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28 May 2019, 14:35

Simplify Installation Issues for Power over Ethernet (PoE) Devices

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is basically a way of powering a device over a twisted pair Ethernet cable, so providing both data and power in a single cable and not needing a separate power supply next to the installed device, which makes installation much simpler and cost-effective. Devices being powered by PoE are widely found around the IT industry and include:

  • IP Cameras (with pan & tilt functionality)
  • Network Routers
  • VoIP phones
  • Wireless access points
  • IPTV decoders
  • Point of sales kiosks
  • Industrial control systems

However, what happens if there is an issue during the installation? A fault on the cable, such as a short/open circuit or wrong connection. There may be insufficient power being provided over the network to power the device. Then identifying and troubleshooting the issue can be complex and time-consuming as often the installed device is in a remote location, but help is on hand from the new Fluke Networks Microscanner PoE as illustrated in the video below.As the video shows the Microscanner PoE has all the key features to take the guesswork out of troubleshooting:

  • Shows the class of power provided over the network to determine if sufficient for the connected device
  • Cable Tester, which will show the location of common faults
  • Built-in tone generator for tracing wires
  • Shows the speed of the Ethernet connection up to 10G

The Microscanner PoE range includes:


With a background in electronics and electrical engineering, with a keen eye on innovation and how things work.

28 May 2019, 14:35