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Upgrading Your Network: PoE vs. PoE+. Is It Worth It?
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Upgrading Your Network: PoE vs. PoE+. Is It Worth It?

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As technology continues to advance, businesses are increasingly adopting smarter and more interconnected solutions. A wide range of devices, such as security cameras and smart alarms, play a crucial role in enhancing operational efficiency and security within enterprises. That's where Power over Ethernet (PoE) comes into the picture. If you plan to upgrade this network to PoE+ and wonder whether it's worth it, this blog has you covered. Let's break it down in simple terms!


Understanding PoE

Let's grasp what PoE really means before we dive into the world of PoE+. Imagine you have devices like a phone, tablet, camera, or sensor that need electricity. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a technology that simplifies cable management and setup. It allows power transmission over a single Ethernet cable through a PoE-enabled switch that provides power to compatible devices.

It's mainly useful for basic devices like phones that don't require excessive power. You can connect the device to a special switch called a powered switch instead of dealing with a cable for data and one for power. Think of it like a power-sharing hub. 

An example of such a switch is the PoE Switch 8 Port that PowerBx provides. This powered switch sends power through the same cable that handles data. It means your device gets everything it needs through a single cable. And here's the cool part. Because this power is considered low voltage, you don't need an electrician to set it up. It is pretty easy to install and saves you both time and money.

Discover PowerBx’s spotlight product: the PoE Adapter + Gigabit USB-C. This smart device charges via USB and gets power from an ethernet connection, ensuring your internet is always on. It's perfect for keeping your conference room schedule visible and is packed with some great features like:

  • Easy setup
  • USB-C charging
  • Clear status lights.

Introducing PoE+

PoE+ (or Gigabit PoE) works like regular PoE but has the added benefit of delivering data (i.e., internet) alongside power. It eliminates the requirement for a Wi-Fi connection and offers a significantly stronger data connection.

Hence, using a PoE Gigabit adapter, also called a PoE+ Driver, is often preferred for tasks like:

  • Controlling access
  • Security
  • Meeting room scheduling

Not to forget, Wi-Fi can be unreliable in settings prone to interruptions caused by network interference and other factors.

Experience the next level of connectivity with PowerBx's standout product: the PoE+ Gigabit Adapter. This remarkable device energizes your devices through an ethernet cable and turbocharges data speed. Perfect for upgrading security systems or powering advanced devices seamlessly. Discover more PoE+ solutions from PowerBx here!


When to Consider Upgrading To PoE+

Now comes the big question: Should you upgrade to PoE+? Well, it depends on two things:

  • What do you have?
  • What do you need? 

A regular PoE might be enough if you have a simple setup with basic devices like wireless access points and phones. But if you're thinking about adding fancier devices that need more power, PoE+ is a great choice.


Empowering the Future of Work: PowerBx's Seamless Office Transformation

PowerBx pioneers the future of office infrastructure. It stands as the foremost technology integrator for hybrid workspaces. Our comprehensive suite of end-to-end deployment services encompasses:

  • Device provisioning
  • Software configuration
  • Resource identification
  • Site surveys
  • Cable laying
  • Meticulous installation

These services collectively elevate PowerBx as the industry's new benchmark in space management excellence.


Upgrading to PoE+ is all about what you want to do with your network. Regular PoE might be just fine if you're happy with your current devices. But if you plan to add fancier devices, PoE+ can provide the extra juice they need. Remember, technology keeps evolving, and upgrading is like keeping up with these advancements. So, whether you stick with PoE or upgrade to PoE+, the choice is yours to make!