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Raspberry Pi4B (4GB) plus POE Hat - Review

Scoring

Product Performed to Expectations: 10
Specifications were sufficient to design with: 8
Demo Software was of good quality: 10
Product was easy to use: 10
Support materials were available: 8
The price to performance ratio was good: 9
TotalScore: 55 / 60
  • RoadTest: Raspberry Pi4B (4GB) plus POE Hat
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  • Evaluation Type: Development Boards & Tools
  • Was everything in the box required?: Yes
  • Comparable Products/Other parts you considered: Any single board computer with PoE capability
  • What were the biggest problems encountered?: Always I personally find SD cards difficult to formate, burn partition.

  • Detailed Review:

    The roadtest of RaspberryPi 4-- 4GB+POE HAT

     

    Before I actually begin I would like to say thanks to element14 for providing and sending me the following two parts

     

    • Raspberry Pi 4B (4GB RAM version)
    • RaspberryPi Power over Ethernet hat

     

    I received both very nicely packed and safely handed over to me. Below are photos of how both bboards looked like. The first thing which I did was to connect the POE hat with raspberryPi, It connects on 40+4 pins of GPIO headers of RaspberryPi.

     

     

     

     

    The POE(Power over Ethernet) HAT is one of the official add-on boards designed to work with RaspberryPi 3B+ and RaspberryPi 4B development boards. It provides the Internet on Ethernet network as well as powerful capabilities to the Raspberrypi.

     

    The Power Over Ethernet has several advantages over the normal power method especially for RaspberryPi 4 where there is USB 3 powering is required and if there is a router which has a support for the standard 802.3af type then you can buy just a PoE hat and you are good to go.

     

    There are actually many versions of PoE and the one RPI has is PoE Type1. It can power devices up to 15.4Watts which is normally enough for RaspberryPi.

     

     

     

    First, I had decided to give a try to the motioneye OS. It is an operating system based on buildroots to make video surveillance system from RaspberryPi. The process is just simple, download the soucecode from the github for RPI4 and flash the image to the SD card using SD card flashing utility. I am using belena etcher for this purpose but you can use DD or any other for Windows 10 like win32disk imager etc. After that, create a standard file called wpa_supplicant.conf(It's not necessary in this case as there is ethernet connectivity) in the boot partition of your drive with your wifi password and SSID which will enable the pi to connect to your network, and hence you should be able to get access the camera/s from the network. I had a USB camera that I had configured. First, insert the SD card into the SD card slot of the RPI and power it up with the ethernet.

    Then in the terminal type the following command, you will be able to get the right IP of your RPI. The IPRANGE is the number from your router's broadcast address. the last part should be from 0/255. the password is admin.

     

    nmap -f IPRANGE

     

     

    https://github.com/ccrisan/motioneyeos/wiki

     

     


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