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Power Over Ethernet Classes Comparison Chart

Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology offers electrical current for wired Ethernet LANs (local area networks) through ethernet cables. The current is just enough to have each device start and do its operation. This way data and electricity is carried by one cable rather than having separate power cord. This has tremendously helped with IP Security System installations.

Over the time, different PoE classes emerged to satisfy needs for different types of PoE devices. Here, we would like to give you a quick chart and explain what each PoE class power sourcing limitations are.

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Power over Ethernet classes

Class

Type

Maximum power available at the Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE)

Power required by PoE class at the Powered Device (PD)

0

802.3af

15.4 W

0.44 - 12.95 W

1

802.3af

4.0 W

0.44 - 3.84 W

2

802.3af

7.0 W

3.84 - 6.49 W

3

802.3af

15.4 W

6.49 - 12.95 W

4

802.3at PoE+

30 W

12.95 - 25.5 W

N/A

High PoE

60 W (2 x 30 W)

51 W

802.3af, 802.3at and High PoE

Property

802.3af

802.3at

High PoE

Power available at Powered Device

12.95 W

25.50 W

51 W

Maximum power delivered by Power Sourcing Equipment

15.40 W

30 W

2 x 30 W

Voltage range

44.0 - 57.0 V

50.0 – 57.0 V

50.0 – 57.0 V

Voltage range (at PD)

37.0 – 57.0 V

42.5 – 57.0 V

42.5 – 57.0 V

Supported cable type

Cat 3 and Cat 5

Minimum Cat 5

Recommend

Cat 6

Number of wire pairs used

2

2 or 4

4

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