Q&A: What is the Difference Between PoE and Non-PoE Products?

April 24, 2024 by jstewart
PoE Versus Non-PoE VoIP Products

How many different acronyms do we have to remember nowadays? And we also have to know what exactly they mean!? And then we have to choose the right acronym-type product that fits our specific application?! Well, yes. But the experts at VoIP Supply can help! You have probably seen PoE and Non-PoE when referring to networking equipment and we’re here to break it all down for you as well as help you choose what you need. This blog post will help you understand the differences and provide a few examples of each.

What’s the Difference?

The main difference between a Power over Ethernet (PoE) product and a non-PoE product lies in how they receive power.

1. PoE Product:

  • PoE products, such as PoE switches, access points, IP cameras, and VoIP phones, are designed to receive both power and data over a single Ethernet cable. They eliminate the need for separate power cables, simplifying installation and reducing clutter.
  • PoE devices comply with IEEE standards such as 802.3af, 802.3at, or 802.3bt, depending on the power requirements of the device.
  • PoE allows for remote powering of devices, which can be particularly useful for devices installed in locations where power outlets are not readily available.

2. Non-PoE Product:

  • Non-PoE products, on the other hand, require a separate power source to operate.
  • These devices typically rely on traditional power adapters or power outlets for electricity.
  • While non-PoE devices may require additional cabling for power, they may offer higher power capacities than what PoE can deliver, depending on the specific application and power requirements.

Product Examples Include…

The key distinction between PoE and non-PoE products is the method by which they receive power. PoE products receive power over the Ethernet cable, while non-PoE products require a separate power source. The choice between PoE and non-PoE depends on factors such as installation convenience, power requirements, and the specific needs of the network or application.

VoIP Supply can assist you with finding the right product for you. Comment below, chat with us at www.voipsupply.com, or call us at 1-800-398-8647.

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