Switches - PoE
A PoE switch is a regular Fast Ethernet or Gigabit network switch that has Power over Ethernet functionality integrated. A Power over Ethernet switch both enables communication among network clients and provides power using the same RJ45 network cable to PoE-enabled edge devices, such as VoIP phones, network surveillance cameras or wireless access points. A PoE switch allows compatible devices to work in places where power outlets or network connections don't exist. This primary function of PoE can save businesses lots of money on the costs of installing electrical and network wiring (more on that below) while still having edge devices work where they are needed. PoE switches exist in many different variations.