The Enable-IT 868W PRO Weatherproof Ethernet Extenders have a distance restriction of 1,500ft (457m) over 1-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
We highly recommend a quick test to ensure the working order of you 868W PRO units.
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 868W PRO CO unit.
Next using another Ethernet patch cord, connect both 868W PRO interlink ports. The 868W PRO CO unit has the interlink port on the right side and the 868W 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 868W PRO LAN ports will provide visual operational status.
LED indicators will provide visual operational status of the 868W PRO waterproof 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 12V power
How do I connect devices to the 868W PRO?
Attach your remote LAN device to the 868W PRO Weatherproof CPE unit LAN ports with Ethernet patch cord provided. Attach your local LAN to the 868W PRO Weatherproof CO LAN ports with Ethernet patch cord provided. Attach the power adapters to both 868W PRO Weatherproof units.
Attach your local Interlink cabling end to the 868W PRO Weatherproof CO unit Interlink port – Then do the same for the remote end and plug into the 868W PRO Weatherproof CPE unit Interlink port. The Sync LED’s will flicker in a sequence talking to each other until they go solid. Your equipment should now be powered up and functioning.
Will the 868W 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 Cicso LRE equipment before I install the 868W PRO?
No. You can connect the Enable-IT equipment directly to the Cisco LRE.
Will the 868W PRO support a trunk link between a pair of Cisco 2950/3550 switches?
The Enable-IT 868W 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 868W PRO on the 25-pair connection?
Yes, but the 868W PRO’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.
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 868W 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 868W 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 868W PRO units.
Check your cabling and connections. The 1-pair wire run between the 868W 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 868W 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 865W PRO unit. the Twisted pair will amplify the signal.
What is the difference between the CO and CPE labeled units? And where do they 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 —–868W PRO CO ========================= 868W PRO CPE—–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 868W kit is transparent, therefore you will need to see what patch cord will work to get an 868W PRO to connect to the Linksys B WAN port correctly) – you may need a crossover cable to make it work properly.
2) Leave the 868W PRO connected to Linksys A LAN port on a standard Ethernet patch cord.
SAT ——- Linksys A —–868W PRO CO ========================= 868W PRO CPE—–Linksys B——–LAN
WAN port LAN port WAN port LAN port
(patch cord) (patch cord) (XXXX cord) (patch cord)
XXX= Crossover cable
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.