March 2019 - first announced (page 36 and later):
https://mum.mikrotik.com/presentations/ ... 033971.pdf
December 2019 - still announced (page 20):
https://mum.mikrotik.com/presentations/ ... 386306.pdf
When can we expect real availability? The distributor I asked still doesn't know.
What is so difficult about these devices that they are still vapourware after 10 months?
There are lots of passive PoE injectors already available - and you introduce another one (GPEN11).
There are also Ethernet surge suppressors like ETH-SP - and you introduce another one (GESP).
There are very few reverse PoE switches - much needed - and you still don't have them. What is the logic behind it?
This year we are in a race with EU-subsidized fiber, mostly by big telcos (who really could do without our taxpayer money), and without complete cost-effective GPEN solution (of which reverse-PoE switches are the central part) we will lose.
If the devices won't be available anytime soon - fine, but please clearly say so. I will have to roll my own (basically put CRS112-8P-4S in outdoor box, and solder a few diodes on the PoE board). But I prefer to avoid this if I can get a nice ready product soon.
Yes, there are reverse-PoE switches (or just boards) available in China and India, but most of them are either unmanaged or specified for 0-40C temperature range so no good for roofs.
Here we have lots of "many single-family houses glued together horizontally in a row, with no common part to take power from" (in Polish just one word - "szeregowka") for which reverse-PoE would be just perfect (as upgrade for currently existing many separate radio installations).
It's the same pattern as the lack of Delegated-IPv6-Prefix for PPPoE server, that stops IPv6 deployments. Long requested, still not implemented and no clear date when it will be. So I have to decide, stay with MT or roll my own on some x86 box, like Debian+BIRD+accel-ppp or possibly VyOS.