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Phihong Develops Low-Cost 8-Port Midspan for SOHO and Security Applications

March 07, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Phihong USA announced that it has developed a low-cost, 8-port midspan. Fully compliant with the IEEE802.3af standard in detection, disconnect, and voltage control, the Gigabit-compatible Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) midspan provides full power to all eight ports.

"This product lowers the cost of implementing PoE and single points of backup for phones and security cameras in SOHO installations," said Keith Hopwood, Vice President of Marketing for Phihong. "To date, most implementations of PoE have been for enterprise installations."

The 8-port midspan provides backup power to phones and security cameras in an entire office, using a single UPS. According to the company, the midspan is not only lower in cost than competitive solutions, but it also allows full power on every port, eliminating the need for installers to check datasheets and calculate how many devices to connect.

The 8-port PoE midspan is well-suited for powering a variety of applications, including security systems, VoIP applications in small offices, and access points for large public places, such as an airport terminal or library. The 8-port midspan features both connection and diagnostic indicators, and can be stacked on a switch or rack-mounted. The low-cost midspan supports Cisco legacy IP phones and access points with no additional dongles or wire swappers required.

The midspan measures 7.8 inches x 8.9 inches x 1.75 inches. Pricing for the 8-port midspan is $195 each and will be available by Q2 this year. Samples are available for OEMs.