Best PoE Injectors

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 1, 2018
Need to cut cost on cable installation without sacrificing your internet connection while still providing power and Ethernet to your devices? Turn your attention to our review below and find a portable PoE injector that is right for you. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Standard
Ports
Housing
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

The body of the device has special loops for easy wall and ceiling mounting. This makes cable routing simple and lets you place the midspan right next to the gadget you're connecting it to.

CONS

Heats up quite a lot during work.

OUR VERDICT

A cutting-edge model capable of operating at 30W, this PoE injector provides ultra-high gigabit speeds to ensure lossless data transfers. It's easy to place thanks to the mounting loops and its plastic body is pretty lightweight. Although the device tends to heat up substantially after prolonged use, it's still quite reliable and a great choice.

detailed parameters
Standard

PoE, PoE+IEEE

802.3/802.3u/802.3ab/802.3af/802.3at

Ports

1 x Data-In LAN port (Up to 1000 Mbps)

1 x PWR+Data out LAN port (Up to 1000 Mbps)

Housing

Plastic

Extras

Integrated power supply, Short circuit protection, LED indicators

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Special grooves on the side let you connect several injectors to save space and make setup easier.

CONS

The power cord is quite short.

OUR VERDICT

We'd recommend this model to IT specialists as you can combine several pieces to create one big PoE row with a stable connection and no difficult setup required. This midspan can be operated for days on end without heating up, making it a reliable pick for use with always-online devices.

detailed parameters
Standard

PoE

IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab/802.3af

Ports

1 x Data-In LAN port (Up to 100 Mbps)

1 x PWR+Data out LAN port (Up to 100 Mbps)

Housing

Plastic

Extras

Integrated power supply, LED indicators, Slots for side-by-side connection with multiple injectors

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The model is incredibly small and lightweight and works equally well with 110V and 220V, making it a good portable power source.

CONS

The glossy coating on the device scratches easily.

OUR VERDICT

Boasting renowned TP-LINK quality, this midspan is incredibly compact and thus easy to find a place for. It comes pre-configured and offers 1000 Mbps up/down speeds. And to top it all off, it's a very budget-friendly choice, making it viable for any user.

detailed parameters
Standard

PoE

IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab/802.3af

Ports

1 x Data-In LAN port (Up to 1000 Mbps)

1 x PWR+Data out LAN port (Up to 1000 Mbps)

Housing

Plastic

Extras

LED indicators

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The metal body is not only sturdier than standard plastic. It also cools the device during operation, making round-the-clock work less taxing on the midspan.

CONS

The LED indicators are a bit too bright and may be annoying.

OUR VERDICT

This injector has 4 data out ports, making it perfect for wide-scale security systems and refined setups that would take several midspans otherwise. Plus, the metal body of the device doesn't weigh all that much yet provides excellent sturdiness and reliability. This midspan should be your top choice for security reasons.

detailed parameters
Standard

PoE, PoE+

IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab/802.3af/802.3at

Ports

1 x Data-In LAN port (Up to 100 Mbps)

4 x PWR+Data out LAN port (Up to 100 Mbps)

Housing

Metal

Extras

LED-indicators

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This model has several layers of protection to make sure the device isn't damaged by power surges or pulse currents.

CONS

The LAN ports' status isn't indicated in any way.

OUR VERDICT

An affordable model with several protective measures that ensure your devices will stay online ever during power surges. It's pretty reliable and while the transfer speed isn't the highest, it's quite a bargain at this price point.

detailed parameters
Standard

PoE

IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab/802.3af

Ports

1 x Data-In LAN port (Up to 100 Mbps)

1 x PWR+Data out LAN port (Up to 100 Mbps)

Housing

Plastic

Extras

Integrated power supply, LED indicator, Surge protection, Clamping protection, Maximum surge discharge, Peak pulse current

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day money-back guarantee

TRENDnet TPE-115GI

Data Transfers in the Blink of an Eye

Speed is key when it comes to transferring data via Ethernet connection. So take a look at the TRENDnet TPE-115GI if you want to make sure your transfers are quick and lossless.

This midspan model offers up to 1000 Mbps of both upload and download, guaranteeing speedier data movement than most competitors. Of course, this gigabit PoE injector also uses the up-to-date IEEE standards, which makes it compatible with most cameras and other gadgets that you might want to hook up to your local network.

You may think the TRENDnet TPE-115GI is pretty weighty based on its imposing black box design but the body of the gadget is actually made of lightweight plastic. The sides of the midspan have loops that can be used to mount it on your wall or ceiling, hiding it away from prying eyes. It also makes the process of routing cables from the midspan to the camera much easier.

You’ll have to make sure that the TRENDnet TPE-115GI isn’t squeezed into the wall though. The device gets quite hot after running for a while and being in constant contact with another surface definitely won’t be good for its temperature.

In the end, the TRENDnet TPE-115GI is easy to setup and use and if you need a power source that can be tucked away inconspicuously it’s a great choice. The short circuit protection and integrated power supply will keep the signal stable at all times while the gigabit speed ensures that your data is transferred losslessly and as fast as possible.

Review of TRENDnet TPE-115GI Gigabit PoE+ Injector

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BV-Tech POE-I100

Keep Your Setup Tidy

Any IT specialist knows how tiring it is to create a proper setup where cables aren’t tangled and different devices aren’t left lying all over the room. Luckily, we have a pretty nifty solution in the form of the BV-Tech POE-I100.

Since the device only has 1 data out port with 100 Mbps up/down speed, you will likely need to get a couple of them to do an actual wide-scale setup. This would usually complicate things quite a bit as placing multiple midspans and routing cables to them is quite a chore, but the BV-Tech injectors have a special groove on their side. That slot lets you connect an unlimited number of midspans, creating a row of ports and powering several devices at once.

