Network equipment and optional tether

  • US 9,049,019 B2
  • Filed: 09/14/2012
  • Issued: 06/02/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/10/1998
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A detectable piece of BaseT Ethernet equipment comprising:

  • an Ethernet connector comprising first and second pairs of contacts used to carry BaseT Ethernet communication signals, at least one path for the purpose of drawing DC current, the at least one path coupled across at least one of the contacts of the first pair of contacts and at least one of the contacts of the second pair of contacts, the detectable piece of BaseT Ethernet equipment to draw different magnitudes of DC current flow through the at least one path via at least one of the contacts of the first and second pairs of contacts of the Ethernet connector.

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