AMG Systems has launched a Mini media converter specially designed to be robust enough to withstand the challenging extremes of temperature which can face security and transport camera and device installations. The ruggedised 9HMEC Mini media converters are small enough to be installed in the confined spaces provided by camera poles and street cabinets, and tough enough to operate in temperatures ranging from -40 to 70°C.
The converters provide a 100Mbps or Gigabit Ethernet uplink across fibre via the SFP port, providing a hardened, cost-effective means of converting IP signals for transport over long distances across all types of fibre cabling.
AMG’s Sales and Technical Support Manager Ian Creary says the new Mini media converters have been designed specifically for security and transport applications across a wide range of challenging environments.
“When a CCTV system is used for security applications, it’s vital that the video signal delivery is maintained, no matter what the external environment is throwing at it,” he said. “It’s the same for transport applications, which use monitoring cameras and critical signage. This Mini media converter will sit in the box where it’s installed, and it will just work. That’s the key. It’s about reliability and consistent performance, whether that’s in remote, challenging environments like the Middle East or India, or even in the UK at the height of summer – a camera pole or a street cabinet box will heat up quite significantly, even in our meagre summers.”
The Mini media converters are DIN rail-mountable, meaning they are quick to install and easy to remove for maintenance purposes, and because they are non-programmable there is no need for any user configuration or computer-based set-up.
The converters offer an optional Link Fault Forwarding (LFF) feature, which allows a pair of media converters to share their link status, Creary explained.
“Any associated subsequent copper or fibre link failure will result in both linked media converters disabling their copper links,” he said, “ensuring that attached networking devices recognise the Link Fail status and thus do not forward data into what would otherwise be a data cul-de-sac. The result is an extra layer of safety for additional network peace of mind.”