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December 07, 2011

Patton Addresses Connectivity Challenges with Line of Ethernet Extenders

By Juliana Kenny
TMCnet Managing Editor


Justin Ramirez, product manager of IP voice and video for ABP, recently joined Johnny Grant, product line manager for connectivity from Patton (News - Alert), to discuss the developments in the communications technology world and how Patton’s line of Ethernet extenders helps improve connectivity amongst businesses and to customers.

Grant mentioned in a webinar recorded Nov. 2 with ABP (News - Alert) that Ethernet extenders are Patton’s highest-selling product in the U.S., and with good reason. He said that the market for Ethernet equipment amounted to over $16 billion in 2010, and that the resource of IPv4’s 4.3 billion addresses is almost exhausted. The Ethernet interface extends its reach over a host of portals including PCs, ATMs, TVs, set top boxes, elevators, digital scales, security systems, alarm sensors, and phones. Realizing just how many devices run in part with Ethernet extension, we are less surprised to consider how high the numbers of usage are.

“What is Ethernet extension? Ethernet extension is simply taking Ethernet past its natural limitations. One of the advantages to the Patton Copperlink devices is that we are able to use the existing infrastructure, and that can play a very large role in certain circumstances,” Grant described. He went on to depict the unique challenges Ethernet extension providers face, and how Patton faces each one with innovative approaches.

There are three primary drivers for Ethernet, according to Grant. The first is the distance limitation. Patton’s CopperLink solution extends this traditional distance of 328 feet to over five miles.  The second is the requirement for separate and expensive CAT5 cabling infrastructure, which Patton’s Ethernet extenders address by using readily available or existing twisted pair wiring. The third is the fact that LANs need to be segmented or risk bottlenecking traffic. Patton’s solutions include a bridge function that allows for this streamlining by passing packets that lie outside of their LANs.

With its various CopperLink offerings, Patton addresses the common challenges that Ethernet extension presents to businesses engaged in connectivity and communications. Its models of extenders are tailored for different applications all of which have different max speeds, max distances, the types of wires used, and other factors.

Check out the entire webinar to learn more from Patton and ABP about how Ethernet extenders are improving the connectivity of communications providers on a global scale.

Juliana Kenny graduated from the University of Connecticut with a double degree in English and French. After managing a small company for two years, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web Editor for TMCnet. Juliana currently focuses on the call center and CRM industries, but she also writes about cloud telephony and network gear including softswitches.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin


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