The Application of PoE

With the development of communication technology, different communication products are available on the market. Among them, there are some products popular with home network deployment, such as IP phone, wireless access point and IP camera. Recently, PoE technology is highly recommend for home network application. It is an IEEE standard for simultaneously transmitting data and low-voltage power throughout a network using a single Ethernet cable. This article will introduce the application of PoE.

PoE Devices

Before we come to the application of PoE, let’s have a look at PoE devices at first.

PoE Switch

A PoE switch is a network switch that has Power over Ethernet injection built-in. It is straightforward to add PoE to your network. Simply connect other network devices to the PoE switch as normal, and the switch will detect whether they are POE-compatible and enable power automatically. PoE switches are available to suit all applications, from low-cost unmanaged edge switches with a few ports, up to complex multi-port rack-mounted units with sophisticated management.

PoE Injector and PoE Splitter

A PoE injector is used to add PoE capability to regular non-POE network links. It can be used to upgrade existing LAN installations to PoE, and provide a versatile solution where fewer PoE ports are required. A PoE splitter also supplies power to a device and it is useful for deploying devices such as access points that are not POE ready and where there are no nearby AC outlets. The main difference between PoE injector and PoE splitter is that PoE splitter splits the power from the data to a separate input that the device can use, and there will be two cables for output: one for data and one for power. Here is a figure that show typical PoE Injector and PoE Splitter applications.

Typical PoE Injector and PoE Splitter Applications

From the figure we can see that, upgrading each network connection to PoE is as simple as patching it through the PoE injector, and as with PoE switch, power injection is controlled and automatic. It is also possible to upgrade powered devices to PoE by using a PoE splitter.

Why Should I Use PoE Devices?

Without PoE, you have to make a choice between running a power cable to the area where you want to deploy a network device or deploying network devices based on where existing power outlets are available. PoE provides greater flexibility and ensures that you will never have to compromise when deploying network devices. It dramatically simplifies the process of installing APs, IP cameras, IP phones, and other PoE enabled devices in hard-to-reach, outdoor, and remote areas.


With PoE technology, PoE switch is specifically designed to supply power to network devices. Managed and unmanaged PoE switch are available on the market, allowing you to transmit electrical power and data via a single network cable. This makes it easier than ever to expand your network into areas where power sockets are not accessible. FS.COM provides quality PoE/PoE+ switch for network deployment, such as 8 port PoE/PoE+ managed switch, 24 port PoE/PoE+ managed switch and 48 port PoE+ managed switch.


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