Power Over Ethernet: The Power To Move You
In the technology integration business, Power Over Ethernet (PoE) technology is becoming much more common as the types of devices that support it are increasingly more pervasive. It has evolved over time from a limited technology typically found in wireless access points to one that is now a key component of a growing number of products in the field. In fact, PoE technology can now be found in many new control processors, automation products and IP cameras.
Not only is it an important technology that provides convenience and critical functionality, PoE comes in especially handy for remotely managing installations and reducing costly truck rolls by enabling remote reboots. Additionally, since many PoE switches are managed, integrators who utilize them will have extended visibility into the network.
By logging in, items such as the link status of each port, details on packet errors, drops and deliveries, or a list of devices connected to the switch are provided. This added visibility is crucial for managing today’s connected devices, where troubleshooting blindly can lead to hours of added frustration and expense for you and your customer.
The great news is that the cost for a managed PoE switch is lower than ever before and the number of manufacturers offering these solutions is rapidly expanding. What’s more, you no longer need a PDU present to reboot devices, and the incremental cost of the managed switch will pay for itself within a short period of time.
Individual PoE ports can often be controlled through the switches or command-line interface, which requires remote access such as a VPN connection or port forwarding. It is worth noting that port forwarding, although convenient, is broadly considered to be a risky and insecure remote access method that should be avoided whenever possible.
Because of its versatility, ihiji has fully embraced PoE technology. To put it in perspective, we’ve included PoE port management within ihiji invision so that technology integrators can manage all of their client’s connectivity from within a single system. This further simplifies an integrators remote management services by providing a centralized, easy to use and comprehensive dashboard. By providing visibility into the core network, power devices and edge nodes, ihiji invision arms integrators with all of the information needed to resolve issues as quickly and efficiently as possible any time there’s something wrong with a client’s system.