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Cable Technology Feature Article

October 24, 2011

Ethernet over Coax Solution from Enconn Delivers Increased Reliability and Resistance over Copper Cable

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

The "Ethernet over Coax" solution from Enconn, provider of broadband RF video and Ethernet/IP connectivity solutions, has been designed as a technology solution capable of converting Ethernet signal from a copper cable to coax cable and then converting it back. Coax cables are a better option as they offer increased reliability and better humidity resistance which gives them a longer life cycle as opposed to a copper cable which typically needs to be replaced every three to four years.

Although the benefits of coax cable are not very widely known across the IP camera industry, nonetheless there is on-going discussion over its obvious advantages. Currently, usage of the coax cable for analogue cameras has increased which means when making the shift to advanced IP surveillance equipment, use of the coax cable offers a cost-effective usage option for the newer IP camera models. 

The IP video surveillance sector has greatly benefited from Enconn's Ethernet over Coax (EoC) transmission technology for field installations. As an example, if a user wants to change the original analog camera to IP camera, they can continue to keep the current coaxial cable and simply include an eco-wire100T/R kit which can bring about massive re-wiring cost savings. Furthermore, the POE product series have been designed to enable power transmission over the coaxial cable to IP camera. Leveraging the suite of Enconn Ethernet over Coax solutions, the need for finding additional power source at the IP camera side is eliminated which means installers benefit from overall cost savings.

Furthermore, the EOC-INB comes in a small form factor which means it can be installed easily into the camera housing. The eco-net 2000 comes with a cable detection capability that alerts the user of any damage to the cable. The Ethernet over Coax series, IPC (News - Alert)-2000 from Enconn is capable of supporting transmission of video signals on a 1.8km coax cable for covering longer distances.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves