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PSE Conformance Test Suite
Features of the 802.3at (version 4.2) PSE Conformance Test Suite:

See a Video Demonstration of the PSE Conformance Test Suite testing a 10 Port, 802.3at Type-2 PSE!  11.5 min

  • Robust 802.3at (PoE+) PSE Compliance Testing
  • Fully Automated Port Sequencing and Statistics
  • Greater than 95% 802.3at PICS Coverage* from 23 Tests Producing more than 75 IEEE 802.3at Test Parameters per Port
  • Fully Emulates All Type-1 (PD Class 0, 1, 2, or 3) and Type-2 (PD Class 4) PD’s Including PoE LLDP-Capable PD’s
  • Adapts to All Prevalent PSE Signaling and Power Behaviors
  • Adapts to Prevalent Composite 802.3at and Proprietary Detection Signaling Behaviors
  • Configurable Waveform Trace Diagnostic Generation and Retention to 10 Waveforms per Test
  • Colorful and Informative Spreadsheet Reporting with Compliance (Pass/Fail) Notations and Parameter Statistics

The PSE Conformance Test Suite is a fully automated, highly adaptive group of tests designed to assess PSE (Power Sourcing Equipment) compliance to the 802.3at specification.  Sifos provides industry leading coverage and diagnostic capabilities based upon the core resources of each PowerSync®  Analyzer test report coupled witthe high level processing power of PowerShell PSA.

Read about the benefits of EA Certification using the PSE Conformance Test Suite.

The PSE Conformance Test Suite is offered as a license option to the following products:


The following obsolete products also can be licensed to support the PSE Conformance Test Suite:

with PSA-3102 blades

With the new IEEE 802.3at standard, PSE Conformance Testing has evolved from a single case (15.4 watt PSE's) model into a more complex model with several dimensions:

  • Type-1 (15.4 watt) PSE's serving Type-1 PD's
  • Type-2 (30 watt) PSE's serving Type-1 PD's
  • Type-2 (30 watt) PSE's serving Type-2 PD's with Classification Grants
  • Type-2 (30 watt) PSE's serving Type-2 PD's with LLDP Grants

PSA Software Release 4.2 offers the world's most complete and automated PSE Conformance Test Suite (version 4.2.xx) to assess 802.3at specification compliance in each of these four cases.  This second generation test suite is available to all PowerSync Analyzers configured with PSA-3102 (PSA-3000) test blades.  The test suite offers greater than 95% coverage of 802.3at PIC's items for compliant PSE's.

PSA Software Release 3.5 continues to offer a first generation, fully automated PSE Conformance Test Suite (version 3.5.xx) to assess partial 802.3at specification compliance primarily for Type-1 PSE's and Type-2 PSE's serving Type-1 PD's.   This test suite remains available and supported for PSA-1200 (PSEAF test blades).

 802.3at (Version 4.2) PSE Conformance Test Suite           802.3at PSE PICS Coverage      

PSE Conformance Test Suite
Sequencing & Debugging

PSA Interactive Conformance Test Sequencer

PSE Conformance Test Trace Diagnostic


PSE Conformance Test Standard Reporting

PSE Conformance Tests automatically sequence to a Spreadsheet Report that automatically scales to the number of tested ports and parameters.  The standard report delivers parameter statistics across tested PSE ports and colorfully annunciates all limit failures.

PSE Conformance Tests may optionally be sequenced to textual reports or just summarized in PowerShell PSA or PSA Interactive.

Samples of PSE Conformance Test Reports
from PSA-3000