Unleashing the Power of PoE: Revolutionising Tablet Installations

Unleashing the Power of PoE: Revolutionising Tablet Installations

In our modern world, the integration of iPads and tablets into various business operations has become increasingly commonplace.

Every day, our team fields a plethora of inquiries from businesses eager to utilise these devices for essential applications such as health and safety compliance, visitor sign-ins, staff clock-ins, and more. However, despite their versatility and potential benefits, a common frustration plagues many users: the recurring issue of Wi-Fi dropouts and connectivity problems.

Enter Power over Ethernet (PoE), a game-changing technology that simplifies the installation of tablets, such as iPad, Surface Go, Galaxy Tab and Lenovo. PoE offers a streamlined solution by delivering both power and data over a single Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for separate AC adapters and providing a stable connection through wired Ethernet.

Surprisingly, many are unaware that tablets can accept both power and LAN data connections through an Ethernet cable—a feature commonly known as PoE power + data.

The Importance of PoE in Today's Workplace

By converging power and data into a single infrastructure, PoE simplifies operations, reduces costs, and lays the foundation for future technological advancements.

Transitioning from Traditional AC with Wi-Fi to PoE

Traditionally, tablet installations rely on a combination of AC power and Wi-Fi connectivity. However, issues such as Wi-Fi dead zones, signal interference, and power outages can disrupt operations and connectivity. Tablets can now be powered directly through Ethernet cables, eliminating the clutter of power cords and adapters. Moreover, connecting tablets to Ethernet ensures a reliable and high-speed data connection.

    Which PoE is Right For You?

    A few tips on how to pick the right tablet, PoE, and mount for your application:

    1. Pick the screen size you need. Most tablets over 10” require 18-25 watts to run. Most tablets under 10” can run on 12 watts.
    2. Why is that important? That will determine what type of PoE adapter and PoE switch you need. Tablets under 10” can run on IEEE 802.3af or normal PoE. Tablets over 10” will need IEEE 802.3at or PoE+. You want to make sure you have the right PoE switch or injector for that.
    3. Pick the mount that fits your application. You can use desk mounted, wall mounted on the wall, or wall mounted flush to the wall with a box to hold everything in the back.

    The biggest variable is Samsung because, at least in years past, not all Tabs had USB data on the data port, but more and more devices are having it built in.

    Have questions? Talk with our team and let us help you find the best solutions for your business.

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