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E3/DS3 Long Haul Singlemode Fiber Extender

The Metrodata FC3200 fiber converter provides a high performance solution for extending and interconnecting E3 and DS3 communication infrastructures using fibre optic cabling.

  • E3/DS3 fibre extender
  • Payload and protocol transparent
  • Must be used in pairs
  • E3 or DS3 selection via a switch
  • Minimal configuration of unit needed
  • Easy to install & maintain
  • Integral auto-sensing power supply (100-250V AC or -40V DC versions)
  • 12-24V DC power supply available on request
  • External alarm relay port
  • Compact modem style unit, built to European standards
  • Rack mounting kits for 2 or 18 units available
  • Alternate product for Probot 3007
FC3200: E3/DS3 Long Haul Singlemode Fiber Extender
FC3200: E3/DS3 Long Haul Singlemode Fiber Extender

With the need to extend, or interconnect, communication infrastructures over greater distances, and the cost of fibre falling dramatically, the Metrodata FC3X00 Fibre Converter product range provides a cost effective solution for the extension of E3 (34Mbps) and DS3 (45Mbps) services.

There are three models in the range:

  • FC3000 E3/DS3 to multimode fibre up to 5km
  • FC3100 E3/DS3 to singlemode fibre up to 30km
  • FC3200 E3/DS3 to singlemode fibre up to 70km

Using fibre optics the FC3200 extends the operating distance for E3 34Mbps G.703 and DS3 45Mbps G.703 interfaces whether on a router, video system or similar equipment over singlemode fibre. The FC3200 is totally transparent to both payload and protocol and as such will support unframed or framed data.

The maximum operating distance of the FC3200 is 70km, although specific installations may only operate over lower distances due to the variations in losses of different types of fibre cable, the use of connecting fibre cables, or patch panels. When operating over 50% of the maximum distances it is advisable to calculate all fibre optic connector and cable losses and compare these with the fibre optic loss budget specified for this product.

The standard FC3200 is supplied with SC fibre connectors and operates at a nominal wavelength of 1300nm. Other wavelengths are available on request, e.g. 850nm, 1550nm, 1550/1300 WDM. Other connector options are also available on request, e.g. ST, FC.

The FC3200 G.703 connection has twin BNC coaxial connectors supporting direct connection to equipment such as Routers, Video systems or an NTU.

The FC3200 has integral mains or 40 volt power supply, and can be desktop or rack-mounted. The FC3200 range can easily be rack mounted in either a1U two unit rack mount kit , a 6U eighteen unit rack mount kit.

The FC3200 is also available in a card based format for use with the 4U 12-slot MetroCONNECT managed chassis.

The FC3200 is part of a range of range of fibre conversion products from Metrodata. The wider product range offers fibre conversion solutions ranging from 300 baud RS-232, via Nx64kbps rates, through 2Mbps and up to 155Mbps for electrical to fibre conversion; or 155Mbps, 622Mbps or Gigabit Ethernet for fibre mode or wavelength conversion.

Video Applications

Router Applications

Satellite Applications
FC3200 Video to Video extension over singlemode fibre
FC3200 Video to Video extension over singlemode fibre

This application shows a pair of video systems connected over a longhaul singlemode fibre using a pair of FC3200 units. This singlemode fibre could be across a city, or between cities (e.g. over a rented fibre).

FC3200 Video to NTE extension over singlemode fibre
FC3200 Video to NTE extension over singlemode fibre

This application shows a Video system being remotely connected to an NTE over a longhaul singlemode fibre using a pair of FC3200 units. This singlemode fibre could be across a city, or between cities (e.g. over a rented fibre).

FC3200 E3 Router to Router extension over singlemode fibre
FC3200 E3 Router to Router extension over singlemode fibre

This application shows a pair of E3 routers connected over a longhaul singlemode fibre using a pair of FC3200 units. This singlemode fibre could be across a city, or between cities (e.g. over a rented fibre).

FC3200: DS3 Router to NTE extension over singlemode fibre
FC3200: DS3 Router to NTE extension over singlemode fibre

This application shows a DS3 router being remotely connected to an NTE over a longhaul singlemode fibre using a pair of FC3200 units. This singlemode fibre could be across a city, or between cities (e.g. over a rented fibre).

FC3200: DS3 Router to sateliite modem extension over long haul singlemode fibre
FC3200: DS3 Router to satellite modem extension over long haul singlemode fibre

This application shows a DS3 router being remotely connected to a DS3 G.703 satellite modem over a longhaul singlemode fibre using a pair of FC3200 units. This singlemode fibre could be across a city, or between cities (e.g. over a rented fibre).

Single Mode Long Haul Line Interface
Interface Dual SC single mode 8/125 um
Wavelength 1300nm
Tx Power 0 dBm to -5 dBm
Max Rx input power -8 dBm (may need attenuator)
Rx Sensitivity -8 to -34 dBm
Optical Loss Budget -5 - (-34) = 29 dB
Line E3/DS3 Electrical Interface
Port G.703, 75 ohm unbalanced
Line Coding E3: HDB3, DS3: B3ZS
E3 Bit Rate 34.368 Mbps +/- 20 ppm
DS-3 Bit Rate 44.736 Mbps +/- 20 ppm
Barrier Fully compliant as per EN41003
Compliance & Approvals
Safety EN41003, EN60950
EMC EMC EN55032
Power Supply Options
-48 VDC Supply -40 to -72 VDC, 200 - 100 mA
AC Mains 100 - 250 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz, 60 - 25 mA, IEC Connector
Power Consumption 6 watts approx when operating
Environment
Temp 0 - 50 deg C
Humidity 0 - 95% RH, non-condensing
Pressure 86 - 106 KPA
Packaging
Type Modem, 1U high without feet, IP30C
Dimensions ( W x D x H m )
Rack mount 202 x 132 x 44 (without feet)
Tabletop 202 x 132 x 48 (with feet)
Part Number
Product AC Mains DC Power
FC3200 Singlemode Longhaul to E3/DS-380-05-92280-21-922
2 unit rack mount kit 80-05-256 80-05-256
18 unit rack mount kit 80-05-25580-05-250
MetroCONNECT FC3200 Module80-16-92280-16-922

Product variants with 12V to 24V DC operation are also available on request.

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Further Information

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  • Multimode Fibre interfaces at 622Mbit/s, e.g. routers - FC6X00
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