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Q: What is the appropriate cable to use for Power Over Ethernet (POE)?

A: The appropriate cable for the POE application would depend on the devices being powered and the load they will put on the cable. POE devices operate from 13 watts up to 60 watts. Category 5e may be fine for many devices, while Category 6, with its larger conductor will dissipate heat better than a smaller conductor and thus be more suitable for devices requiring more power and longer runs.

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