Intel’s NUC line of compact computers don’t take up a lot of space — but they still typically need some sort of a power brick that plugs into a wall outlet.

The GBT-NUC from PoE Texas is a $150 accessory that lets you power an Intel NUC system using an Ethernet cable, which means you don’t need to place the little computer near a wall outlet (or extension cable). As a bonus, the same cable connects the computer to the internet.

Many recent Intel NUC models feature removable lids, and the GBT-NUC is designed to replace the lid and sit on top of the computer.

The accessory is compatible with most Intel NUC systems featuring 7th, 8th, or 10th-gen Intel U-series processors. Basically as long as you’re using an NUC with replaceable lid and a model that can run on 60 watts of power or less, you should be good to go.

Well, almost good to go. You’ll also need a compatible router or networking switch that supports the 802.3bt standard (which Cisco also calls UPoE, or Universal Power over Ethernet).

The GBT-NUC is available from retailers including Amazon, PoE Texas, and SimplyNUC for $150.

press release via NotebookCheck

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7 replies on “Power an Intel NUC via an Ethernet cable with this $150 lid”

  1. … or you could just buy a $20 POE power-splitter to do the same thing?

    1. The $20 splitters typically only work with old-style PoE that uses dedicated power pins and only supports 10/100. This supports gigabit and smart power negotiation, making it useful in environments using PoE switches.

      Looking at the design it’s probably an off-the-shelf PoE power source with a case that fits the NUC lid format. Helpful when you’re wall-mounting or VESA-mounting the NUC as you don’t have to worry about other brackets

    2. Yep, as long as it can deliver enough power. All cheap splitters I’ve seen only support 802.3af, which can deliver up to 15W, which might be enough for the Celeron or Pentium-based NUCs. Of course, the main point of this device is how it is mounted.

  2. Does this provide any benefits over cheap POE injector adapters paired with the OEM power supply?

    1. It is the opposite of an injector, ie. it splits PoE into separate power and Ethernet.

    1. The Mod still needs to be connected to the NUC which is done externally hence the DC plug and the “Data Out” port.

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