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    Using Spark with Fiber

    I'm wondering if anyone has had success using a Connect Spark with Cat5/Fiber converters. I had my Spark working great when I had it directly plugged into our switch in our production room, but I was unsuccessful when I tried to plug it in across our facility when it was connected via a Cat5-Fiber extender. Path is: Network switch > Cat5-Fiber Converter > Fiber Run > Fiber-Cat5 Converter > Connect Spark. I was able to confirm that the network connection works by plugging in a computer but for some reason I can't get it to pick up the Spark. My Spark has the latest firmware installed.

    Any thoughts?

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    Which Cat5-Fiber converters are you using? I have a feeling they are gigabit only like some TPLinks are. Sparks are not gigabit only 10/100. Try a dumb autoswitching gigabit switch between the Spark and the media converter on the far side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PIZAZZ View Post
    Which Cat5-Fiber converters are you using? I have a feeling they are gigabit only like some TPLinks are. Sparks are not gigabit only 10/100. Try a dumb autoswitching gigabit switch between the Spark and the media converter on the far side.
    I think you're right, this is what we're using: https://www.transition.com/products/...xx-110-series/

    I work for a university and if I plug in a switch they'll shut down my VLAN so unfortunately I won't be able to try that haha

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