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The iConverter 4Tx 10/100 Ethernet Managed Switch module is a member of the iConverter product family. It provides a compact 4-Port 10/100 Ethernet switch that is expandable across the iConverter 19-Module, 5-Module and 2-Module chassis backplanes, as well as being supported as a stand-alone switch with the iConverter 1-Module Chassis.
The iConverter 4Tx UTP ports feature 10/100Mbps speed, half/full duplex, and auto-negotiation with both hardware and software controls. Hardware control is available for two ports while all four ports are under software control for these features.
RJ-45 crossover support eliminates need for a crossover cable and facilitates connectivity to different types of network equipment. The 4Tx Cross-Over switch is supported on Port 1. Ports 2, 3, and 4 support an automatic cross-over detection mode. The 4Tx also features two Ethernet backplane ports to provide connectivity to adjacent modules for network expansion and for In-Band connectivity to an iConverter Network Management Module.
4Tx enhanced features include Port VLAN which allows complete control of traffic flow between a module’s ports, and Port Control which incorporates remote management of each individual port. The 4Tx supports reporting of MIB statistics. Statistics are available for 32 variables per port, reporting a wide range of real-time packet statistics to provide performance and operational monitoring.
The iConverter family is an In-Band or Out-of-Band SNMP-managed media converter family. Supporting 10, 100, 10/100, Gigabit Ethernet, T1, E1, OC-3 and OC-12 technologies, the iConverter family is suitable for LAN and MAN networks where copper to single or redundant fiber, multimode fiber to single-mode fiber, or dual-fiber to single fiber conversions are required.
SNMP MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Management is accomplished by using a Network Management Module (NMM) that can be accessed via Telnet using the serial port through Omnitron’s NetOutlook™ SNMP-based management software or any other SNMP software. The management provides real-time port and module information, remote parameter configuration and trap notification.
Some of the real-time 4Tx parameters that can be monitored include power and link and data receive status. Other parameters include module type and model, hardware and software revisions, serial numbers, and a user-defined identifier.
The user can override the 4Tx module’s physical switch settings by using SNMP or Telnet to remotely configure switch-selectable parameters such as Auto Negotiation, half/full-duplex, and Backplane Selection.
In addition to all standard iConverter SNMP traps such as module insertion and removal, the 4Tx modules can generate traps on port state changes including link-up and link-down. Trap monitoring of specific events can be selectively enabled or disabled by the network administrator.