Power over Ethernet (PoE) or remote powering has transformed the way facilities are cabled and the way that electronics are being powered. It uses the same twisted pair data (Ethernet) cable to power the device as it does to connect the device to the Local Area Network (LAN). Devices that can utilize PoE include lighting, cameras, phones, Access Control, Intercoms, Point of Sale Devices (POS), and Wireless Access Points (WAP). Utilizing PoE for all these devices can create an intelligent infrastructure whereby devices can be monitored and controlled via Internet connection.
Additionally, the reduction in cabling allows for more cables in one area in addition to the increased safety of using low voltage wiring. This in turn means lower upfront costs for the owner in terms of installation as the low voltage installer can pull all the cable required without getting an electrician involved. It can also mean lower costs over the life of the network as less electricity is used by the low voltage network.
Devices attached to the network can also be moved more easily because devices are no longer constrained by how close they are to an electrical outlet. Moreover, PoE allows you to put devices in places where it is difficult to install power – like drop ceilings.
Devices on the network can also be backed up by a power supply, something multiple times costlier with many devices running on Alternating Current (AC) power. PoE comes from a sole source rather than many, making the backup process much more straightforward.
Kathi BleaseAdvantages of Power over Ethernet (PoE)
Power over Ethernet is a technology that allows network cables to carry electrical power. The benefits of PoE offer both improved network efficiency, costs saving and flexibility. For example, a digital security camera normally requires both network cabling and an electrical connection.
Time and cost savings – with the ability to run one ethernet cable to each device a savings is realized by eliminating the need for the labor and material expenses associated with electrical power. Applications across multiple market segments are numerous, including point of sale devices, nurse call systems, digital signage, video conferencing and access control.
PoE promotes network flexibility. Without the need to be reliant upon the location of electrical outlets, devices such as IP cameras and wireless access points can be installed throughout a building or campus environment where needed most. Network adds, moves, and changes can be accomplished faster with PoE-enabled switches and network devices. The business will not be impacted by delays in completing network modifications or upgrades. Additionally, PoE can facilitate temporary network deployments for offices, classrooms and conference rooms by eliminating the need for the installation of additional power to support networking devices.
If you would like to discuss the advantages of PoE as it relates to your facility’s needs, please call Intranet Communications Group at 561-367-7276 or contact us online.
Kathi BleaseWhy You Should Consider Power over Ethernet (PoE)