How Does Power Over Ethernet Work and What Are the Benefits?

Power Over Ethernet

Power over Ethernet allows for keeping remotely networked devices, like IP cameras, functioning while still connected to the net.

Familiarizing yourself  with the tech options out there can go a long way in making the proper networking decisions for your application. Today, we want to look at PoE, or Power over Ethernet. Power over Ethernet is a technology that allows your everyday ethernet cables, typically used for networking, to also carry electrical power. This could allow something like a PoE-enabled network camera to be powered solely via the network cable, cutting down on the overall number of cables needed. Below, we take a further look at Power over Ethernet and what the benefits of networking with PoE in mind are.

Why Take Advantage of PoE?

When using PoE, you reduce the time and expense that comes along with installing electrical power cables. Unlike power cables, a qualified electrician isn’t needed to install networking cables, making the job much easier. This also allows for much more flexible placement of devices like IP cameras or wireless access points, which may be located in otherwise difficult to reach areas. Finally, PoE allows for far better scalability, meaning that larger facilities can install all of the ethernet-powered devices they need without it becoming significantly more difficult.

What Devices Typically Use PoE?

PoE is often used for wireless hardware like WiFi or Bluetooth access points or even RFID readers. This allows for installation within remote locations that aren’t easily accessible from an AC outlet. VoIP phones are actually the original PoE application, a system where there’s a single connection to a wall socket. IP cameras are one of the most common uses of PoE, however, and gives networked surveillance cameras the flexibility in deployment that is often required.

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FiberPlus has been providing data communication solutions for over 25 years in the Mid Atlantic Region for a number of different markets. What began as a cable installation company for Local Area Networks has grown into a leading provider of innovative technology solutions improving the way our customers communicate and keeping them secure. Our solutions now include:

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