Some of my readers may not know what this is but I am going to start covering more networking devices and other items that can help clean up and automate your home networks. Let me explain what my need for the TP-LINK PoE splitter was and help you understand.
In my condo I have a main gigabit drop going out to my living room that also shares a wall with my 2nd bedroom. When my little brother moved in he needed a gigabit drop and I didn’t have any more room to pull another cable in the pipe that was going over there. So rather than have to pull another cable another way (which would have been a HUGE hassle) I decided to stick a small 5 port gigabit NetGear (metal case) switch in the wall.
Now the only issue then was getting power to the switch. Enter the TP-LINK PoE splitter. On the back of my little switch is a 12V power input. What the TP-LINK PoE splitter does is it takes the PoE power signal and outputs it to a DC jack in 5V, 9V, or 12V increments. This paired with a small standalone PoE injector in my main network area I was able to power the 5 port NetGear switch over the network cable. This also gave me the added benefit that where the PoE injector was installed at also had a UPS attached so when the power goes out the switch will stay on.
All in all I am very happy with this little product. I picked it up for a measly $15 shipped from Amazon. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a small solution like this. This will also work with most routers and access points that take the small round bullet style power plug. I know this works with my Cisco M20 router and numerous other 12V network devices (access points, switches, routers, etc) that have the same connector. MOST small office/home office network devices use the 12V round connector. Check yours before you buy this. You will only get the standard sized cord when you buy this. You could always go to radio shack with the cord and the device you want to power and see if they have an adapter tip that would allow you to use it with a different end.
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