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Powered Fiber Cable Systems

The Powered Fiber Cable System improves speed and simplifies installation, powering, and communication of network devices – at 30x the distance of traditional CAT cable systems!

Deployment of HD cameras, Wi-Fi access points, optical network terminals, small cells, and other network-access devices can be challenging, especially in outdoor environments. Many of these devices accept a PoE input for power and communications, but distance limitations, power availability, and device placement throw a wrench in network planning. 

In these scenarios, the power must be run to the desired location before installing, but who pays for that power and how will it be monitored? The answer involves back and forth with utility companies and building owners, adding time, hassle, cost and headaches to the process. With CommScope’s Powered Fiber Cable System there’s a better way - a complete “rack to device” solution for powering and communicating with network devices. 

The Powered Fiber Cable System:

  • Reduces the need for landlord and utility negotiations
  • Eliminates local power sources
  • Greatly speeds up planning by eliminating DC electrical calculations for voltage/power drop over varying distances
  • Handles up to 64 devices simultaneously from one power supply
  • Contains carrier grade electrical protection
  • Is NEC Class II and SELV compliant
  • Allows for placing devices exactly where they are needed to maximize coverage

The Powered Fiber Cable System is comprised of two main components featuring a hybrid cable and a PoE Extender in addition to cable/fiber management, power transmission management, safety and overload protection as well as a universal power supply (PSU). 

Powered Fiber Optic Cable - Single hybrid copper/fiber cable design for simplified cable field access.

  • Designed for “easy peel” cable access – the cable can be accessed much faster than traditional hybrid cables
  • No special tools needed – one ordinary wire strip tool accesses both the optical fiber and conductor elements
  • Utilizes globally existing, proven and inexpensive FTTH style flat cable hardware

PoE Extender – Solves power and communication challenges with three levels of electrical protection.
  • Termination for hybrid cable input
  • Environmentally sealed closure – IP67
  • Circuit protection electronics
  • Electrical power management
  • Media conversion
  • 1 or 2 PoE+ outputs

Application Note: Hybrid Optical Fiber System for Extending Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Powered Fiber Cable system technical overviewApplication noteHybrid optical fiber system for extending Power over Ethernet (PoE) 2 This document is intended to describe the purpose and function of the CommScope Powered Fiber Cable System used in conjunction with the PoE Extender. It will provide an overvie
Publish Date: May 1, 2017
Region: Global

Application Note: Powered Fiber Cable System Wi-Fi Access Point

Our powered fiber cable system provides a complete “rack to device” solution for powering and communicating with a variety of remote network devices.
Publish Date: November 1, 2015
Region: Global,NAR

Brochure: Powered Fiber Cable System Overview

Powered Fiber Cable System Providing power and communication to remote devicesHelping communication and security networks become more robust It’s no secret that the proliferation of mobile phones, wearable devices and Internet of Things (IoT) has been putting a strain on today’s cellular and Wi-Fi networks. But accordi
Publish Date: May 1, 2017
Region: Global

Case Study: Powered Fiber Cable System for Jade Communications Inc,

Jade Communications Inc, a southeaster USA leader in cabling communications systems engineering, worked with CommScope to design an implementation of CommScope's Powered Fiber Cable System for a golf course camera project.
Publish Date: January 13, 2016
Region: NAR

Case Study: The University of Tennessee finds a powerful network partner in CommScope

The University of Tennessee choose CommScope's Powered Fiber to keep staff and students contstantly conntected.
Publish Date: September 14, 2017
Region: NAR

White Paper: Making a power play for small cells, Wi-Fi, and high-definition security camera access

This white papr proposes that one way to solve the challenge of delivering power to odd locations is to use the same cable that connects the optical fiber, eliminating the reliance on local power availability near the device.
Publish Date: March 23, 2016
Region: Global

Aug 23, 2017

Understanding CommScope’s Powered Fiber Cable System

How do you power your remote devices? Everything needs to be connected, but getting power to devices in the field can be troublesome. That’s why there’s the Powered Fiber Cabling System. It solves your connectivity and power issues. Domingo Hernandez explains this innovative solution in this blog.
Jan 30, 2017

Top Promising Innovations–Powered Fiber Cable System

Have you thought about incorporating DC power and fiber-based Ethernet connectivity in one cable? It is possible, thanks to CommScope. Let us introduce you to our Powered Fiber Cable System, one of our top promising innovations. In this blog, Rudy Musschebroeck explains the benefits of this technology.
Sep 27, 2016

Expect More: Addressing MSO Challenges (Part 2)

In part 2 of Mark Alrutz’s blog series, he explores deployment challenges in FTTH and the one common denominator that can make or break the network.
May 23, 2016

Innovation: From Start to Finish

Innovation comes in many forms. A commonly held view associates innovation with developing new technology and generating intellectual property. CommScope believes innovation can also include anything that solves fundamental customer problems. CommScope is demonstrating leadership in multiple types of innovation, winning numerous awards and earning recognition by industry groups. See today’s blog post by Morgan Kurk, chief technology officer, for more details.