, 100G and 200G Ethernet technologies are insufficient to meet these demands. Nowadays, these technologies are being replaced with 400G, which is known for its high data transfer speeds and meeting the complex bandwidth demands. In 2020, various networking forecasts and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) reported that 400G deployments will be a lot quicker than 100G and 200G deployments. Knowing these, you may wonder what 400G Ethernet is and how it will influence the future of communication. Read the post to know more. Read More
Security of people, premises, and resources has been one of the main concerns for businesses across the world. Among various things, today, this is achieved using video security and surveillance networks. Video security systems are installed throughout business premises to gather information on incidents and allow business owners to improve their security measures. Although these cameras look like simple devices, their requirements have changed. They have new requirements for bandwidth, quality, and distance beyond copper cables. This post analyzes the use of fiber optic cables with IP video and CCTV analog video systems. Read More
Enterprise switches are the type of network switches, which are deployed in large networks comprising many connections. These switches do not suggest typical types but only refer to the work environment and application. There are different types of enterprise switches based on the designs. This post analyzes these switches, their hierarchy, types, and applications in detail. Read More
Effective digital communication is important for any business. Today, businesses rely on IP-based communication solutions like web conferencing, IP telephony (VoIP), voice mail, and virtual communication for communication. IP-based communication offers various benefits such as affordability, effectiveness, convenience, and feature-rich. Although IP-based communication solutions have gained immense popularity over the years, many users are still reluctant to embrace them due to misconceptions. This post aims to debunk misconceptions regarding this technology and its solutions. Read More
Thanks to improved network reliability and fast data speeds, many business organizations are embracing 5G networks. These benefits mean businesses can improve their customer satisfaction, competitiveness, and optimize their savings and profits. Several factors contribute to the success of this technology and fiber-rich network infrastructure is one of them. Having said that, it is quite obvious to think what makes fiber technology popular over legacy copper systems in 5G and what 5G entail. Read the post to know these answers and more. Read More
Audio and video technologies (AV) have evolved over the years, and now they are an integral part of our digital communication. As these technologies continue to evolve, the AV are being are designed to carry audio, video, and control signals of high resolution and speed. Sometimes Cat5 or Cat6 cables fail to meet these requirements. This is where fiber optic cables can work. These cables offer a combination of glass and light or say optical impulses, which AV professionals can best utilize to their benefits. Would you like to know how these fiber optic cables are set to change the future of AV? This post discusses the same and more. Read More
With businesses dabbling into humongous amounts of data which helps in analysis and strategic decision making, they need to have robust networks to transfer this data across locations. There are various network devices such as cables, connectors, switches, media converters, and so on which help build a robust and safe network and facilitate data transfer over a long distance. They also enable the connection of two or more types of dissimilar networks. Switches are an integral part of modern networks, which enable communication between network devices and cables. They are especially useful in mixed or blended networks such as fiber optic and copper cable network. However, these are Ethernet switches are used in industrial applications. Industrial Ethernet switches are different and more advanced than regular switches. They are robust and are designed to resist harsh weather conditions, industrial environments, and so on. These are manufactured under special industrial grade standards and have a wide operating temperature range. When selecting Ethernet switches, there are many factors one must consider. This post discusses the same and more. Read More
Power over Technology (PoE) devices and technology have gained immense momentum as it enables seamless transmission of data and power using the same cable through separate lines. This makes the technology popular across all industrial segments, expanding and need robust business networks. Initially, the technology was designed for Gigabit Ethernet; however, it is applicable for fiber optics as well. In the case of fiber optic networks blended with the existing copper cable network, a PoE switch, and a media converter are used to transmit and convert the signals from electric pulses to light pulses and vice versa. PoE is by now well-known for its simplicity and efficiency. Read More
Power over Ethernet or PoE technology is used in almost all industrial segments pertaining to business networks. It is for wired Ethernet as well as fiber-optic networks. PoE is gaining momentum owing to the simplicity and efficiency it assures and saves on external electric supplies for powering devices. There are different versions of Power over Ethernet switches in use today – PoE switches, PoE+ switches, and PoE++ switches. Would you like to know more about these switches? If that sounds yes, then this post answers everything about these devices. So, stay tuned. Read More
The demand for fiber optics is increasing by the day, and hence it is crucial to understand the ports and network devices used here. This helps select the right devices with the required power and configuration. SFP or small form factor pluggable module is a transceiver that can be connected to an SFP port on a switch in the network. These modules are designed to connect fiber optic cables in the network. They are similar to RJ45 connector ports used to connect copper cables. These are used for data as well as voice communication applications and offer immediate connectivity. RX and TX stand for receiver and transmitter sensitivity which is an important part of the optical power calculation. This post discusses the ways to identify RX/TX optical power on SFP modules. Read More
