Superior Essex Communications Gains UL Verification for Extended Distance Applications with Redesigned PowerWise 1G and 10G Cables

August 3, 2021

Superior Essex Communications, the leading manufacturer and supplier of communications cable in North America, obtained UL Verification under its own Sustainable Intelligent Building (SIB™) Platform for use of its industry-leading PowerWise® Power over Ethernet (PoE) products for extended distance applications.

The company’s PowerWise 1G 4PPoE and 10G 4PPoE cables have received SIB™ 1G and SIB™ 10G UL Verification, an objective, science-based assessment that confirms the accuracy of marketing claims. In the case of PowerWise 1G and 10G 4PPoE, the cable performance has been rigorously lab-tested by UL with its Bit Error Rate (BER) systems to provide verified distances for different applications, such as 100MB, 1GB and 10GB data rates. This results in a  copper communications cable that offers validated performance up to 160m dependent upon application.

In addition, PowerWise 1G and 10G 4PPoE cables have been redesigned with a new heat transfer element to mitigate temperature build-up and offer exceptional energy efficiency and performance. When power is delivered over copper cabling, heat is generated due to the internal resistance of the conductors over the length of the cable. This results in a loss of energy at the powered device. The new design reduces heat build-up along the entire length of the cable for improved bandwidth and power efficiency.

Superior Essex is reintroducing several of its PowerWise products with new features that better reflect their capabilities for today’s critical applications. The entire family of Extended Distance cables includes:

  • PowerWise 1G 4PPoE. This cable is compliant to EEE 802.3bt standards for Type 1 to Type 4 PoE. It is ideal for high power/low data applications that require up to 100 watts of power and up to 1 gigabit Ethernet performance.
  • PowerWise 10G 4PPoE. PowerWise 10G 4PPoE cable is the best solution for high data/high power applications compared to standard Cat 6A designs.
  • PowerWise Fiber. This cable is designed for premises applications where either the distance or the power requirements of the end device exceed what PoE is capable of reaching or supplying.

PowerWise for extended distance applications delivers clear data and suitable power extending beyond 100 meters, which provides substantial savings by eliminating additional telecom rooms. In addition, the 22 AWG copper conductors used with PowerWise cables provide the lowest insertion loss and voltage drop to become the most reliable cabling solution on the market.

“Today’s large and complex structures contain a multitude of devices that must be reliably connected to operate critical functions – security cameras, computers and phones, heating and cooling systems and wireless access, to name just a few. Our PowerWise cables offer the kind of performance that meets those data and power needs and provides the critical link for the operation of IoT devices at longer distances,” said Brian Ensign, vice president of marketing for Superior Essex. “We’ve set the benchmark for communications cables many times before, and with the PowerWise for extended distance applications, we’re raising the bar again.”

In addition to offering a high level of performance, Superior Essex Communications cabling products are manufactured sustainably and are designed to minimize environmental impact. Visit the Superior Essex Communications website to learn more about the company’s sustainable manufacturing.



Melanie Singleton, Director, Marketing Communications

Superior Essex International LP – Communications

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Superior Essex Communications is the leading manufacturer and supplier of communications cable in North America. It is on the forefront of innovation through Power over Ethernet, Intelligent Buildings and Cities, 5G Fiber infrastructure including Hybrid and Composite solutions, as well as technological advancements being made at its Product Development Center. Superior Essex Communications is also setting the pace on sustainability by being the first company with a Zero Waste to Landfill Certification at its Hoisington (KS) plant; the first wire and cable producer to contribute points to LEED certification, and the first to offer verified sustainable cables in over 50 products. Superior Essex Communications is Everywhere You Live and Work®. Additional information is available at

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