Power over Ethernet (PoE) allows network switches, such as the TP-Link T1600G-52PS 48 port gigabit switch, to transmit both power and data through an ethernet cable to devices such as the Draytek VAP903-K access point, Yealink T46S IP phone and Unifi UVC-G3-FLEX IP camera, for example.
PoE switches are great because, as mentioned above, you can deploy network devices through using ethernet cables. This means that you can position your network set-up into areas where there are no power outlets available.
Moreover, you can obtain switches which are just PoE (802.3af standard) with up to 15.4W of power, or PoE+ (802.3at standard) with up to 30W of power, going to your devices separately over the data/network cabling. Both PoE and PoE+ switches are capable of supplying power up to a maximum 100m distance over a CAT5e or CAT6 cable.
PoE Switches from TP-Link
TP-Link offer a range of fully managed, smart managed and unmanaged switches that are feature rich and well priced. Some of our favourite PoE switches include:
Managed PoE Switches
The T1500G-10PS managed switch (209×126×26mm) is a fanless smart switch with 8 PoE (802.3af) + 2 SFP ports. This switch has PoE power budget of 53W and is great for desktop installations.
The T1600G-28PS managed switch (440×220×44mm) is a smart switch with 24 PoE+ (802.3af/at) + 4 SFP ports. This switch has PoE power budget of 192W and is great for installations using rackmounts.
The T1600G-52PS managed switch (440×330×44mm) is a smart switch with 48 PoE+ (802.3af/at) + 4 SFP ports. This switch has PoE power budget of 384W and is great for installations using rackmounts.
Easy Smart PoE Switch
The energy-efficient TL-SG1016PE (294×180×44mm) is an easy smart switch with 16 ports, 8 of which are PoE+ (802.3af/at). This switch has PoE power budget of 110W and is great for rack mountable, as well as desktop installations.
Unmanaged PoE Switches
The TL-SG1005P (100×98×25mm) is a gigabit ethernet switch with 5 ports, 4 of which are PoE (802.3af). This switch has PoE power budget of 56W and is great for wall mounting, as well as desktop installations.
The TL-SG1008P (294×180×44mm) is an unmanaged switch with 8 ports, 4 of which are PoE (802.3af). This switch has PoE power budget of 55W and is great for desktop installations.
The TL-SG1008MP (171×98×27mm) is a gigabit ethernet switch with all 8 PoE+ ports (802.3af/at). This switch has PoE power budget of 126W and is great for rack mountable, as well as desktop installations.
In addition to TP-Link, NetXL offers a range of PoE switches from brands such as Ubiquiti, DrayTek and Netgear. You can see a full list of our PoE switches by clicking on the following link: https://www.netxl.com/poe-network-switches/
Overall Benefits of a PoE Switch
The main benefits of using a PoE switch are:
Lower Infrastructure Costs - A single cable supports both data and power transmission. PoE solutions also require fewer power adapters.
Enhanced Deployment Flexibility - Freedom from fixed power outlets provides more placement options and allows for deployment in complex environments.
Centralised Control - A centralised switch can manage power allocation to all devices.
Simplified Installation - Use existing network infrastructures for rapid deployment, without the need for an electrician.
A PoE switch is commonly used for VoIP phones, access points and IP cameras. For a typical PoE switch application see the products offered by NetXL below.
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