ENABLE-IT 860W PRO FAQ LIST


COMMON QUESTIONS FOR INSTALLING THE ENABLE-IT 860W PRO ETHERNET EXTENDER.


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INSTALLING THE 86 W PRO OUTDOOR KIT

The Enable-IT 860W PRO Weatherproof Ethernet Extenders have a distance restriction of 3,000ft (914.4m) over 2-pair of Category 2, up to 4-pair CAT5e / CAT7, wiring from device extension to device extension. Therefore a site survey of the wiring and installation planning are highly recommended. For highest performance use CAT5e rated or higher spec for interlink wiring.

We highly recommend that you perform a quick out of the box test to ensure the working order of your Enable-IT 860 W PRO Outdoor Ethernet Extender units prior to installing. This will also serve to familiarize you with how easy the process should be. Follow the steps below to perform the Out Of the Box Test.

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Step 1 – Using a Ethernet patch cord, attach one end to the Data & Power out RJ45 port on the 360 PoE Injector and the other end to the left side waterproof LAN input on the 860 W PRO CO unit.

Step 2 – Next using another Ethernet patch cord, connect both 860W PRO interlink ports. The 860W PRO CO unit has the interlink port on the right side and the 860W PRO CPE unit has it’s interlink on the left side. Power up the 360 PoE Injector. All the units should show a Power LED indicating the units are receiving power. The LED indicators on the 860W PRO LAN ports will provide visual operational status.

LED indicators will provide visual operational status of the 860 W PRO Weatherproof units.

Mode – Yellow Solid LED
Off = CO unit
On = CPE unit

Sync – Green slow to fast flicker LED on power up – indicates negotiation of a link – Green solid LED indicates link established and rapid pulse is traffic

Act – Yellow LED
Off = No device attached or detected
On = Solid, indicates the presence of local LAN
On = Blinking, indicates the presence of local LAN traffic

Power – Green Solid LED indicates the unit is receiving PoE power
The Green Sync LEDs will start flickering slowly and then fast as the units talk to each other. After a few seconds you should see a solid Green Interlink Sync LED on each unit to confirm a link is established. This confirms basic proper operation of the units.

Step 3 – Next for a more detailed test and to confirm your LAN Equipment works with the 860W PRO, connect your Ethernet LAN to the 860W PRO CO unit LAN ports and the remote device/s to the 860W PRO CPE LAN ports and test connectivity. The Green Interlink Sync LED will pulse rapidly as it detects traffic.

Will the 860W PRO cause dropouts or other problems with the Cisco 2950 LRE connections?

No, the Enable-IT Ethernet extenders will look like and act like a long Ethernet patch cord. They are transparent.

Do I need to remove the Cisco LRE equipment before I install the 860W PRO?

No. You can connect the Enable-IT equipment directly to the Cisco LRE.

Will the 860W PRO support a trunk link between a pair of Cisco 2950/3550 switches?

The Enable-IT 860W PRO Ethernet extenders will look like and act like an Ethernet patch cord, they are transparent devices.

(Truck using 2950 LRE switch had intermittent problems. Using two LRE ports has been much more stable.)

Can I install more than one pair of 860W PRO on the 25-pair connection?

Yes, but the 860W’s must be separated enough as to not cause interference. For a 25-pair this is typically on a Telco punchdown block. – Telco punchdown blocks act like antennas and pick up a large amount of noise so it is highly recommended that you pull the pair of cross connect wires off the block and bridge to the wiring reaching out to the extenders themselves.

The 860W PRO kit works fine in the lab for the out of the box test, but when I placed them in the field all I get is a flashing Sync light

The issue clearly is the wiring between the 860 CO and CPE units. Check your cabling and connections. The 1-pair wire run between the 860W PRO 17a Interlink ports should be a straight through, continuous run with no breaks or connections.
If you are using telephone wiring, make sure there are no telephone punchdown blocks on the wire. If there are telephone punchdown blocks connecting the wire between the 860W PRO Interlink (RJ-45) ports, remove the wire from the blocks and use Telco butt clips (jelly bean connectors) to bridge the wire together.

Telco punch down blocks add interference and can introduce other electrical paths that will degrade performance or interfere with the data signal communications. The 1-pair or wire used should be terminated directly into a RJ-45 LAN jack and inserted into the Interlink port of each 860W PRO unit. Also the signal on telephone wiring will only run approx. 3,000ft and 6,000ft on CAT-5e or better.

If using telephone wire and experience performance or connectivity issues, you can try to improve the signal by attaching a segment (25 – 50ft) of twisted pair (1-pair) to each end of the telephone wire before it goes into the VDSL port of each 860 unit. the Twisted pair will amplify the signal.

Be aware of other high speed communications ruining over the same CAT5e, 25, 50 or 100 pair of Telco cabling as they may bleed over other wires and cause interference/noise on your 1-pair of wiring between the Ethernet Extenders. Twisted pair wire (CAT5, CAT6, CAT3) will always give better performance than telephone wire.

Can we use Telco wiring between our Ethernet Extender units, like 25-Pair or 100-Pair ?

Yes, Telco wiring can be used between our Ethernet Extender units. Any wiring used has to be as contiguous as possible with no other connections like a Telco punch down block or extensions.
Telco punch down blocks add interference and can introduce other electrical paths that will degrade performance or interfere with the data signal communications. The 1-pair or wire used should be terminated directly into a RJ-45 LAN jack and inserted into the Interlink port of each 860W PRO unit.
If using Telco wire over 300ft, add a piece of twisted pair wiring to each end of the wire connection to the Ethernet Extender. This will boost the signal strength and increase your performance.

