No one enjoys a power outage. Not only are they disruptive in general, but they can ruin a workday. We have become so reliant on technology that when the power goes out, we generally grind to a halt. There are two primary ways to prevent downtime to your business phone system during a power outage: An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for your network equipment, or Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) phones. We will examine each option below.
Backup Battery Source
An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is valuable to any company. The UPS will ensure that your internet remains operable and your phone lines stay connected during any kind of outage. Small to medium-sized businesses should look for a UPS that has a 1,000-watt power capacity, eight battery and surge protected outlets, and one switchable outlet group. Companies that utilize their mobile devices frequently may also want to invest in “juice packs” (portable chargers for mobile devices).
Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Phones
Power over Ethernet (PoE) sends power over the Ethernet cabling to an endpoint (i.e., your PoE-enabled business phone). PoE should experience rapid growth rates in the years to come due their simple installation. Furthermore, PoE has many benefits over an AC power supply.
Powering the endpoints via a PoE switch allows for centralized power when plugged into an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).
One of the key areas PoE is also useful is when it comes to using a VoIP business phone system. PoE users have a single connection to a wall socket that is remotely powered down (similar to how we power down older analog business phone systems). Additionally. WiFi and Bluetooth apps and RFID readers are PoE-compatible, which comes in useful during a power outage.