In a building full of black rectangular boxes you might overlook Communications Specialties new Fiberlink Matrix. But if you work on budget-sensitive projects that require a lot of routing, it could be the most business-friendly Infocomm debut youâ€™ll see this year because it attacks an entrenched problem. Youâ€™re all familiar with the configuration limitations of routers (multiply by 8in/8out). Weâ€™ve all seen routers from the backâ€”32 jam-packed outs, 2 lonely ins, and a bunch of empty connectors sitting in front of idle processors.
The Fiberlink Matrix (OM32 Fiber Optic Matrix/Signal Router) allows you to configure one I, one O at a time. The box remains the same but where there were empty pins there are plugs and where there were idle processors there isâ€¦nothing. Nothing you have to buy and not use. This new paradigm allows Communications Specialties to dramatically disrupt pricing on optical routers, because they can effectively price by the exact number of I/Os required by the individual application. This may not mean an enormous amount on a one-router job, but for installations that require multiples, the savings could virtually be your margin.