American Fibertek, Inc. (AFI) announced that it has most recently developed an optical bridge to connect Cat 5 unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cables for video and switching systems.
“Integrators need flexibility when seeking to leverage the benefits of fiber optic communications," comments Jack Fernandes, CEO and president of AFI. "Our extensive line of bridging products provides integrators with a list of options sure to include whatever configuration they need to make a robust connection to ensure effective system operation for years to come.”
AFI's complete line of IP/analog bridging products incorporates a mini (two copper port) Ethernet switch with a digital video (analog) transmission system. The company says its optical bridging products can be either singlemode or multimode-operable and can provide up to four channels of video with multiple data, audio or contact closure plus the two ports of Ethernet on a single fiber.
For example, AFI's 91P3335E-SL singlemode series transmits 10-bit digital video, two ports of 10/100Base-TX Ethernet, three RS-232 data channels and one RS-485 data channel using one singlemode optical fiber. AFI's 91P58E-SL singlemode series transmits and receives one video channel, two Ethernet ports, two audio ports and one multi-protocol data port.
The Ethernet interface is designed to be completely transparent, says AFI. Auto negotiation automatically configures the unit for the correct speed, and the system requires no field adjustments at installation or additional maintenance thereafter. The equipment can be ordered as a stand-alone module or rack card.
The new AFI optical bridge products debuted at this year's ASIS show.