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How to Build Enterprise Wireless Network over PoE?

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In enterprise, the requirement of WiFi connection is very essential to accommodate today’s business trend – connecting mobile devices to business or corporate networks including Android, iOS and Windows based mobile phone devices. Mobile devices are getting smarter in supporting the business tools including messages, accessing business files, business class security and still more. There are many methods to build enterprise wireless network, among the PoE (Power over Ethernet) wireless network is considered to be the most popular deployment methods. Now, let’s learn how to build enterprise wireless network over PoE  in this blog.

Choose a PoE WAP Instead of a Common One

The easiest way to provide WiFi access to mobile devices is by deploying wireless access points (WAPs) either mounted on the wall or ceiling, and you know that all of those devices require power and data cable to connect to the network. Data network can be transmitted by running Cat5e or Cat6 network cable from the WAP to the nearest Ethernet network switch, and the difficulty comes when there is no power outlets available in the points where you need to install the WAP devices on the ceiling. Therefore PoE WiFi access point, which can receive data and power over the same cable, may be the best choice. The most common PoE wireless access device is the wireless AP, which is usually installed on the ceiling.

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Ethernet Network Cable Is Small but Essential

From the passage above we can know that each WAP device must connect to Ethernet network switch over Cat5e or Cat6 Ethernet cable. Therefore, Ethernet network cable is the essential accessory in enterprise PoE wireless network building. Both Cat5e and Cat6 are twisted pair cables that use copper wires, typically 4 twisted pairs in each cable. The specification for Cat6 features more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise, and can support 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Cat5e, in contrast, performs up to 1 Gigabit Ethernet. Choose the most suitable one according to your specific requirement.

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PoE Switch Provides Data and Power to PoE WAP

A PoE switch is a connecting device that can carry both data and power. When connected to PoE wireless devices, it can provide both data and power to wireless devices over the same Ethernet cable. To build enterprise PoE wireless network, as shown in the figure below, the PoE switch connects to a router that connects to the Internet. The network provides connectivity among PoE wireless network devices and computers that have a wired connection to the switch. The PoE wireless access points connect to a PoE switch that provides them with power. Each access point connects multiple wireless devices to the network.

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Build enterprise PoE wireless network is easy. All you need are PoE switches, PoE wireless devices and some Cat5e or Cat6 Ethernet network cables. PoE switches provided in FS.COM are available with 8, 24, and 48 PoE Gigabit Ethernet, which can provide fiber connectivity options for easy expansion of your networks. Besides, FS.COM also provides a full range of Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, and Cat7 Ethernet patch cables with many lengths and colors options, which may offer you a flexible cabling solution. For more information, please visit or contact us over

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