What is an Ethernet Extender?



An Ethernet Extender is a term that Enable-IT invented and coined in the late 1990’s.

Ethernet Distance Limit? – Clearly You Need An Industrial Ethernet Extender

It is a computer network communication module that can leverages Ethernet and WAN technologies in concert to transparently drive Ethernet LAN communications beyond the IEEE 802.3 specifications for today’s twisted pair wiring distance limitation of 328 feet or 100 meters.

In the late 1980’s Twisted pair wiring for Ethernet became the preferred cable standard, however Ethernet over Twisted pair has a unfortunate distance limit of only 328 feet or 100 meters.

All Ethernet device manufactures since then have limited your installable distance limit to 100m unless you add another powered Ethernet device to bridge and boost the Ethernet signal to another 100m.

This requires electrical power every 100m as well for installers. An Industrial Ethernet Extender eliminates that need and additional costs for you.

Sometimes an Enable-IT Ethernet Extender can be mis-labeled and referred to as an Ethernet Repeater, CAT5 Extender, CAT 6 Extender, Ethernet Bridge, Network Bridge, LAN Extender – all of which are terms for the results, but not an accurate description of the Enable-IT Industrial Ethernet Extender technology.



Ethernet as a concept and creation came into being in the early 1970’s as a means to commonly communicate between computing systems. Since that time it has become an institutional global standard (IEEE 802.3) for data-transmissions.

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Ethernet concept and creation came into being in the early 1970’s as a means to commonly communicate between computing systems. Since that time it has become the primary institutional global base standard (IEEE 802.3) for data-transmissions.

Devices that communicate outside their physical structure do so on a variety of Network interfaces using core Ethernet data-transmission protocols.

These Ethernet protocols traverse connected devices over networks (wired and wireless), of which there are many recognized standards (LAN, Hub, Switch, 3g/4g/5g, LTE, GPRS, WiFi, Telecom WAN, Satellite, etc.).

10BASE5 Ethernet (ThickNet)

10BASE2 Ethernet (ThinNet)

10BASET Ethernet Twisted Pair
Original Ethernet LAN communications was designed and deployed on a copper coax buss topology that could travel up to 900 feet or 275 meters.

This was the standard distance for Ethernet. Original Ethernet LAN communications was a mere 10MBs and that 900 ft distance is true for all 10MB Ethernet hub and switches.

Today you can deploy 10MB Ethernet on standard telephone wiring in 2-pair strands or in bulk bundled pairs from your source LAN up to 900 feet / 275 meters without any break, interruption or devices in between. Just pure LAN to LAN at the Ethernet Distance Limit of 900 feet.

In the late 1980’s Category rated Twisted pair wiring for Ethernet became the preferred cable standard as did 100MBs Ethernet. 100MBs Ethernet has a nasty and unfortunate distance limit of only 328 feet or 100 meters on any kind of copper wiring.
All 100MBs or above Ethernet device manufactures since then have limited your installable distance limit to 100 meters unless you add another powered Ethernet device to bridge and boost the Ethernet signal to another 100 meters. This requires electrical power every 100 meters as well for installers.

LAN Networking is commonly referred to as a physical wired local area network and is a either a buss or star topology configured Ethernet Network for data-transmissions between devices.

Every single computing platform regardless of OS, uses Ethernet protocols to communicate between the physical CPU to it’s own Network interface regardless if it is your laptop, desktop, tablet, cellphone, WiFi Access point, fiber transceiver, etc.

Ethernet Distance Limit?, No, They all go back to a basic copper Ethernet Interface for data-transmissions


In the late 1990’s, Enable-IT Invented the World’s 1st Industrial Ethernet Extender. Thus breaking the false IEEE 802.3 wiring distance limit by leveraging other telecommunications technologies to convert Ethernet packets and transport them much further before converting back to IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Standards.


In January 2000, Enable-IT announced that it had created the Worlds’s 1st twisted pair Black Box Ethernet Extender, branded and coined the term Industrial Ethernet Extender The Term “Ethernet Extender” is synonymous for Enable-IT’s Invention and Superior Performance.

From then on, Enable-IT has created and dominated the Planet’s Industrial Ethernet Extender industry from scratch as the original source.
 

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Here is a an infographic for understanding typical Ethernet LAN Communication wiring (Copper Media) and Reference Terminology.

There are a lot of foreign, government sponsored competitive information gathering in LAN networking products on the marketplace today.

Only Patton and Enable-IT as USA manufacturers control their product designs and components for Industrial Ethernet Extenders. All others outsource their manufacturing overseas where they have no visibility or control of the spyware that has shown up and already damaged business by listening to your LAN data.

Enable-IT is the world’s Most Trusted, Premier OEM Manufacturer of Industrial Ethernet Extender technologies, and provides cost effective Secure 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 Industrial Ethernet Extender Experts.



We also strive to listen intently to our customers needs and to fully understand how they wish to leverage our OEM abilities to create strategic advantages.
Many outstanding and common use features recommended to us from customers have been adopted and designed into each new product revision. Some of these features included VLAN Support, Extreme Temperature components, long distance PoE support, PoE output controls, and secure encryption. Tailoring solutions with off the shelf products or engineering what you need to accomplish your goals is our privilege to serve you.

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 Industrial 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 an Ethernet Extender to break the Ethernet Distance Limits are:

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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.

Whether you need to run Ethernet over a Cat 2 telephone cable, provide PoE power to a VoIP phone, PTZ IP surveillance camera, WiFi wireless access point, or just provide data up to 12,000 ft instead of 328 ft, Ethernet Extender Experts has exactly what you need to get more out of your Ethernet.  From extending DSL to your guest house over a telephone cable or providing an entire building or school campus with WiFi via an IP-based telephone line backbone, we can help. Ever try running power over fiber? Only Enable-IT can deliver your PoE at distance at Gigabit speeds.


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