Power Over Ethernet

June 27, 2008
Very few companies have implemented power over Ethernet (PoE) at this point, but it’s an application that intrigues many engineers, and its benefits seem obvious. But some critics warn that the opportunity to transmit electrical power, along with data, to remote devices over twisted pairs can lead a network down the wrong path. Have you implemented PoE or considered implementing PoE and then decided against it? Where do you stand?
Very few companies have implemented power over Ethernet (PoE) at this point, but it’s an application that intrigues many engineers, and its benefits seem obvious. But some critics warn that the opportunity to transmit electrical power, along with data, to remote devices over twisted pairs can lead a network down the wrong path. Have you implemented PoE or considered implementing PoE and then decided against it? Where do you stand?
About the Author

Mike Bacidore | Editor in Chief

Mike Bacidore is chief editor of Control Design and has been an integral part of the Endeavor Business Media editorial team since 2007. Previously, he was editorial director at Hughes Communications and a portfolio manager of the human resources and labor law areas at Wolters Kluwer. Bacidore holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He is an award-winning columnist, earning multiple regional and national awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He may be reached at [email protected]