Patton Electronics Co. of Gaithersburg, Md. Is shipping hardware that it says will extend the reach of power over Ethernet devices to 500 metres.

The CopperLink Model 2110 Power over Ethernet Booster series, Patton says, helps reduce the cost of installing 802.3af equipment, such as IP phones, wireless access points and IP surveillance cameras, because users can install them without needing additional Ethernet switches for signal regeneration, or other power supplies.

The manufacturer says one booster will extend the reach to 200 metres, and users can daisy chain up to six devices, meaning the end point can be 600 metres from the switch.

The company plans to demonstrate the product next month at the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany.

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