Power Over Ethernet

Important Insights Revealed by Ethernet Alliance PoE Survey

May 18, 2020
Four of five users experience challenges with PoE deployments

The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies, has announced the results of its recent Power over Ethernet (PoE) product certification survey. The data reveals some 78% of respondents experienced difficulties with PoE deployments, but that 72% expect noticeable improvement with products certified through the Ethernet Alliance’s PoE Certification Program. Further findings from the survey are available in a newly released infographic, available at https://bit.ly/EA-PoEInfographic2020.

Lacking a registered trademark, the use of the term “PoE” is not formally regulated, allowing any vendor to freely describe products and solutions as PoE-enabled. Additionally, terminologies such as “PoE+” as well as non-standard PoE implementations are causing confusion with device interoperability among technicians, designers, and end-users. The Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification Program aims to reduce this uncertainty and build market confidence by providing a uniform methodology for verifying PoE product interoperability based on IEEE 802.3 PoE standards. The program encompasses rigorous product testing, certification logos, and a public registry of certified products.

Conducted in January 2020, the Ethernet Alliance’s survey gathered data from more than 800 PoE stakeholders including designers, manufacturers, resellers, system integrators, network operators, and others. The findings yielded a number of important insights, such as:

  • The top three PoE installations are cameras and phones, as well as computing and storage devices.
  • Four out of five users experienced some issues, including support, reliability, or connection challenges.
  • 84% said certified PoE devices would be more likely to work the first time, and 85 % expect those devices to be more reliable.
  • 95% responded that products certified under the Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification Program would positively influence buying decisions.

To view the Ethernet Alliance PoE survey infographic, visit https://bit.ly/EA-PoEInfographic2020. For more information on the Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification Program, visit https://bit.ly/EA_PoECertification. For more information about the Ethernet Alliance, visit http://www.ethernetalliance.org.

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