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11 Nov 16 Brocade ICX 6450 PoE Configuration

Enabling Power over Ethernet on Brocade ICX6450

Recently I configured a Brocade ICX6450 PoE switch on the network and all was working well until my customer hooked up a phone to one of the ports I configured. I was told that the phone won’t power on. Now on a Cisco PoE Switch, I’m used to just simply plugging in phones and getting power. With the Brocade ICX6450 I needed to perform some additional steps to get it working.

First I ran the following command to check the PoE Status on the port in question:


show inline power 3/1/17
This gave me the following results:
Port Admin Oper ---Power(mWatts)--- PD Type PD Class Pri Fault/
State State Consumed Allocated Error
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
3/1/17 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a

As you can see under the “Admin State/Oper State” both are showing “Off”. Which means there is no Power over Ethernet is enabled on these ports. So in order to enable it I needed to do the following:


conf t
!
interface ethernet 3/1/17 to 3/1/24
inline power (***note: no inline power will disable it)
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Now lets look at it again
Port Admin Oper ---Power(mWatts)--- PD Type PD Class Pri Fault/
State State Consumed Allocated Error
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
3/1/17 On Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a


Port Admin Oper ---Power(mWatts)--- PD Type PD Class Pri Fault/
State State Consumed Allocated Error
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
3/1/1 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/2 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/3 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/4 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/5 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/6 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/7 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/8 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/9 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/10 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/11 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/12 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/13 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/14 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/15 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/16 Off Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/17 On Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/18 On Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/19 On Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/20 On Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/21 On Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/22 On Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/23 On Off 0 0 n/a n/a 3 n/a
3/1/24 On On 2441 4955 802.3af Class 2 3 n/a

Now you can see that the “Admin State” of Power over Ethernet is showing “On”. When my customer plugged in the phone, it came online successfully. I do not know why Brocade ICX6450 has it like this, seems very unproductive but oh well its Brocade.

I’d like to also add a link to Brocades Switch Administration Guide that has some additional details if someone is interested. FastIron Ethernet Switch Administration Guide Supporting FastIron Software Release 08.0.30

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