Power is the New Signal

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cabling performance has been measured historically in terms of information capacity. With the continued uptick in the use of PoE to deliver increased levels of power to end devices, performance must now include power delivery efficiency (PDE). PDE can be increased through proper selection of cabling and also by maximizing the use of horizontal cabling in the structured cabling channel.

A new LAN deployment strategy called Direct Connect can maximize PDE by effectively connecting equipment to end devices with a channel made entirely with horizontal cabling. Direct Connect does require the attachment of a plug and testing in the field.

New developments in the standards is available to make this a practical deployment strategy and offer an efficient method to deliver data and power to end devices.

Ron Tellas


Ron Tellas
Technology and Applications Manager, LAN – Belden

Ron joined Belden in 2016 to help define the roadmap of technology and applications in the enterprise. Prior to this, he developed cables and connectivity for Panduit and Andrew Corporation (now Commscope). Ron Tellas is a subject-matter expert in RF design and Electromagnetic Propagation. He represents Belden in the ISO WG3 committee and TIA TR42 Premises Cabling Standards and serves as the editor of the revision to TIA TSB-184; Guidelines for Supporting Power Delivery Over Balanced Twisted-Pair Cabling. Ron is the inventor of 16 US patents. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University.