Axzez Interceptor carrier board for RPi CM4 gets 8-port PoE+ board

The features-rich Axzez Interceptor carrier board for Raspberry Pi CM4 has gotten the Interceptor PoE board with eight PoE+ ports for connecting up to sixteen PoE IP cameras making it usable as a network video recorder.

We first wrote about the Interceptor last January noting its impressive I/O capabilities with five SATA ports, four Gigabit Ethernet, two HDMI ports, RS-485 terminal block, and more. It also had two 40-pin FFC connectors “for future expansion”. Those connectors have now found a “meaning to life” with the Interceptor PoE board, as up to two can be connected to the FFC connectors.

Raspberry Pi CM4 8-port PoE expansion
Interceptor carrier board connected to Interceptor PoE board with power boost module (right) required when using two Interceptor PoE boards

Some of the features of the new Interceptor PoE Board include:

  • 8x fast PoE+ ethernet ports
  • IEEE 802.3AF-2003 and 802.3AT-2009 compliance
  • Each port has activity/link and status LEDs
  • Input voltage range – 44-57V
  • Optional 48V power boost that can support up to two Interceptor PoE+ boards (Powered from 12V ATX power supply)
  • Thermal, current, voltage, short circuit monitoring, and protection
  • Linux drivers for VLAN configuration and PoE monitoring and control
  • Designed for NDAA compliance

8-port PoE expansion board

Axzez provides Debian 11 “Bullseye” operating system with drivers needed for the new PoE board. This should be based on Raspberry Pi OS plus extra DTS files, defconfig, and drivers (rtl8367c,  ADM6996 switch, etc…). You can download the Interceptor OS image and patch for Linux 5.10.63 in the FAQ. Information specific to the PoE function can be found in a separate forum thread.

Both the Interceptor carrier board ($99 $119) for Raspberry Pi CM4 and Interceptor PoE+ board are currently out of stock, but will eventually be sold through the Axzez store. A few more details may be found on the product page (scroll down to get to the PoE board details).

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