Data network integration specialist Transition Networks, Inc. (Minneapolis) has announced a new small form-factor pluggable (SFP)-based Ethernet extender (TN-EOT-xx) designed to connect distant workstations, devices, or workgroups to a corporate network using legacy copper cabling at up to 300Mbps.
The company says the new Ethernet extender provides the ability to leverage existing 2-wire or coax cable infrastructure to extend Ethernet service. The TN-EOT-xx device can extend Ethernet service on 2-wire cabling over distances up to 400 meters at 200Mbps bi-directional data rate, or extend Ethernet on coax cabling over distances up to 500 meters at 300Mbps bi-directional data rate. The device has a maximum data rate of 300Mbps, the fastest possible bandwidth for legacy cabling provided by an SFP device.
"With the growing demand for a network infrastructure that supports higher data rates, administrators, integrators, and contractors are discovering that utilizing existing cabling infrastructure rather than installing new fiber-optic or new CAT5 copper cabling is a much more cost-effective way to extend their Ethernet network," said Scott Otis, president of Transition Networks.
Otis added, "Transition Networks has helped customers evolve their networks quickly and more cost effectively for years, with a wide range of Ethernet extender products. This new SFP extender is a flexible way to leverage legacy coax and 2-wire cabling."
The SFP-based extender is plug-and-play, requiring no configuration or set up on the host device. Transition says it is ideal for IP security camera applications where the legacy cabling used for analog CCTV cameras can be re-used for Ethernet-based cameras in both indoor and temperature-hardened environments.
The extender complies with MSA standards and is compatible with any networking device with a Gigabit SFP slot. The unit can operate at a wide -40°C to 75°C temperature range. The device features an RJ-45 connector for 2-wire applications and an RJ-45-to-BNC adapter for coax applications.
The models TN-EOT-CO (for the server site) and the TN-EOT-RT (for the remote site) are used in pairs and are available now. Transition Networks also offers a variety of Ethernet extenders that deliver power along with data over Ethernet or coax cabling. For more information, visit www.transition.com.
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