High power PoE

For almost two decades, PoE (Power over Ethernet) has been used to connect network devices that required low voltage power.

PoE runs over twisted pair network cabling (CAT5e/CAT6) allowing a single cable to deliver both a network connection and a power supply, rather than fitting two cables (data and power) at greater cost.

In addition to the financial benefit, this also provides greater flexibility.

Previous standards supported basic, low power connections (cameras, access points and IP phones) although now there is an increasing requirement for more power to support new wireless applications.

The new standard (originally announced in 2013) was finalised in September 2018 and covers two types of PoE for up to 60W or up to 90W!

Demand for high power PoE

Applications for Power over Ethernet continue to grow as the technology and standards advance.  Emerging applications that are poised to take advantage of new higher power wattage needs around the network include:

  • Building infrastructure such as LED lighting
  • POS systems (such as catering tills)
  • Digital signage
  • Higher performance wireless APs that support IEEE 802.11ax may require more than 30W
  • High definition pan-tilt-zoom security cameras with heaters for harsh environments

Support for high power PoE standards

Aruba consistently delivers standards-compliant, rather than proprietary solutions, to the marketplace.

This focus on standards enables customers to be confident in the design and deployment of a high power PoE solution from Aruba.

New Aruba 2930M switches with IEEE 802.3bt provide up to 60W to all standards-compatible powered devices – which means your infrastructure investment will provide value into the future as new devices and applications come to market.

As further proof of their commitment to industry standards, Aruba switches are among the first products to be listed on the Ethernet Alliance (EA) Certified PoE Product Registry which helps ensure reliable, network interoperability.

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