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March 04, 2008

Solving the Ethernet Standard Limitation Problem

By Brian Solomon
TMCnet Web Editor

It can be quite a challenge extending Ethernet any significant distance from an internet connection or central network. After all, there is the 330-foot distance limitation of the Ethernet standard to consider.  Thankfully, there is such a thing as an Ethernet Extender which can help in overcoming this fundamental limitation. 

Wireless 802.11b or g is one solution that will work.  However, wireless products have their own distance limitations.  And the speed of links often leaves a lot to be desired.  Wireless simply isn't the best answer for everyone trying to get the network beyond the distance limitations of the Ethernet standard.
Fiber optic modems will work very well, but for many, the cost in time and money, running fiber to the shack, and buying the fiber modems is prohibitive. 
If you have an existing copper run to your remote locations (for telephones or data), or if you can run cheap twisted pair to the remote location, there is an excellent product available for extending Ethernet over copper.  It’s not free, but it does solve the problem in an elegant and efficient way.
Copper Ethernet Extenders use a single twisted pair to extend Ethernet as far as one mile at data rates as high as 16.64 mbps.  This is the perfect solution for extending the network to the remote radio location over an inexpensive copper link. 
Brian Solomon is a Web Editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To see more of his articles, please visit Brian Solomon’s columnist page
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