Ethernet Alliance PoE Survey Reveals Insights

The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies, has announced results of its recent Power over Ethernet (PoE) product certification survey, the company said.

The data reveals some 78 percent of respondents experienced difficulties with PoE deployments, but that 72 percent expect noticeable improvement with products certified through the Ethernet Alliance´s PoE Certification Program. Further findings from the survey are available in a newly released infographic, 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 non-standard 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.

Conducted in January 2020, the Ethernet Alliance´s survey gathered data from more than 800 PoE stakeholders including designers, manufacturers, resellers, system integrators, network operators, and others. The findings yielded a number of important insights, such as:

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

The Ethernet Alliance is a global consortium that includes system and component vendors, industry experts, and university and government professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology. The Ethernet Alliance takes Ethernet standards to market by supporting activities that span from incubation of new Ethernet technologies to interoperability demonstrations and education. The organization´s plans for 2020 may be found on the Events page of its website.