Since its introduction in 2002, Power over Ethernet has gradually gained momentum in the market. Today, PoE is being pushed to higher power levels, as standards and equipment are being introduced that will allow up to 71W of power to be delivered via twisted pair cabling.
The types of devices being powered via PoE continues to expand. VoIP phones represented the first wide-spread usage of PoE. Today, wireless access points are the fastest growing use, and as the appetite for wireless continues to grow, it is pushing PoE use – as well as WAP speeds – even higher. Going forward, expect to see PoE powering a wide range of devices, including digital signage, LED lighting, point-of-sale readers, nurse call systems, access control, and even vending machines.
Benefits of PoE
PoE runs over the same copper cabling that is supplying a data connection to your WAP, security camera, or digital sign. One low-voltage contractor runs the cabling that delivers 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’s patented MaTriX technology delivers PoE better than any other solution on the market. As more power is pushed through data cables, it results in temperature rise that can affect cabling performance. Our Category 6A MaTriX solutions include a foil tape that dissipates that heat rise to protect signal integrity.
In addition, integrated arc suppression within our RJ45 jacks moves the arcing point within the jack away from contact points to ensure long-lasting performance. And, Panduit’s TG jacks are the only connectors on the market rated to 65°C to handle heat rise within the jack.