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Transition Networks rolls out PoE family of media converters

Posted: 19 May 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power over Ethernet? poe? media converter? transition networks?

A new Power over Ethernet (PoE) 100-Base copper to fiber family of media converters was launched by Transition Networks Inc. With the announcement, two major products are available - ac powered PoE media converters and the Power Splitter.

The PoE family of media converters are designed for applications where the electrical current to power each device needs to be carried by data cables rather than by power cords. According o the company, it is already widely used to power wireless access points, Internet/promo Kiosks, voice over IP phones and remote network cameras.

The ac powered PoE media converters combine data received over a fiber optic link with -48Vdc power, providing power to Data Terminal Equipment (DTE) Power Devices (PD) over unshielded twisted pair cable. The PoE converters are Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) and are fully compatible with devices that comply with the EEE802.3af: 2003 standard.

The converters also include a PD signature sensing and power monitoring features per the IEEE 802.3af standard. Such features include overcurrent protection, undercurrent detection and fault protection input.

The Power Splitter is another new addition to the family of PoE products. This device allows any regular, non-PoE, Transition Networks media converter to be powered by PoE PSE, essentially turning any device into an IEEE 802.3af compatible PD.

"With the introduction of our Power over Ethernet converters, we are filling a major gap in our customers' networks," said Bill Schultz, VP of marketing. "The PoE converters make it easy to manage and control wireless access points because they eliminate the need to run separate power to remote and wireless devices."

Prices for the 10Mbps PoE converters start at $350 and the 100Mbps converters are available for $695.

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