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Pros: We had this installed in an acid plant sub-station to convert single-mode long range ethernet fiber to Multimode. We are running interlocked control systems over these fibers and the converters must be up 100% of the time. We had a lightning strike in the area and the converter stopped working and we thought that it fried the converter, but when we replaced the little 12vdc power adapter plug, the converter came back online with no troubles. Nice hardy little converter that survived acid fumes and lightning strikes. We are buying more of these for spares.
Cons: You need to protect the little 12vdc power adapter from surges.
Reviewed By:Chris,2/23/2015 4:31:25 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
Pros: SFP slot makes it flexible Dip switches conveniently located on front Convertible from standalone to rack chassis
Cons: Not a big fan of the wall-wort power adapter. It's a bit bulky, but otherwise just fine.
Other Thoughts: So far, this is working great for us. I purchased this media converter instead of paying for a very pricey fiber module for our packet shaper. The MC passes anywhere between 200-900Mbps during the day without any problems.
Reviewed By:N/A,11/16/2014 8:38:17 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: Works like a charm once you conquer the installation. Thankfully, tech support was exceptionally good.
Cons: I am not a fiber optic expert by any means but I do have a Masters in Electrical Engineering and years of experience. I just haven't worked with fiber optic links before. Regardless, we had to replace a failed unit on a fiber run between two buildings. The manual - what little there is of it - was of no real help in troubleshooting the installation. Neither was the website. These units are billed as "no configuration required" so I connected them up, turned them on, and waited for the link to come up. It never did. Using the manual, I did what troubleshooting I could but to no avail. As a last resort, we contacted Allied Telesis tech support and were pleasantly surprised at their quick reaction and follow through. We actually got to talk to engineers who knew the product and provided specific guidance as to how to properly configure the units. It would be nice if that guidance found its way into the "manual". There were some "undocumented features" that were key to the troubleshooting process.
Other Thoughts: Bottom line: These are great little units and they run 24/7 for years on end but the documentation is woefully lacking. If it wasn't for the excellent tech support, we would still be scratching our heads as to why the link wasn't working.
Reviewed By:Seymour,7/31/2014 8:34:06 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Pros: Works just as good as the Cisco brand Transceiver but at 1/3 the cost. Also feels more durable than the Cisco as well.
Cons: None that I have run into so far.
Other Thoughts: I will buy these in the future instead of the Cisco brand.
Reviewed By:MICHAEL S.,6/11/2014 9:46:45 AM
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