I need a fiber converter that takes single mode LC fiber from the patch to a gigabit port on the switch. I've been investigating the Canary GFT-1036, but am having a difficult time finding a vendor my university can purchase from. Are there any alternative products that anyone has/is using to offer up some ideas?
Copper to LC single-mode is a pretty common combination. Easiest approach, particularly if you're limited in vendors, would be to get a switch with SFP ports and a suitable single-mode SFP module. (There are applications where you want a more transparent solution; adding more switches can sometimes be a problem. In that case, then you'll want a media converter -- I'd recommend one that takes SFPs, as you get more flexibility to switch or replace optics.)