In the past, owners of small to medium size enterprises, or SMEs, had to hire contractors to ensure that each office space had adequate electrical outlets. Businesses had to wait to ensure they had outlets in the right spots to power their phones, computers and surveillance and internet service in each space to make their office run.

Today, using Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology established a decade and a half ago in 2003, businesses are now able to grow, expand and relocate faster than ever.  PoE allows devices that require power (PD) and supply power (PSE) to be supported over existing switching infrastructure using Cat5, 5e or 6 Ethernet cabling.

Some of the benefits of deploying PoE include:

• Lower infrastructure and installation costs:  Fewer, separate power adapters are needed and only one cable run is required rather than two
• No need for electriciansUses existing IT networking infrastructure
• Extends wired and wireless network reach Not limited to fixed power outlet placements
• Overcomes hard to wire environments Including old or ‘protected’ buildings
• Reliability Redundant Power Supply (RPS) backup options helps keep devices running even in the event of a power outage.
• Centralized control – Power down/up devices as required for energy and cost saving

Office essentials including phones, IP Cameras, wireless access points, and card lock systems can all be powered using PoE enabled switches, like NETGEAR’s new series of Smart Managed Pro Switches. NETGEAR provides PoE options that can adapt to the needs of each business, whether in the hospitality, catering, education or retail domains.

NETGEAR’s latest four Gigabit switches with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE+) and SFP ports for fiber uplinks expand the second-generation family of Smart Managed Pro Switches purposely designed for SME’s who have or want converged networks, where voice, video, data, and IoT are all carried on a single network platform. The Smart Managed Pro switches are also equipped with enhanced security features to protect vital company and client data from malicious intents.

The new family of switches include:

  • 24-Port Gigabit PoE+ Smart Managed Pro Switch (GS728TPv2)
  • 24-Port Gigabit PoE+ Smart Managed Pro Switch (GS728TPPv2)
  • 48-Port Gigabit PoE+ Smart Managed Pro Switch (GS752TPv2)
  • 48-Port Gigabit PoE+ Smart Managed Pro Switch (GS752TPP)

To see all the PoE options from NETGEAR, be sure to visit our website.


Alexandra Mehat

Senior Manager, SMB Product Marketing

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