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March 15, 2011

Patton's CopperLink 2172R: A 50-Mbps Ruggedized Ethernet Extender

By Charles West
TMCnet Web Editor


Patton (News - Alert), a manufacturer of communications equipment for carrier, enterprise and industrial networks worldwide offers some of the leading Ethernet extender products in its industry.

The CopperLink 2172R is a ruggedized Ethernet extender that offers rates up to 50-Mbps. The way it works is simple—the Patton Model 2172R utilizes pre-existing twisted pair infrastructure enabling twisted pair previously used for legacy systems such as TTL, RS232 and 422/485 to be used for extending or connect Ethernet devices together.

Businesses will find that the 2172R was designed to operate in a rugged environment, with temperature ranges from negative 10 to 70 degrees Celsius, and the option for conformal coating protecting the device from condensing humidity, and operates at negative 10 to 80 degrees Celsius.

Handling the 2172R (in any given work environment) is made simple because of its aluminum case design, which allows for users to conveniently mount them either on a wall or DIN rail (with optional DIN rail kit).

With a pair of 2172R’s or combined with a 2172, operating speeds could double; a twisted pair of this nature can carry an extraordinary bandwidth of 100 Mbps full-duplex (50 Mbps up and downstream), adding the ultimate user experience.

Allowing Patton to be your Ethernet extender provider would make sense for any business who wants to cut cost. With Patton, companies can reuse the already existing infrastructure for Ethernet Networking, which would eliminate the cost of purchasing expensive fiber and Cat5E or greater cabling. Most importantly, it completely eliminates the hassle and sometimes overwhelming expense and downtime of the cable installations.

Checkout more features and benefits of CopperLink 2172R here.

Charles West is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Prior to joining TMC (News - Alert) Charles worked with many gadget oriented sites that included running his own blog ( and Smartphone column for To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

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