Linksys Delivers the Power of One

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2005-03-14 Print this article Print

The WAPPOE12 brings Power over Ethernet capabilities to Linksys equipment that requires a little more juice.

Power over Ethernet is often best delivered en masse, with high-port-density switches or power injectors delivering power and the network to numerous devices simultaneously. But sometimes, at small remote locations (or my house), Ive needed to power just a single device, which is why Linksys 12-volt WAPPOE12 POE Adapter Kit is so handy.

While Linksys has been shipping a 5-volt POE kit for more than a year, the WAPPOE12, which started shipping last month for $50, brings POE capabilities to Linksys equipment that requires a little more juice, such as the BEFSX41 Router/VPN or many of the companys IEEE 802.11g-compliant access points and routers.

Because Linksys devices dont support in-line power, the WAPPOE12 includes a splitter that attaches directly to the access point. The splitter divides the power and network signals into separate cables that each attach to the access point.

Companies using non-Linksys access points will find that the WAPPOE12 is IEEE 802.3af-compliant and will, therefore, support in-line power to many devices from other vendors. The WAPPOE12 powered my enterprise-class access points from Cisco, Symbol and Proxim without a hitch. For more information, check

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Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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