Gigabit and Power over Ethernet (PoE) are two networking technologies moving ahead in tandem as industrial users power remote Ethernet devices such as IP security cameras at 1,000 Mbps over existing CAT5 cable. The move to gigabit performance is also ramping up, in general, as users look for ways to strengthen their network infrastructures.
"The overall trends in the marketplace are the move to high speeds and Gigabit operation," Shane Duffy, fiber and telecoms product manager for B&B Electronics told Design News. "Video applications and other network consumers are playing a role in the need for speed and, with the price point of the Gigabit products coming down, it enables users to future-proof their network."
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