How a line driver operates
Driving data? Better check the transmission.
Line drivers can operate in any of four transmission modes: 4-wire full-duplex, 2-wire full-duplex, 4-wire half-duplex, and 2-wire half-duplex. In fact, most models support more than one type of operation.
So how do you know which line driver to use in your application?
The deal with duplexing.
First, you must decide if you need half- or full-duplex transmission. In half-duplex transmission, voice or data signals are transmitted in only one direction at a time as in a CB radio conversation. In full-duplex operation, voice or data signals are transmitted in both directions at the same time as in a telephone conversation.
In half-duplex mode, the entire bandwidth is available for your transmission. In full-duplex mode, however, the bandwidth must be split in two since data travels in both directions simultaneously.
Two wires or not two wires? That is the question.
The second consideration you have is the type of twisted-pair cable you need to complete your data transmissions. Generally you need twisted-pair cable with either two or four wires. Often the type of cabling already installed in a building dictates what kind of a line driver you use. For example, if two twisted-pairs of UTP cabling are available, you can use a line driver that operates in 4-wire applications, such as the Short-Haul Modem-B Async or the Line Driver-Dual Handshake models. Otherwise, you might choose a line driver that works for 2-wire applications, such as the SHM-B 2W or the Async 2-Wire Short-Haul Modem.
If you have the capabilities to support both 2- and 4-wire operation in half- or full-duplex mode, we even offer line drivers that support all four types of operation.
As always, if youre still unsure which operational mode will work for your particular applications, consult our Technical Support experts and theyll help you make your decision.