Transmission and Distribution: Customizable 4G LTE Datacom System for SCADA & Utility Metering

Transmission and Distribution: Multi-Link Introduces Cellular Datacom Sytem designed for any type of M2M cell data collection and remote site equipment access.

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Transmission and Distribution: Multi-Link has announced the production of the ML-4G LTE Cellular Datacom Sytem, or ML-4G LTE CDS. Designed for any type of M2M cell data collection and remote site equipment access, the ML-4G LTE CDS is a highly customizable communications system featuring a high speed 4G LTE (3G fallback) gateway that is certified on all major US cellular networks.

Improves reliability for cell communications and future proofs for later expansion needs.

"Multi-Link has always had a close relationship with the utility industry in the USA and Canada", commented Larry Anderson, president of Multi-Link. "We've known for decades that in order for power utilities to read remote revenue and substation meters, a patchwork of various communication protocols has been implemented. For example, a single cooperative might have to utilize a hodge-podge network of powerline, microwave, phone line, fiber, and cellular communications. We decided to design a solution that would easily benefit our utility partners."

Mr. Anderson continued, "With the legacy PSTN being abandoned by the Telcos, cellular networks have become more prevalent, secure, and dependable. As such, utilities have come to rely more and more on cellular for metering transmissions. However, a common problem is how to get access to BOTH new and legacy equipment at the same site using a single cellular pathway. The ML-4G LTE Cell Datacom System solves this problem and offers built-in flexibility for future expansions."

The standard single 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port can be expanded to a combination of four Ethernet ports (PoE or non-PoE), RS232 & RS485 Serial ports, and even Wi-Fi so that multiple connectivity requirements can be satisfied. The system's power input also has two options to choose from, depending on installer preference and existing electrical wiring.

Additional system configurations are available to enhance optimal performance. M2M cell signal amplification can be useful in poor signal environments. A two outlet AC rebooter can be included to give network personnel more control over connected equipment, to automatically reboot on a daily schedule, or when a network fault is detected. Lastly, a 12VDC battery backup can be added.

All datacom equipment and electrical power is housed in an industrial grade 10"x 8"x 6" high impact polycarbonate hinged enclosure with integrated locking latch and mounting flange. This NEMA 4 cabinet is rated for indoor or outdoor installations. An external 9.5" full band omni directional antenna is included. All components are covered under a two year warranty.

Founded in 1987, Multi-Link, Inc. is a USA-based manufacturer dedicated to the development and marketing of high quality data communications devices. Products are used by SOHOs to Fortune 500 companies, state and federal government agencies, and industry best VARs & datacom Integrators.

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