What is an Ethernet Extender?

Ethernet Extender – (Ethernet Repeater / CAT5 Extender / Ethernet Bridge / Network Bridge / LAN Extender) 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.

Ethernet extenders drive long range, high-speed data communications between geographically separated LANs or LAN devices and create very cost-effective, bridged Ethernet connections. An Ethernet Extender 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 repeaters, 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).

Some technologies commonly used in Ethernet Extension are:

VDSL (Very high data rate DSL) is an xDSL technology providing data and voice transmission up to a theoretical limit of 52 Mbit/s downstream and 12 Mbit/s upstream over a single twisted pair of wires. Currently, the standard VDSL uses up to 4 different frequency bands, two for upstream (from the client to the telco) and two for downstream. The standard modulation technique is either QAM (Quadrature amplitude modulation) or DMT (Discrete multitone modulation) which are not compatible, but have similar performance.  Currently, the most used technology is DMT. The available bit rates range from about 26 Mbit/s symmetric for a loop of about 1500 m, up to 100 Mbit/s symmetric for a few hundred meters. These fast speeds mean that VDSL is capable of supporting new high bandwidth applications such as HDTV, as well as telephone services (Voice over IP) and general Internet access, over a single connection. A new VDSL standard is now available, named VDSL2 that delivers data and voice transmission at theoretical maximum of 250 Mbit/s full duplex.

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Enable-IT is the world’s Premier OEM Manufacturer of Ethernet Extension technologies, and provides cost effective solutions for commercial offices, the hospitality industry, wireless and cable telecommunications companies and ISPs, the Ethernet DSLAM MxU (multiple-dwelling, multiple-tenant, multiple-commercial and multiple-hospitality) unit marketplace and more. Basically, we can help almost anyone that needs Ethernet extended.   We are the Ethernet Extension Experts.