iConverter xFF

SFP to SFP Protocol-Transparent
Media Converter and WDM Transponder

iConverter xFF




  • SFP to SFP protocol-transparent fiber converter
  • Supports Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, SONET (OC-3/12/48), SDH (STM-1/4/16) and
    1x/2x/4x Fibre Channel applications
  • Supports SFP Digital Diagnostic Monitoring Interface (DDMI) bus
  • Provides multimode to single-mode and dual to single-fiber media conversion
  • Provides wavelength conversion for CWDM applications
  • User-selectable link fault detection modes facilitate quick fault detection, isolation and reporting
  • Management is available with the addition of a management module to the chassis
  • SNMP management via NetOutlook® provides real-time port and module information, configuration and trap notification
  • Modules are hot-swappable in 19-Module, 5-Module, 2-Module or 1-Module chassis
  • LED displays for immediate visual status of each port
  • Conforms to IEEE 802.3 specifications
  • Lifetime Warranty and free 24/7 Technical Support


The iConverter xFF is a protocol-transparent media converter that provides reliable and cost-effective conversion between different wavelengths, multimode and single-mode, and dual and single-fiber.

TheiConverter xFF operates as a protocol and rate-transparent device, supporting Small Form Pluggable (SFP) transceivers with data rates from 1Mbps to 4.25Gbps. The xFF supports a variety of network protocols, including Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, SONET (OC-3/12/48), SDH (STM-1/4/16) and 1x/2x/4x Fibre Channel protocols.

The iConverter xFF supports multimode, single-mode and single-fiber SFP transceivers. SFPs allow adaptability to different fiber types, distances and wavelengths, providing maximum flexibility across a variety of network architectures and topologies. The same xFF media converter can utilize a variety of SFPs for different wavelengths and distances, reducing costs and simplifying inventories.

SFP transceivers enable the xFF to operate as a Coarse Wave Division Multiplexing (CWDM) transponder, which converts an optical signal from legacy fiber equipment to a specific CWDM wavelength. CWDM technology increases the bandwidth capacity of the fiber infrastructure by overlaying multiple signals, each using a different wavelength, over an existing fiber link.

There is no manual configuration required with the plug-and-play iConverter xFF. Connect the fiber cables to the appropriate interface and the installation is complete.

The xFF features user-selectable Link Propagate and Remote Fault Detection modes to facilitate quick fault detection, isolation and reporting.

The iConverter xFF is available as a compact, unmanaged standalone unit, or a chassis plug-in module that can be managed with a management module installed in the chassis. The hot-swappable, plug-in module can be mounted in a 19 or 5-Module chassis with any combination of redundant AC and DC power supplies. It can also be mounted in a 2-Module AC or DC powered chassis, or in a 1-Module chassis with AC or DC power input.

The standaloneiConverter xFF is an unmanaged wall-mount unit. The wall-mount models are DC powered and are available with an external AC/DC power adapter, or a terminal connector for DC power.


Model Type iConverter xFF
Protocols Protocol Transparent up to 4.25Gbps:
Ethernet (100BASE-X, 1000BASE-X)
SONET (OC-3, OC-12, OC-48)
SDH (STM-1, STM-4, STM-16)
Fibre Channel (1x, 2x, 4x)
Compliance UL, FCC Class A, CE
Fiber Connectors SFP - LC
Controls LP, RFD
LED Displays Power, FO link (2)
Dimensions Plug-in:Standalone: W 0.85” x D 4.5” x H 2.8”W 3.8” x D 4.8” x H 1.0”
Weight Plug-in:Standalone
without Power Adapter:Standalone
with Power Adapter:
8 oz.1.0 lb.1.5 lb.
DC Power Connector Plug-in:Standalone: Power supplied by backplane2.5mm Barrel Connector or
2 Pin Terminal Connector
DC Power Requirement (typical) Plug-in:Standalone: 0.5A @ 3.3VDC5 - 32VDC
0.3A @ 9VDC (1.0A max)
AC Power Adapter [US] Plug-in:Standalone: N/A100 - 120VAC/60Hz
0.05A @ 120VAC
AC Power Adapter [Universal] Plug-in:Standalone: N/A100 - 240VAC/50 to 60Hz
0.05A @ 120VAC
Temperature Standard:Wide:Storage: Standard: 0 to 50º CWide: -40 to 60º CStorage: -40 to 80º C
Humidity 5 to 95% (non-condensing)
Altitude -100m to 4000m
MTBF (hrs) Plug-in:Standalone
with US Power Adapter:Standalone
with Universal Adapter:


Example 8699-0-DW = xFF Wall-Mount with External US AC Power Supply and Wide Temperature Operating Range

Order the appropriate SFPs separately. See SFP Data Sheet for available transceivers and optical parameters .