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MR42 with 802.3af 15W

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MR42 with 802.3af 15W

The MR42 datasheet says that 802.3af 15 PoE is supported but at reduced functionality. Does anybody knows what is the reduced functionality? Eg. Cisco Aironet states that the MIMO drops from 4x4 to 3x3. 

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Re: MR42 with 802.3af 15W

@JeenChew@AjitKumar is correct, the AP will disable one spatial stream (the MR42 is 3x3, not 4x4, so it will disable one radio chain and go from 3x3 to 2x2).  In addition it will disable its 3rd Air Marshal radio and its 4th Bluetooth Low Energy radio.  So you lose BLE for proximity engagement type stuff.  You DO still have Air Marshal and spectrum analysis functionality, but the AP has to do those functions opportunistically by going off-channel on the client serving radios, and will not be as robust as doing all that stuff on a dedicated dual-band radio.

 

 

Even though the AP will likely not draw more than 15 watts, or even 10 to 12 watts perhaps, during normal operation, it would seem it could run fine on 802.3af power.  But it can actually peak above 18 watts, and so it must be able to negotiate 802.3at power at bootup in order to avoid running low power mode.  

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Re: MR42 with 802.3af 15W

Hi,

 

Excerpts from the followed url suggests

 

"While in low power mode, the MR will disable its Air Marshal radio as well as one out of three transmit streams on the 2.4 GHz band (leaving two transmit streams still operating). Despite being in low power mode, the device can still supply full 802.11ac capabilities."

 

https://documentation.meraki.com/MR/Monitoring_and_Reporting/Low_Power_Mode

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Re: MR42 with 802.3af 15W

@JeenChew@AjitKumar is correct, the AP will disable one spatial stream (the MR42 is 3x3, not 4x4, so it will disable one radio chain and go from 3x3 to 2x2).  In addition it will disable its 3rd Air Marshal radio and its 4th Bluetooth Low Energy radio.  So you lose BLE for proximity engagement type stuff.  You DO still have Air Marshal and spectrum analysis functionality, but the AP has to do those functions opportunistically by going off-channel on the client serving radios, and will not be as robust as doing all that stuff on a dedicated dual-band radio.

 

 

Even though the AP will likely not draw more than 15 watts, or even 10 to 12 watts perhaps, during normal operation, it would seem it could run fine on 802.3af power.  But it can actually peak above 18 watts, and so it must be able to negotiate 802.3at power at bootup in order to avoid running low power mode.  

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Re: MR42 with 802.3af 15W

Thanks @AjitKumar and @MerakiDave!

Good to know the specifics such as BLE will be off and AirMashal/Spectrum analysis still works opportunistically.

 

Thanks guys

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