Transition Networks’ New Small Form-Factor Pluggable Extender Delivers up to 300Mbps Ethernet Throughput over Coax or 2-Wire Cabling

Transition Networks has released a new SFP extender that delivers up to 300 Mbps Ethernet throughput over Coax or 2-Wire Cabling. The SFP is plug-and-play, requiring no configuration or set up on the host device. It is ideal in IP security camera applications where the legacy cabling used for analog CCTV cameras can be re-used for Ethernet-based cameras in both indoor and temperature-hardened environments.

Transition Networks, Inc., a leading provider of innovative, high-value, data network integration solutions, today announced a new small form-factor pluggable (SFP)-based Ethernet extender (TN-EOT-xx) designed to connect distant workstations, devices, or workgroups to a corporate network using legacy copper cabling at up to 300Mbps.

The Ethernet Extender provides the ability to leverage existing 2-wire or coax cable infrastructure to extend Ethernet service. The TN-EOT-xx device can extend Ethernet service on 2-wire cabling over distances up to 400 meters at 200Mbps bi-directional data rate, or extend Ethernet on coax cabling over distances up to 500 meters at 300Mbps bi-directional data rate. The device has a maximum data rate of 300Mbps, the fastest possible bandwidth for legacy cabling provided by an SFP device.

“With the growing demand for a network infrastructure that supports higher data rates, administrators, integrators, and contractors are discovering that utilizing existing cabling infrastructure rather than installing new fiber-optic or new CAT5 copper cabling is a much more cost-effective way to extend their Ethernet network,“

said Scott Otis, president of Transition Networks.

“Transition Networks has helped customers evolve their networks quickly and more cost effectively for years, with a wide range of Ethernet extender products. This new SFP extender is a flexible way to leverage legacy coax and 2-wire cabling.”

The SFP is plug-and-play, requiring no configuration or set up on the host device. It is ideal in IP security camera applications where the legacy cabling used for analog CCTV cameras can be re-used for Ethernet-based cameras in both indoor and temperature-hardened environments.

The extender complies with MSA standards and is compatible with any networking device with a Gigabit SFP slot. The extender can operate at a wide -40°C  to 75°C temperature range. The device features an RJ-45 connector for 2-wire applications and an RJ-45-to-BNC adapter for coax applications.

The TN-EOT-CO (for the server site) and the TN-EOT-RT (for the remote site) are used in pairs and are available now. Transition Networks also offer a variety of Ethernet Extenders that deliver power along with data over Ethernet or coax cabling as well. For more information, contact Entrix Computing on 01223 750277.

New Perle PoE Industrial Managed Switches

Perle have announced the launch of fully compliant IEEE802.3 af/at Power over Ethernet (PoE) Industrial Managed Switches.
This launch includes 84 models of the IDS-500 PoE Switches with variable 10/100/1000Base-T, SFP, Fiber and combo ports.

“More and more companies are using PoE technology to increase installation flexibility, lower costs and make their networks efficient,”

comments John Feeney, Chief Operating Officer at Perle Systems.

“Adding PoE technology to Managed Ethernet Switches to meet the unique needs of Industrial-grade environments just makes sense.”

Industrial-grade Managed Ethernet Switches with PoE are designed to withstand extreme temperatures, surges, vibrations, and shocks found in industrial automation, government, military, oil, gas, mining and outdoor applications. Classified as Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE), they use standard UTP cables that carry Ethernet data to also provide up to 30 watts of power to Powered Devices (PDs) such as wireless access points, Voice over IP phones and IP cameras.
With this product launch, Perle now offers over 720 Industrial Managed Ethernet Switches.

Since entering the Industrial Switch Market, Perle has sold to numerous high profile customers such as the FAA, NBCUniversal, SolarCity, Dupont, Rolls Royce and Siemens.

Learn More about Perle’s PoE Industrial Managed Switches

Perle IOLAN SDS-L Device Servers enable serial over cellular network data transmission

iolan-sdsl-lgThere are innumerable serial based devices like PLCs, meters, sensors, modems, POS, printers and industrial equipment located where hardwired Ethernet connections are not available. Yet, the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication needs are pushing network engineers to get these devices online. The solution is to use easily accessible cellular networks, with their affordable data packages.

IOLAN SDS L Serial Device Servers are designed for high-speed transmission of serial RS232, RS422 or RS485 data over 4G LTE cellular networks. They enable administrators to securely access remote serial console ports on M2M and IoT equipment via a cellular data network.

This technology allows engineers to change the way networks are structured and enable data connectivity in an endless array of application environments

Says John Feeney, Chief Operating Officer at Perle Systems.

More information about Serial over Cellular communication and the new IOLAN SDS L Device Server can be found on the Entrix website.

Entrix has extensive experience of implementing communications over the cellular networks. Give us a call on 01223 750277 to discuss.

IGT Selects Digi WR11 Routers for Lottery System

IGT selected the Digi TransPort WR11 to rapidly connect network technology for gaming machines, lotteries, and interactive and social gaming solutions.

The world’s largest slot machine manufacturer, International Game Technology (IGT) turned to the Digi TransPort WR11 when searching for an innovative solution for their lottery systems. The Digi TransPort WR11 is a wireless router that provides IGT the 4G LTE connection to rapidly communication and solve problems with mission-critical M2M applications.

