MikroTik PowerBox Pro 5 Port Gigabit Outdoor PoE Router

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MikroTik PowerBox Pro 800MHz CPU, 128MB RAM, 5x Gigabit LAN (four with PoE out), SFP cage, RouterOS L4, outdoor case, PSU, PoE, mounting set
Package Contents
The PowerBox Pro RB960PGS-PB is an outdoor five gigabit ethernet port router with PoE output on four ports. Since the device has a waterproof outdoor case, you can mount it on a tower, or in other outdoor locations. It also supports passive PoE input and output. Ethernet ports 2-5 can power other PoE capable devices with the same voltage as applied to the unit. Less power adapters and cables to worry about! It can power 802.3at and 802.3af mode B compatible devices, if 48-57 passive input voltage is used. The device has a SFP port for adding optical fiber connectivity. It is affordable, small and easy to use and comes with a very powerful 800MHz CPU, capable of all the advanced configurations that RouterOS supports.
Product codeRB960PGS-PB
CPU nominal frequency800 MHz
CPU core count1
Size of RAM128MB
10/100/1000 Ethernet ports5
PoE InYes, 12-57V
PoE OutPorts 2 - 5, 48V, max 1 A per port (input < 30 V), max 450 mA per port (input > 30 V), max out total: 2 A
Voltage MonitorYes
PCB temperature monitorYes
Dimensions125 x 52 x 225 mm
Operating SystemRouterOS
License level4
Max Power consumption9W
SFP ports1
Power Supply24VDC 2.5A PSU
Power InjectorRBGPOE
Mounting HardwareDIN Mount, Hose Clamp
WarrantyStandard 12 Month RTB
PoE (non standard)


Sunday, 18 July 2021

While these run off of 48V, they run much hotter than at 24V and consume over a watt more power. The Mikrotik 48V to 24V RBGPOE-CON-HP converter is very efficient, so I am using 48V over a long ethernet run, and I use the 48V to 24V DC-DC converter, rather than running the RB960 directly off of 48V. 3.83W @ 48V and only 2.3W @ 24V (including the DC-DC converter), when the router is idle. Mine ran at 47C @ 48V and 33C @ 24V, with the same load. The Mikrotik configuration is a little odd, if you are used to working with declarative style configuration file based routers. The Mikrotik configuration is a series of low level commands, rather than a declarative approach. This means understanding the low level functions of the router, as you need to set up the individual components. This low level approach also makes the web interface harder to understand than just using the terminal CLI. A command based configuration file also makes it harder to centrally configure to routers with scripts. The 'exported' configuration files commands depend on the current state of the router, and will fail if 'imported' into another router. 'add' commands may need to be changed to 'set' commands. Router specific commands need to be filtered out or edited. It mostly works to reset the target router first, with the no default configuration flag set, then the 'add' commands are less likely to conflict the default settings.. They are cheap, and do work well, but I'm not going to buy anymore Mikrotik routers. The configuration is just too ugly. I do like their switches though, which have a much cleaner configuration.


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