[PATCH] realtek-poe: add support for PoE on Realtek switches

John Crispin john at phrozen.org
Tue May 11 10:43:09 PDT 2021

On 11.05.21 19:38, John Crispin wrote:
> On 11.05.21 19:34, Rafał Miłecki wrote:
>> I'm happy to see C code, but this implementation still doesn't address
>> any of my comments I posted in the
>> Re: [PATCH v2] rtl83xx-poe: add package
>> https://patchwork.ozlabs.org/project/openwrt/patch/20210313165419.10713-1-bjorn@mork.no/#2666485 
>> I strongly believe we need a more generic solution. A tiny framework
>> with generic PoE imlementation and then rtl83xx support on top of that. 
> agreed, but for now this makes PoE work for the community. the next 
> step will be to move this into kernel space using the appropriate 
> subsystems, however that will take time and effort.
> the aim of the patch is to get support functional out of the box for 
> the community and then address the real solution afterwards.
>     John
that being said, I have a edgerouter-x(-sfp) on my desk. I already 
started a PoC patch to support a more generic approach for PoE that is 
agnostic of wheter the HW support is driven via GPIO or a ttyS attached 
MCU. but as I said, takes time and effort. for now, the RTL crowd will 
have PoE and 1-2 months down the line we will have a more generic 
approach... any other PoE capable HW around that we need to consider in 
the design phase ?


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