Motorola LAN PON terminal supports power over Ethernet

OCTOBER 16, 2009 –Motorola Inc. has announced the availability of what it touts as the enterprise market’s first Passive Optical LAN Workgroup Terminal with 802.3af-compliant power over Ethernet (PoE). Part of Motorola’s Passive Optical LAN (POL) portfolio, the WT21004 includes PoE ports to directly power LAN stationary Ethernet devices such as voice over IP phones and wireless access points.

OCTOBER 16, 2009 –Motorola Inc. has announced the availability of what it touts as the enterprise market’s first Passive Optical LAN Workgroup Terminal with 802.3af-compliant power over Ethernet (PoE). Part of Motorola’s Passive Optical LAN (POL) portfolio, the WT21004 includes PoE ports to directly power LAN stationary Ethernet devices such as voice over IP phones and wireless access points.

“As IT departments look to drive costs out of the enterprise, a POL solution that supports PoE provides significant benefit,” said Kevin Keefe, vice president of marketing, access network solutions, Motorola Inc. “Our all-fiber workgroup terminal provides IT departments with a lot of flexibility by avoiding dedicated power supplies for low-power Ethernet devices. Motorola’s PON solution can overlay existing enterprise networks and tightly integrate with Motorola’s wireless LAN solution. No matter what architecture an enterprise chooses they can build a reliable network with significant capex and opex savings.”

The Motorola WT21004 is designed to deliver a full range of advanced voice, data, and IP video services over a converged all-optical LAN. According to the company, it is easily deployed in support of enterprise users and applications and provides line-rate gigabit services at distances of up to 20 km from the core switch/router, which reduces the cost, complexity, and operational requirements associated with traditional multi-tiered and legacy data networking technologies.

Unveiled in May, Motorola’s POL is a network architecture that extends traditional enterprise LAN functionality via an all-fiber passive optical network directly from the data center to all stationary Ethernet end points in the enterprise, thus eliminating interim distribution and local switching. Motorola says the approach offers savings in capital expenditures of up to 60 percent and ongoing operational expenditures of up to 75 percent over traditional LAN approaches. POL achieves these savings by simplifying the network with a reduction in active components, and creating an architecture that is easy to deploy, manage, and maintain, Motorola concludes.

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