I've been doing many web searches for a small PoE+ switch that is known to work well with the R710, but it seems like all I can find is stories about switches with problems not working with 802.3at and the R710.
I need to find a small, inexpensive PoE+ switch (8 ports) to supply power to a max of five R710 APs. It needs to support 802.1q vlans since it will be connected to an upstream switch that is Cisco Catalyst family. It also needs to be pretty inexpensive too... I spent almost all of my budget for this project on five R710s and a ZoneDirector 1200.
Is there a brand and model of inexpensive PoE+ switch that is absolutely 100% known to just simply work with the R710 without a bunch of config hassles or other wierdnesses?
No idea if it gets close to your definition of cheap though
Someone else posted that the entire Cisco SG300 line is no-go with the R710 and negotiating 802.3at power. I can't remember where I read that though.... I was already looking at the SG300-10MPP as a possible candidate when I found the post.
I may just have to run this new set of R710 APs on legacy 802.3af instead. I just found I had a spare Cisco compact C3560 8-port 10/100 switch that got removed from a remote office and it's got 124W of PoE capacity. The Internet feed that will be supplying this installation is only 50Mbps anyway, so that will be the real bandwidth bottleneck, and not the 10/100 ports of the switch. Maybe next year I can get the budget for a PoE+ gigabit switch to get rid of the radio limitations of running the R710 on 802.3af power.
Single Port: http://www.microsemi.com/products/poe-systems/pd-9501g#introduction
They have many offerings, so take a look around, but I believe the 9500 series is what you want from a POE+ need.
Actually I like them so much, I will not be buying POE switches when I replace but will add these instead. A little extra cabling but very cheap considering and they just work.
I can confirm the R710 will not go into PoE+ / 802.3at with a Cisco SG300. The AP and switch communicate over LLDP and each can pass LLDP data and see each other as an LLDP neighbour.
However the two appear to send information about power over different TLVs, the AP advertises its power requirements to the switch under a '802.3 Power Over MDI' TLV which the switch uses to correctly set the port to PoE+ but the switch advertises its PoE capabilities to the AP on via the 'LLDP MED PoE-PSE' TLV which the AP seems to ignore.
Given the amount of problems with this (and assuming Ruckus don't want to alienate the 60% of the market that uses Cisco switches) I'm really hoping there's a fix in the next firmware (maybe a command line switch to allow a forced 'at' mode please)
Could one of the mods here please confirm if this is in the pipeline for the next firmware release - thanks.
they are not that expensive on ebay 8 port switch is less than $100