Next Generation PoE: A Hot Topic (or is it?)

By: Susan Larson, Marketing Communications Manager

Power over Ethernet is not a new technology. In the late 1990’s, while I and my fellow Gen X-ers were busy buying grunge-flannel shirts and mourning the end of the Seinfeld series, some much more productive folks were developing a way to transmit simultaneous voice and data traffic over the same IP network. Eliminating the need for a separate phone system certainly had financial benefits, but getting rid of the traditional phone jack meant phones would be left without a power source. So, those same productive folks went back to the lab and figured out a way to transmit power along with voice and data traffic. Hence, Power over Ethernet (PoE) was born.

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