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Power Over Ethernet Switch

POE or Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3 AF Standard) is a special feature found in many networking devices including digital VOIP phones, cameras, security systems, switches, and many other devices.  This feature allows Ethernet cables to supply the power for various networking devices, while transmitting and receiving data in the normal way.   Typical PoE customers are businesses wanting to grow their network or adding additional digital VOIP phones in offices and buildings where new power lines would be expensive and/or inconvenient.

Here are the basics you need to know about PoE 802.11 AF Standard:

  • Device supplying the Power is known as Power Sourcing Device (PSE)
  • Device receiving the Power is Known as Powered Device (PD)
  • Normal Power Sourcing Devices provide 15.4 watts of power.
  • 15.4 watts of power can be divided between several PDs.
  • Both PSE and PD can either send or receive power, but not both.

 Things You Should Consider before Buying PSE or PD’s:

Start by looking at how many PoE powered devices you need to add to your network.  Each powered device will have specific power requirements.   You need to carefully calculate how much total power you will need for all powered devices.

For example, Cisco SPA 504G VoIP Phone requires 1.79 Watt. If you were to add 24 Cisco SPA 504G phones to your network, you will need total of 42.96 watts of power.    You should shop for PSE based on this number.    You may notice that 802.11 AF standards only calls for 15.4 watts of power but you can find many devices that can easily exceed this requirement.

For example, In this case you may consider Cisco SF300-24P PoE Switch.  This switch can provide up to 180 watts of power, more than enough to power all 24 phones.   Some other PD products such as wireless access points and security cameras take significantly higher power.  Therefore, switch like Cisco SF300-24P is an ideal PoE solution for small businesses.

 Benefits of using Power Over Ethernet or PoE :

  •  Ease of installation for both PSE and PD.
  • Allows flexibly for adding or moving devices to new location.
  • Cost and Time savings of installing new electrical outlets.
  • One less power adapter to manage for each PD device.
  • PSE optimizes power use to reduce energy costs and protect environment.
  • Automatic power shutoff on PSD ports when link is down.
  • Most Cisco PSE utilizes chipsets that allow for lower power consumptions.
  • Better power management using SNMP and UPS.

Now that you know the power of PoE, make sure to consider power over ethernet devices next time you are thinking about adding any device to your network.

Free Cisco UC 320

Hosted PBX systems are disliked by some small business owners. They opt to have some hardware in their own office under their control for the money paid. Further small business owners who want less than 20 connections do not have anything to do with multi-site support and other advanced features. All they want is a PBX system with limited features and low cost, suitable for their business. Cisco Small Business Unified Communication 320 is a recent PBX system released by Cisco. The system is appropriate for small offices and small businesses.

The hardware looks like a small router we use for internet connection. The box has four Gigabit Ethernet ports, 12 FXO ports, Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) support and SIP trunk support. There is integrated voice mail and auto attendant software coming with the package. SIP trunk manages to get rid of all the heavy instruments and make the hardware required for PBX systems as small as possible. Hence, Unified communication 320 is known for its small size and high productivity. Unified communication 320 is by far the cheapest PBX system in the market. What makes it more irresistible is its brand name.

All you have to do after purchasing the hardware is to connect it to a 24 port switch and start using the phone lines. All the data, voice and multimedia needs of the company are taken care of by the PBX system ensuring customer’s full satisfaction. Hardware, switch and software, what do we talk to? Of course the companies should connect separate telephones to the switches. But the system supports low cost Cisco SPA300 and SPA500 SIP phones. This makes the system much more affordable. Small offices looking for PBX systems which they could control themselves find Unified Communication 320 as the best choice. The system received a lot of positive reviews stating its performance is much better than its other counterparts from Cisco.

Fixtro provides full assistance in assembling the Cisco Unified Communication 320 PBX system. We also provide the necessary customer service required in case of any repair. Customers who purchase a full Fixtro Unified Communications system get the Cisco Unified Communication 320 PBX systems for free. Huge companies who get more than ten lines can make use of this free PBX system to manage a smaller branch or a division of the office. The offer is valid for a limited period of time only in Only customers of get a chance to try their hands on the Unified communication 320 PBX systems for free.

Want to learn more about Cisco UC 320, Give Fixtro a call at 510-709-4060 and schedule a free demo.  We will show you the full power of Cisco Unified Communication Device (AKA UC320).   You will able to experience the truly state of the art phone PBX system.  You will learn about Cisco Phones, UC320, Smart power of Ethernet Switches that will make your company look like next fortune 500 company. 

Don’t worry.  Consultation is free. Pick up the phone and give us a call today 510-709-4060.