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I recently purchased new house. There is a switch in the basement with cat 6 wire to each room. One of the wire on the switch is labeled "AP loft" with orange cable. My best guess is AP stands for access point. Rest of the cables are in green. I found the orange cable on 2nd floor ceiling. I thought this would be POE cable since most likely they wanted us to add access point since the wireless router would not reach 2nd floor.

The orange cable on 2nd floor did not have modular plug so I installed plug. I have a modem/router combo and I plugged ethernet cable from router to AP loft on the switch. I went to 2nd floor and plugged POE access point but it did not have any power to access point.

I checked the switch and it did not have any power source to the switch. Does switch need a power source for POE to work? I dont know why they would install access point cable to 2nd floor and not be a POE. There is no power outlet on the 2nd floor where the orange cable lead to.

My question is...
*Does switch need to be powered for POE to work? My switch does not have anywhere for power source.
*Why would the add access point on the ceiling and not be POE?
*Is there a solution for me to add access point on the ceiling without running a power line next to it?

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I recently purchased new house. There is a switch in the basement with cat 6 wire to each room. One of the wire on the switch is labeled "AP loft" with orange cable. My best guess is AP stands for access point. Rest of the cables are in green. I found the orange cable on 2nd floor ceiling. I thought this would be POE cable since most likely they wanted us to add access point since the wireless router would not reach 2nd floor.

The orange cable on 2nd floor did not have modular plug so I installed plug. I have a modem/router combo and I plugged ethernet cable from router to AP loft on the switch. I went to 2nd floor and plugged POE access point but it did not have any power to access point.

I checked the switch and it did not have any power source to the switch. Does switch need a power source for POE to work? I dont know why they would install access point cable to 2nd floor and not be a POE. There is no power outlet on the 2nd floor where the orange cable lead to.

My question is...
*Does switch need to be powered for POE to work? My switch does not have anywhere for power source.
*Why would the add access point on the ceiling and not be POE?
*Is there a solution for me to add access point on the ceiling without running a power line next to it?
1. The main\regular switch is not going to support POE unless it say so. Neither is your router. Doubt the main switch has anything to do with poe (though you can check its spec based on the model number) and the wire was probably for a regular access point they powered somehow in the attic\loft. The main switch needs power to run unless something weird is going on, so either the power adapter or power cord is missing in all likelihood imo.

2. Most likely, you need to connect your router to the main switch and power it on to fire up\connect to home network low voltage drops.

3. The wire in your 2nd floor loft area most likely had either an access point\second router installed somewhere that was plugged into a nearby outlet.
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It sounds like what you're referring to as a "switch" is really a patch panel. You're going to need an actual POE switch or POE injector to get it working.
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You need a POE injector, can be bought specifically like that OR as a switch/POE injector (What I have). I find it unlikely that the house came with a switch, you probably have a patch panel.
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They did you a favor by running the cable for the AP.
They did you a 2nd favor by changing the color of the cable jacket, so that it was easy to identify.
They set you up to bring in your new hardware.

Your job is to buy and install the right hardware.
If you want a POE AP on the end of that orange cable, you need to put POE power onto that cable via a POE switch or an Injector.
You also need to connect that orange cable to your Local Area Network aka your LAN ports on the Router or your switch.

That orange cable is just like all the other green cables. You aren't expecting those cables to have POE power on them, right? Expect the same with the Orange cable.

TLDR;
Buy a POE injector and plug it into the Orange Cable by your switch.

The cabling would be this:
Router>Switch port>POE Injector>Orange Cable>POE AP in the attic
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Thank you all for your help. I will try POE injector method and see if that works.

I do believe the panel in the basement is patch panel not a switch
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Thank you all for your help. I will try POE injector method and see if that works.

I do believe the panel in the basement is patch panel not a switch
Please let us know how it goes, if you have success or not. nod
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Please let us know how it goes, if you have success or not. nod
My TP Link access point came with POE injector so I connected that to my router and connected access point on 2nd floor. Worked flawlessly. Applause

Thank you for the tips!
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My TP Link access point came with POE injector so I connected that to my router and connected access point on 2nd floor. Worked flawlessly. Applause

Thank you for the tips!
That is freaking awesome!
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