POE or “power over ethernet,” is often a synonym for “power delivery” since the main reason POE exists is to consolidate data and power into the same cable. However, POE requires all of the networking equipment between the ends to be capable of handling the standard, such as routers and switches, that link the power cables to the computer hardware. A significant benefit of POE is that it can completely eliminate external power source requirements for the entire network stack like hubs, switches, wireless modems, and routers. POE is used significantly in the VoIP space to power telecommunications equipment like phones.
One Cable for Power And Data Is Cheaper
A primary driver of VOIP adoption in voice and data infrastructure is the lower cost associated with the technology due to the low power consumption required, the cost savings over buying and maintaining traditional networking equipment become more evident over time. Even a modest move towards VOIP reduces your total telecom costs by at least 30 percent but even more during the early days of adoption when the adoption curve is still relatively new. For instance, IoT devices require at least six watts of power to operate, while all the other elements in a small home network, such as networking equipment, can generate substantial power needs. For businesses in heavy usage areas, this translates into substantial savings during the first year of adopting a VOIP solution.
Edge Devices Like VOIP and Switches Need Power Too
But not all VOIP solutions deliver the same power savings. As networks evolve from IP phones to voice over IP (VoIP) servers to smartphones with ethernet ports, the power consumed by each element of the network will change. For this reason, it’s important to consider Ethernet over power considerations when choosing your VOIP solution. Ethernet over power usage is a major consideration for many people when choosing a VOIP provider and one that should be given careful thought prior to making a decision on which VOIP service to use.