The UNH-IOL to Host the First Test Event for the Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification Program

Durham, N.H., August 15, 2017-- The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance solutions for the networking industry, is excited to announce they will be hosting a test event to kick-off the Ethernet Alliance Power over Ethernet (PoE) Certification Program during the week of October 2-6, 2017 in Durham, N.H. Testing results from this event can be used to apply for the PoE certification program, which will promote interoperability of products based on IEEE 802.3™ PoE specifications. Passing devices will be some of the first listed products in the Ethernet Alliance Certified Product Registry.

The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies, announced earlier this year the launch of the PoE certification program which will enable the recognition of interoperable products designed to available IEEE 802.3 PoE standards. The Ethernet Alliance Certification Logo test plan focuses on tests that have been determined as indicators of interoperability. The UNH-IOL has been selected as the test house to provide testing reports for the certification program.

“As PoE products make their way to market, minimizing confusion among PoE solutions will be key to building confidence in this emerging technology. The Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification Program enables swift and easy recognition of interoperable products that are designed to the available IEEE 802.3 PoE standards, and UNH-IOL is the ideal partner for hosting certification events,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance; and senior principal engineer, Huawei. “By providing a vendor-neutral environment for performing rigorous verification testing, UNH-IOL is helping both the industry and end users alike have more positive, productive experiences with PoE technologies.”

The upcoming test event is open to all companies who wish to participate in the program. Attendance is not required to participate in this event; companies simply ship their device for testing and all passing devices will be listed on the certified product registry. Registration is currently open on the UNH-IOL website.

The Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification Program will eliminate confusion and interoperability concerns for end users by verifying that Power Sourcing Equipment (PSEs) and Powered Devices (PDs) being used will work properly together. Products that have successfully passed the specified requirements in the Ethernet Alliance certification test plan will receive a certified PoE logo to provide peace of mind to users. The logo provides an easy visual indication to users whether a device is a PSE or PD and help the end-user to determine which devices will work together.