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US6438226: XDSL splitter assembly for main distribution frame

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Andreas Guenther · Barry G. Slotnick · Casimir Cwirzen ·
Assignee(s) CCS Holdings, Inc. ·
Primary Examiner Forester W. Isen ·
Assistant Examiner Donald L. Storm ·
Application Number US8944333
Filing date 10/06/1997
Issue date 08/20/2002
Predicted expiration date 10/06/2017
U.S. Classifications 379/413.04  · 370/327  · 379/930.5  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB1
International Classifications 379399 · 379327 · 379 9305 · 37939901 · 37941302 · 37941303 · 37941304 ·
20 Claims, 9 Drawings


Abstract

A splitter assembly is provided that comprises a terminal block for mounting to a main distribution frame and a splitter circuit for combining/splitting POTS signals and xDSL signals onto/from a single wire pair. The terminal block is pivotally mounted to a housing and the splitter circuit is on a card that is located in the housing. The terminal block may be mounted to the same housing that contains the splitter card. The POTS line contacts, xDSL line contacts and combined line contacts of the splitter circuit are connected to respective pairs of terminals in the terminal block.

Independent Claims | See all claims (20)

  1. 1. A main distribution frame comprising: (a) a frame; (b) a first terminal block and a second terminal block mounted on the frame, the first terminal block comprising a first array of terminals for electrical connection of at least two wires and the second terminal block comprising a second array of terminals for electrical connection of at least two wires, at least one of the terminals of the first array electrically connected to at least one of the terminals of the second array by a jumper wire to create a cross-connect field; and (c) at least one xDSL splitter circuit electrically connected to the first terminal block, the xDSL splitter circuit comprising a first pair of contacts for electrical connection to a wire pair carrying a POTS signal, a second pair of contacts for electrical connection to a wire pair carrying an xDSL signal and a third pair of contacts for electrical connection to a wire pair carrying a combined signal comprising the POTS signal and the xDSL signal; wherein the first array of terminals defines a POTS field of terminals, an xDSL field of terminals and a jumper field of terminals and wherein at least one of the first pair of contacts, the second pair of contacts and the third pair of contacts are electrically connected to a pair of the terminals of the first array of terminals.
  2. 9. A splitter assembly for mounting to a main distribution frame, comprising: (a) a housing; (b) a terminal block mounted on the housing, the terminal block comprising an array of terminals for electrical connection of at least two wires; and (c) at least one xDSL splitter circuit mounted on the housing and electrically connected to the terminal block, the xDSL splitter circuit comprising a first pair of contacts for electrical connection to a wire pair carrying a POTS signal, a second pair of contacts for electrical connection to a wire pair carrying an xDSL signal and a third pair of contacts for electrical connection to a wire pair carrying a combined signal comprising the POTS signal and the xDSL signal; wherein the array of terminals defines a POTS field of terminals, an xDSL field of terminals and a jumper field of terminals and wherein at least one of the first pair of contacts, the second pair of contacts and the third pair of contacts are electrically connected to a pair of the terminals of the array of terminals.
  3. 17. A splitter assembly for connecting an xDSL splitter circuit into a cross-connect arrangement, the splitter assembly comprising: (a) a housing; (b) a terminal block mounted on the housing and comprising an array of terminals; and (c) at least one xDSL splitter circuit mounted on the housing and electrically connected to the terminal block, the xDSL splitter circuit comprising a first pair of contacts, a second pair of contacts and a third pair of contacts; wherein the array of terminals defines a POTS field of terminals, an xDSL field of terminals and a jumper field of terminals and wherein the first pair of contacts are electrically connected to a pair of terminals of the POTS field of terminals, the second pair of contacts are electrically connected to a pair of terminals of the xDSL field of terminals and the third pair of contacts are electrically connected to a pair of terminals of the jumper field of terminals.

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