I’m looking for a board to become my new WIFI6 AP. I’ve come across the BPI-R3 and it’s really an appealing device!
For me, PoE input is a hard requirement for an AP.
It’s written everywhere throughout the Internet that there is “optional” PoE support, but no further details are given about how to really get the PoE feature.
The only information I found is here:
If I understand correctly, there is a board version with PoE. That version has the first SFP cage removed, and a 2.5GBASE-T PHY (Airoha EN8811 PHY) is added instead. Then, there is the BPI-7402 PoE module added.
By “optional PoE support”, is it meant that if we want it, we need to solder the parts ourselves? Or is there an official version being manufactured?
Is there a case already designed for that version? (I think an SFP cage has a smaller height than an Ethernet RJ45 jack).
I guess we would then also need to modify the DTB? https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux.git/tree/arch/arm64/boot/dts/mediatek/mt7986a-bananapi-bpi-r3.dts?h=v6.3.6#n114