Power over Ethernet gained huge traction for one major reason: using a single, dual-purpose ethernet cabling network to provide power and data connection. With this capability, enterprises do not have to incur the expense of installing two separate cabling networks.
On average, technicians report that companies using PoE in manufacturing cut down Ethernet and electrical installation expenses by around 50%, a huge saving for large institutions and industries.
Besides eliminating the need for two cabling systems, PoE in manufacturing provides other benefits like:
Power over Ethernet is super safe for legacy equipment and users alike. For instance, before powering equipment, PoE’s power sourcing equipment must determine the exact wattage to release to the end equipment.
After determination, the power sourcing equipment releases the exact amount of power that an end device requires. The power intelligence protects legacy equipment from short circuiting or blowing up. In return, enterprises using PoE spend little on equipment repair and replacement.
Power over Ethernet is safe for the handler since it passes around 44 to 57 volts of direct current, which is not lethal enough to cause fatalities. However, it can cause minor to moderate burns and pain.
On the other hand, the power-sourcing equipment cannot release power until it experiences a handshake. That is, the PSE has to determine the voltage the powered device requires. The PSE releases no power if the PD needs no power.
Power over Ethernet Is Highly Economical
Power over Ethernet is economical in many ways. First, PoE’s dual-purpose ethernet cable provides power and electricity, cutting labor and material costs by around 50%. Though the savings might appear low, large companies can save thousands of dollars that could have been spent buying material and hiring technicians to install two cabling systems.
Second, Power over Ethernet allows for economical use of space. It minimizes the space ethernet, electrical cables, and hardware could have consumed. Furthermore, the PoE circuitry powers devices with one single cable, eliminating the use of power and data cables. The elimination of extra cables does not only save space but also makes workspaces appear less cluttered.
Third, Power over Ethernet is energy efficient. How? The groundbreaking technology fosters the use of power-efficient LED lighting, HVAC controllers, surveillance cameras, sensors, monitors, and access control systems. In most cases, PoE-ready devices are smart systems that can automatically power off when not in use and when needed.
Power over Ethernet Is Standard-based
Like many electrical devices and systems, PoE is standard-based. That means PoE consumers can purchase hardware from various vendors and use them to make a PoE circuitry that works harmoniously. Such standardization gives enterprises the power to shop around for fair deals from various vendors.
Also, standardization allows the flexibility to relocate various PoE-powered systems when needed. For instance, if a surveillance camera is not strategically placed, enterprises can detach and relocate it to a different place without incurring an extra expense. The enterprises will not need a new wiring system to accommodate the relocated powered device.
With standardization, Power over Ethernet does not just run PoE-ready devices. But, the groundbreaking tech has a PoE splitter that can power up non-PoE-ready devices. So, Power over Ethernet can run virtually all devices in a business setting. It can completely replace the use of standalone electrical and ethernet cabling networks.
PoE Is Highly Reliable
Between 2000 and 2003, when Power over Ethernet was taking its baby steps, consumers, especially large companies, regarded it as unreliable. It provided around 7 to 15 watts, which powered a few powered devices in a business setting. Bigger businesses had to use PoE alongside a dedicated electricity cabling network.
However, today, Power over Ethernet produces up to 90 watts, enough to power every system in a business setting. From digital signage, surveillance systems, and smart sensors, PoE provides the power and data transfer needed to run various network devices.
What’s more, PoE cabling and hardware’s design can withstand the harshest conditions in an industrial setting. For instance, a professionally installed PoE circuitry can withstand intense vibrations, high temperatures, dirt, and direct sunlight exposure.
PoE Is Scalable
The Power over Ethernet technology was built with scalability in mind. Growing enterprises can easily expand their dual-purpose cabling network to accommodate more powered devices whenever the need arises.
Since PoE is safe and easy to install, businesses do not need experienced technicians to handle their PoE expansion projects. Instead, they can use their in-house employees with basic technical skills to execute the projects.
Typically, PoE is a plug-and-go system. Therefore, companies’ technical teams must get the cables, extenders, splitters, and hubs. After securing the right hardware, the team will need to configure the system to accommodate more powered equipment.