What is a PoE Switch? Know Uses, Benefits & Types

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The Internet and the collateral technologies associated with it have now become an indispensable part of our lives. Alexa, Siri, CCTV cameras and WiFi routers have become essentials these days. Technologies that drive our lives are in turn supported by PoE switches. This technology of Power Over Ethernet plays a crucial role in shaping the future of the world. 

What is a PoE switch?

PoE switches are the most demanding systems in the connectivity and networking world. They are several standards or ad hoc systems that pass electric power along with data over twisted-pair Ethernet cabling. A single cable that provides both data connection and electric power to devices such as wireless access points (WAPs), Internet Protocol (IP) cameras and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones. PoE switches are used to reduce power consumption and increase efficiency.

AE Connect offers an exhaustive of commercial and industrial PoE switches that boast a variety of port-count, speed (including 10Gigabit), mounting, and fiber. Each PoE switch distributes 30 watts per port, which delivers high-speed data transmission while powering devices over long distances. The ever-growing use of power devices will lead to a huge demand for PoE switches in the future.

IEEE 802.3 Ethernet working group have been standardizing techniques for transmitting power over Ethernet cables. These PoE standards include four categories, each with a different power budget for devices meeting that standard type.

PoE Switches Are Used In:

As businesses are becoming more curious about the Internet of Things, the number of power devices is increasing. Then, the demand for PoE technology is going to boom in the networking market.

So understanding the use of PoE switches is important to make a smart move to invest in a better future. Remote-controlled data operation and other cost-effective decisions are going to force businesses to take advantage of the Internet of Things. Experts suggest that the number of IoT devices is going to increase worldwide exponentially by 2025.

This rapid expansion of network-connected devices will increase the demand for PoE technology in most networking infrastructures. Today, PoE switches are used in various applications but the three most common uses are discussed below:

  1. IP Surveillance: The digitized and networked version of Closed-circuit television (CCTV) is known as IP surveillance. In an IP surveillance system, an IP camera records video footage and the resulting content is distributed over an IP (Internet protocol) network.

Digitization offers:

  • Improved search capability
  • Greater ease of use
  • High-quality images and no degradation over time
  • The ability to record and play simultaneously
  • The ability to compress content for improved storage

Networking offers:

  • Improved ability for remote viewing and control. 
  • Store data in any geographical location.
  • Greater ease of distribution.
  • The ability to connect to email and other communications systems

Security camera technology is constantly evolving, and one improvement is the use of PoE, enabling fast deployment and simple repositioning.

  1. VoIP: Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), also called IP telephony, is a method and group of technologies for the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, such as the Internet. With the help of Internet Protocol addresses, computers and devices communicate with each other on the internet. 

Benefits of VoIP:

  • Lower cost
  • High-quality sound
  • Advanced features – Leverage premium features
  • Remote-ready 
  • Call anyone worldwide 

VoIP phones are the original PoE devices, with PoE allowing for a single connection to the wall socket and the ability for remote powering down.

  1. Wireless: The most popular use of PoE switches is in wireless connectivity and networking related devices. To minimize the downtime and increase the security of the systems PoE switches are essential.

Many wireless access points are PoE compatible, allowing for remote positioning. Radio-frequency identification readers (RFID readers) are also often PoE compatible, which allows for easy relocation.

A more recent technology that benefits from PoE is smart home automation. This includes LED lighting, heating and cooling systems, appliances, voice assistants, and electric car charging stations.

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Benefits of PoE Switch

Reduced Power Costs: PoE switches allow us to reduce the overall cost of networking and connectivity infrastructure by sending electric power and data through the same cable. PoE eliminates the need to run additional power cables to devices, saving costs on power cables, power outlets, and infrastructure equipment required for electrical installation.

Excellent Adaptability: PoE power devices can be easily moved to locations without a power outlet. This feature allows us to place devices in hard to reach locations without a problem. Security cameras and wifi routers are the best examples because no power outlet will be available there near ceilings.

Maximize Power Resources: PoE switches are capable of detecting power usage of PoE powered devices so that they can manage the power output as per need. This will maximize the power resources by avoiding power wastage and help businesses to save money.

Future Proof: The IoT is not only ruling the internet world today but also going to play a crucial role in our daily life in future. So investing in PoE switches is a better idea and it will surely go a long way.

Easy, Low Voltage Installation: The ease of installation of PoE switches makes them a perfect fit for setting up a networking infrastructure. Installation of PoE can be done without an electrician. Low voltage installations provide a safe environment.

Robust, Secure & Reliable: Best quality raw materials, advanced technologies and expert monitoring ensure the high-quality of PoE switches. The long life span of PoE switches proves their robustness, security and reliability of PoE switches.

PoE+ Solutions from AE Connect

Types of PoE Switch:

Unmanaged PoE Switch:

As clear from the name, unmanaged switches cannot be modified as per need. These switches are used for homes, small business offices or shops. The switches are plug-and-play type, affordable and simple.

