The Secret to Upgrading and Expanding Networks is in Making Legacy Networks More Robust
As our world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, networks are expected to keep up with the rapid pace of change. This means improving data transfer speeds, enhancing security measures, and extending wireless coverage to provide uninterrupted access to information. However, constantly replacing entire networks with each new technology trend is not only costly, but it can also be time-consuming and disruptive to operations.
Instead, networks should evolve to meet the changing needs of our technology landscape. By continuously improving and upgrading existing infrastructure, networks can become faster, more reliable, and consistently available. This approach allows for more efficient and cost-effective upgrades, ensuring that networks can keep up with the ever-increasing demands of our modern world. In short, adaptation is key, and networks must remain flexible and adaptable to meet the challenges of the future.
CoverTel and Transition Networks provide solutions that can help ensure the seamless transition of your existing network to the next phase. This is done to ensure that your network is sufficiently robust and able to handle the changes that come with upgrading to newer technologies.
The evolution of security and surveillance networks to IP cameras is driving new intelligence and capabilities to the network edge. However, as camera capabilities increase, traditional network connection methods can fall short. Upgrading a physical security network doesn’t require installing an entirely new cabling infrastructure to support the IP cameras. Instead, using your existing cable infrastructure to bring power and data networking to cameras and other IP devices offers a more cost-effective method for deployment. To connect cameras and other IP devices to the network core, Transition Networks offers a unique line of Ethernet over Alternative Cable Type solutions for transmitting power and data over cable types other than traditional CATx to devices located at the edge of physical security networks. These solutions are easy to use, save on installation cost and result in faster time to service.
The continuous addition of wireless access points, IoT gateways and connected machines to already exhausted networks has put additional strain on wired networks to backhaul and connect this ever increasing number of network devices. Rebuilding the Ethernet network in increments of 100 meters of CATx cabling at a time can be costly, time-consuming, and inefficient. That’s why Transition Networks offers solutions that allow IT managers and service providers to use existing RG-style coax or 2-wire POTS cabling infrastructure that is being abandoned with the implementation of newer technologies such as digital cameras and IP phones. Transition Networks’ Ethernet over Alternative Cable Type conversion technologies – designed to send data and sometimes power over alternative cable types – enable operators to utilize existing assets to implement these technologies, realizing benefits of more than 40% savings and improved time to service. Read more about how you can experience similar savings here.
Ethernet has traditionally been considered reliant upon CATx cable. Standards were developed for delivery of power along with Ethernet over CATx infrastructure some time ago. However, new innovations now allow for Ethernet and PoE devices to be connected via alternative cable types such as RG-style coax and 2-wire phone line, using Ethernet network extenders that expand networks well beyond the 100m CATx cable distance limitation. These solutions allow you to quickly and easily locate edge devices in places where power was previously not available, helping to avoid unnecessary and costly electrical installations.
Transition Networks’ Ethernet extension with PoE+ technologies use alternative cable types for:
- Upgrading from analog to IP camera security systems
- Upgrading from analog to VoIP phones
- Adding wireless access points
- Small cell backhaul
- And much more
Data and power extension solutions are easy to implement with existing cabling infrastructure, but not all solutions are created equally. Proper consideration must be given to your specific network requirements to ensure optimal power and data solutions. Read more about PoE considerations in Ethernet networks here.
Transition Networks has made it very easy to determine the power and distance that can be achieved with our Ethernet over Coax Extender with PoE+ or Ethernet Over 2-Wire Extender With PoE+ by inputting simple variables into an our calculators.
Transition Networks offers Ethernet over Alternative Cable Type solutions that are highly adaptable. These solutions include the Ethernet over Coax Extender with PoE+ and Ethernet Over 2-Wire Extender With PoE+.
These products are designed to accept various inputs such as multimode and single mode fiber Ethernet, as well as standard CATx Ethernet cables. They transfer data at near Gigabit speeds and provide full PoE+ power to the end device.
To configure the devices for optimal use in your specific application, you can use a simple and secure web GUI to access and adjust settings.
The IP Over 2-Wire Ethernet Extenders can help you expand your Ethernet network to remote locations like light poles or traffic signal poles by using existing 2-wire cable infrastructure. This is useful when desk phones are replaced with VoIP phones, as the old 2-wire cable can be used for wireless access points, security cameras or other IP devices. With a simple plug-and-play solution, these extenders can save you time and money by avoiding the need to run new CAT5/6 cable to upgrade or expand your Ethernet network.
Sometimes it may be necessary to use different types of cables in different parts of a network. Transition Networks offers a cost-effective solution to connect copper and fiber cabling and provide power through the copper port, allowing devices at the remote end to receive both power and data.
If you have network devices in locations beyond the 100m Ethernet limit and there’s no power source nearby, you can still power those devices by using a hybrid fiber/copper cable. This cable makes it easy to install, power and communicate with network devices that are critical for communication, such as small cells, Wi-Fi access points, security cameras, and digital signage. By using this cable, you can place your network devices exactly where you need them for maximum coverage, even if there’s no power source nearby. While you’ll need to use new cabling, you can still leverage your existing power infrastructure to save money.