Sometimes as an Access Point (AP) or IP surveillance installer, you have to do your job in some really awkward places. Often these places aren’t easily accessible, such as in drop ceilings or on rooftops, and require ladders or possibly some sort of super-spy pulley system to get to. When these places are more than 100 meters from the switch, you start to hit the distance limitation of Ethernet and Power over Ethernet (POE). Consequently, either the specification gets stretched, or injectors and extenders are used to overcome it. This adds additional complexity on the link and can make it harder to identify exactly where problems occur. Not only are there physical challenges that come along with the job, but there are provisioning challenges too, particularly for the System Integrator or Value Added Reseller whose installations require the network owner to correctly configure the switch. In these unforgiving places the installer needs a tool to quickly determine if the problem is the network or the endpoint. Can you tell where I’m going with this? If you were able to complete the tests with all green lights, you’ll get an email right on your phone with all of the test details. This includes the corresponding switch name and port/slot, POE voltage, IP address information, and much more.
You can quickly validate PoE performance by drawing actual power up to the 802.3at standard 25.5W with the LinkRunner AT Network Tester. Walk through the virtual demo yourself here.