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RE: More details...

Title: RE: More details...

you bring up a lot of issues, all of which are important.

Yes, I agree that we should keep the specifics out of the specs as much as possible.
Still, the general method of implementation does have an impact on practicability

Current Limit:
The maximum current we have been given is not an instantaneous value, rather a continuous value which is there
to protect the wire and the connections. These have a rather long thermal time constant.
Instantaneous current limit could and will be quite a bit higher.
After all, we will probably have some output capacitance from the sourcing power supply.

To my mind, the hipot test has to do with safety and fault propagation.
Whatever the requirements are, they should apply whether or not the DTE power is on the link.
It would be very unwise to violate the isolation requirement when the power is on.
The rules of environment A or B apply.
The current limit subject should be completely independent from hipot.
The PSE power supply is driving a load which is floating from ground, with the same isolation requirements.

To test hipot on the PSE, I would say to hook each pin of the RJ45 under test to the hipot tester through separate high value resistors.

When hipot is passing, there will be no voltage drop across these resistors anyway.
Some RJ45 pins can be hooked directly together and use the same high value resistor.
Then place the DTE minimum load, and discovery network (whatever it turns out to be) across the appropriate power sourcing pins.

Now DTE power can be on or off during the test.
To test hipot with DTE power on, it will first be necessary to complete discovery, then establish DTE power into
the minimum load, finally turn on the hipot tester.


- Rick