PoE, pfSense store hardware and compatibility



  • Hi,

    I searched the forums and see the answer but not the question previously.  The site selling the pfSense pre-configured HW lists in red lettering that they are not PoE compatible.  What does that mean?

    I see many posts that talk about using injectors and PoE enabled switches in their set-up so obviously, it does work.  Is this just a get out of jail free card for those who plug the data/power cable of an injector or switch into the pfSense port?  Am I missing anything?



  • I believe it just means the boxes they sell need a power brick. The old Alix, for example, could run from (proprietary) POE on the first Ethernet port. POE switches are smart enough not to fry non-POE devices.



  • @dotdash:

    I believe it just means the boxes they sell need a power brick. The old Alix, for example, could run from (proprietary) POE on the first Ethernet port. POE switches are smart enough not to fry non-POE devices.

    Actually, I had a chat session with a "NetGate" support person and they said PoE is not supported in any way.  That is the reason I came here to ask.  I made the assumption they didn't have the right information and all the PoE posts seem to point in that direction.  :-)

    I am guessing I won't find a black and white answer so I'll just concentrate on my choice of managed PoE+ switch for my AP, VOIP and IP Camera end points.  :-)

    Thanks for the reply!



  • Not 100% sure but I believe PoE means power over ethernet.