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Re: Testing...hello??? Helloooooo???

I'm not sure that I know what you mean by "single switch port" (or did you mean switch box?).
To me, there is one DTE device per switch port. And the proposed rule is: only the switch port can put power on the cable, and only the DTE device can take power off of the wire, right? Also, you cannot have multiple DTE units that take power off of the same wire.

I think that the reason to bias the low cost end of the wire to the DTE end, is to allow the lowest cost and simplest types of products to be developed for the DTE end. The per port cost at the switch end is also important, but perhaps not as important. Obviously, it would be nice to have an identity network that can eventually be completely integrated to lower cost and board space.

- Rick

At 02:36 PM 03/20/2000 -0800, Norman Finn wrote:
>Rick Brooks wrote:
>> I wanted to add a few things to you list.
>> 1) goal: achieve the lowest possible cost at the DTE load end:
>>    a) possibly allow for non-isolated DC/DC converter (in those cases where safety rules allow this)
>>    b) simplest lowest cost identity network at the DTE load end
>Depends on the application.  For an application for which there are many
>DTEs for a single switch port, this might be true.  But for a great many
>applications, e.g. a desktop IP telephone, this is not true.  The owner
>must pay for the equipment at both ends of the wire.  Why is there a
>particular need to bias the costs toward one end of the wire or the other?
>(: Yes, I understand that the switch end typically is serving a number of
>wires.  I'm talking about the per-port cost. :)
>-- Norm