Founded in 1987 as Transition Engineering, the company's first products adapted coaxial cable to twisted-pair cables; connecting terminals to mainframe computers. The company was renamed Transition Networks, Inc. in 1995 and experienced continued rapid growth as its products evolved from general Ethernet networking equipment to a complete line of conversion technology solutions.
Transition Networks was purchased in 1998 by Communication Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ: JCS). Communications Systems Inc. was formed in 1969 by a small group of investors from Hector, MN, led by Curtis A. Sampson. CSI has grown to establish a reputation as a reliable global innovator focusing on quality and customer service with partners and customers in over 100 countries.
In the fall of 2005, Communication Systems, Inc. integrated MILAN Technologies into Transition Networks. This integration expanded the Transition Networks product portfolio to include a complete line of multilayer switches. The company has since added technologies such as fiber NICs, CWDM, and SFPs to further expand its offerings to customers wanting to manage and utilize the benefits of fiber optics.
Communications Systems, Inc. purchased Patapsco Communications in 2011 on behalf of Transition Networks. With this acquisition, Transition added industry leading technologies such as: circuit emulation services (CESoIP), also known as TDM over IP or pseudowire, which provides a packet interconnection for existing TDM equipment to move traffic across an IP/MPLS/Ethernet Network, and a variety of ISDN products including ISDN over IP (ISDNoIP).
Today, Transition Networks, Inc. offers a full suite of fiber networking products that enable you to deliver and manage your network traffic reliably over fiber optics. The company's Transition Networks brand of media converters makes conversion between disparate media types possible; while helping companies leverage their existing network infrastructure. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in more than 100 countries.
Transition Networks leverages its expertise in fiber and the physical layer into a full suite of fiber connectivity products, which are unmatched by other industry players. With over 25 years of experience, Transition Networks is an industry leader in designing fiber integration products which affordably deliver the security and reliability today's networks require. Transition Networks' products are used by a wide variety of customers including enterprise, government, education, retail, industrial, security, and service providers.
Transition makes every effort to help customers identify products to solve today's problems while future-proofing for tomorrow as well. Taking a consultative approach enables the company to better understand unique requirements and provide customized solutions to fit customer needs. This commitment to serving customer needs extends beyond technology needs and as the consultative approach involves open dialogue about what will make and experience with Transition Networks a better one.
Transition Networks' staff strives to make each customer interaction a great one. Understanding that customers work with several vendors each day, Transition Networks simply wants to make it easier to do business and aspires to become the easiest vendor to work with, which shows throughout the company's customer-centric culture.
With over 25 years of growth and expertise in hardware manufacturing, Transition Networks offers the ability to affordably integrate the benefits of fiber optics into any data network – in any application – in any environment. Offering support for multiple protocols, any interface, and a multitude of hardware platforms; Transition's portfolio gives you the power to deliver and manage your network traffic reliably over fiber.
The company's Transition Networks brand of media converters make conversion between disparate media types possible, providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. The company designs and markets these media conversion technologies across a broad spectrum of networking protocols including Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, ATM, Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, DS3, video, Power-over-Ethernet, and more. Transition Networks offers its products in chassis, stand alone, and PCI form factors. Our devices are SNMP manageable and can be managed via our graphical interface Focal Point, a web browser, or a command line interface.
The Transition Networks portfolio of multilayer Ethernet switching products are designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution by allowing customers to only pay for the port counts and features that they need. The Transition Networks switch line offers customers unique configurations and a high level of service and reliability, all while serving to ease the stress caused on networks by high-bandwidth applications.
Transition Networks complete switching portfolio includes products fit for any environment or application, including managed and unmanaged switches from Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switches to Extended Temperature switches for outdoor Ethernet applications.
Carrier Grade Products
Our vast product portfolio of Network Interface Devices (NIDs) and Access Switches are designed to support a wide range of expanding market needs including mobile backhaul, business services and cloud assurance, carrier exchange networks, and fiber conservation. Transition Networks products provide true carrier-grade quality, reliability, performance and protection for TDM, Circuit Emulation Services (CES) and Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services. With advanced features like remote management, performance assurance, QoS, and conserving fiber help operators to get more out of their network. Transition Networks provides cost-effective products to build your next generation network or to ease the migration of legacy services while increasing revenue and reducing operating expenses.
Industrial Grade Conversion and Switching
Transition Networks designs the most reliable fiber integration products engineered for hardened or industrial environments bringing the security, intelligence and global support to manage your network for a lifetime. Transition's industrial networking portfolio connects controlled office environments to extended temperature, factory floor and outdoor industrial environments, including hazardous locations requiring Class 1 Div 2 certified equipment. Manage and extend your network—whatever its environment—with fiber using Transition Networks' industrial media converters, switches and device servers. All Transition brand products include a lifetime warranty, without the fine print. Industrial networking has never been more robust, reliable and cost-effective.
Transition Networks is committed to providing consistent quality and environmentally friendly products. It is essential for all levels of the organization to strive for excellence and continual improvement in quality, maintaining our competitive edge. Transition Networks' fiber networking products are known for their ruggedness and reliability. They have a 99.4 percent customer acceptance rating, meaning that approximately one in 1,000 experience any sort of failure in the field.
ISO 9001: 2008 Quality System Certified
Hassle-free Lifetime Warranty on select Transition Networks products (including power supply and fan)
100% of Transition Networks' products are distributed exclusively through the channel