Digital Signs: Can Power-over-Ethernet Make a Diff? [Part III]

New York Signs
Two Copper Wires!

Now we discuss how Power-over-Ethernet technology changes the game in our final segment of this series. In Part I we outlined the key benefits Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) offers for digital signage implementations. Part II covered DIS-advantages:  cost, distance, and cabling challenges.

Power-over-Ethernet to the Rescue!

Were you wondering when we would we get to the “game changer” part? The advances embodied in Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)—when combined with PoE extension technology—enable system designers to create solutions that address all three challenges presented above.

This post is the final segment in a three-part series about leveraging PoE technology for digital signage to cut costs and reduce implementation time.
Part I covered the industry trends and key benefits  >>Read it here…
Part II cover the disadvantages of standard PoE   >>Read it here…

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Industrial Grade CL1101e

The CopperLink PoE Ethernet Extender kits from Patton Electronics offer the capability to power up and connect remote PoE-enabled digital signage using common copper twisted-pair phone wire or coaxial cable.
This network infrastructure is ubiquitous: most sites already have previously-installed twisted pair or coaxial cabling in place. Much of it was installed decades ago and still works just fine.

Available in commercial-desktop (CL1101) and hardened-industrial (CL1101E) enclosures, Patton’s PoE Ethernet Extender kits can extend Ethernet connectivity up to 3,300 feet (far beyond 328 feet limit for standard Ethernet) while delivering up 15 watts of electrical power to PoE endpoint devices—all transmitted across existing common copper phone wire.These solutions eliminate any need for construction projects to install network cabling, electrical service wiring, or power outlets. Even high-quality outdoor Cat 5 is more affordable than USB repeaters or AC wire. CL1101 devices can also operate over Cat 3, Cat 5/5e, or Cat 6 cabling.Whereas standard PoE specifies a 4-wire requirement, the CL1101 can operate over a single twisted pair (2 wires) to deliver Power-over-Ethernet and Ethernet/IP traffic over distances up to 3,300 feet (915 meters).Further, when using 24-AWG twisted-pair cabling, these units can leverage multiple wire pairs, bonding 2, 4 or 8 twisted pairs into a single channel to fully-optimize achievable speed and distance for each environment.
The remote unit in these kits does not require a local power source. Even so, it provides up to 15 watts of PoE power to the remotely connected digital sign (or other PoE enabled device). The solution uses network bridging technology to transmit Ethernet LAN traffic transparently to all higher-layer protocols.Because the Patton PoE solution leverages low-voltage copper twisted-pair wiring to deliver power to PoE screen panels, the high costs of contracting and licensing a high-voltage cabling project are entirely avoided. Twisted pair—which is found nearly everywhere—is all that is required to fully power and communicate with digital signage.
Application Drawing Shows Digital Signage using the CL1101 PoE Extender Kit
Digital Signage Application using the CL1101 PoE Extender Kit

Compatible Digital Signage ProductsThe CL1101 and CL1101E are compatible with the following digital signage products among many others:

  • Samsung DB10E-POE
  • ViewSonic EP1031R
  • IAdea XDS-1068
  • Mimo MCT-10QDS-POE
  • LG 10SM3TB
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Commercial Grade CL1101

Ease of Use Finally, the CopperLink 1101 PoE Ethernet Extender solutions feature fast and convenient installation with plug-and-play set-up and operation.
When combined with PoE extension technology, PoE allows you to create affordable digital display panel solutions, with nearly negligible installation costs.
Now, with CL1101 kits from Patton, businesses can deploy PoE anywhere without concern for local AC power standards, outlets, plugs, or reliability.
Because the Patton PoE solution leverages low-voltage copper twisted-pair wiring to deliver power to PoE screen panels, the high costs of contracting and licensing a high-voltage cabling project are entirely avoided.
Twisted pair, which is found nearly everywhere, is all that is required to fully power and communicate with digital signage.

For more information about the CopperLink PoE extension solutions go to www.patton.com/cl1101

Conclusion

In virtually every market sector, with the advantages described above, Power-over-Ethernet Extension solutions can enable businesses everywhere to eliminate costly electrical and network cabling construction when deploying remotely-controlled digital display screens.

This post is the final segment in a three part serios. Read the full article. . .
Digital Signage Revolution: How Power over Ethernet Changes the Game

What do you think?

  • Will PoE Ethernet extender technology turn out to be a game-changer for mass adoption of digital signage?
  • Do you have any projects or applications the PoE extension might benefit your RoI?
  • How do you feel about re-using existing twisted pair or coax for PoE extension?

Add your thoughts in the comments below…

W. Glendon Flowers
Product Marketing ManagerPatton Electronics Co
Glendon is responsible for creating corporate marketing and technical content including press releases, web copy, white papers, case studies, educational and tutorial pieces as well as other publications. He serves as editor in chief for Patton's email newsletter and other outbound communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from UMUC and a Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from UMCP. Mr. Flowers is a single father with three adult daughters: Lauren, Hannah & Sarah (twins). He plays guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and percussion and enjoys composing and arranging music and songs.


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