Newsletter April 2021

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for OSD2184P

Last month we highlighted OSD’s commitment to providing a custom solution to a customer who needed to extend their LAN over a optical fiber connection over 150km long.  Recently OSD has added additional functionality to the OSD2184P family based on a customer request.

This customer uses the OSD2184P to connect and power a range of IP cameras at various locations and transmit the data over their optical fiber network back to a central control centre.  However, the network management team required all connected devices in their network to support Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).  DHCP is a client/server protocol that automatically provides an Internet Protocol (IP) host with its IP address and other related configuration information such as the subnet mask and default gateway.  This greatly reduces network administration time and costs associated with manual configuration and reduces the risk of a manual configuration error or IP address conflict.

OSD’s in house software team got to work and quickly added DHCP to the OSD2184P at no additional cost to the customer.  This additional feature is now available for all customers and is activated through the inbuilt Web-GUI.  For more information or to receive the software update call or email OSD.

PoH now available on OSD2J12 PoE Injectors

Last month OSD released the OSD2J12 range of 30W60W and 95W gigabit PoE Injectors compliant to the IEEE802.3af/at/bt standard.  This range has now been extended with the release of a 60W and 95W model for Powered Devices using the PoH (Power over HDBase-T) standard.

Each OSD2J12 provides a constant output voltage of 55VDC when powered by a wide input voltage range from 12 to 56VDC allowing these Injectors to be used almost anywhere including where solar and battery power is used.

Contact OSD Sales for more information or pricing on the OSD2J12 range of PoE Injectors.

Electronic Components Shortages

As widely reported over the last few months, there is a worldwide shortage of semiconductors due to a variety of reasons including the Coronavirus pandemic, automotive industry slow down followed by a sharp rise in demand and a severe winter storm in Texas.  Increased demand for home technology products such as laptops, phones and new gaming consoles has further compounded the supply problem.  Leading manufacturers such as Microchip, Silicon Labs and Marvell have greatly increased their lead times upwards of 30 weeks with some product lines on allocation or on lead times of 52+ weeks.  Furthermore there have been some significant price increases on certain product lines

OSD is working closely with it’s valued suppliers to ensure a continued supply whilst keeping costs and stock levels under control.  We will do all we can to maintain a short lead time but there may be some delays as we head deeper into 2021.  Any advance forecast or early confirmation of orders for future projects would greatly assist in the management of the OSD supply chain.