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Delivering Power Efficiently over Category 5e Cabling

by Bobby Salerno on August 29, 2017

Whether it is in an office environment, manufacturing facility or a college campus,Cat5ePowerPlus-Info-graphic-Final.jpg the use of Power over Ethernet (POE) to provide power and communication to devises is on the rise.  Whether its IP phones, Wi-Fi access points, security cameras or access control systems, an Ethernet cable infrastructure provides the user with significant flexibility and cost savings.  The emergence of smart lighting is also adding to this growing list of services supported by POE.  This new generation of smart lighting systems takes advantage of IP addressable LED lighting that not only draws less power than their incandescent or fluorescent counterparts, but also can be systematically controlled within the Ethernet network and customized. 

Many of these devices are not significant bandwidth users but they are users of increasingly greater amounts of energy.  While the latest standard (IEEE 802.3bt) defines the use of up to 100W, most of the end devices can easily be supported with 1 Gbps cabling.  HCA’s new Category 5e Power+ cable utililizes 22 AWG copper and is designed to support the growing list of applications that are more power dependent yet are easily supported with 1  Gbps. As a more efficient cable, it delivers more power to the device than standard industry cables. Since the Power+ cable is more efficient than 24AWG Category 5e cables, it saves money. 


Features of the New Hitachi Power+™ Category 5e Cable:

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  • Supports high power PoE
  • Industry best maximum Operating Temperature of 105⁰C (221⁰F)
  • An industry leading LP Rating of .7 amps which supports up to 140 watts of power!
  • Part of HCA’s industry leading OSA Lifetime Warranty Program
  • UL verified Category 5e for Gigabit Ethernet
  • Made in USA

In delivering power, the Power+ cable, due to its larger conducter, generates less heat (energy loss) compared to standard category 5e and even category 6 cables.  This generation of less heat in turn reduces the cost associated with removing that heat from the building, thus also reducing cooling costs. Considering the increasing use of POE in more everyday applications, the opportunities for power and cooling savings need to be taken into consideration.

Another problem with heat generation is infrastructure performance assurance.  Increased heat generation within cables can degrade the overall performance and even physically damage the cable itself.  The Category 5e Power+ cable has a industry leading maximum operating temperature of 105⁰C.  Combined with the minimal temperature rise of the 22AWG conductors, the Category 5e Power+ cable can support a industry leading 140 watts in the maximum bundle size recognize by Table 725.144 (Insert Name) of The National Electric Code 2017.

 Click here for more information on the New Hitachi Power+™ Category 5e Cable 

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