fSONA expands PoE option for free-space optical wireless systems

The SONAbeam M series can now be ordered with or upgraded to use Power over Ethernet (PoE).

Dec 11th, 2013

Optical wireless specialist fSONA Networks has announced a new power option for its SONAbeam M free-space optical (FSO) wireless links. The SONAbeam M series can now be ordered with or upgraded to use Power over Ethernet (PoE).

“SONAbeam with PoE saves time and money during installation by eliminating the need for separate cabling and, in some instances, separate contractors to run both power and Ethernet," comments fSONA's president and CEO, Andrew Grieve. "This reduces time to deployment and increases ROI for our customers who want to avoid delays and get connected quickly."

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The company says its SONAbeam eliminates the substantial costs of digging up streets and sidewalks required to install fiber, and unlike other wireless solutions, is immune to electro-magnetic (EM) and radio-frequency (RF) interference -- which means no licensing is required. Key to the SONAbeam system's laser technology is its operational wavelength of 1550 nm, which provides a broad spectrum of safety and performance advantages. The system's high-powered laser transmitters are able to penetrate heavy rain, snow and fog more effectively and consistently than other available FSO technology, claims the company.

A SONAbeam M system adapted with the PoE kit can be connected to any standard network port via the included injector. Three versions of the SONAbeam PoE kit will be offered - for North American, European and Universal power cord types.

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