Siemon white paper investigates remote power delivery over twisted-pair cabling

July 12, 2013
Company offers information and insights on the latest standards, trends and best practices for deploying remote power to network devices.

Siemon has produced a new white paper offering information and insight on the latest standards, trends and best practices for deploying remote power to network devices. The detailed, 4-page whitepaper is titled The Advantages of Using Siemon Shielded Cabling to Power Remote Network Devices, and highlights the specific technological advantages of using the company's shielded cabling systems for Power over Ethernet (PoE) and other remote powering applications.

The paper illuminates the advantages that qualified IEC-60512-99-001-compliant shielded Category 6A and Category 7A connecting hardware and advanced shielded cabling provide when deploying remote powering technology, as well as an overview of all relevant standards requirements, an example of a connector design that ensures that critical contact seating surfaces are not damaged when plugs and jacks are mated and unmated under remote powering current loads, and an update on the activities of the IEEE 4-Pair Power over Ethernet Study Group.

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With more than 100 million PoE-enabled ports purchased annually, a new 4-pair IEEE 802.3 PoE application on the horizon, and advanced standards-based technology ready to deliver up to 100 watts of power (i.e. enough to power a television), Siemon contends that the need to deliver DC power over twisted-pair cabling "has revolutionized the look and feel of the IT world." The white paper also takes a look at the effects of the rising number and variety of devices supported by remote powering technology and the need for proper selection of network cabling to eliminate the risk of damage to connector contact integrity due to arcing when equipment is unmated under load conditions, as well as temperature rise within cable bundles that can contribute to higher insertion loss, failures and downtime.

“As the market for remotely powered IP devices continues to grow and even more advanced powering technology is deployed, the ability for connectors and cable to perform under DC power load conditions has emerged as a critical factor,” comments Valerie Maguire, Global Sales Engineer for Siemon.

Maguire adds, “Fortunately, all Siemon’s Z-Max shielded category 6A and Tera shielded category 7A cables and connecting hardware are proven to ensure stable and reliable transmission performance and contact integrity under the demanding operating environments of advanced remote powering applications. Our hope is that this white paper helps to educate the industryabout the effects of using copper balanced twisted-pair cabling to remotely power IP-enabled network devices, while highlighting the advantages of Siemon’s shielded cabling systems for these applications.”

View/Download the white paper here.

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