Definition of "ground" in the PD is basically implementation specific
the PD enclosure is a conductive material than the enclosure became "system
ground" from the PD point of view and the RJ45 chassis lead should be connected
to that enclosure.
rest of the electrical circuit is DC isolated from the enclosure i.e. can be
connected to the enclosure by HV caps.
the PD enclosure is a plastic, you can assign to the RJ45 chassis lead the name
"chassis ground" or "system ground" and connect it to the primary common or
secondary common leads or both through HV cap.
architecture is depend on your final hardware and how to get min EMI
case you can not connect the RJ45 chassis ground directly to the primary or
Regarding the usage of different ground symbol, I agree that we should
use the same symbols when it is relevant i.e. if we want to measure the signal
with reference to chassis ground or the the hardware common point in the PSE or
practice, from high frequency ac voltage point of view, the chassis ground and
the hardware common are connected together with high quality cap for emi control
so actually, they are at about the same ac potential..
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2003
Another Minor IEEE802.3af D4 issue - use of "PG"
Section 33.4.1 (Isolation) refers to "frame
ground" and section 188.8.131.52.2 refers to "protective ground". Are these
intended to be the same thing? If so would it be best to use a single
term? (I hope this isn't opening a can of worms - the existing IEEE802.3 also
uses both terms...).
In 33.4.2 (Fault Tolerance), figure 33-14
includes a node marked "PG" - presumably "protective ground". Is it
appropriate to define PG within Clause 33, or to refer to it? I see that it
is defined within Clause 14.3, but not apparently elsewhere within
IEEE802.3. Where PG is used in the existing clause 14.3 it is first
referred to in the text: "the ground for all common mode tests is circuit PG,
the Protective Ground for the AUI".
Figures 33-15, 33-16, 33-17 and 33-18 show a
ground or chassis symbol, but without the "PG" text, unlike Figure 33-14.
Should the text "PG" be added? "PG" seems to be present in corresponding
Clause 14 figures.
Figure 33-17 uses a different symbol for the
ground or chassis node. Should this be the same symbol as for the other
There are two instances of the ground symbols in
both figures 33-17 and 33-18 - should any inference be taken about
whether they are in fact connected together?
That's it - sorry to be a pedantic pain
Actually, the reason I've been looking at this is
I'm trying to work out how to interconnect the RJ45 chassis ground,
the "ground" on the primary side of the PD PSU and the ground on the secondary
side of the PD PSU. It seems common practise to connect a high voltage cap
from the transformer CT to the RJ45 chassis ground, but what happens when the
PD is an a plastic box? Should the chassis ground connect by another
capacitor to the secondary side GND, as I see in some PHY reference
designs? Or by a low-resistance link? Or both? If anyone who
understands this can point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it (but
not if you think I'm just looking for free consultancy!!! Actually, I'm
happy to pay a bit to get this sorted...)
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