Omnitron’s converter extends network distance for PoE IP cameras

Omnitron’s OmniConverter media converter enables fiber connectivity up to 140 km from video servers and network equipment.

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Fiber-connectivity device provider Omnitron Systems Technology (Irvine, CA, USA) has developed a new solution for extending network distances to remote IP security cameras that draw electrical current fromPower over Ethernet (PoE).

ManyIP security cameras use PoE to receive power over the network cabling, eliminating direct electrical wiring. The challenge is installing IP cameras with PoE in locations that are beyond the 100-m limit of unshielded twisted pair (UTP) network cabling.

Omnitron’s OmniConvertermedia converter enables fiber connectivity up to 140 km from video servers and network equipment. The converter is installed at end of the fiber run, and is located near an AC or DC power source, where it converts the fiber to UTP and injects PoE over the cabling to power the IP Camera. Classified as Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE), the OmniConverter provides power to one or two IP cameras using the same UTP cables that carry the Ethernet data. Applications that require long network link distances to security and surveillance cameras include large school campuses, military bases, energy infrastructure, and transportation (traffic monitoring and signal light enforcement).

A variety of models are available to convert 100BASE-FX or 1000BASE-X fiber to 10/100 or 10/100/1000 UTP. The OmniConverter features dual fiber and dual UTP ports (up to four ports per module) and functions as a power-sourcing PoE mini-switch. The OmniConverter supports the IEEE 802.3af standard, and is the first converter on the market to support the new high-power IEEE 802.3at (PoE+) standard. The high-power 802.3at models provide up to 25.5 W per port for high-powerIP cameras, and cameras that feature integrated lighting, pan-tilt-zoom, and de-icing capabilities.

Dual fiber ports can be used for redundant links with less than 50-ms switchover time, or for daisy-chain and ring topologies. Dual UTP ports support powering two cameras per converter.

OmniConverter media converters are covered by a lifetime warranty and 24/7 technical support with no service contract fees.

SOURCE:Omnitron Systems Technology

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