Your business’s Wi-Fi network will probably need more than one Wi-Fi access point to handle the number of devices and level of browsing expected of a commercial system. However, it isn’t just the number of Wi-Fi access points you should think about – it also pays to consider opting for Power over Ethernet (or PoE) access points.
Essentially, a PoE access point uses the same cable to carry both the network connection and the power. In contrast, most access points, especially those meant only for personal use, have separate ethernet and power cables.
So, what are the advantages of going PoE? Here are just three.
- Ease of Installation
One of the most attractive benefits that comes with PoEWi-Fi access points is that they are very easy to install. All you need to do is find a location for the device and put the Ethernet cable into the RJ45 socket. That’s it. Of course, it’s still a good idea to have your system professionally installed to ensure all access points are properly configured and set in the right locations. Using PoEWi-Fi access points simply speeds everything up.
With PoE Wi-Fi access points, your network will gain an incredibly attractive degree of flexibility. Network modifications and upgrades can be completed quickly and easily, and a PoE setup can facilitate temporary network changes.
- Centralised Power Management
Not all businesses need to think about centralised power management. However, if you need it, you really need it. Remember, in the case of a power outage, several of your critical network devices will suddenly go down unless they are protected by an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with battery backup. If you have any such devices, you’ll need a distribution of several UPS systems. Unless, that is, you opt for PoE access points. They can be worked into a single, centrally managed UPS. As such, all networking devices receive power in the event of a general electricity cut.