We all know that Ethernet cables are a way of providing high speed connectivity to your network, but did you know that the Ethernet cables have a few more tricks up their sleeves?
1. Power over Ethernet (POE)
As the name suggests POE is the provision of power over Ethernet, it is used to power various devices, such as CCTV cameras and wireless access points. One of the key benefits of POE is that a separate power supply isn’t needed, which is particular handy for when you are installing CCTV cameras, and the like, in places that are some distance from the closest power supply. POE requires a POE switch or a power injector but both are relatively cheap.
2. USB over Ethernet
USB cables are normally relatively short, but with a simple adaptor you can use Ethernet cable to dramatically increase the length. We have only really used this to connect an Xbox controller to a console in another room (instructions in future post), but there must be other scenarios when this would be useful?
3. HDMI over Ethernet
Due to their makeup HDMI cables are limited to about 15m in length, which isn’t normally an issue; however there are occasions when you might need it to stretch a little further. In this case you can use HDMI over Ethernet converter, the converters gives the signal a boost allowing you to extend the distance dramatically. We have used this system to share a games console between multiple TV’s across a house (instructions in future posts).
So there you have it, three alternative uses for Ethernet. I hope you have enjoyed the post. If you liked the post, please like and share. If you have any questions please add them to the comments. We are able to install and advice on all the alternative uses for Ethernet, for a Free Quote please call 01628 299 272 or use one of the other ways to contact us.