Entry-level POE+ (IEEE 802.11at) Switches from TRENDnet


POE (Power Over Ethernet, 802.11af) is a standard that enables network switches to supply power along with data using Cat 5E/6 Ethernet cables. If your switch ports support this standard, you don’t need a separate power cable/power adapter to power certain network devices that support the POE standard. POE supports up to 15.4W per port.

Now, there is a new standard called POE+ (IEEE 802.11at) that supports up to 30 W per port. If a switch supports POE+, it will generally also support POE or just data in the same port. Every switch port can auto-negotiate with devices connected to it and decide whether it will need POE+, POE or just data.

But why POE+? POE is good enough to carry data and power, isn’t it? Yes, POE is good enough for IP Phones, basic IP cameras, basic access points, etc. But, POE+ maybe required for newer (and high power demanding) devices like IP Video phones, IP PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) Dome Cameras, Outdoor cameras and certain dual-radio Wireless N Access Points/Wireless AC Access Points.

Right now there may not be many devices that require POE+, but newer (high-powered) network devices that require POE+ are being introduced for various applications and hence the POE+ Switches might be a good investment for today as well as the future. Especially, if you intend to keep your switches for a few years. Many do.

Have a look at some entry-level POE+ (IEEE 802.11at) network switches from TRENDnet given below,

8/16 Port 10/100 Mbps POE+ Switches

1. TRENDnet TPE-80

  • 8 Port Switch: 8 x 10/100 Mbps POE+ Ports (Up to 30 W per port; 802.11at, 802.11af compatible)
  • 1.6 Gbps Switching fabric
  • POE support can be switched on/off per port using DIP switches
  • Non-blocking wire-speed configuration
  • 1.25 Mbits RAM data buffer, 4k MAC address entries
  • 250 W Internal power supply, Plug & Play, Metal enclosure
  • 3-year warranty

Further Info: Manufacturers page for TPE-80Buy from: Amazon (USA)

2. TRENDnet TPE-T88g

  • 16 Port Switch: 8 x 10/100 Mbps POE+ Ports – Up to 30 W for 4 ports (max) (or) Up to 15.4W for 8 ports (max); 802.11at, 802.11af compatible; 8 x 10/100 Mbps Non-POE (Data only) ports
  • 3.2 Gbps Switching fabric
  • Non-blocking wire-speed configuration
  • Status LED’s for Power, POE, Gigabit, Status
  • 1.25 Mbits RAM data buffer, 4k MAC address entries
  • Plug & Play, Metal enclosure
  • 3-year warranty

Further Info: Manufacturers page for TPE-T88g; Buy from: Amazon (United States of America)

3. TRENDnet TPE-160

  • 16 Port Switch: 16 x 10/100 Mbps POE+ Ports (Up to 30 W per port; 802.11at, 802.11af compatible)
  • 3.2 Gbps Switching fabric
  • Non-blocking wire-speed configuration
  • 1.25 Mbits RAM data buffer, 4k MAC address entries
  • 500 W Internal power supply, Plug & Play, Metal enclosure
  • 19″ 1U Rack-mountable
  • 3-year warranty

Further Info: Manufacturers page for TPE-160. Buy from: Amazon (US).

8/16 Port 10/100/1000 Mbps POE+ Switches

4. TRENDnet TPE-TG44g

  • 8 Port Switch: 4 x 10/100/1000 Mbps POE+ Ports – Up to 30 W for 2 ports (max) (or) Up to 15.4W for 4 ports (max); 802.11at, 802.11af compatible; 4 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Non-POE (Data only) ports
  • 16 Gbps Switching fabric
  • Non-blocking wire-speed configuration
  • Status LED’s for Power, POE, Gigabit, Status
  • 96 Kbyte RAM data buffer, 1k MAC address entries, Jumbo frame support (up to 9k)
  • Plug & Play, Metal enclosure
  • Unused ports are automatically powered down when systems is in stand-by to save power
  • 3-year warranty

Further Info: Manufacturer’s page for TPE-TG44g. Buy from: Amazon (In America)

5. TRENDnet TPE-TG80g

  • 8 Port Switch: 8 x 10/100/1000 Mbps POE+ Ports; 802.11at, 802.11af compatible
  • 16 Gbps Switching fabric
  • Non-blocking wire-speed configuration
  • Status LED’s for Power, POE, Gigabit, Status
  • 96 Kbyte RAM data buffer, 1k MAC address entries, Jumbo frame support (up to 9k)
  • Plug & Play, Metal enclosure
  • Unused ports are automatically powered down when system is in stand-by to save power
  • 3-year warranty

Further Info: Manufacturers page for TPE-TG80g. Buy from: Amazon (In the United States)

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