New ION media converter chassis for fibre/copper network integration

Created August 24, 2016
Technologies and Products

Transition Networks has launched a 6-slot version of the company’s ION Multi-Service Integration Platform of chassis-based multi-service, media conversion system.
The new ION 6-slot chassis is the latest addition to the ION product family that includes a 19-slot chassis, a 2-slot chassis, a 1-slot chassis, and numerous media converter slide-in cards. The new chassis offers enterprises, data centres, and communication service providers (CSPs) greater flexibility to integrate copper and fibre cable plants in order to extend networks within a building, between buildings, or throughout a campus.
Designed to accept any of the slide-in converter cards currently available in the ION family, the new chassis enables flexible conversion of a variety of network types including Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, or time division multiplexing (TDM). Fibre-optic modules support small form factor pluggable (SFP) modules for flexible deployments based on cable type and transmission distance.
The new ION chassis is 19 inch, rack-mountable and only occupies 1RU of rack space allowing it to be used as a stand-alone system for low-density media conversion applications where rack space is limited. It can also be used as customer premise equipment to extend service delivery from a central office to remote locations, for example to extend Ethernet, T1 or DS-3 services.
To add to its flexibility and intelligence, the ION 6-slot chassis can also accept the ION Management Module, which communicates with individual cards in the ION chassis via the backplane. Each slide-in module for the ION Chassis has specific features and functions that can be controlled via the ION Management Module. A network administrator can securely configure, monitor and troubleshoot ION slide-in modules remotely via the ION Management Module.
The 6-slot ION Chassis is available with redundant, hot-swappable AC or DC power supplies. Starting list prices for the chassis is $625.

New Transition Networks ION Media Converter Chassis Offers Greater Flexibility for Fiber/Copper Network Integration

Per Danielsen

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by Per Danielsen

has 35 years of experience in optical communications and is now working freelance writing about optical communications and other telecom related topics. He also serves as chairman of the ECOC Market Focus program committee.