Power over Ethernet (PoE) describes a process where power can be supplied to a network-compatible device over the 8-wire Ethernet cable. In a narrower sense, PoE today means the IEEE 802.3af (DTE Power over MDI) standard which was adopted in June 2003. The main advantage of Power over Ethernet is that you do not require a separate power supply cable and so can install Ethernet devices in hard-to-reach places or in areas where there is not sufficient room for many cables. This means that you can save some significant installation costs, and that you can also integrate the power supply into a central uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to improve the reliability of the connected devices. PoE is used by network devices that need small amounts of power. It is typically used for IP telephones, network cameras, operating panels or wireless communications devices such as WLAN access points. Weidmuller PoE switches support the IEE 802.3at standard (also known as PoE+) and can therefore supply end devices with up to 30 W per PoE port. Weidmuller PoE switches also offer further advantages by their simple power supply needs. They do not require an additional 48 V supply in addition to the standard 24 V supply.

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