Power Over Ethernet (POE) is going to fundamentally change the way LANs are used in the next three to five years by substantially lowering WLAN (Wireless LAN) installation costs and removing one of the key barriers to VOIP (Voice Over IP) implementations.
The recent ratification of the POE standard will unleash a slew of new devices on IT managers. Accommodating these devices and applications will require strategic planning, but the benefits will likely be far-reaching.
POE, known more formally as the IEEE’s 802.3af specification, defines a standard way for data terminal equipment to be powered over Media Dependent Interface, or MDI. The POE standard was published