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by Reach Technology, a Novanta Company

PoE Test Equipment for Electronic Equipment Manufacturers

Cost-Effective High-Throughput Functional Testing Equipment

Manufacturers of Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) need cost-effective, high-throughput tools for the production test of PoE power functionality. Instead of using a collection of off-the-shelf general purpose test equipment, Reach PoE Test Equipment is specially designed for this purpose.

Compare Modules

Reach offers three PoE tester models. All units come with 24 emulated PD ports, have a 1U rack mount chassis, use a universal power supply (90-240VAC), and offer a serial port control.Compare models below.





Max Ethernet Speed Gigabit (1GbaseT) 10 Gigabit (10GbaseT) 10 Gigabit (10GbaseT)
IEEE Specifications 802.3af,
Other Specifications Cisco UPoE Cisco UPoE, HDbaseT
Power Pairs Supported 1 2 2
Max Power Per Port
(Continuous All Ports)
30W 66W 100W
Datapath (Passive) Separate RJ45 Looped to adjacent port2 Looped to adjacent port2
Signature, Load Single Signature,
Single Load
Dual Signature,
Single Load
Single and Dual Signature,
Dual Independent Loads
Advanced Per Port
Voltage Measurements
No No No; Yes (PoE5Plus)


The Reach PoE Tester Family (RT-PoE3, RT-PoE4/10G, RT-PoE5) is designed for economical and functional production testing. To keep costs low, the LLDP protocol (see 802.3at standard) is not supported since if the unit under test passes basic functional tests, LLDP will work as designed.

Compliance vs. Functional Testing

Once in manufacturing, companies can assume their product passes full compliance to applicable standards (802.3af, 802.3at, 802.3bt, proprietary, or a mix of both) as tested in the design verification phase. It is neither cost-effective nor necessary to perform complete compliance testing in production. What is needed is a functional test that verifies the production unit’s ability to detect, classify, and control PoE power, checks that the power supply is working as it should, and ensures the connectors’ and magnetics’ ability to provide power and pass data.

1 For networked control, use a TCP/IP Ethernet to Serial RS232 Converter. A serial interface is used so production can swap out damaged testers quickly without any IP setup, and there cannot be inherent network interface issues inside the tester.

2 Data is internally looped port 1-2, 3-4, etc. to allow testing at 10Gbps. This assumes the UUT (Unit Under Test) can use VLAN or internal packet generation for data packet error testing.

IEEE 802.3bt Power Over Ethernet Tester Coming SoonGet notified when the new PoE5 100W Tester (meets the IEEE 802.3bt 2018 Standard) is available.

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