Multi-port, multi-Gbit PoE injector simplifies Wi-Fi 6 access

Wi-Fi 6 and small cell devices can now be installed easily and cost-effectively, wherever they are needed, using the family of multi-port, multi-Gbit injectors offered by Microchip Technology.

Organisations can only deploy today’s Wi-Fi 6 access points (APs) and 5G small cell access nodes where AC power is available, or if the switch can deliver both power and data to them as required. Microchip believes the injectors or midspans are the first multi-port power over Ethernet (PoE) power sourcing equipment (PSE) midspan to enable any multi-Gbit switch to support the high power needs and data rates, with no network configuration or downtime necessary.

The family of multi-port, multi-Gbit PoE PSE injectors can be used to install Wi-Fi 6 devices and small cell equipment. “Patented technology . . . solves the challenge of powering these devices while also supporting their 10Gbit per second data rates,” said Iris Shuker, director of Microchip’s PoE business unit. “This greatly simplifies deployment of Wi-Fi 6 APs while enabling service providers, for the first time, to quickly and inexpensively install 5G picocells and femtocells wherever they are needed, which is rarely near an AC outlet,” she added.

MultiGbit PoE-enabled switches with sufficient power for Wi-Fi 6 devices and small cell equipment are expensive and not widely adopted, says Microchip. A more cost-effective way to inject power into the network for these high-speed devices is to install a Microchip multi-port, multi-Gbit midspans between them and any standard multi-Gbit switch. The family consists of six-, 12- and 24-port configuration midspans. Each midspan supports Wi-Fi 6 devices’ IEEE 802.11ax data rates and delivers up to 60W of output power per port in compliance with the IEEE’s 802.3bt PoE and 10GBASE-T specifications. The PD-9506-10GC, PD-9512-10GC and PD-9524-10GC midspans can be securely monitored and controlled remotely using Microchip’s web-based PowerView Pro platform.

The midspans are available now as part of Microchip’s PoE portfolio. It consists of indoor and outdoor PoE solutions including both multi-port 1Gbit products and single-port multi-Gbit options. Microchip is the only supplier of PoE powered device (PD) ICs, PoE PSE ICs, PoE systems (injectors/midspans and switches) and test equipment. The PoE system portfolio enables delivery of up to 90W of flexible and reliable power over the Ethernet network to WLAN access points, network cameras, IP telephones, IP cameras and other IP-based devices.

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