Patton has introduced its CopperLink 2174 series of ultra-high-speed Ethernet extenders, with shipments expected to commence in October. The new device achieves downstream data rates up to 168 Mbps and extends Ethernet segments up to 10,000 feet (3 kilometers) while operating over copper twisted-pair, coaxial or Cat 5 cabling.
The company contends that the CopperLink 2174 can eliminate the expense and hassle of replacing installed cable infrastructure when interconnecting IP-enabled devices. For example, according to Patton, using the 2174, network engineers can leverage existing cabling infrastructure to: convert legacy CCTV circuits (coaxial) to IP; replace serial RS-232/422/485 circuits (twisted-pair) with Ethernet connections; improve the Ethernet speed/distance performance of Cat 5/6/7 segments.
According to the company, providing four Ethernet ports with a built-in switch, the 2174 can aggregate and transmit IP traffic from four sources (light/motion sensors, video cameras, entry-card readers, personal computers, etc.) over a single Ethernet connection.
“It’s another industry first for Patton,” said Johnnie Grant, product manager for Patton’s CopperLink line. “Our latest innovation takes Ethernet farther and faster than ever before. The variety of hardware interfaces combined with extreme combinations of speed and distance make our 2174 the most versatile Ethernet extender in the world.”
Patton customers can specify BNC, RJ-45 or terminal block connectors when ordering two-packs of the CopperLink 2174. Four user-selectable configuration profiles, combined with Patton’s auto-rate adaptation feature, ensure maximum achievable symmetrical or asymmetrical rates for the installed noise environment, wire gauge/type and length. Users can view 2174 speed/distance tables. Symmetrical line-rate settings are ideal for such applications as remote LAN extension, video teleconferencing, and data backhaul, while asymmetrical configurations are well-suited for scenarios requiring ultra-high downstream speeds and/or extra-long distances: e.g. medical imaging, livestock monitoring, underwater video, internet gaming, and transporting high-resolution IP video from security cameras.
Most CopperLink models are available in Patton's EnviroNET NEMA4-compliant, environmentally hardened enclosures. Suitable for installation in offshore oil rigs, pit mines, railway beds, and other harsh environments, EnviroNET enclosures protect network equipment against high wind, precipitation, salt spray, sand, oil, corrosive chemicals, and ice. EnviroNET solutions deliver communications services (Ethernet-over-copper, commercial outdoor VoIP, T1/E1 extension, and others) in temperatures ranging from -40 to +185°F (-40 to +85°C).