RasPoE - ELL-i PoE for RasPi

Power over Ethernet 802.3af isolated power supply board for powering your Raspberry Pi B+ or model 2 and its peripherals.

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ELL-i open source cooperative is designing and making a standards following PoE 802.3af shield for Raspberry Pi models B+ and 2.

The shield has a flyback isolated power supply and supports real standard PoE. Your Raspi has 5 Watts of power to deal with, so you'll be able to power cameras and most small displays. Raw PoE voltages are available for hackers.

Sorry, you're still dealing with the USB Ethernet chip, as this is just an extractor. By request we can make a new model with ENC424J600 PHY/MAC but then somebody should write a Linux driver for it. Drop me a line if this is wanted. We already made a STM32 Nucleo shield with PoE and ENC424J600.

You can support us on IndieGoGo on the link below and get your own RasPoE !!!

The board takes power and data from PoE-enabled switch. The power is routed to the board where DC/DC module converts it down to 5 volts, while data is passed through transformer to the other Ethernet Jack. A short patch cable is used to connect the shield and Raspberry Pi, Raspberry Pi's own PHY handles the Ethernet communication.

No software setup is needed for the board, board handles the PoE negation automatically and powers the Raspberry Pi through the pin header's 5V connection.

This is not a proper HAT for two reasons:

- the board is longer and Ethernet connectors are directly above Raspberry Pi's USB and Ethernet connectors

- there is no EPROM and we have long pinned connector so that you can plug a proper HAT on top of your Raspberry Pi

  • 1 × Silvertel Ag9805 PoE module
  • 2 × MB110S Discrete Semiconductors / Diodes and RectifiersScho
  • 4 × 75 ohm 0603 resistors Bob Smith termination resistor
  • 1 × 180 ohm 0603 resistor LED current limiting resistor, minimum load
  • 1 × Green SMD led Power on LED, minimum load of module

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  • ELL-i RasPoE LIVE on IndieGoGo!

    Teemu Hakala05/27/2015 at 15:32 0 comments

    ELL-i RasPoE IndieGoGo campaign is LIVE

    So, we finally decided on a name: RasPoE

    We also opened the IGG crowdsurfing campaign so as to make a run of the boards for us, you, everybody and their dogs. And cats.

    This far we have tested the board against 802.3af and 802.3at PSE units from Juniper, Cisco, Zyxel, D-Link, Phi Hong and several other vendors. Integrated PSE is architecturally more pretty but midspan PSE works just as fine.

    Also, our boards do protect the Raspberry Pi network chip from frying when unplugging the cable while the system is running. Cutting the cable in mid-run is also okay, but I forgot to take a video of it.

  • Hackathon aftermath

    Teemu Hakala05/26/2015 at 07:08 0 comments

    May 24

    We setup the Helsinki Hacklab for our hackathon. It was a quick matter of connecting our PoE switch to rack and presenting the Raspberrys and PoE shields, PoELL-i Nucleos and various electronics modules, parts and shields. Soon we were having music over Ethernet.

    We assembled a few of the new PoE-shields,

    It was very interesting to see what happens when the area has a lot of creative people, and facilities to support them around. Helsinki Hacklab had Ethernet sockets already available all over the place, and with our PoE switch we could enable PoE in any socket in less than a minute.

    Whenever there was a convenient spot for building a project, things happened at amazing pace. Want to try if that stepper motor driver can drive the curtains, but don't want to risk your laptop to higher-than-USB-voltages? Plug in a Raspberry with PoE, power Arduino through Raspberry Pi's USB and you're ready to go!

    There was something amazing created in our hackathon, and we feel it deserves it's own in-depth writeup. Stay tuned to find out what it was! In meanwhile, join in our mailing list here and we'll email you before our campaign starts so you can snatch those Early Bird rewards!

  • New Raspberry Pi PoE boards on oscilloscope

    Teemu Hakala05/26/2015 at 07:01 0 comments

    May 23

    The new boards with protection diodes have arrived. After a quick soldering, we had a beautiful proto on our desk.

    We tested the boards, full 100MBit/s speed was reached. The next test was to see if our clamping diodes work as they should, so it was oscilloscope o'clock.

    The protection diode clamps the voltage spike to roughly 9 volts. Next thing to do was to plug the cable in and out ~100 times and see if the board would still connect. And connect it does! Now all that remains is to do a few cosmetic adjustments and launch the campaign.

    I copied this over from the ELL-i blog where we are posting more stuff. Also, the blog was written by Otso but as he has better things to do, I'm chosen for this copying task.

  • Looking for testers

    otso05/18/2015 at 11:59 0 comments

    Our newest boards are currently in customs waiting to be cleared, they will arrive in time for our Hackathon next weekend.

    We took this opportunity to make a few final adjustments to design. We added a connection for a pin header at the output before fuse in case someone wants to power some external load. To further help with external loads we also left a place for output voltage adjustment resistors so people can tweak the output to suit their needs.

    We also pulled the DC/DC module a bit inwards to the board so it will have a bit more space between HiFiBerry DAC+ RCA-connector and DC/DC transformer.

    new boards in mail

    We're going to launch the crowdfunding campaign soon. In meanwhile, if you want to receive one board ASAP we can send you the bare boards and parts at no markup. If you're interested in assembling one board and giving it a try, contact us at and we'll arrange things from there.

  • Two steps forward, one backward

    Teemu Hakala05/06/2015 at 06:53 0 comments

    Otso, our electrical engineer, noticed that our nice boards can at times be destructive. Naturally we wish our boards were of high quality and destroying your precious Raspberry Pi is far from that.

    This is related to power spikes at the moment of cable disconnect, so a solution is in the works now that we know the culprit. Zeners as a first fix and perhaps transzorbs for a more real solution. New board design anyway.

    ELL-i site blog has a more detailed post about this

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Teemu Hakala wrote 05/27/2015 at 19:45 point

... need to upload a new pic instead of the 1st prototype :D

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Teemu Hakala wrote 04/25/2015 at 10:15 point

I edited the description slightly: the current capacity for regulated 5V is 1A, so 5W instead of 10W.

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