Cards and Devices
Cards and Devices
Short for Network Interface Card, a NIC is also commonly referred to as an Ethernet card and network adapter and is an expansion card that enables a computer to connect to a network.
By utilising Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Cards (NIC), users can gain the benefits associated with deploying fibre optics within the LAN environment - including expanded bandwidth capacity and the increased data security associated with delivering fibre directly to the desktop.
Fibre to the desktop is not only more secure than copper cabling; it can also generate higher signal quality while supporting higher speeds, and feature-rich applications. Sol Distribution can offer a complete portfolio of packetbased fibre NICs, Media Converters, and Switches that help reduce the cost of fibre integration. Many of these products have been used specifically for protecting against possible cable emission leaks in government agency infrastructures.
Fibre NICs allow for a simple integration when/wherever fibre can be found at the desktop. With Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet NICs—users will gain the benefits associated with deploying fibre optic cabling within the LAN environment. This includes expanded bandwidth capacity and the increased data security, that is associated with delivering fibre directly to the desktop.
With both standard and low profile form factors; driver support and PCI 2.2 plug-and-play capability; installation is a breeze in virtually any PC in your network. PCIe adapter network Interface cards enable users to maximize bandwidth and bus efficiency while lowering power consumption. In addition, PCMCIA cards and express cards provide a 100Base-FX fibre port for delivering fibre optic connectivity to any laptop. These cards are offered in a highperformance 32-bit CardBus version to match virtually any laptop PC and help save money by eliminating the need for a docking station and a fixed, fibre NIC.
NIC's work well in a new development, but they can be very time consuming in retro-fitting existing installations. As an alternative to installing a fibre optic network card (NIC) in every PC/workstation within an agency or organization-Media Converters can be a cost-effective alternative.
A Media Converter can range from a simple device that converts copper to fibre to a more advanced feature rich, managed device. These advanced features include: Last Gasp, Far End Fault (FEF), Link Pass Through (LPT), Transparent LPT, Autonegotiation, autocross (MDI/MDIX), and Automatic Link Restoration. Each of these feature sets are specifically designed to reduce implementation time and to identify faults in more intelligent devices with trapping capabilities or alarms.
Deliver low cost, fibre optic connectivity directly to your desktop without replacing your existing copper NIC card. These full-featured PCI powered media converters are designed to install directly inside a workstation or file server and mount into any slot on a standard PCI. No configuration is required; making installation a breeze. Since power is drawn directly from the PCI slot, no additional power supply is needed.
SFPs are small form factor, hot-pluggable transceivers which allow for a single piece of network equipment to be connected to a multitude of interfaces, protocols, and transmission media via the SFP port. SFPs offer a cost effective and flexible means to accommodate for network modifications and growth, while still using existing network devices.Transition Networks and MRV SFP modules are compatible with all Cisco & HP SFP-based routers and switches, and are also recognized by the Cisco IOS as a plug and play fibre module. All Transition and MRV SFPs are available in a range of speeds and distances.
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Network Interface Devices or NIDs are an effective way of providing operational and capital savings to service providers. A NID is installed at the customer premise and provides a demarcation point between the service provider and customer's network. Network Interface Devices allow for end-to-end Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) functionality for the service provider.
The basic functions, such as loopback testing and remote fault isolation, in the NID provide service providers a number of benefits, including: reduced truck rolls, fewer test sets in the field, and increased reliability. The result of this for the service provider is a reduction in OpEx and CapEx while providing a faster return on investment (ROI).
While the operational savings of NIDs can be shown with their features and capabilities for remote troubleshooting, easy installation and Service Level Agreement (SLA) monitoring to reduce SLA penalties, it is important for service providers to be aware of the additional revenue streams and services that can be achieved when using a NID at the demarcation point. NIDs have advanced features such as bandwidth allocation, Quality of Service (QoS), Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) and other features that allow the service provider the capability to provide tiered service offerings to customers.
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