Ethernet Extenders are LAN modules that can be used on almost any wiring to transparently drive Ethernet communications beyond the IEEE 802.3 specifications for distance limitation of 328 feet or 100 meters. Traditionally fiber has been the only solution available to extend your LAN until wireless spectrum WiFI standards were available. Unfortunately both technologies have other limitations primarily high troubleshooting costs, unsecure data packets and lack of abilities to transmit power.
Ethernet extenders drive longer range, high-speed data communication between geographically separated LANs or LAN devices and create very cost effective bridged-Ethernet connections. Ethernet Extenders can be used for Point-to-Point (Backbone) runs or Point-to-Multipoint (Ethernet DSLAM – Digital subscriber line access Mux) and are typically deployed in Commercial, Residential, Industrial and Hospitality High Speed Internet Access environments. Ethernet Extenders can be referred to as Network extenders, LAN extenders, Ethernet repeater, CAT5 extenders, Ethernet Bridge, Network Bridge and Ethernet cable extenders and use a variety of transmission technologies over physical media such as copper or fiber. Extenders that use copper wiring operate on 1 or 2 pair unconditioned wiring (POTS) up to category rated twisted pair (CAT3…CAT6).
In 1997, Enable-IT, Inc. (The Ethernet Extension Experts) created the concept and pioneered a revolutionary copper based Ethernet Extension technology that solves all the limitations and issues with the previous fiber or wireless solutions. Enable-IT Ethernet LAN Extenders can drive Ethernet beyond 6,000ft (1.83km), In 2004, Enable-IT again pioneered PoE extension (Power over Ethernet) with data up to 3,500ft (1.06km) and specializes in custom OEM designs for several different industries. We now have thew ability to extend PoE up to 6,000ft.
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