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Leviton Atlas-X1connectors tested to exceed standards for PoE


September 7, 2016
By Renée Francoeur


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September 7, 2016 – The test results are in and Leviton says its Atlas-X1 copper connectors have been found to “exceed current and developing performance standards” for higher wattage Power over Ethernet (PoE). The results confirm that Atlas-X1 Cat 6A connectors will “ensure system longevity and prepare networks for future upgrades and growth while supporting PoE at 60W or 100W watts”, the company announced.

Atlas-X1 connectors outperformed standards requirements for higher temperatures, including the IEC 60512-5-2 Connectors for Electronic Equipment standard, Leviton says, going on to note Atlas-X1 features the industry’s only UTP connector built with a solid metal body for 5e, 6 and 6A category ratings.

Leviton testing found that using a solid metal body, instead of commonly used ABS plastic, creates a “53% improvement in heat dissipation”, minimizing the potential negative effect of heating on transmission performance in high-wattage PoE applications.

Atlas-X1 connectors are also designed to prevent arcing damage and feature Leviton patented Retention Force Technology (RFT), which maintains constant contact force at the connector and plug interface. The company says this prevents inadvertent intermittent disconnects caused by vibration or operational movement of the plug in the critical connector and plug mating region.