LAN/Ethernet or PoE Port on new Nuki Bridge

Product name

Nuki Bridge

Summary

Make the Bridge more reliable by adding the option to connect the Bridge via ethernet cable.

Features

An optional RJ-45 Port which is ideally also a PoE Port to power the Bridge.

Reason

Especially in commercial environment, reliability is an important topic. We experience the bridge not reconnecting to the servers after an AP or the firewall that manages them were restarted. Also WiFi is not always strong or reliable enough where many devices are used or an AP cannot be installed easily.
Also the availability of power outlets isn’t always guaranteed near the locks where the SmartLock is installed.
Especially when “hiding” the Bridge inside a ceiling to avoid accidental removal (by housekeepers) the powering can be an issue.

Examples

Bridge “hiding” in ceiling: Connect via PoE to power and connect the Bridge with no power outlet.
Bridge inside server room: directly connect to router and near an (or multiple) Opener but in a room which is not easily accessed.

This should be a priority as the device is not reliable at all without an ethernet connection…