Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cisco Meraki Changes PoE Injectors

Have you noticed a price increase on Cisco Meraki PoE injectors?  Cisco Meraki has discontinued their 802.3af PoE injector (POE-INJ-3-US) in favor of it's new 802.3at injector.  The end-of-sale announcement states that they would continue to sell the 802.3af injector until May 31, 2014 or when stock runs out, whichever comes first.  According to a Cisco Meraki rep I spoke to, they had several large orders for the old PoE injectors just after the announcement and it was out-of-stock in mid April.

The replacement injector is the new Cisco Meraki 802.3at model (MA-INJ-4-US). The tech specs are fairly similar with the key difference that the maximum output power of the unit is 30 watts now rather than 19.6 watts.  The new device is functionally equivalent to the old.

However, probably most important to note is the price jump.  The list price of $149 is $50 more than the old injector.  Something to keep in mind if you are upgrading a large network or on a budget.

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