Product enables upgrade to 802.11ac Wave II 2.5 Gbps while keeping 1 Gbps switch

Microsemi PDS-EM-8100
Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) 2.5 Gbps Multiplexer is the first device
of its kind that enables installations of new 802.11ac access points with 2.5
Gbps rates without the need to replace the Ethernet switch with a 2.5G NBASE-T interface.


This is
an important product because it addresses the need to upgrade the switch for
designs that use the basic 2.5 Gbps copper technology with CAT5E/CAT6 cables to
reach speeds higher than 1G bps. This 2.5Gbps multiplexer enables users to keep
the existing 1Gbps switch and get 2.5 Gbps port with no additional time.


Microsemi PDS-EM-8100



The multiplexer
converts two ports of 1G into a single port with a 2.5G NBASE-T interface and 30
W IEEE802.3at PoE. The device enables faster adoption of 802.11ac 2.5G by
offering a compact and pre-configured solution for 2.5 Gbps product
installations such as WLAN access points, small cells and other Internet
Protocol (IP) terminal installations.


to market research firm Dell’Oro Group’s April 2016 report “Ethernet Alliance Analyst Hour,” there
will be approximately 20 million 802.11ac Wave 2 access points in 2018, which
will require 2.5G and 5G Ethernet technology. This multiplexer caters to
this growing demand for 802.11ac Wave 2 and 2.5G, offering a quick installation
device that delivers up to 30 W of PoE. The multiplexer is available for $399. For
more information,