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Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by cube, Aug 23, 2010.
I think Apple should put PoE+ in all their devices than can feed or be so fed.
To what end? 802.3af can only supply 15.4W, 802.3at raises that to 25.5, but even a Mac Mini has an 84W PSU.
Going the other way, why? This is best done by a switch, or dedicated inline power injector.
There are many small devices that can be so powered. Not everything is computers, monitors, and printers.
PoE splitters and 1-port injectors suck. They are so big you can just use the power brick.
The point of PoE is to move the power supply to inside the wiring cabinet, not eliminate it.
It's great for things like 802.11 access points, VoIP phones, security cameras, sensors, etc. but there just isn't enough power for a general purpose computer.
In almost every situation a Mac should be directly off a switch, not directly connected to another end device.
Why do you bring a Mac into this?
I know what I need it for.
OK, maybe you mean that the Mac could power the switch or router.
I don't need that, but I imagine many people would love to be able to power their Airports that way.
I want to power the AEBS from a switch.
Some other people would like to feed the AEBS with its brick so that they can provide some power from it.
Wattage aside, the voltage isn't correct either. The AEBS uses 12V while PoE delivers much higher.
I have never seen PoE-powered switches or routers.
Voltage doesn't matter as much as you'd think, voltage can be changed. Wattage (power) is the limit here. An AEBS takes around 22W, so theoretically 802.3at could power one, but just barely.
Almost all "enterprise" access points do PoE natively. Almost all managed switches have an optional hardware bit to source PoE. 3com even makes a small switch that looks like a wall plate that's PoE powered, the NJ220.
Nothing (that I know of) consumer focused does PoE in any form, and that likely won't change since everything seems to be moving to 802.11 instead of 802.3.
Would it be nice if Apple included it? Sure. I wish more consumer focused gear did PoE. Most of the "PoE" kits you find just put 12v on the spare pair in 10/100 and pull it back out again on the other end, they don't do true PoE 802.3af or .3at.
How are you changing voltage without adding a piece of gear? PoE is a minimum of 37V which is 300% higher than the 12V needed.
The old g AEBS could be powered by PoE.
There are inexpensive fanless switches with PoE.
There's even a fanless managed pre-at D-Link for about $200 with 78W budget.
The cheap Ciscos around that price unfortunately have a fan.