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September 15, 2011

Patton's CopperLink 2174 Ethernet Extender Breaking New Ground

Community Development Editor, TMCnet


Patton (News - Alert), the multi-national organization that designs, develops, and manufactures electronic communications equipment for network access, connectivity, voice-over-IP, video surveillance and triple play, announced today that it is now taking orders for the new, U.S.-manufactured CopperLink 2174 series of ultra-high-speed Ethernet Extender, with initial shipments expected next month.

The company is participating in this week’s ITEXPO West in Austin. Visit them at either Booth 413 or 601.

Patton, with a tremendous history of Ethernet Extension innovation, has once again pushed the technology even further by designing and manufacturing a device that achieves downstream line rates up to 168 Mbps.

“It’s another industry first for Patton,” said Johnnie Grant, product manager for Patton’s CopperLink line, in a release. “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.”

According to Patton, by extending Ethernet up to 10,000 feet while operating over copper twisted-pair, coaxial or CAT-5 cabling, the CopperLink 2174 eliminates the expense and hassle of replacing installed cable infrastructure when inter-connecting IP-enabled devices.

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 CAT5/6/7 segments

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) over a single Ethernet connection.

Patton customers can specify BNC, RJ-45 or terminal block connectors when ordering two-packs of the 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.

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.

In related news, Patton expanded the SmartNode T1/E1/PRI VoIP Gateway Series earlier this year, and recently launched two new SmartNode BRI VoIP product lines.

John Lahtinen is Community Development Editor for TMCnet. He has more than 15 years of combined professional and educational experience involving news, education, and marketing. John holds a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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