[AusNOG] Recommendation on a reliable/good 1000Base-X to 1000Base-T media converter.

Johann Lo Johann.Lo at aptel.com.au
Wed Oct 17 17:32:06 EST 2012

+1 on ME3400s. Just remember to read up on NNI vs UNI ports, there's a bit more to them than a regular switch. (in fact they route too)
Being able to manage them is priceless compared to a media converter where it could be anything. But w/ SFPs you're looking at magnitudes more $$$ than a black box

Johann Lo
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From: ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net [mailto:ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net] On Behalf Of Matt Perkins
Sent: Wednesday, 17 October 2012 4:54 PM
To: ausnog at lists.ausnog.net
Subject: Re: [AusNOG] Recommendation on a reliable/good 1000Base-X to 1000Base-T media converter.

Power supply's on these media converters have been letting us down since the beginning of time. I have used almost all the brands over the years and bar one with a built in power supply they have all had a power supply moment where it turns to a scotched black plastic mess hanging out of the wall or slammed in the rack door.

Now days modestly priced switches have gbic/sfp's and mercifully we dont use them any more.  The Cisco ME3400 makes a sweet NTU/media converter with a whole lot more. . Now i wish a to remain nameless last mile provider we use would get the hint. . .

Excuse me im off to jaycar to stock up on some more power supply's as unsaid last mile provider takes 24 hours to run out to the site to replace one.


On 17/10/12 4:46 PM, Mark Newton wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 01:38:21PM +0800, Brad Peczka wrote:
>   > Media Converters are 'good' until it comes to troubleshooting, and
>   > then the fun and games ensue. :-)
> Usually the troubleshooting is pretty simple, because the failure has
> been caused by the $3 power supply letting down the reliability
> reputation of the $300 media converter.
> (and yes, I have seen the exact same PSU used by a reputable media
> converter manufacturer being offered for sale at DealExtreme for less
> than five bucks)
>    - mark
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