Fast-food chains typically experience a 10 to 50% boost in sales after installing digital menu boards. – According to Digital SignageToday. Among quick-service restaurants (QSRs) studied, 11% achieved payback on their investment within 6 months and another 30% within 12 months.

The use of small-screen digital displays is growing. However, implementing new digital signage comes with a few challenges. Luckily, the CopperLink PoE Ethernet Extender kits (CL 1101) from Patton Electronics has the solutions. Let’s focus on the top three challenges: Cost, Distance, and Infrastructure.


Challenge One: Cost

To deliver requisite electrical power to the desired signage location, AC power construction may be required: opening walls, digging into the pavement, running the wiring, installing power connections, and then cleaning up the mess. This process can cost your business a fortune.


The CopperLink Ethernet Extender eliminates the need for construction projects to install network cabling, electrical service wiring, or power outlets. Because the Patton PoE solution leverages low-voltage copper twisted-pair wiring to deliver power to PoE screen panels, the high costs of contracting and licensing a high-voltage cabling project are entirely avoided.

Challenge Two: Distance

In many applications (notably outdoor and campus environments), the optimal position for the digital sign is located far beyond the 300 feet (100 meters) reach of standard Ethernet.


Available in commercial desktop (CL1101) and hardened-industrial (CL1101E) enclosures, Patton’s PoE Ethernet Extender kits can extend Ethernet connectivity up to 3,300 feet (far beyond 330 feet limit for standard Ethernet) while delivering up 15 watts of electrical power to PoE endpoint devices – all transmitted across existing common copper phone wire.

Challenge Three: Infrastructure

Many project sites lack sufficient installed infrastructure to support IP-network communications between the display panel and the computer that manages and controls it. The same may also be true or supporting electrical wiring to and power outlets at the display screen location.


The remote unit in these kits does not require a local power source. Even so, it provides up to 15 watts of PoE power to the remotely connected digital sign (or other PoE-enabled devices).

The solution uses network bridging technology to transmit Ethernet LAN traffic transparently to all higher-layer protocols.

So do you think PoE Ethernet extender technology will be a game-changer for mass adoption of digital signage?Check out CL 1101 Ethernet Extender!

Feel trapped by the limited distance of your Ethernet? Always have to relocate your device from a perfect spot because the Ethernet and power outlet are out of your reach? Thanks to the CopperLink 1101 PoE Ethernet Extender, you can finally say goodbye to those days and welcome a new level of flexibility!

If you are using a standard Ethernet, you may have noticed that there’s a 328ft (100m) distance limitation that restricts location options fro device installation. It also requires CAT 5 cabling or better, which often leads to installing new cabling infrastructure that may involve tearing into walls, ceilings, or worse.

The flexibility of device location makes a huge difference when it comes to such applications as building security or hospital monitoring. And that’s where CopperLink 1101 Extender comes into play.


What Does the CopperLink Ethernet Extender Do?

The CopperLink 1101 Ethernet extender extends an Ethernet or network segment beyond its distance limitation and enables Ethernet connectivity over previously installed copper infrastructure. The solution breathes new life into circuits previously deployed for such traditional non-IP applications as RS232/485 controls, alarms, CCTV, analog phones, intercom speakers, and others.patton-logo

With the CopperLink Extender, you can now install your IP terminal equipment exactly where you need it and instantaneously install PoE-compliant devices such as Wireless Access Points (WAPs), IP cameras, IP telephones, IP door stations with no additional overhead cost. See some highlighted features below:

  • Ethernet Extension – Extends 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet over 3300 feet (1005 meters) using 2-wire, 24-AWG twisted-pair, CAT 3, CAT 5e/6/7, or coaxial cable.
  • Delivers PoE – PowerPlus technology powers up both the remote CopperLink extender and the PoE enabled the device connected to it. No power is required at the remote location.
  • Transparent LAN Bridging – Passes higher layer protocols, including 802.1Q VLAN tagged and untagged packets. Fully transparent to various video compressions schemes such as WMV, MPEG-4, and MJPEG.
  • Plug and Play – Modems need no configuration to operate, Ethernet ports are auto-sensing 10/100, full or half-duplex.
  • Made in the USA – This Patton equipment is designed by Patton engineers and built in Gaithersburg, Maryland facility. Patton’s American-made manufacturing process delivers high-quality networking solutions with reliability you can trust.

Check out CL 1101 Ethernet Extender!