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The 101 Series: Media Conversion—What the SX?

Long range, short range, and twisted pair and that’s just the 1G media connection options. There is a dizzying amount of different media types for network connectivity.

It’s easy to get lost in all of the abbreviations and definitions so we developed a quick refresher on the different types of Ethernet media types.

What to Do with Mismatched Network and Appliance Media

What happens when you have a monitoring tool that isn’t the same media type as your live connection, or visa versa? You might have a single-mode, extended-range fiber network link that stretches about 10km. But your network analyzer is sitting two feet away. Your first option might be to purchase the transceivers to match the links; however, this is an expensive and inefficient approach.


Network Media Connectivity Guide



Network Speed

Mode | Wavelength



Copper – Twisted Pair

Up to 1000M


100 m


Fiber Optic – Short Range

Up to 1G

Multi|850 nm

550 m


Fiber Optic – Long Range

Up to 1G

Single | 1310 nm

5 km


Fiber Optic – Long Range

Up to 1G

Single | 1550 nm

70 km


Fiber Optic – Short Range

Up to 10G

Multi | 850 nm

137 m


Fiber Optic – Long Range

Up to 10G

Single |1550 nm

5,000 m


Fiber Optic – Extended Range

Up to 10G

Single |1550 nm

20,000 m

1 Theoretical distance is defined as half a distance stated by the 802.3 standard.


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Media matching from a network TAP is a more cost-effective alternative, rather than purchasing expensive fiber transceivers. The right network TAPs can be purchased with small form-factor pluggable (SFP and SFP+) cages to assist in media conversion.

The live network is connected to one side of the network TAP, but the other side uses the SFP cage to take a mismatched cable and convert the media to the appropriate type.

Media Conversion Media Conversion


Whether you’re dealing with copper gigabit, short-range fiber, multi-mode fiber, 10G links or any other environment, network TAPs with media conversion keep everything interoperable.

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Network TAPS 101 Basics for IT Security engineers

Written by Jerry Dillard

Jerry Dillard, CTO and Co-founder of Garland Technology, leverages over two decades in design and engineering to ensure maximum performance within today’s network environments. Dillard, the inventor of the Bypass TAP, continues to innovate network visibility solutions worldwide.



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