Unboxing the S11 Media Converter

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Datasheet –  AS2-S11-S-GE-5 

Hello.  I am here today to talk about the Optical Zonu line of special application media converters,

Along with our Micro-OTDR SFP transceiver modules, so we are going to do a short “unboxing” video today, where we go through a quick setup guide for our basic starter kit, which includes everything you need to establish an ethernet data link over an optical fiber path, and monitor for optical fiber faults.

So, unboxing here, the first thing we have is one of our Micro-OTDR SFP transceiver modules.  Now, this is a fiber optic transceiver in an SFP form-factor, and it actually has an entire Micro-OTDR system built into it, so this allows you to monitor the optical fiber path health and detect the distance to any breaks along the optical fiber path, in real time.  This is compatible with our own line of fiber optic media converters, as well as third-party media converters from our customers, and partners with whom we have established partnerships.  Our media converter will allow you to use our Micro-OTDR SFP transceivers, which also integrate optical fiber monitoring with our larger systems, such as for DAS applications.

Also, in the box you get our power supply cable and power supply.   The power supply cable is an inline locking type connector.   Those of you who that have worked in equipment closets know the frustration of trying to track down a system which is not working, only to find out that a power cable has come loose.  With this system, it screws in snugly, and you get a firm connection that is not going to pull out.

So, we are going to go ahead and plug this system in right now, and I will walk you guys through the setup.

This is a standard USB connector which can be used with other power supplies, or USB connections on equipment.  Once we plug that in, we are looking for the lights, which means that the system is booting.  So, I am going to go ahead and take out our fiber optic SFP transceiver, which we are going to plug this into the SFP port that is on our media converter.  We should get an indication that an SFP transceiver has been inserted.

Over here on our computer, I am going to interface with the RJ-45 Ethernet connector, so that we can actually pull up the web management of the system.   Now, for those of you familiar with network technology, the default IP address of this unit is  So, in order to actually interface it on the computer you are going to need to set your network IP address for your PC computer on the same subnet.  I have already done that here, so I am going to go to a standard web browser and put in the address  Since these systems are designed to be on closed subnets, you are going to see an SSL Certificate error.  That is because you are not able to verify the SSL Certificate, because it is on a closed network.

The default login for this unit is “admin’; the default password is “admin”.  So, I am going to go ahead and put that in now.  You will then see our management page.  Now I am going to navigate to the menu here, as seen on the screen, so that we can indicate the optical fiber fault path.

Now over here I have two optical fiber spools, both of them approximately 25 kilometers.  All of the Optical Zonu SFP transceivers are terminated in UPC connections.  As you can see, this is an SC connector with a blue-colored termination, which indicates that it is a flat UPC termination.  So, I am going to remove the fiber dust-cap here.  Always make sure to keep your optical fibers terminated, and capped, when not in use.  So, I will remove this dust-cap, and connect to the SFP. So, this is now traveling over 25 kilometers of optical fiber, coming out of this jumper, and reflecting off the flat connector here.

So over on our management page, if we toggle this menu, we can see the distance to the fault indicated here.  This Optical Zonu Micro-OTDR system is actually capable of indicating up to 15 fault events.  A fault event can be where two “flat polished” UPCs are connected together, so we will see a minor reflection like any standard OTDR system you guys are familiar with.

So, if I connect another optical fiber spool right here, I will remove my dust-cap here, and use a standard SC coupler.  Now we are traveling a total distance of 50 kilometers over two 25-kilometer spools, terminating in this UPC connector here.  If I go back to the management page, this can be indicated here by the multiple fault indicators present.

So that was a short setup video on the Optical Zonu Micro-OTDR SFP transceiver, and S-11 media converter.   You could also pair this with another S-11 media converter on the other side of your optical fiber link to get a full duplex Gigabit Ethernet link over 50 kilometers, or more, of optical fiber.

Thank you very much.  Have a good day.