OnLine unveils new networking products

OnLine the networking distributor has announced the availability of new products for regional customers from it's partners Transition, Nordx, Molex and Symbol.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  February 4, 2004

OnLine, a part of the Westcon Group the networking distributor has announced the availability of new products from it's vendors such as Transition, Nordx, Molex and Symbol for regional customers. “We work with our vendors to introduce new technology that enhances functionality of enterprise network systems and its managers in this region,” says Keith Rich, MD, OnLine Distribution. OnLine's vendor, Transition Networks, a conversion technology vendor announced the unveiling of the industry’s first remotely managed chassis-based RS-232 copper-to-fiber media converter. In addition to the chassis card, a stand-alone version is available to remotely manage the fiber connection to the chassis card, allowing a completely manageable RS-232 link at distances up to 80 km over fiber optic cable. Key features of the RS-232 include local or remote loop-back on both copper and fiber optic cable, read/write access via software to both chassis card and stand-alone unit, and Unit and Port LEDs for local status of each converter. A DTE/DCE switch eliminates the frustration over selecting the correct cable and can be used with both straight-through and cross-over cables. Transition also released four new additions to its ‘Just Convert-It’ line of media converters. Transition's Just Convert-It line offers customers a lower-cost, no frills alternative to full-featured converters while maintaining the same quality and lifetime warranty that Transition provides on all its products. “As an ongoing effort to offer our customers the utmost flexibility and to tailor product options to their needs, Transition is pleased to offer these Just Convert-It line extensions and new releases,” says Bill Schultz, VP of marketing for Transition Networks. OnLine has also introduced the new LC version of NORDX/CDT's Optimax optical fibre field installable connector. According to Nordx/CDT, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cable Design Technologies (CDT) Corporation, this connector is the only no-epoxy/no-polish field installable connector to feature a spring-loaded ferrule, allowing the connector to be mated with any LC connector on the market. It is part of the industry's Small Form Factor high density family of connectors. The patented Optimax LC Connector also features a pre-radiused PC ceramic ferrule that ensures contact with optical fibres to improve durability and performance. Molex, another one of OnLine's vendors, has introduced the Real Time Patching System. It utilises an auto-discovery system to document network connectivity, in real time, using a centralised database. Technicians, to identify circuits, and to provide confirmation of accurate patching, can use this database. It can automatically inform the network manager of any undesired changes to the network infrastructure, with the database generating remedial work orders. “We have noticed that managing the patching in a telecom room can be time consuming, with detailed paperwork required. Technicians often have no feedback on the accuracy of their work. Inaccurate documentation vastly complicates fault-finding, and can delay the implementation of business continuity procedures,” says Venu Menon, divisional director, network infrastructure & auto ID division of OnLine Distribution. OnLine has also introduced MC9000-G from Symbol. The new product provides a platform for a full systems-level solution based on advanced data capture, mobile computing and wireless networking and provides real-time access to mission-critical information from key points in the supply chain. Symbol and OnLine are targeting the product for companies requiring inventory management, price verification, shipping/receiving, and warehouse management, shop floor data capture and baggage reconciliation.

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