Media Converters

Our selection of Ethernet & VGA / HDMI media converters allows you to expand or extend your ethernet network by facilitating data conversion between copper wiring and fiber optic cables. SFP (small form-factor pluggable) options provide an interface between a network device and fiber optic or UTP cabling in a smaller package, allowing for greater port density on your network devices. Don't limit yourself to traditional wiring; introduce the magic of fiber into your copper-based network. You may also be interested in our KVM Switches.

The Difference between Ethernet, VGA, and HDMI

Unless you are a seasoned veteran in the world of media, you might be a little confused about what the difference is between Ethernet, VGA, and HDMI. Seeing as we have a LOT of options to choose from in this category, it is understandable that you may need a little clarification and guidance. Have no fear - we are here to help! Below, we'll look into each category in a little more depth so that you can decide which is right for you.

Ethernet Media Converter

Ethernet media converters are also known as fiber media converters. They are a simple networking device that makes it possible to connect different media types together. They have been around since the 1990s and support lots of different data communication protocols. They are media conversion solutions that give network administrators the ability to migrate and upgrade copper based networks to fiber optic based ones. Simply put, they are what you need to stay current in the industry today.

VGA Media Converter

VGA stands for Video Graphics Array, and it is used today for high definition video and is capable of transmitting high resolution playback. They can be used for computer connections and other media like televisions, which makes it a good option for home office or theater settings. Laptops often have a mini-VGA port in place of a full-sized VGA connector.

HDMI Media Converter

Of all of these, chances are you are probably most familiar with this option. HDMI is a standard for connecting high definition (HD) video devices like TVs and computers. Most current televisions are equipped with at least one HDMI port. The HDMI cable itself transmits uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed audio from any HDMI device. There have been several versions of HDMI developed.

The Bottom Line

While many of these media converters are similar, they do have different uses so it is a good idea to review what your exact needs are before you purchase the first one you click on. Some models are best suited for long-distance connections because they have a built-in switch enabling the fiber cable connection to operate at 1000 Mbps. Others are perfect for network administrators who need the ability to migrate and upgrade copper based networks to fiber based networks. Do your research before you buy! And, as always, don't hesitate to contact our product specialists at if you have any additional questions.