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Ethernet extenders use DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) to extend Ethernet links up to 10km over a single pair of low-grade copper wires.

The units operate transparently as part of an existing network, without requiring driver installation or complex setup procedures.

All ’IP’ traffic that could be sent across a standard patch cable can be sent across an Ethernet Extender link.

The potential to save money using Ethernet Extenders becomes apparent when they are used instead of a fibre-optic link or a wireless bridge.

An old pair of telephone wires or defunct RS485 cabling from a security camera can suddenly become a precious commodity on a site that requires long-range Ethernet connections.

Even in simple applications where a run of Cat5 cable exceeds the 100m distance limit for Ethernet, Ethernet Extenders can be deployed to save the cost of signal repeaters, power supplies and associated housings for the equipment.

One of the main early adopters of this technology was the building-controls sector.

BMS system controllers were traditionally connected together using RS485 cabling to provide slow but reliable site-wide communication.

With the transition to Ethernet-based controllers and general convergence on IP-based systems in industry, many system integrators found themselves having to re-install a communication network based on CAT5(E) cabling to support high-speed Ethernet links.

By using Ethernet Extenders, existing RS485 cables can be used.

Amplicon

Amplicon is a global business with more than 40 years’ experience in manufacturing and distribution, providing the marketplace with a wide range of complex, connected, computer-based measurement and automation systems that can be customised and bundled for easy integration.

Amplicon is a global business with more than 40 years’ experience in manufacturing and distribution, providing the marketplace with a wide range of complex, connected, computer-based measurement and automation systems that can be customised and bundled for easy integration.

As well as the supply and support of market-leading products from external manufacturers, Amplicon manufactures its own brand of high-quality industrial computers under the brand names of Ventrix, Impact, Impact-E, Impact-R and Senses. The company owns an extensive purpose-built EMC and pre-conformance laboratory, using the latest test equipment to ensure all products conform to relevant international standards.

The Amplicon team understands the demands and requirements of supplying equipment to the most demanding of projects. We are experienced in all aspects of approvals and will work to build close individual relationships with customers to deliver high-quality long-term products and technical support.

Amplicon divisions:

  • Industrial computing
  • Data communications
  • Measurement and control
  • Engineering services

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