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A component used in Ethernet, although it is not part of the IEEE standard. The IEEE standard states that all segments must be linked with repeaters. Media converters were developed as a simpler, cheaper alternative to repeaters. However, in the 1990s the cost difference between the two is negligible.
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media converter(1) Software that converts one type of file format into another. See data conversion.
(2) Hardware that connects different cable types.
|Ethernet Media Converters|
|These Omnitron converters connect different Ethernets. Left: coax and twisted pair. Middle: fiber and twisted pair. Right: fiber and coax. (Image courtesy of Omnitron Systems Technology, Inc., www.omnitron-systems.com) See 10Base-T, 10Base2 and 10Base-F.|
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