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Passive PoE: What's the point?

Mon Jul 04, 2022 8:24 am

I've noticed a lot of the Mikrotik boards have passive input (and output). Why do they insist on this as a feature? Isn't passive PoE not really that common outside of MT devices?

I've noticed that most PoE switches are active PoE, so what't the point of adding passive PoE as a feature on so many Mikrotik devices?
 
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Re: Passive PoE: What's the point?

Mon Jul 04, 2022 10:53 am

Why do they insist on this as a feature? Isn't passive PoE not really that common outside of MT devices?

I think Passive PoE is more something that MikroTik introduced early on and haven't moved away from (yet). As for Passive PoE (PPoE - my abreviation, not anyone elses) not being common outside of MikroTik: That is much truer now than it used to be but other suppliers that use/d it include Motorola and Ubiquiti. PPoE was used in a lot of older equipment including WAPs, VoIP phones, IP cameras, Access control systems etc that (generally) didn't need anything more than a 100Mb link.

If you'd like some more information, take a look at the PoE Wikipedia page.
 
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Re: Passive PoE: What's the point?

Mon Jul 04, 2022 12:15 pm

Passive PoE is cheaper to implement. That is probably the only reason to (still) use it.

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