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Is it possible to put 2 ethernet phys back to back ?

Discussion in 'Embedded' started by Anton Erasmus, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. Hi,

    I need to get 100-BASETX ethernet through a slipring which cannot
    handle the signals directly. I was wondering whether it would be
    feasable to put a ethernet PHY on one side, which converts the signal
    to 4 bits in each direction at 25MHz, and then use another PHY on the
    other side to convert it back into an ethernet signal ?

    Anton Erasmus
    Anton Erasmus, Mar 12, 2007
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  2. Anton Erasmus

    Ken Asbury Guest

    If you have access to the center of rotation,


    Ken Asbury, Mar 12, 2007
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  3. Anton Erasmus, Mar 12, 2007
  4. Anton Erasmus

    ghelbig Guest


    The PHY sources the clock for both directions on the MII interface;
    you would need to build a magic data phase re-correlator.

    You could try running the ethernet over the slipring. The spec allows
    for 1/2" of cable to be "non twisted" at both sides of each connector,
    so you might get away with it. You may be surprised as to how robust
    the signal is. And you can slow it down to 10Mbps.

    Failing that, you can try to use WiFi or ZigBee to get the data out of
    your enclosure.

    ghelbig, Mar 16, 2007
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