Networking solutions provider, Panduit, has unveiled a new Power over Ethernet product that will free IT departments of some of their cabling burdens.
The company held an information event and demonstration in Sydney last week to partners and customers to showcase its data Power over Ethernet (DPoE) power patch panel. The 1RU chassis supports 24 RJ45 ports to accommodate incoming data and supports both IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Inline Protocol based devices.
PoE is an emerging standard which delivers 48 volts DC over the same cabling that is used to carry data across a network. By doing this it eliminates the need to run AC power lines.
"Ethernet cabling is ubiquitous," Panduit spokesperson, Michael Pula, said. "It is the language of data. So why not use it?"
Main drivers of PoE includes the expansion of IP telephony - namely IP handsets, Wireless LANS and IP security such as security cameras, he said.
Unlike an AC outlet which has full power available to whatever device it has plugged into it, the PoE spec means appliances only draw power when it is needed. However, there are some limitations. Appliances connected to the Panduit power patch panel, for example, are restricted to about 90 metres from the panel before power is lost.
The PoE spec currently allows for a maximum useage of 15.4 watts (W) of power to be consumed by a device. This puts it out of the reach of larger networked appliances such as notebooks which typically consume around 30W of power. But the IEEE was looking to increase the power standards to accommodate more power hungry appliances, Pula said.