LOL....a PoE switch offers no benefit to you really other than ease/flexibility of mounting. In many office/site locations they are on ceilings with data run by not necessarily qualified non-electricians. Basically doesn't need a power socket nearby. Reduces cost of installation in essence especially in larger scale environments.PS - I've googled what a PoE switch is, and I don't have one... What I've currently got in terms of a switch is a Netgear Prosafe 8Port Gigabit switch (GS108 v3)....
In most cases my hardwired access point is next to a power socket, so is there any benefit in upgrading to a PoE switch? I’ve also just checked the cables, and they are Cat5e, rather than Cat 6
The current switch is fine and the CAT5e cabling is all fine as will run upto Gigabit speeds fine. You want need CAT6 ever I would suggest. Unless you start dipping into 10Gbps stuff!
Sometimes the managed/L2/L3 switches can often causes issues where less intelligent/dumb switches are ignorantly & blissfully unaware. I have seen issues with IPTV problems with managed switch an BT IPTV channels......ask me how I know