Insights from PoE Survey

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Results from a recent Ethernet Alliance Power over Ethernet (PoE) product certification survey  showed that as many as four out of five users experience challenges with PoE deployments, but a  certification program would improve the deployment and integration process.

The survey, conducted in January 2020, revealed that 78% of respondents experienced difficulties with PoE deployments, but that 72% expect noticeable improvement with products certified through the Ethernet Alliance’s PoE Certification Program. An infographic is available at

Lacking a registered trademark, the use of the term ‘PoE’ is not formally regulated, allowing any vendor to freely describe products and solutions as PoE-enabled. Additionally, terminologies such as ‘PoE+’, as well as nonstandard PoE implementations are causing confusion with device interoperability among technicians, designers and end users.

The Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification Program aims to reduce this uncertainty and build market confidence, by providing a uniform methodology for verifying PoE product interoperability based on IEEE 802.3 PoE standards. The program encompasses rigorous product testing, certification logos, and a public registry of certified products.

“In the nearly two decades since its introduction, PoE has become a ubiquitous part of the technology landscape,” said David Tremblay, chair of PoE Subcommittee, Ethernet Alliance; and system architect at Aruba. “With the global market projected to grow to US$2 billion by 2025, it remains a wellspring of lucrative opportunities for designers, systems integrators, and solutions providers. Despite this good news, there are significant challenges that could threaten PoE’s growing adoption, as illustrated by the results of our recent survey. Our findings point to the need for a unified certification process that improves interoperability, and provides a streamlined path to successful deployment.”

The survey gathered data from more than 800 PoE stakeholders including designers, manufacturers, resellers, system integrators, network operators, and others. Key insights from the responses included:

  • The top-three PoE installations are cameras, phones, and computing/storage devices;
  • 78% of users experienced some issues, including support, reliability, or connection challenges;
  • 84% said certified PoE devices would be more likely to work the first time, and 85% expect
  • those devices to be more reliable;
  • 95% responded that products certified under the Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification Program would positively influence buying decisions.