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Since its introduction in 2002, Power over Ethernet has gradually gained momentum in the market. Today, PoE is the new power grid in buildings, delivering power and bandwidth to a myriad of devices, ranging from traditional VoIP phones to LED lighting, wireless access points, digital signage, point-of-sale readers, clocks, and cameras.

The latest PoE standard (IEEE 802.3bt) allows for a twisted pair cable to carry data and 90W of electricity to devices like wireless access points, the most robust security cameras, and digital signs. It’s a far cry from the 15.4W of power that the first PoE standard allowed.

Benefits of PoE

So, what’s in it for you? Why should you use PoE to power devices in your building? Simply put, it’s simple.

PoE runs over the same copper cabling that is supplying bandwidth to your WAP, security camera, or lights. One low-voltage contractor runs the cabling that now does double duty, delivering data and power. Plug-and-play features further simplify the installation. Install the device and cabling, connect to the PoE switch, and you’re off and running. Need to add or move WAPs to address density, or adjust the location of a camera? PoE provides flexibility to do just that, with no electrical outlets to install or move.

Panduit's PoE Solution

Panduit has been at the forefront of PoE technology since day 1. Learn more about our PoE solutions below.


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