Look inside a PoE R&D Lab

July 24, 2019
Scenes from the Power over Ethernet research-and-development lab that CommScope opened in 2018.

In 2018 CommScope opened a research and development laboratory in Greensboro, North Carolina. The company has used the lab to trial next-generation Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications to verify the performance and safety of the structured cabling systems that support PoE—particularly regarding thermal performance in different real-world installation conditions.

CommScope shared with us these photos from the lab, and we’re pleased to share them with you.

At the lab’s entrance, workers and visitors are greeted with a space for collaborative work and a look at the cable-support and -management systems within the facility.

CommScope built an office workstation in its R&D lab to put Power over Ethernet products and systems in real-world environments. In this space, PoE powers the IP phone and the video display.

Here, CommScope measures the temperature rise of cable bundles carrying new-generation Power over Ethernet direct-current power.

This fixture in CommScope’s R&D lab enables the company to test the impact of mating and unmating 8P8C plug-jack connections.

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