Did you know: Power Over Ethernet (PoE)

Did you know that some of your devices – like your desk phone, security camera, or Wi-Fi access points only use a single cable to work?

In an office setting some of your devices may utilize Power over Ethernet (or PoE) to receive both power and data.  This is very convenient because one cable just does it all without any need for an additional power supply.

The switches that work behind the scenes can provide both data and power to your devices.  Standard PoE provides up to 15.4 watts of power per device, which is enough for VoIP phones and basic cameras and Wi-Fi access points.

One thing to keep in mind is that if you are working from home and decide to take your desk phone with you, you may need an external power adapter because your home network may not have a PoE capable switch.

For more advanced camera systems and more powerful Wi-Fi access points, you may need to ask for a PoE+ or PoE++ switch to properly power them.

PoE+ provides 30 watts of power for each device and PoE++ can provide up to 51 or 71 watts of power.  Please check your device requirements and let us know so we can recommend the best network gear that suits your needs!

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