If you’re new to networking, you might be wondering what in the world is the difference between PoE and PoE+ switches. And, why should I care?
With numerous variations of series, port counts, sizes, and types of switches out there, it’s challenging for the non-technical elite to make sense of it all. So, we’ve rounded up some knowledge and insights to help you understand what a PoE switch is and how it’s different than the plus version. By the time you finish this post, you’ll be mentally sparring with the best CTO’s out there.
Power-over-Ethernet, often referred to as PoE, is a system used to distribute data and power to a targeted network of devices via safe Ethernet cabling. It uses basic copper cables and a switch to send power to the network. Recently, PoE+ has also become popular. Use this guide to help you determine which one best meets your needs.
If you love to see Jonathan’s shiny forehead, we’ve got a lovely video of him communicating a few tidbits about PoE in this video about our WS-C2960X-48FPS-L 48-port switch.