FiberPlex Inc. announced its new LightViper™ EF2, a dual-channel 10/100 Ethernet-to-fiber converter. The 1U rackmounting EF2 will accept two independent channels of 10/100 Ethernet via two standard RJ-45 connector/receptacles and then convert the signals to two fiber optic transmit/receive pairs. It will operate in a choice of three configurations: standard Ethernet using Transmit (TX) and Receive (RX) pairs (Standard mode); two channels of single-direction Ethernet (TX-only); or as a combination of both modes.
The EF2’s operating modes can be easily changed by a switch located on the rear of the unit. Because the EF2 is a hardware device, it ignores packet structure and data content, thus facilitating transparent use with Aviom’s Pro16 Monitor Mixing System™, CobraNet™ and EtherSound™ networks, as well as standard Ethernet equipment.
Additionally, the EF2 features an internal full-range, auto-switching AC power supply and the option of being powered by an external 9-18VDC supply. There are two fiber-connection choices: two ST connectors or one 4-channel T-4 hermaphroditic connector.
The EF2 will retail for $799, and will be available December 2005. For more information, please go to www.lightviper.com and www.fiberplex.com. For more new sound reinforcement product announcements, visit mixonline.com/livesound/products.