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February 12, 2008

Getting the Most from Ethernet Extenders

By Brian Solomon
TMCnet Web Editor

A major benefit of Ethernet extenders is their ability to eliminate the need for installing expensive Switches and CAT5 cable. Ethernet extenders can use either fiber-optic or copper twisted-pair cables to transparently send packets at full-line rate to a peered LAN up to five miles away. While networks usually deploy Ethernet extenders within a limited geographical area, this area does not have to be limited to one building. Ethernet extenders can create effective bridged-Ethernet connections across streets or over a college or enterprise campus, as well as between Ethernet LANs up to five miles apart.

Ethernet extenders are cost-effective alternatives to more complicated and pricey wiring installations like CAT5 cable. They are plug-and-play devices you can install quickly to take advantage of existing copper twisted-pair network infrastructure. Depending on the required data rate, some Ethernet extenders can increase the distance of an Ethernet link extension beyond five miles.

Patton (News - Alert) offers a wide range of Ethernet extenders, including both copper and fiber models. The auto-rate adaptation feature ensures the highest speed possible across great distances. Unlike many LAN extenders, Patton extenders with auto-rate adaptation can be set for multiple data rates and require no difficult configuration when connecting to LANs at different distances.  
Ethernet Extenders provide the most cost effective solutions for any LAN extension project, including Wireless Access Point (News - Alert) installation, IP Security Camera and POS (Point of Sale) applications.
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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