FAQs 2018-01-24T18:46:11+00:00
Are the media converters UL-listed? 2018-01-24T22:49:11+00:00

Our system complies with FCC Part 15 Class A for commercial products. The system also complies with CE EMC/EMI directive EN55024 and EN55022 including Electrostatic Discharge (IEC 1000-4-2) and Surge (IEC 1000-4-5). The Power Patch Panel’s and the GatorLink’s AC power supply are UL-listed.

Can I use a GatorLink as a stand-alone media converter? 2018-01-24T18:21:06+00:00

Yes, the GatorLink can be installed anywhere fiber-copper media conversion is needed and powered locally with an AC power supply.

We can supply the point-to-point hardware with the required cabling – copper(power) and fiber(data) all in one cable.

Can the media conversion/PoE system be used with a powered Ethernet switch? 2018-01-24T22:38:24+00:00

The system provides mid-span power injection per the IEEE 802.3af specification. Therefore, it will work with both powered and non-powered switches. In this instance, the powered switch is acting only as a switch, and will not provide power to the device. The Power Patch Panel is still needed.

Do your products support PoE+? 2018-01-24T22:53:03+00:00

Yes. Fiber Connections has several PoE+ products that are fully compliant to IEEE 802.3at. We are also working on several products that include PoE++ capabilities.

Does the GatorLink support any standards outside the USA? Can the system be deployed in Canada, CALA (Caribbean and Latin America), EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa)? 2018-01-24T22:50:19+00:00

The media converters are CE certified, and are therefore approved for use in many regions. The cable listing should be checked for compliance to local codes.

Does the system support auto-sensing? 2018-01-24T22:48:16+00:00

On the copper side of the Power Patch Panel (PPP) and GatorLink devices, Ethernet connectivity is automatically detected. Also on the copper side, both auto-negotiate connection speed and full/half duplex. On the fiber side, the optical link is automatically detected.

For each fully loaded Power Patch Panel, what is the maximum number of PoE remote devices that can be supported? 2018-01-24T22:44:17+00:00

The number of remote devices supported by a fully loaded Power Patch Panel can vary based on the configuration of the remote ports. Depending on the GatorLink configurations and the power requirements of remote devices, up to 36 remote PoE devices can be supported from each fully loaded 4U PPP. More devices may be able to be supported when not all devices require PoE.

How do I handle surge suppression on the copper conductors? 2018-01-24T22:43:28+00:00

GatorLinks and the Power Patch Panels have transient voltage suppression. Both devices meet IEC 1000-4-5 for surge suppression. We recommend the use of available add-on surge protection on remote end copper ports for applications in lightning prone areas.

I have several different remote devices in my network design. Can the system handle this effectively? 2018-01-24T22:46:40+00:00

Since the GatorLinks are highly configurable and offer various combinations of PoE, media conversion and fiber distribution options, systems can be designed to accommodate almost any network design.

What is a GatorLink? 2017-11-28T14:35:09+00:00

GatorLink is a key component of our media conversion and PoE extension system. It is a compact, easy to install unit that brings media conversion and power over Ethernet to your remote devices. GatorLinks can be customized with any combination of fiber and copper ports to bring PoE and/or fiber to peripheral equipment such as VoIP phones, security cameras, wireless access points, LAN connections, access controls, etc. The patented GatorLink eliminates the clutter of numerous patch cords and ‘wall-warts’ and can be configured with up to 6 ports (12 fibers) per unit.

What is a hybrid/composite cable? Is there an advantage to using this? 2018-01-24T22:40:50+00:00

A hybrid cable includes copper conductors and optical fiber together under 1 cable sheath. This allows for both power and data transmission supported within a jacketed cable and allows for a single cable pull for installation. Cables come with 12AWG or 18AWG stranded conductors and either loose tube or tight buffered fibers – depending on the application. They are typically factory terminated with M8 and LC connectors (or with an MTP for 4+ fibers) and ready to pull, plug-in and play. Using this cable design also reduces your conduit requirements by half – saving cost of material and installation. It also enables distribution of power from a central location and eliminates power supplies at individual workstations.

What is the maximum distance to my powered device (IP camera, access point, etc.) 2018-01-24T22:41:57+00:00

The maximum distance to a single 1 port, remote PoE (GatorLink) can be a great as 4750 meters (15,580 feet). From here, an additional 100 meters (330 feet) of UTP cable can be installed to the PoE device. Other GatorLink configurations require distance calculations based on the remote device power requirements, the number of devices and the distances. Contact customer service for help of feel free to use the chart on the hybrid cable assembly overview page which can be found here.

What is the Power Patch Panel (PPP)? 2017-11-28T14:22:53+00:00

The Power Patch Panel is generally installed at the head end of your system in the telecom room. It provides the power supply to run the PoE extension system as well as the media converters required to transmit data out to your remote locations. This technology allows this data to reach previously unattainable distances. The PPP provides slots for:

The PPP is available as a 4U or 2U, 19” rack mount panel that can be configured with the power supply module and media converter modules suited for your specific application.

What is your warranty on a complete media conversion and/or PoE extension system? 2018-01-24T22:51:10+00:00

A complete end to end system, designed by Fiber Connections and installed by a certified installer, comes with a 15 year warranty.

What transmission data rates do you support? 2018-01-24T22:47:30+00:00

Currently, we support 10/100Mb/s or 1Gb/s. Plans for a tri-speed 10/100/1000Mb/s option are currently in development.

What types of fiber and connectors are available on your media conversion and PoE extension products? 2018-01-24T22:52:17+00:00

We support all standard multimode and single mode fiber types and can equip our Power Patch Panels and GatorLinks with many combinations of MTP, LC, SC or hybrid (powered) LC or MTP connectors and adapters.