For details of the Digi Transport WR11 Cellular Routers click here.

Source: Digi International

Digi TransPort® LR54 LTE-Advanced Router Video

lr54-aw401_ant_5x5Digi TransPort® LR54 LTE-Advanced Router Introduction

Digi Product Manager, Andrew Lund gives a first look at the Digi TransPort® LR54 LTE-Advanced router.

Watch the introductory video.

The Digi TransPort® LR54 LTE-Advanced router is the ideal solution for digital media, self service kiosks, and other remotely managed network applications. Watch the video to get a break down of its Cat 6 LTE-Advanced speeds, powerful wi-fi with dual radios, remote management capabilities, and industrial hardware design.

Opengear ACM7008-2 Remote Site GatewayOpengear has announced additional SKUs for the Remote Site Gateway, the secure solution for Remote Site Management. The Remote Site Gateway ensures uptime at enterprise branch offices and remote sites. It also identifies and helps to fix issues at the network edge before they become failures. Opengear Smart OOBTM delivers secure access to your branch offices and remote sites when manual intervention is needed.

This release includes the ACM7008-2 which replaces the old ACM5008-2.


Digi Releases TransPort LR54 LTE-Advanced Enterprise Router

lr54-aw401_ant_5x5Entrix announces the availability of the Digi TransPort® LR54, Digi International’s fastest, low cost LTE Advanced router for managed network services, digital content delivery, self-service kiosks, and managed retail networking.
The Digi TransPort LR54 is the new, high performance LTE-Advanced networking platform that provides fast, affordable and reliable Wi-Fi and high-speed cellular LTE in a form factor capable of
performing in extended operating temperature ranges. Featuring a software-defined LTE radio, the Digi TransPort LR54 supports carriers in most European countries.

Key attributes that distinguish the Digi TransPort LR54 include:

  • Maximum speed: The LR54 was designed for high-speed, low-latency Cat 6 LTEAdvanced speeds (300Mbps), twice the typical speed of current LTE.
  • Powerful and reliable Wi-Fi: Features the latest in Wi-Fi performance with dual 2.4 and 5GHz radios, with 802.11ac, limiting the need for intermediate Wi-Fi bridges.
  • Global LTE network support: Offers software selectable 3G/4G LTE to choose the best network or carrier option.
  • Continued connectivity: Features the patented SureLink™ connection persistency software that proactively monitors and self-repairs network connections.
  • Enterprise security: Offers PCI-certified Digi Remote Manager®, IPsec VPN firewall, and 256-bit AES encryption as well as the new Digi TrustFence™ Device Security Framework, offering the critical features that protect connected devices and applications now and in the future.
  • Sturdy hardware: The LR54 is an industrial grade “beast,” temperature hardened to operate between -20° – 70° C.
  • Remote device management: With Digi Remote Manager, administrators have a tool for centralized device configuration and a dashboard for troubleshooting remote devices to analyze network performance and connectivity points.

Further details and pricing are available on our website or by calling 01223 750277.

How to reboot a remote PoE device with an Ethernet Extender

Only Perle offers a unique feature that enables a central site to reset the remote PoE device without a truck roll.

Power over Ethernet ( PoE ) equipment such as IP cameras and wireless access point are generally deployed in areas that are isolated and hard to reach.

Periodically an issue arises that can be resolved with a simple “Power Off then On” ( Power Reboot ) of the device. However, given the isolated location of the equipment, this can be difficult to accomplish.

Perle’s unique PD Reset feature on its PoE Ethernet Extenders enables a central site to reboot the remote PoE device without a truck roll.

Read more to learn about the Powered Device (PD) Reset Feature.

Sonic Automotive use Perle Ethernet Extenders in a Project that Reduces the Time it Takes to Purchase a Car

perleethextendersPoE powered WAPs enable sales people to use iPads and iPhones to access network data in the palm of their hand.

In an effort to reduce the car buying process from five-hours to one-hour, Sonic Automotive provided their sales team with iPhones and iPads loaded with custom apps to access the extensive data on the company network.
For the iPad and iPhone roll-out to work successfully, Sonic needed reliable WiFi network access throughout all indoor and outdoor areas of each of its 120 dealerships.

WAPs, of course, are the answer and installing them indoors is quite straightforward. However, prior to installing the WAPs on the lots outside of the dealerships, where a bulk of the customer interaction takes place, Larnel Hight, Network Engineer at Sonic Automotive, was confronted with two issues:
1. The outdoor car lots do not have power outlets.

2. Copper-based Ethernet connections are limited to data transmission distances of only 328ft. Sonic needed a much longer range as some dealerships are as large as 1600 square feet

Read the Sonic Automotive Case Study to find out how Perle PoE Ethernet Extenders solved their problem.

Digi launches new WR31 rugged industrial cellular router

The new WR31 Industrial Router
The new WR31 Industrial Router


The Digi Transport range of cellular routers has been very succesfully used in industrial environments for years but now for the first time we have a fully industrial product called the WR31.

This rugged design is suitable for DIN rail and cabinet mounting and has all the connectors and indicators on one accessible edge. It comes equipped with digital sensor and relay connections, two Ethernet ports and serial connectivity. It is available in LTE (4G) and HSPA+/3G versions.

For more details, take a look at our website  or call 01223 750277.

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