I have an EnGenius EAP350 Access Point that supports 802.3af PoE. After digging through the specs sheets online, I believe that the AP requires 48V@.375A when using POE. Currently I have the AP running directly on a power adapter, however I'd like to move it to a ceiling mount in the middle of the house. So far I haven't been able to find any mention of supported PoE injector models for this AP on the EnGenius website. When I called their technical support, I asked the person about whether or not this AP supports mesh and which types of POE injectors were supported. The support person just stammered on about how their new products had so many more better features and told me the only way to use PoE for the AP was to use a PoE compatible switch.
I hung up the phone.
So here I am asking you all if anyone knows the difference between PoE injectors that are 802.3af compliant, but some say Gigabit and others say only 10/100. According to the Wikipedia page on PoE, the power pinouts for 10/100 and 10/100/1000 appear to be the same; Using pins 3,4,7, and 8 for power. I know that the physical difference for 10/100 and 10/100/1000 is that the for gigabit, all eight pins are utilized in the cable for bi-directional communication whereas in 10/100 only 4 pins are utilized.
If I buy an el cheapo PoE injector that says it's 802.3af compliant will the data connection still remain at gigabit speeds, or will it get knocked down to 10/100 speeds? My guess is that if it get's knocked down to 10/100 it's because the power pins on the POE side are not connected to the data side. Can I just jumper the pins on the connectors with some diodes/resistors/or something to make the injector work at gigabit speeds?
Of course, I could just go buy a gigabit PoE injector, but I'm cheap and DIY is usually what fits the budget.