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Cisco adds PoE capabilities to its Catalyst Intelligent Switching Series

Cisco Systems Inc. today announced support for the IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) standard across its Catal...


February 17, 2004  


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Cisco Systems Inc. today announced support for the IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) standard across its Catalyst Intelligent Switching portfolio.

PoE allows the delivery of DC power over the same copper wire as Ethernet and enables customers to integrate a host of new powered network-attached devices to their existing LAN infrastructure.

Cisco introduced 802.3af compliant 10/100/1000 and 10/100 PoE line cards for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 and 4500 Series modular switching platforms, new PoE options for the Catalyst 3750 and a new standalone PoE switch line, the Catalyst 3560.

In addition, a new single slot 96-port 10/100 module with optional 802.3af PoE daughter card is now available for the Catalyst 6500.

“With the ratification of the IEEE 802.3af standard, the potential uses for powered Ethernet ports go way beyond just phones and WLAN access points,” said Dave Passmore, Research Director for the Burton Group, an IT research firm.

“With a number of Ethernet powered products already on the market including Bluetooth access points, GSM picocells, web-based security cameras, data collection control terminals, lighting controllers, and print servers, users will see clear benefits from integrating a diverse range of network-attached devices into a single, common network.

"Aside from eliminating the need for local AC power and the resulting financial savings, an interesting point about PoE is that it represents the only global power standard with a common voltage and plug.”

In addition to the 96-port line card, the Cisco Catalyst 6500 contains an upgradeable 802.3af PoE daughter card available for the 48-port 10/100/1000 and 10/100 modules announced last year.