Meeting the ever increasing network speed demands can be challenging if you are using a legacy network. Not just the old wired network but even wireless networks have issues in terms of seamless connectivity and signal attenuation. Wireless routers connected to modems do not work well beyond 30 meters. Also, they have issues in bad weather conditions. Considering all these challenges, fiber optics has gained traction over the last few years and is estimated to grow even further as per some research reports. Fiber optics works on optical signals which are sent over a fiber optic cable. While it is a wired network, these cables have fiberglass strands inside which reflect the light that penetrates the transparent cables. But do these networks use fiber optic modems? Yes, they do, and they are absolutely reliable. This is one factor why they find applications in advanced and complex industry segments. This post discusses the benefits of using fiber optic modems and beyond. Read More
VoIP, remote monitoring, as well as networked video surveillance, are a few applications that have gained immense popularity in recent years. These applications have different bandwidth requirements and are widely used in residences, offices, and industrial facilities. Owing to their high dependability, the users of these applications cannot afford delays. Most legacy IP networks are designed for First-in-First-Out standards, which means some devices may face delays, thereby causing some disruption to schedules. This is where the Quality of Service (QoS) makes a difference. This article explores QoS in detail and offers you insights in their increasing role in business networks. Read More
Networks- whether private or the ones connected to the internet have growing demands from businesses, in terms of speed, connectivity, bandwidth, distance, and other factors. This is how the demand for fiber optics picked up because of benefits they offer. However, rather than fully upgrading to fiber optics, most businesses find it economical and sustainable to blend fiber optics into their existing copper cable network. You can achieve this with good quality fiber switches, connectors, SFP modules, media converters, and so on. SFP transceivers are small form factor pluggable transceiver-receiver modules which establish connectivity between a network device such as a switch and a copper or fiber optic cable. There is a variety of SFP modules with their advanced versions such as SFP++, and so on available in the market. So, choosing an SFP transceiver must be based on your application requirement, device compatibility, and so on. This post offers tips on choosing SFP transceivers and why VERSITRON SFP modules are better than other choices in the market. Read More
Building a network with minimum cables has become an important requisite for businesses these days. This is because cable cluttering may result in confusion and accidents if not managed properly. Fortunately, several technologies have been developed to accomplish this. HDMI Over IP and HDBaseT are increasingly popular and have gained immense acceptance owing to their beneficial features. Both HDMI over IP and HDBaseT distribute high-definition video signals from a single source to multiple screens using the existing Ethernet infrastructure. The distribution of video signals is performed using devices such as switches, adapters, splitters, and so on. However, both technologies do it differently. Whether to choose HDMI Over IP or HDBaseT largely depends upon your application needs. This post discusses HDMI Over IP and HDBaseT in detail. Read More
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is one of the popular network protocols that are used by network engineers to monitor the network traffic and performance. SNMP is a protocol for the application layer, and is an integral part of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Protocol suite. It is identified by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) for information exchange between network devices. SNMP is an important feature of managed switches, which is configured prior to use. Having said that, you will find this feature on most branded managed switches. VERSITRON is one of the leading manufacturers of managed and unmanaged networking switches in the US. These switches have been an integral part of robust fiber optic networks for several years now. If you are using any of VERSITRON’s managed switches, you may want to know how to configure SNMP on managed switches, isn’t it? If yes, this post leads you through the configuration steps and also provides you insights on SNMP and features. Read More
Media converters are the devices that enable the conversion of data from one form to another. Generally, in hybrid networks comprising copper-fiber transmission media, these devices are of great significance. These media converters convert the electronic signals into optical pulses and vice versa. The media converters can translate and transmit data over different transmission protocols like Ethernet, Internet Protocol (IP), Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), and Power over Ethernet (PoE), etc. Owing to the high-end compatibility of media converters with several transmission protocols, these devices are used in high-capacity networks. These devices are often exposed to high data traffic, return losses, etc which can abruptly damage the converter, and eventually, the network may fail. To reduce the chances of data loss during such conditions, Link Fault Pass-Through (LFPT) function is adopted in modern, high-capacity fiber media converters. The main purpose of adopting the link pass-through function in the media converters is to constantly monitor the copper and fiber links and prevent data loss by taking an action on an incident of link failure. Read More
Wavelength division multiplexing or WDM has gained immense traction over the last few years. It has been the preferred choice of technology for transporting massive data in the form of light signals over a fiber cable. By doing so, it maximizes fiber network capacity and avoids excess wiring. Initially, this classic technology has been used by various private carriers and service providers. However, with consistent upgrades and unmatched technical improvements, it has been widely adopted by governmental organizations, privately owned data centers, corporate empires, and many more. Are you intrigued to know more about WDM technology? This post attempts to answer every question you might have regarding wavelength division multiplexing. Read on to know more. Read More
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