3 Benefits of Using Power Over Ethernet (PoE)

If a business is looking for a way to enhance their IP network infrastructure, Power over Ethernet (PoE) is one of the more obvious choices. With PoE, power for your device can be carried over the Ethernet cable alongside the network signals. PoE is an ideal solution for relaying power to hard-to-reach areas such as IP cameras and security systems alike.

There are plenty of different advantages when using PoE, but here are three that we found to be the most beneficial!

1. Time and Cost Savings

Savings with the time and cost involved with requiring extra electrical power cabling since Ethernet cables do not require a business to hire an outside electrician during the installation process. PoE also goes beyond reducing your installation costs. According to Activio, “PoE lowers energy costs as well. This reduces expenses while helping you meet corporate sustainability mandates. You can also consolidate backup power in the wiring closet, providing network resiliency at a lower cost.”

 

2. Reliability During Power Loss

PoE power comes from a central source rather than different wall adapters or outlets. If connected to an uninterruptible power supply, any loss of power would mean that the uninterruptible power supply can maintain the PoE network. For example, if you have multiple IP cameras running and the power goes down, PoE devices would still be powered by the UPS!

 

3. Flexibility and Scalability

The beauty of PoE is being able to make power available on the network in tough to reach places. With the help of PoE, end devices can be installed easily into tricky spaces such as the ceiling. All of this can help users design the layout of their worksite and devices the most effective way possible.

 

To learn more about Power over Ethernet devices, check out the Dataprobe line of PoE products here.

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