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January 26, 2010

Patton Hosts Ethernet Extender Video Tutorial

By Marisa Torrieri
TMCnet Editor

January’s almost through, but we can still expect many great tech-related announcements in 2010. And along with those announcements, a slew of online tutorials and in-house training camps.
To help ease implementation woes in at least one arena, Gaithersburg, Md.-based Patton (News - Alert), in its January newsletter, made live its online video tutorial – “Breaking Boundaries with Ethernet Extenders” – to show IT staff how to stretch Ethernet extensions from points A to B using standard two-wire copper cabling (and reach up to 5.7 miles, achieving rates up to 50 Mbps).

“Breaking boundaries is our legacy,” Johnnie Grant, Patton’s product manager, said.
In addition to the online video, Patton highlighted related products in its latest newsletter – namely its CopperLink Model 2172, which is prepped to deal with such bandwidth-intensive applications as medical imaging, streaming music, Voice-over-IP and triple-play. In doing so, it reduces the cost complexity of required network infrastructure.
The Model 2172 delivers a full-duplex symmetrical or asymmetrical connection over common voice-grade copper at speeds up to 50 Mbps, eliminating the need for expensive fiber-optic or CAT5e cabling, Grant said.  

“It goes way beyond speed,” Grant said. “You’ve got proven reliability, plug-and-play convenience… the whole package. Our line-rate selection makes it the most versatile Ethernet Extender out there. You can drop this box into any network environment and just watch it work.”

CopperLink Ethernet extender models are currently operating in nuclear power plants, submarines, sports arenas, election systems and many other environments (including a webcam in a rock-and-roll museum).

An auto-sensing 10/100, full/half-duplex Ethernet interface avoids common installation problems, making the Model 2172 easy to install, according to Patton. The device also features a built-in automatic MDI (News - Alert)-X mechanism that eliminates confusion over which Ethernet cable to use -- crossover or straight-through.

Six selectable line rates allow operators to maximize reach and rate of each connection within the noise-level constraints of the installed environment. Asymmetrical rate selections are carefully designed for such applications as streaming music and video-on-demand. Symmetrical rate selections allow network administrators to choose the best possible speed-and-distance combination for such business-class applications as high-resolution imaging and voice-over-IP.
“Breaking boundaries is our business,” said Burton A. Patton, executive vice president. “We’re committed to it. Ever since we created the Ethernet Extender, Patton engineering has been constantly and continuously improving it. With each new model, we take communications technology faster and farther.”

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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