I am trying to find an answer to a problem.
I am helping a campus that uses 10+ SRW2048 Switches around campus. They are currently connected by Fiber Optic but through Media convertors then Etherner into each SRW2048 Switches. To my assumption dumbing down the speed to 1000mb/sec (right?). They plan on installing extra Fiber Optic between the buildings to help with growth and enhance the speed of the existing network. I am sure, I can connect the fiber directly into the switches, eliminating the media convertors and the ethernet connectors (more speed and one less device to worry about). I have been scouring over message boards and reading manuals with little help. So, here are my questions:
1. Can I connect the fiber optic lines directly into the SRW2048 switches using their mini-GBIC ports, instead of going to a media converter then to ethernet line?
2. What is the maximum distance between switches connected? Just making sure.
3. What Hardware would I need to complete this? (see below)
4. What do I need to do software wise? I read on on forum page, logging into the switch, I read you have to turn off the Auto-detection (or something like that) because that only works for Ethernet.
From my understanding it is completely doable but I am getting many different answers and to work 100%.
I assume I have to purchase one type of the following:
- Linksys MGBSX1: http://www.linksysworks.com/MGBSX1.asp
- Linksys MGBLH1: http://www.linksysworks.com/MGBLH1.asp
- Linksys MGBT1: http://www.linksysworks.com/MGBT1.asp
Which one is the best to use? I assume NOT to use #3, that just looks to be another Fiber to Ethernet connection. That's not exactly what I want.
The fiber lines are terminated by ST Connectors and that is about all I know about them. I assume, I just plug the ST connection right into the GBIC Transciever? I believe they are "6 core" and there are 3 separate lines coming from each building. If you need more information about the Fiber line, I am sure I can find out.
I hope to think someone who knows these answers really quick. I just need direction to resolve this painlessly.
(I really need to learn this stuff!)
Thank you in advance.