Having Problems Getting Power to Your Remote PoE Devices?
challenge when deploying Wi-Fi access points, small cells, and other remote
devices is finding a local source of power. Network engineers plan where they
want to place these devices; however, the absence of a local electric outlet
forces placement in alternative locations. Sometimes this means hiring an
electrician to run 110/220 volt power and even installing a power meter.
HD cameras, optical network terminals (ONT),
and other network access devices can be difficult, especially in outdoor
environments. Most of these devices accept a Power over Ethernet (PoE)
input for power and data; however, the PoE distance limitation of 100 meters
can cause difficulties with network planning.
is also not always readily available in the precise locations where device
placement is needed to improve 4G LTE and/or 802.11ac Wi-Fi coverage for
wireless networks, such as on the sides of buildings or on lamp posts. In these
situations, power needs to be run to the desired location before installing the
devices. Another big question is who will pay for the power. Monitoring the
devices requires wireless network operators to negotiate with local utility
companies and building owners. All of this adds time and money to the installation of network access devices.
Since CommScope acquired
the BNS business from TE Connectivity, we expanded our solutions portfolio so we can deliver more innovative
solutions, solve more of our customers’ challenges, and serve more customers
around the globe. Now we have more options for delivering power to devices in remote areas.
Powered Fiber Cable System gives operators
a complete “rack to device” solution for powering and communicating with a
variety of remote network devices. Deploying one hybrid power/fiber cable
negates any additional electrical engineering – where the fiber goes, the power
source follows. Planning time is greatly reduced by eliminating the need for DC
electrical calculations to determine voltage/power drop over varying distances.
Each of these benefits reduces the total cost of installation of network
devices including Wi-Fi access points.
you are attending next week’s 2016 BICSI Winter Conference &
Exhibition, then make sure you sit in on Chris Raynor’s presentation “CAPEX and OPEX Savings in HD Camera Deployments Using a
Powered Fiber Cable System” on Wednesday, February 3 at 3 p.m. EST. The
solution will also be on display in Booth No. 1206.
this video, Ryan Chappell, business development manager, explains how
CommScope’s Powered Fiber Cable System can deliver PoE at up to 30 times the
distance of CAT cable systems.
you had trouble providing power to your remote devices?
About the Author
Joseph P. Depa III
Joseph P. Depa III is corporate communications manager at CommScope. An award-winning newspaper reporter, he has 20 years of experience in public/media relations, marketing, publishing, advertising and corporate communications.