What is PoE Media Converter?

Media converters are frequently used to connect copper cables to optical fibers in order to circumvent the transmission distance constraints of traditional copper cables. A fiber optic media converter with PoE performs the same function as a fiber optic media converter but adds the ability to power over Ethernet. How much do you know about PoE media converter? How does it work and how to select one?

What is PoE Media Converter?

PoE media converter combines data and power on a single cable, enabling copper to fiber communication as well as Power over Ethernet to PoE certified devices such as IP cameras, VoIP phones, and wireless access points. The converter connects the fiber infrastructure to the copper ports on VoIP phones and also powers the IP phone. Because of its flawless compliance with Fast Ethernet standards, the media converter PoE succeeds in industrial and high-density applications. It can be used to link different types of business networks and even to extend network connections beyond standard cabling.

10 100M POE Fiber Media Converter

10/100M POE Fiber Media Converter

How does PoE Media Converter work?

A typical 10/100/1000M PoE media converter supports data transmission between a fiber switch and a remote or wireless access point. The access point is likewise powered by this media converter. The fiber switch is linked to the media converter PoE through a fiber optic connection. The fiber is routed a long distance to a media converter with PoE, which converts the fiber back to copper UTP and is located near a DC or AC power supply. The media converter with PoE, which also serves as a micro switch for power supply, injects PoE (DC power) via the UTP connection. The IP camera is located at the other end of the UTP line, up to 100 meters away from the media converter PoE.

PoE media converter

How to select a PoE Media Converter?

While choosing the best PoE media converters for your project, you need to consider many factors. You should first consider where and how you wish to use the media converters. Then you should be familiar with the features and characters. The following are some essential components to consider when selecting a PoE media converter.

Data Rate

You should consider the data rate of the media converter PoE at first. The most common data rates are 10/100mbps, 10/100/1000mbps, and 1000mbps.

Mode Type

Single mode and multimode are the two mode types of the PoE media converter. Because some media converter with PoE can only be used in full duplex mode, packet loss may occur when connected to a switch or hub that supports half duplex. So you need to check if the media converter PoE supports half duplex, full duplex, or both half duplex and full duplex.

Port Type and Port Number

Media converter with PoE also has various port types. The most commonly used types for fiber optic on the fiber media converters are ST, SC and SFP. The number of the power should depend on the applications.

Power Supply

The most commonly used are AC power supply, DC power supply, internal power supply, and external power supply.


Nowadays, several powerful PoE media converters are now available to help optimize the value of hybrid networks with fiber connections. Depending on the media converter PoE, it can provide both power and data to a range of devices.

Baudcom offers all types of PoE Media Converter and Media Converter PoE Switch. For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Post time: 2022-01-21


Lomoveishiy – Finland

I needed those to connect my PC on the third floor to have internet access in that room, and ISP installed their modem on the first floor only. After dropping fiber patch cables, plugged in all cables into these media converters at both sides, and link came up instantly. Was much easier than I thought!

Raymond – USA

Great experience – units worked straight out of the box – just needed plug in cables and we were done. I also like the possibility to enable jumbo frames, while we do not have a need for this feature at the current moment it’s great to have this option.

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