Placement options will still be a bit restricted though as the power cord on this model is surprisingly short. Sure the injector has its own power supply, but if you want to maximize efficiency, we’d advise keeping the midspan plugged in.

Other than that, though, there are few things to complain about in regards to the BV-Tech POE-I100 design and ease of use. Setup doesn’t take long, the injector doesn’t get white-hot even if you run it 24/7, and the ports themselves are pretty sturdy. We can honestly say that the BV-Tech POE-I100 is a great active/passive PoE injector if you like to keep your system neat with all cables routed carefully.

Review of BV-Tech POE-I100 Single Port Power over Ethernet PoE Injector

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TP-LINK TL-POE150S

Small Injector Packs a Punch

Brands aren’t everything but it’s tough to deny that the TP-LINK company is one of the leaders in the market and certainly makes some of the most reliable and budget-friendly devices out there. So if you’re looking for a PoE injector that’s going to keep your gadgets connected and won’t be an eyesore, we recommend the TP-LINK TL-POE150S.

This model requires no additional setup and is ready for work right after being plugged in. The injector is compatible with both 110V and 220V networks so it can be used in spots where others would fail.

As for design, we can safely call the TP-LINK TL-POE150S one of the smallest and lightest midspans we’ve seen. Its plastic body fits easily into your hand yet it’s sturdy enough to keep from breaking if it falls. However, the plastic does tend to get scratched easily, and your injector likely won’t look all that good after a few months of use.

Still, we like the TP-LINK TL-POE150S for its usefulness, not its looks. The injector provides a gigabit data transfer channel with support of all modern standards except for 802.3at. This means it’ll be compatible with pretty much anything you’ll connect it to with just a few exceptions.

All in all, though, if you need an affordable and compact PoE midspan with high-speed transferring, the TP-LINK TL-POE150S is certainly a top choice.

Review of TP-LINK TL-POE150S PoE Injector Adapter

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Amcrest AMPS5E4P-AT-65

Armored for Reliability

Since the majority of PoE midspans are used for powering security cameras and hooking them up to the grid, it only makes sense that they have to be sturdy. Otherwise, any crook could damage the injector and get your cameras offline! That’s why we recommend getting the Amcrest AMPS5E4P-AT-65, a reliable midspan encased in an all-metal body. No petty criminal will be able to disable this model and your cameras will always keep a watchful eye on the room.

Don’t let us fool you into thinking that the metal is a good choice of material solely thanks to sturdiness. It’s also guaranteed to last longer than plastic and keeps the insides of the midspan cooled so the device doesn’t overheat even if you run it 24/7.

We can’t call the design of the Amcrest midspan perfect, though, as the bright blue color of the body stands out quite a bit on any wall and gives away the system’s position. Plus, the LED indicators are just a little too bright and might attract attention as well as annoy you if you put the midspan in your range of view.

The Amcrest AMPS5E4P PoE power injector is also good for large-scale surveillance systems since it has 4 data out ports. You can connect multiple cameras and set up a data exchange between them and the server at up to 100 Mbps.

This modest-looking yet useful injector manages to stand out from the crowd not just thanks to the eye-catching color but also on the merits of its connective features. Your surveillance will be impenetrable with 4 viewpoints and a stable connection provided by the Amcrest midspan.

Review of Amcrest AMPS5E4P-AT-65 5-Port POE+ Switch

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Ubiquiti POE-24-12W

Safety First!

Whether you need it for an IP camera or an access point, a PoE midspan should be easy to set up. This and a few other features are precisely why we’ve chosen the Ubiquiti POE-24-12W among hundreds of competitors.

The injector is ready to go right away, requiring no configuration or safeguarding. The latter is thanks to built-in surge and clamping protection which, coupled with the integrated power supply, guarantees that your midspan won’t be taken offline by anything. That, in turn, keeps your whole grid going, whether you’re using the injector to power a camera or as an access point. Just make sure to check the device once in a while as the LED indicators don’t show whether the port itself is operational and working properly.

If there’s one thing that the Ubiquiti POE-24-12W could improve upon it’s the speeds. While a 100 Mbps up/down transfer isn’t too bad, some competing models offer gigabit rates. Still, the model supports all modern IEEE standards, which makes it compatible with pretty much all devices.

The kind of safety and reliability that the Ubiquiti POE-24-12W offers usually comes with a hefty price tag. Yet the model is not only full of features but quite affordable, offering reasonably high speeds.

Review of Ubiquiti POE-24-12W POE External Injector

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What Is a PoE Injector?

The very basic to the question “what is a PoE injector and what does it do?” is quite simple: the injectors, also known as midspans, are used to provide energy over Ethernet, effectively powering any devices that happen to be connected to them. Security services quite frequently take advantage of these gadgets to hook up cameras into a local network. That way whatever footage the watchful lens captures gets transferred onto the server at high speed without too many additional setup steps. Plus, your surveillance system will keep working even if all other parts of the local system fail.

Most PoE midspans are pretty similar, varying in just a few core features. They differ in the number of “data out” ports and the speed at which data goes through them as well as the standard used for transfers. The latter has become less important in the last couple of years as most new devices have a standardized system, making them compatible with pretty much all modern midspans. If, however, you’re trying to connect with an older device, the question of PoE and IEEE standards becomes vital when choosing an injector.

Since some midspan models tend to have pretty short cables, limiting your reach, we recommend getting some backup Ethernet cables to ensure accessibility. You might also want to get a USB to Ethernet adapter to make sure all your devices are compatible.

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Publish Date: 2018-06-29 13:08:47