The PSI-MOS-RS232/FO 1300 E Serial to Fiber Converter transparently connects RS232 devices to fiber optic cable. By transmitting RS232 data over optical fiber, these serial media converters provide an economical path to extend the reach of serial devices. Long Distance Serial Data Transmission over Fiber RS232 Serial transmission is limited to 20 Kbps over a distance of only 15 meters (50 feet). Using the FO 1300 E Serial to Fiber Converter you can extend your serial data transmission up to 27km (16.7 miles) over multimode fiber or 45km (28 miles) over single mode fiber. The result is that any two pieces of asynchronous serial equipment, located miles apart, can communicate at half or full duplex over fiber optic cable at rates up to 115.2 kbps. EMI, RFI and Transient Surge Immunity Another advantage of the FO 1300 E fiber optic transmission system is the electrically isolated connection of devices. Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is a common phenomenon in typical environments like industrial plants, warehouses and factory floors. This interference can cause corruption of data over serial or copper-based Ethernet links. Data transmitted over fiber optic cable however is completely immune to this type of noise, thus preventing the negative effects of voltage equalization currents and electromagnetic interference on the data cables. A Serial to Fiber Media Converter therefore enables you to inter-connect your serial devices over fiber ensuring optimal data transmission, increased availability of the system, and improved network design flexibility for point-to-point connections and star structures. Flexible Fiber Optic Connections The FO 1300 E operates at 1300 nm wavelength, using a separate LED emitter and photo-detector on SC type connectors. Almost any multimode or single mode glass fiber size can be used. Power Budget Considerations Calculating the power budget is critically important with planning the fiber optic link. The optical power budget is the amount of light required to transmit data successfully over distance through a fiber-optic connection. The amount of light energy available within the setup will dictate the length of the fiber optic cable run between serial media converters within the network. Optical power budgets are critical to help businesses avoid signal distortion. To learn how to calculate optical power budget read our technical note. Transmit and receive dBm can be found in the Hardware specifications. Transmit each serial signal out over 10 fiber optic lines Up to ten (10) Serial to Fiber Converters can be grouped together using the TBUS DIN Rail bus system for voltage and data. This allows the serial converter to operate as a star coupler, taking the serial data input signal and distributing it to all Fiber optic output ports.