0

I am looking for a media converter for a 2.5Gb/s ethernet connection that currently runs over cat6a. I am wondering if there actually are 2.5Gb/s media converters out there, or if it requires settling for 1Gb/s or stepping up to significantly more expensive and less energy efficient 10Gb/s media converters.

1 Answer 1

5

If you are looking for an intermediate connection over fiber: there is no such fiber variant, so media converters for 2.5 Gbit/s don't exist.

2.5 and 5 Gbit/s are twisted pair only (and backplane, obviously). They are variants for legacy TP cabling that allows >1 Gbit/s over twisted-pair copper but doesn't support 10 Gbit/s.

2.5 and 5 Gbit/s ports basically use scaled-down 10G technology and are not really less expensive by themselves. Unless those speeds significantly catch on by themselves and economy-by-scale really comes into play, they will never become as cheap as 1 Gbit/s ports. And only then would fiber variants make any sense.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.