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Re: Signal vs. Idle debate (was: Here's a new idea)

I would second Norm's opinion. People who can live with current problems 
now, possibly can live with the same
for couple of years more (after that any way they will update it !).


At 12:25 PM 5/4/00 -0700, you wrote:

>One comment, Mike,
>Mike_S_McCormack@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> >
> > I am of the opinion (and trust me this whole mail is just opinions) 
> that the
> > real markets for power over Ethernet are not yet discovered, and 
> between now and
> > then a huge number of Ethernet ports will ship.  If we require customers to
> > replace all their wiring closet equipment, the adoption rate of power 
> will be in
> > fractions of a percent of the total shipments forever.  If we provide a 
> means
> > for users do not have to fork lift all their capital equipment, we will 
> allow
> > the power applications to be added incrementally and the market will 
> develop.
>If the market is growing very rapidly, then existing owners of (what will soon
>be) absurdly bulky and expensive switches will be small fraction of the total
>Ethernet market, and catering to those old switches with add-on boxes to
>supply power will be a niche market.  Whether we choose the data pair or the
>spare pair should be conditioned more on 1) the total cost to the buyer of
>equipment designed with DTE power in mind, and 2) on the needs of 1G and
>faster links, than on the cost of existing installations.  (Note that this
>argument says that the woes of existing 4-wire installations is relatively
>unimportant.)  In other words, I think that powering 1G is more important
>in the long term than cheaply adding on to 10M ports' capabilities.
>-- Norm

Best Regards,

Devendra Tripathi
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