Wi-Fi 6 and small cell devices can now be installed easily and cost-effectively

Microchip Technology Inc has produced a more flexible and cost-effective alternative with the first multiport PoE PSE injector, also known as a midspan, allowing any multigigabit switch to support these devices’ high powering demands and data rates, with no network configuration or downtime required.

“Our new family of multiport, multigigabit PoE PSE injectors offers the easiest and most cost-effective way to install Wi-Fi 6 devices and small cell equipment,” said Iris Shuker, director of Microchip’s PoE business unit. “Patented technology from Microchip solves the challenge of powering these devices while also supporting their 10 gigabit-per-second data rates. This greatly simplifies deployment of Wi-Fi 6 APs while enabling service providers, for the first time, to quickly and inexpensively install 5G picocells and femtocells wherever they are needed, which is rarely near an AC outlet.”

Multigigabit PoE-enabled switches with adequate power for Wi-Fi 6 devices and small cell equipment are costly and not broadly adopted. A more cost-effective way to inject power into the network for these high-speed devices is to install one of the company’s new multiport, multigigabit midspans between them and any standard multigigabit switch. Offered in 6-, 12- and 24-port configurations, each midspan supports Wi-Fi 6 devices’ high IEEE 802.11ax data rates and delivers up to 60W of output power per port in compliance with the IEEE’s 802.3bt PoE and 10GBASE-T specifications. The midspans can be securely monitored and controlled remotely using its web-based PowerView Pro platform.