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March 25, 2011

Patton Offers High-Speed Ethernet Extender with CopperLink Model 2173

By David Sims
TMCnet Contributing Editor


If you’re in the market for an Ethernet extender, you might want to take a look at Patton’s (News - Alert) CopperLink Model 2173 high speed Ethernet extender.

Company officials say it uses an existing copper infrastructure to deliver extension “Providing aggregate data rates up to 155 Mbps (upstream + downstream), the Model 2173 is for delivering triple-play communications services and other bandwidth-intensive applications.”

The CopperLink extenders can interconnect remote devices or remote networks to a central LAN, company officials explain, “for such applications as medical imaging, video-conferencing, Ethernet bridging, Triple Play (News - Alert), and VoIP.”

The Model 2173 is engineered with an auto-rate adaptation feature for a “maximum achievable asymmetrical line rate,” based on environment and the length and gauge/type of cable. “Asymmetrical line rates are ideal for applications that require longer extension between their Ethernet devices and for applications that primarily involve high downstream requirements,” company officials say by way of explanation for the feature.

The asymmetrical applications include high resolution IP video for security, medical imaging, livestock monitoring, underwater video, and Internet gaming.

A couple weeks ago TMC’s (News - Alert) Jayashree Adkoli wrote that Patton started taking orders for the CopperLink 2160 series of high-speed long-range Ethernet extenders.

The CopperLink extender not only extends Ethernet up to 5.2 miles (8.3 kilometers), Adkoli said, it also achieves rates up to 45 Mbps: “Consequently, this long-reach broadband extender delivers broadband Ethernet service that defies traditional distance limitations. These extenders can be deployed anywhere there are dry copper pairs, such as telco carriers, office buildings, campuses, factories, ships, power plants and more.”

The CopperLink 2160 uses available number of twisted pairs and combines two, four or eight copper wires into a single circuit, in order to achieve optimum stability, rate and reach for each long-range Ethernet segment, she explained.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Charles West

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