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Re: [802.3_4PPOE] Are diode bridges really needed (2).pptx

Dave and all,

The "ALT C" looks a nice idea however I don't s how it would solve the concern that Hugh raised regarding PD working in some locations and in some it will not.
Please consider the following  situation:
You have a multiport Switch that through that patch panel, goes to several locations in the building. The cabling installation is already there. So some PDs that have the diode bridge will work and some PDs that doesn't will not. This is problem #1.
Now your suggestion may be good for new cabling installations. What will be the "interoperability index"  now with mixed installation. This is problem #2.
In cases that you have large switches with spare ports, the IT manager probably will use the same switch, will not install new cables (so no guarantee now of straight cables with fixed polarity) 
so we back in square 1.
I believe that PD vendors that doesn't care about polarity insensitive (just care to prevent damage) may decide to do so regardless of the standard and we may not need to preclude it just leave it "out of scope" etc. If you add solution options by the spec, it increases the concerns for interoperability.

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From: Dave Dwelley [mailto:ddwelley1@xxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 6:31 PM
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Subject: Re: [802.3_4PPOE] Are diode bridges really needed (2).pptx

It would seem to me that we need to define a new "Alt-C", which has all four pairs powered with a defined polarity (like Alt-B). This is similar to Christian's and Ken's suggestions, with a new name attached. Then we can either:

- make full autopolarity optional in a .bt PD, but mandate some sort of notification (like an LED indicator) when it's plugged in backwards. One can argue that this implements some amount of functionality with either polarity.

- make autopolarity mandatory in all PDs (as it is now), but the defined Alt-C polarity makes it pretty obvious what the PD should do if it doesn't care about full compliance.