We got a few questions on the PoE splitters we were using in our recent The Ultimate Cheap 2.5GbE PoE Unmanaged Switch video. In that video, we had one of the 2.5GbE router boxes powered by these PoE splitters, since they do not have native PoE inputs. We also have several of the fanless Intel J4125 4x i225 2.5GbE devices powered by these. For a quick weekend piece, we introduce the product known as “POE Made in China” because that is the label on the box.
PoE Made in China PoE Splitter Overview
The unit itself is labeled “POE” on top of it, while the box’s label is “PoE Made in China”. Let us just say at the outset these are not going to be perfect devices, but they are inexpensive and we have ~30 of them in use right now between Patrick and my labs.
On one side of the unit, it accepts a PoE input with power and data.
On the other side we get a RJ45 jack and a DC output.
With the unit we get two different DC cables as well as a short RJ45 cable. Many of these splitters have fixed ends, so we use this because it is a bit more flexible if you need to change cable lengths later. The 12V DC output is useful for powering a number of devices.
Here is a shot of this powering the fanless Atom virtualization/ firewall node from the video and going through the TRENDnet Inline PoE Tester TC-NTP1.
If you want to see it in action, here is the video mentioned:
We show the entire setup later in the video during the PoE testing. This is only a 24W unit, so it will not power higher-power PoE++ devices. Still, for around $12.50 it works reasonably well.
We are always suspect of the quality of these devices, especially at this price point. Still, for lab purposes and for powering low cost devices, this is a decent option that we use a lot of. At some point, it just makes sense to have one or two of these little splitters around. We probably would not recommend them for the N6005 units we reviewed. The N5105 is more borderline. For many lower power devices, including little nodes, you can power nodes on this little splitter. The price and packaging may seem like this one is not great but having run these for many months with so many units, perhaps they are worth having in the bag for $12.50.