If you’re up to date with your systems architecture jargon and current tech trends, this title will have you excited to read on. That’s right, Smart Homes are getting more streamlined, and even smarter. If you’re new to the conversation, we’ve got you.

The future of smart home automation and control has arrived with the evolution of Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. Whilst not new to the tech scene, to many PoE might still be considered an enterprise level feature. These days it is increasingly common to get smart home devices particularly WiFi cameras which also support using PoE.

Let’s backtrack briefly with a quick review. First, systems. The body, for example, is a collection of parts functioning as a whole. The same goes for any system. What sets one system apart from another are the finer details – the purpose, layout, and labels describing the various components. Second, ethernets. Usually synonymous with computer architecture, think a collection of various specified local-area network (LANs), protocols, devices, and connection methods.

Ah, connection methods, here’s where Power over Ethernet (PoE) comes in. Systems in all their various shapes, sizes, and forms, need to be powered or fueled to function. Imagine the back of your desk at work for a moment. Before wireless, there was (and possibly still is) a collection of power cables and adapters all tangled up back there. Well, simply put, PoE has shifted that dynamic. It allows the electrical current necessary for the operation of each device to be carried by data cables rather than by power cords. More functionality, less cords.

In short, the Ethernet does not require the existence of an AC power outlet before a networking device can be installed. PoE eliminates the need for two connections to be made before devices such as VoIP Phones, Wireless Access Points, and IP Cameras can be accessed.

It also eliminates the need to settle on one connectivity standard as required by the numerous smart devices designed for use in smart homes that are available in the market. Throw in the energy it saves, plus its ability to communicate with other smart devices without having the need for human input, and you see why the future of this technology is bright.

Top 4 Benefits:

1. Flexibility:
PoE scales the challenge posed by AC power outlets which limit the placement of networking devices to parts of the room where they are located. This flexibility makes the placement of such devices in the best optimal locations possible, allowing for better application performance and more efficient network designs as well.

2. Lower Cost of Installation:
AC power outlets are being eliminated and installations are becoming more simplified due to ease of placement. Less time, less stuff, more savings!

3. Easy To Adjust:
One other benefit that comes with this technology is the ability to make changes without having to disrupt the use of any room in your home. Whenever a network needs to be added, moved, or changed, it can be done with ease and speed. Temporary network deployments such as setting up a mobile office – no problema!

4. Centralized Power Management Capability:
All that is required to keep your networking devices functioning in the event of a power outage is a single UPS. Besides the backup power which it offers, this centralized power management capability enables shutdowns and resets to be made remotely. This saves you the worry of having several UPS systems distributed at different points of your home.

How does PoE make your Smart Home smarter?

Access Control:
The need to secure your property or certain rooms in the home cannot be overemphasized. This technology enables you to restrict unauthorized persons through the use of entry cards and keyless entry.

Lighting Control:
Aligned with current building codes, PoE allows you to become more efficient in the way energy is consumed in your home, and enjoy the comfort of having the right amount of light provided where it is needed.

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