Unmanaged PoE+ Switches AE Connect offers:

FE-PoE+ Switch

Best Features:

  • 4x 10/100 PoE+ Port
  • 2x 10/100 RJ 45 Uplink Port
  • Long Range up to 250 meters Supported
  • Total Power Budget 65W
  • AF/AT PoE Standard Supported
  • Internal Power Supply

Gigabit PoE+ Switch

Best Features:

  • 4x 10/100 /1000 PoE+ Port
  • 1x 10/100/1000 RJ 45 Uplink Port
  • 1x 10/100/1000 SFP (Fiber) Uplink Port
  • Total Power Budget 65W
  • AF/AT PoE Standard Supported
  • Internal Power Supply

Gigabit PoE+ Switch

Best Features:

  • 4x 10/100 /1000 PoE+ Port
  • 2x 10/100/1000 SFP (Fiber) Uplink Port
  • Total Power Budget 65W
  • AF/AT PoE Standard Supported
  • Internal Power Supply

Gigabit PoE+ Switch Best Features:

  • 8 PORT GIGABIT POE+ SWITCH
  • 8x 10/100 /1000 PoE+ Port Switch
  • 2x 10/100/1000 RJ 45 Uplink Port
  • Total Power Budget 150W
  • AF/AT PoE Standard Supported
  • Internal Power Supply

FE-PoE+ Switch With Giga Uplink

Best Features:

  • 8x 10/100 PoE+ RJ-45 Port
  • 2x 10/100/1000mbps RJ-45
  • Up-Link Port
  • 250 meters Supported
  • V-Lan Supported
  • IEEE.802.3 AF/AT Supported
  • Total Power Budget 120w

FE-PoE+ Switch With Giga Uplink

Best Features:

  • 8x 10/100 PoE+ Port
  • 2x 10/100/1000 RJ 45 Uplink Port
  • 1x 10/10/1000 SFP (Fiber) Uplink Port
  • Long Range up to 250 Mtr Supported
  • Total Power Budget 150W
  • AF/AT PoE Standard Supported
  • External Power Supply

FE-PoE+ Switch With Giga Uplink

Best Features:

  • 16x 10/100 PoE+ Switch Port
  • 2x 10/100/1000 RJ 45 & Fiber Up link Port
  • Long Range up to 250 Mtr Supported
  • Total Power Budget 200W
  • AF/AT PoE Standard Supported
  • Internal Power Supply
  • Rack Mounted

GE-PoE+ Switch With Giga Uplink

Best Features:

  • 16 x 10/100/1000Mbps PoE+ ports and 4 x Giga Uplink
  • IEEE802.3af/at Power over Ethernet (PoE+) Compliant
  • Total power budget of 200W and 30W for all PoE+ ports
  • Rj45 port supports 10/100/1000Mbps Auto MDI/MDIX
  • Extend PoE+ up to 250m on one single cable
  • Designed for WiFi AP and IP Security Camera, VoIP etc
  • Protect the device from lighting surges and other electrical hazards
  • Rackmount installation with fanless design

Smart or Hybrid PoE Switch:

Smart or Hybrid PoE switches are used in business applications such as VoIP and smaller networks. These switches offer no-frills management, security features and cost less than managed PoE switches.

Hybrid PoE switches are comparable with managed switches but with limited capabilities that can be accessed from the internet. These switches don’t have the sophistication to allow monitoring, troubleshooting, or remote-accessing to manage network issues.

Managed PoE Switch:

Managed PoE switches are used for enterprise networks and data centres. These switches are equipped with full management capabilities and security features.

Managed switches provide high levels of network security, control, and management. They’re ideal for operations that require off-site round-the-clock monitoring and remote-access control capabilities.

Managed switches cost the most, but they are well worth the investment and pay for themselves over time. The scalability of these switches allows networks room to grow.

Advanced functions include:

  • Prioritizing user traffic
  • Partitioning a network
  • Connecting different types of networks
  • Monitoring traffic as it passes through the system.

Managed PoE+ Switches AE Connect offers:

8-Port Gigabit Managed Switch

Best Features:

  • 8x 10/100 /1000 PoE+ Port
  • 2x 10/100/1000 SFP (Fiber) Uplink Port
  • 1 console port
  • Fully L2 Manage Switch
  • Total Power Budget 120W
  • AF/AT PoE Standard Supported
24-Port Gigabit Managed Switch

Best Features:

  • 24x 10/100 PoE+ Port
  • 2x 10/100/1000 RJ 45 & Fiber Uplink Port (Combo Port)
  • Fully L2 Managed
  • Total Power Budget 300W
  • AF/AT PoE Standard Supported
  • Internal Power Supply
  • Rack Mounted

Best Features:

  • 24x 10/100 PoE+ Port
  • 4x 10/100/1000 RJ 45 & Fiber Up link Port
  • Fully L2 Managed
  • Total Power Budget 400W
  • AF/AT PoE Standard Supported
  • Internal Power Supply
  • Rack Mounted

Setting up networking and connectivity infrastructure needs lots of dedication and effort. It is essential that we chose the right products and equipment.

PoE switches allow us to increase security, minimize downtime and cut operational expenses. Several other benefits of PoE switches like administrative controls, networking monitoring and excellent communication make them a perfect fit for business solutions.

AE Connect understands every networking and connectivity related need that’s why our high quality, affordable and durable PoE switches give a memorable experience to customers.

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Benefits of using PoE Switches from AE Connect

High Power Budget: Supports IEEE 802.3af PoE & 802.3at PoE Plus standards that provide up to 30 watts of power per port for 802.11ac wireless APs and video IP phones. 

Plug and Play: PoE switches support 802.3af and IEEE 802.3at standards so users can deploy normal or high-power PDs flexibly without additional settings. 

Auto Surveillance VLAN: Time-based PoE for scheduling power of cameras which saves costs of deploying and maintaining two separate networks. 

Variable Port Configuration: It provides a complete portfolio of 4 to 48 ports and allows connections for both 15.4 & 30-watt IEEE 802.3at devices without power-socket phones.

AE Connect is one of India’s leading manufacturers of high-quality Connectivity and Networking Products. We have been able to build our credibility over the last 15 years with our best-in-class high performing products. Our infrastructure is equipped with advanced machines and appliances to deliver the networking products of the customer’s choice.

We work as a Digital Transformation Partner for all our clients. Along with our smart networking and connectivity products, there are a few other benefits of partnering with AE Connect such as all our products are customized to work in Indian conditions, massive power budget & superior performance of products, and 3 years warranty & extended warranty support.

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