I recall a forum post discussing unboxing content being included in a RoadTest Review. Some members supported the idea others not so much. I like including some unboxing content for a review were it provides value.
I omitted photos of opening the shipping container and displaying all the packaging material. Not much value there. What I removed from the manufactures box I positioned under a desk lap for the photo op. I was all out of limelight to display the star performer so I had to settle for electric light instead.
- The black rectangle is the Microchip PoE.
- The unit was received with a six inch USB-C to USB-C cable.
- A label inside the box provided a reminder to discover the storage pouch.
The documentation was minimal, no be expected but surprisingly useful. It describes the expected LED indicators at the RJ45 connector. It also mentions software drivers that might be needed. I guess I should try the link. I have done reviews where the link is a deadened. Links are like road maps, you only look at them when your lost.
I received the package without any shipping damage.
Receiving a USB-C to USB-C cable was a bonus. I anticipated having to purchase a cable. Saving money is nice. What is unique about the manufactures cable is that one end contains a set screw to securely fasten the cable connector to the Microchip PoE unit. The cable is installed on the Microchip PoE unit in the picture. I like that idea! How often has a power cable come out when your elbows are tucked up in a wiring a closet trying to connect other cables.
I had to chuckle at the storage pouch. It wasn't clearly visible inside the box. It was tucked under some packing material. A label is inside the box as a reminder. I'm not sure how useful the pouch will be for storage. I'm assuming, if I purchase one of these it is to install it and not store it. Maybe carrying it around for power? Not sure. Unfortunately the faux felt bag is to small to replace my frayed Crown Royal bag used to store the scrabble tiles.
Going to close this post. The NHL Playoff hockey game starts shortly. I will put the unit in the bag (Hey found a use for that bag after all) until I can focus some effort on getting out the Pi hardware and applying some power.