Pakedge Device & Software’s new line of PoE Pass-Through switches will debut at CEDIA and the first to see production is the SE-5P2-EP.
The Pakedge PoE Pass-Through switches address a problem that they say has long plaguing AV technicians — the inability to install switches and devices at the edge of the network, near the point of use, with no power source nearby to operate the switch or the devices. Traditional approaches to this problem ranged from running unsightly extension cords to hiring electricians to run wires to the desired spot. Alternative solutions included the use of PoE injectors to power devices. With multiple edge devices to power, this approach is not cost effective and requires multiple dedicated electrical outlets elsewhere.
The innovative switches, developed in conjunction with dealer feedback, are powered by a single PoE+ port (IEEE 802.3at) from an upstream PoE+ switch or power injector. In addition to powering the switch, the input PoE+ signal is split into two PoE output ports, which can then be utilized to power two connected edge devices, such as VOIP phone, wireless access point, video cameras, touchscreen consoles or other PoE powerable devices. These switches remove the need for power outlets at the point of use, and instead utilize the PoE+ port from an upstream PoE switch. By removing the need for electrical outlets, the switches and edge devices can be located anywhere. Ideal applications include placement of the switch in access spaces, as attics, closets, above drop ceilings, basements and access tunnels. In addition, the switches can be used at point of use locations where the existing power outlets are already committed to other uses.
The new Pakedge SE-5P2-EP is an unmanaged PoE Pass-Through switch designed to provide an easy, time and cost saving solution for installers seeking to power PoE-enabled devices in edge of network areas. The unit features five Gigabit ports, including one input port powered by PoE+ Power (IEEE 802.3at) provided by a PoE+ switch on the network and two ports of PoE power (IEEE 802.3af) out. This approach is ideal for operating up to two devices requiring up to 15W each, such as external IP security cameras or wireless transmission systems and eliminates the need for any extra wiring.
The Pakedge PoE Pass-Through switches are in addition to the line of 5 and 8 Gigabit port Pakedge “PoE Powered” unmanaged and managed switches — S5Wpde, S8Wpde and S8Mpd. The entire Pakedge portfolio of PoE Innovations switches provide users with portability and versatility and allow users to install a switch in areas without easy access to power outlets.