POE Power Pack for Site Surveys

If you start browsing, looking for POE Power Packs that can provide power to your access point while doing a site survey there are two products that keep coming up:

Terra Wave MIMO Site Survey Battery Pack and
Pointsource Portable Battery Powered POE injector

TerraWave’s MIMO/802.3af site survey battery pack provides 6-8 hours of extension cord free surveying and is designed to power most leading manufacturers’ 802.11 a/b/g or 802.11n (I’m sure it will do 802.11ac as well as long as it is 802.3af) radio products. Please note that the battery pack supports 802.3af compliant access points and does not support the legacy Cisco power protocol solutions.

Features and Benefits:
– Provides DC power for a full 6-8 hour shift of surveying
– Built-in RJ45 port that supports the 802.3af (Power over Ethernet) standard and supports any 802.3af compliant product
– 56 Volt port for the Cisco 1252 AP
– Built-in charge indicator light
– Feet are made with sturdy plastic for longer life
– Case made from aluminum to minimize weight
– Internal components are rugged to withstand use in the field
Holes pre-drilled in lid to allow most manufacturers’ AP’s to be mounted directly to the battery pack using the manufacturers’ mounting bracket
– Includes charger and built-in handle

It does mention on the link that it doesn’t ship to international countries but you can find distributors in some countries (Australia in my case), the price might just double.


Option 2 is Pointsource a rechargeable, portable battery-powered POE injector for IP cameras specifically designed to make installation, site surveys, testing and demonstration work simple and fast.

– Includes a 12 volt power output for auxiliary equipment
– Battery capacity sufficient for typical full day’s installation work (IP cameras not access points)
– POINTSOURCE supports all classes of 802.3af POE device
– Installs in seconds – removes in seconds – reduces time on site

I like the fact that it has a port on the Pointsource device that can give you direct connectivity to your access point on the tripod but this device will not give you a full day of surveying as it is designed for IP cameras rather than access point surveys.

It looks professional, comes with a shoulder strap and is light weight but will not provide the surveying hours provided by the TerraWave. I also like the fact that you can mount the access point bracket onto the battery pack with the TerraWave product, that will make life easy when not using a tripod.




POE Power Pack for Site Surveys