Is there a list of compatible POE switches that can be used with Aerohive APs?

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 I am using AP230s in my new office space. I would like to use a Cisco or netgear POE switch.  Is there a list of compatible POE switches?  Has anyone used a non-Aerohive switch in an Aerohive environment, wondering if there are any setbacks?

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Hi Grant,

Yes, it's fine.

I am curious why you think there may be a problem?

Go for 802.3at featured switches if you can.

As long as the PoE switch has the power budget to support the number of APs that you intend to connect, you'll be fine.

The AP230 works well with 802.3af.


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Netgear pro safe
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Rob Pritchard

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Our school district currently uses the Cisco 2960 series POE switches (WS-C2960S-24PS-L) and our AP230 access points are working fine.
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Using Cisco 2960-X stacks happily with AP230s.

As it is all standards based, a better question to ask is what doesn't work rather than what works.
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Thanks for the help everyone!  Im also wondering if I will still be able to manage all of the APs through my Aerohive Hive Manager 
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As other have indicated, assuming the switch has sufficient power budget for the devices you intend to power from it, there should be no problem using any standards-compliant PoE switch. The PoE specs are rigorous enough that there shouldn't be any interoperability issues, at least from this standpoint.

And since the switches are simple Layer2 devices, then there shouldn't be any issues with Aerohive Access Points communicating across them to each other and to your management platform.

Now of course, if you are still concerned, then please consider purchasing Aerohive switches. We won't really perform any better than any other switches, but you now only have one throat to choke if you ever do encounter problems.
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Eddie Klaczko

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Using Juniper EX2200s here without any problems.  AP management through Hivemanager is the same regardless of switch.  Now if you want to manage your switches through HM...
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Enterasys B5s here, but just echoing anything standards-compliant will work.
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The Cisco SG300 and SG500 series switches have issues with AP370, AP390 and AP1130 access points.   The previously mentioned access points will only get 15.4W from the SG300 and SG500 switches.

The access points are running in 802.3at power mode:
#show run | include 802.3
system power-mode 802.3at
But the LLDP info shows 15.4W:
#show lldp
LLDP general information
Enabled: receive only
Number of LLDP neighbors: 1
Max number of LLDP neighbors: 64
Sending LLDP packets interval (seconds): 30
Sending a holdtime value (seconds): 90
Sending a required power value (watt): 15.4
And the SG series switches show 15.4W per port.   Configuring the POE priority on the SG series switches has no effect.