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Frequently Asked Questions


Everything from VoIP phones to thin clients to LCD TVs can be powered with PoE. Just determine how much power your device will need, and chances are there is a PoE product available to integrate into your design.

Below is a chart of some of the PoE wattages offered by ELe and examples of some of the products you can power with them.

What Can I Power with PoE?

13W30W60W – now100W – soon200W – not far off!
IP Cameras
VoiP Phones
Wireless Access Point
Networked Audio
IP Telephones
WiMAX Access Points
PTZ Cameras
Remote Computer Terminals
Door Access Systems
Video Phones
Thin Clients
Digital Signage Displays
Point-of-Sale Systems
Computer Monitors
Larger TVs
Larger Displays
Larger Monitors


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802.3af and 802.3at PoE Standards

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is responsible for creating PoE standards.

There are currently two PoE standards available. The 802.3af standard supports 15.44 watts of power. But even though 802.3af Powered Sourcing Equipment (PSE) are able to transmit 15.44 watts of power, powered devices (PDs) can only reliably receive 12.95 watts of power due to power dissipation. In 2009, IEEE introduced the higher powered 802.3at standard, also known as PoE+. The standard supports 30 watts of power, but in similar fashion to the 802.3af standard, power dissipation causes powered devices to receive slightly lower amounts of power, specifically 25.5 watts of power.

802.3BT or PoE++

IEEE is currently overseeing yet another higher powered PoE standard. As the utility of PoE expands beyond the networking sector, higher powered PoE will be able to support nurse call systems, point of sale systems, IP turrets used by financial traders, and higher powered IP cameras such as PTZ Cameras, among many other applications.  802.3bt, also known as PoE++, the new standard is expected to be ratified in early 2017, will utilize all four twisted pairs to transmit power. The 802.3bt standard will be able to achieve 49-70 watts of power using this method. The new standard will essentially combine both Mode A and Mode B to achieve the higher voltage. Some sources even site that the standard will be able to supply up to 100 watts of DC power. This newer standard will not only allow for higher power, but will also be able to support 10 Gbps connections. Type A specifies for 60W (50 watts of power) and Type B specifies for about 100 watts of power (approximately 80 watts of power with power dissipation).

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  • Cost-efficiency– PoE eliminates the cost of hiring professional electrical installers.
  • Quick Deployment– PoE simply requires plugging in networking cabling to the proper equipment in order to function correctly.
  • Flexibility– Network administrators can deploy powered devices at nearly any location. Shielded cabling can be used for outdoor environments. Industrial-grade powered devices can be used for industrial environments.
  • Safety– Because PoE utilizes a relatively low voltage, it presents low risks of electrical hazards.
  • Reliability– PoE falls under IEEE’s strict 802.3 standard umbrage.
  • Scalability PoE makes it simple to add new equipment to a network.

The most common types of PoE utilisation include:

  • VoIP phones
  • IP cameras
  • Wireless Access Points

However, PoE can also power other devices including:

  • PoE lighting
  • ATM machines
  • IP Intercoms
  • Security Card Readers
  • IP Clocks
  • Vending Machines

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