Category: Standards

Ethernet Innovation the Focus of Panel Discussion at OFC

The flexibility of Ethernet encourages innovation in Layer 1 network cabling design. That was the takeaway from a panel discussion at OFC titled,  “Interoperability – The Foundation of Ethernet Success.” The panel addressed the evolution of developments in Ethernet interoperability testing and the adoption of new practices that accelerate seamless integration for all participants in the ecosystem. According to the Ethernet Alliance, interoperability is becoming a critical factor for meeting product deployment schedules, reducing post-sales support issues, and ensuring that customer expectations are exceeded.

Proposed legislation in Texas would classify some PoE cabling as electrical work

Bills making their way through Texas’s Senate and House of Representatives will, if passed as currently written, categorize any cabling circuit capable of supplying more than 50 watts of power to be electrical work requiring a licensed electrician. As a practical matter, that would mean any cabling circuits that can support Type 3 or Type 4 power sourcing equipment (PSE) or powered devices (PDs), as defined in IEEE 802.3bt, would fit that definition. As specified in IEEE 802.3bt, a Type 3 PSE provides a maximum of 60 watts and a Type 3 PD receives a maximum of 51 watts, while a Type 4 PSE provides a maximum of 90 watts and a Type 4 PD receives a maximum of 71.3 watts.

BICSI offers 3-part virtual course on interpreting the National Electrical Code (NEC)

BICSI will hold an online course, Cracking the Code: Interpreting the National Electrical Code (NEC), on June 10, June 17 and June 24, 2019 from 6 PM to 8 PM EST. The 3-part workshop covers how the NEC is structured, what sections are specific to telecommunications systems and equipment, and how to apply those requirements to real-world conditions. The course presenter will be Craig Duntion, RCDD, OSP, NTS, Training Delivery Specialist for BICSI.

Ethernet Alliance gears up for HSN Plugfest

The HSN Plugfest, open to Ethernet Alliance members, will be held the week of April 29, 2019, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) in Durham, N.H. With the recent approval of IEEE 802.3bs and IEEE 802.3cd, and additional higher-speed standards in development, the pace of Ethernet’s expansion is quickly accelerating. Therefore, ensuring multivendor interoperability at ever-higher speeds is critical to building market confidence and facilitating widespread industry adoption. The Ethernet Alliance HSN Plugfest offers unparalleled opportunities for testing a diverse array of high-speed Ethernet products and solutions, including PHYs; NICs; switches, optical and copper media types, and test and debug equipment, in a secure, non-competitive environment.