Cisco Long-Reach Ethernet (LRE)

Cisco LRE delivers speeds of 5 Mbps to 15 Mbps over legacy category 1/2/3 wiring over several thousand meters. LRE is an extension to the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard for single-pair wiring. This requires special switch ports on one end and CPE devices for the office ports on the other end to simultaneously use Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN). This is achieved via a sophisticated modulation approach: quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM). Cisco provides a solution that consists of switches, CPE devices, and a POTS splitter for simultaneous use of existing private branch exchange (PBX) equipment.


The LRE architecture can coexist with DSL on the same wire bundle facilitating frequency-division multiplexing (FDM).