Wireless Connections utilizes Innovative Circuit Technology’s power products, offering remote DC power monitoring and power control capabilities, and providing comprehensive network power management to their customers.
Even the most robust, well designed wireless communications network can experience problems with network devices, such as microwave radios, routers and network switches. Unforeseen external events such as power surges or lightning strikes can cause these network devices to lock up. For Wireless Connections and their customers, such an instance would often require a visit to the communication site to resolve the problem, a problem where the solution is sometimes as simple as cycling power to the troublesome device.
These events, while infrequent, do require network operators to invest in sending a technician to visit a – often remote – network tower site. During these events, portions of the network may cease to operate, resulting in loss of wireless communications to customers. Not only are maintenance costs increased, but quality of service can be impacted by network downtime.
Most network designs incorporate DC power infrastructure which is used to power various network devices. Historically, any issue with one device would involve shutting down all DC power at the site, resulting in loss of power to all network devices. This is not desirable from a network-uptime perspective. Finding a way to power down only the affected devices, while keeping non-affected devices operational, would allow for the network to remain online while the necessary steps are taken to resolve any issue at the site.