Be aware of other high speed communications ruining over the same CAT5e, 25, 50 or 100 pair of Telco cabling as they may bleed over other wires and cause interference/noise on your 1-pair of wiring between the Ethernet Extenders.
Twisted pair wire (CAT5, CAT6, CAT3) will always give better performance than telephone wire.

Are existing Telcom circuits suitable to use between the Ethernet Extender units?

Typically No – Telcom circuits are just that – circuits (loops and many connections through Telco punchdown blocks) and not direct pair of wires without any connecting points.
Telco circuits frequently have other high frequency communications running nearby on on other pairs that interfere with Ethernet Extender equipment and signals.

I have a flashing Interlink Sync LEDs on each 860W PRO unit and solid LAN lights, but network works but slow.

The flashing Sync LED, is an indication of interference on the wire between the 860W PRO units.

Check your cabling and connections. The 1-pair wire run between the 860W PRO Interlink (RJ-45) ports should be a straight through, continuous run with no breaks or connections. If you are using telephone wiring, make sure there are no telephone punchdown blocks on the wire. If there are telephone punchdown blocks connecting the wire between the 860W PRO Interlink ports, remove the wire from the blocks and use Telco butt clips (jelly bean connectors) to bridge the wire together.

Also the signal on telephone wiring will only run approx. 3,000ft and 6,000ft on CAT-5e or better.

If using telephone wire and experience performance or connectivity issues, you can try to improve the signal by attaching a segment (25 – 50ft) of twisted pair (1-pair) to each end of the telephone wire before it goes into the Interlink port of each 860W PRO unit. the Twisted pair will amplify the signal.

On the 860W PRO CO unit, you can change the DIP-2 and DIP-4 switch to the off position (default is ON)

This will increase the Signal Noise Ratio higher more tolerant and change the performance for better quality on your short distance.
Leave the CPE end alone as far as DIP switches.

What is the difference between the CO and CPE labeled units? And where do the go?

The CO / CPE designation are Telco Carrier terms –

CO – Central Office Equipment

CPE – Customer Premise Equipment

Our Ethernet Extenders are labeled with this CO/CPE identification primarily for our stock packaging and RMA repair. COs will only talk to CPEs.

The placement of the units are interchangeable and irrelevant to their operation or performance.

What does a flashing ACT light mean?

A Flashing or Blinking ACT (Activity) light denotes the presence of Local LAN traffic or activity. It does not necessarily confirm the transmission of data between remote ends of an Ethernet Extender.

What do the CO and CPE labels mean?

The designation of CO and CPE labels are a Telco industry terminology – CO (Central Office) & CPE (Customer Premise Equipment).

We use the designations for shipping, RMA repair only as they have no bearing on placement/performance for our Ethernet Extenders. Typically you would place the CPE at the remote end and the CO at the local end for reference only.

Customers that order several pairs of like Ethernet Extenders and mix up the pairs will need to know that only CPE’s talk to CO’s. Like units CO to CO and CPE to CPE will not sync as the programming is different on each.

How do I connect two routers together with an Ethernet Extender?

Routers or switches can be connected together easily as all our Ethernet Extender kits are transparent to the LAN.

You first need to figure out how the routers/switches will talk to each other on respective ports. Some routers such as Linksys, D-Link, Netgear have a WAN port.
Typically one router will be setup as a master router offering DHCP IP addressing to clients. Make sure the second router or others are not offering DHCP as well.

To attach an Ethernet Extender kit, on the second router, you may need a Ethernet Cross-Over cable in order to make a physical link. See example below.

SAT ——- Linksys A —–860W PRO ========================= 860W PRO—–Linksys B——–LAN

1) Figure out how Linksys to Linksys works (What ports will connect to bridge) On Linksys A the SAT internet has to be in the WAN port.

Linksys B needs to have it’s WAN port connected to a LAN port of Linksys A (The 860W PRO kit is transparent, therefore you will need to see what patch cord will work to get an 860W PRO to connect to the Linksys B WAN port correctly) – you may need a crossover cable to make it work properly.

2) Leave the 860W PRO connected to Linksys A LAN port on a standard Ethernet patch cord.

SAT ——- Linksys A —–860W PRO ========================= 860W PRO—–Linksys B——–LAN

WAN port LAN port WAN port LAN port

(patch cord) (patch cord) (XXXX cord) (patch cord)

XXX= Crossover cable

Is the data bath between two extenders electrically isolated from the power supply? If not is it possible to provide isolation to say 400VDC

The 895 / 890 /820 the no the data path cannot be isolated for the internal power components. 400VDC will jump through the tightly designed components inside and damage all the chips.

On the 860 PRO / 865 PRO units, we do have built in lightning protection, however a load of 400VDC will burn out this protection and render the unit interoperable.

All the Extender Kits are designed for 5v 2W AC and if you need to power these via DC power you can purchase aftermarket 5v 2W DC adapters 2.1mm center power head.

Is there a way to run multiple Ethernet Extender Kits on the same wiring, say on the same CAT5e wiring or on a 25-pair Telco wire run?

Ethernet Extenders communicate on very high frequencies and therefore by nature these frequencies bleed over into surrounding wires. We highly recommend you do not place multiple extender kits or use on lines that have other high frequency signals (such as Digital PBX or other telecommunication circuits from a carrier) on the same wire or surrounding wires. Always uses separate runs(wiring) for Ethernet extender kits as to maximize the throughput. You may be successful in
isolating different pairs in a 25,50 or 100 pair Telco bundle, however this is up to your own trial and error.