POE Solution

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Feb 5th, 2007

I have a situation where a customer has recently purchased new 3560s, but not POE models. He now wants to put in 50 7960 phones, but without purchasing new switches. What's the best solution here? I have to provide a few hours of power backup, so I want to limit the number of power cords, and I need a solution that works with 7960 (pre-standard PoE).

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Aaron Dhiman Mon, 02/05/2007 - 10:50

Thanks for the suggestion, however I'm not concerned with converting the pre-standard to IEEE POE, but rather with one that will:

1. Limit the number of Power Cords, so I can easiliy provide power backup.

2. Use the existing 3560 non-POE switches.

I imagine the best solution would be a POE patch panel that supports pre-standard POE. Any opinions or product suggestions?

Paolo Bevilacqua Mon, 02/05/2007 - 11:00

Hi, as I said the product suggestions are in that thread, I'm not mentioning the brands or models here as this forum is mainly focused on cisco issues.

rob.huffman Mon, 02/05/2007 - 11:13

Hi Aaron/Paolo,

Excellent info Paolo (as always) :) I don't think Cisco will mind if we refer Aaron to the following links (Cisco Partner) be sure to look at the secondary splitter required for the 7960 pre-standard PoE.

PowerDsine 6000 Power over Ethernet Midspan Family


Good chart that shows 7960 etc.


Hope this helps!



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