Maestro Ethernet port on battery power

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I tried to run the Maestro with the internal battery connected with an ethernet cable but it didn't work. It wasn't until I plugged it to a 12v source that the ethernet port lights on the Maestro light up.

The idea was to run the Flex with a lipo battery connected to the Maestro with an ethernet cable while I switch fuses on and off at home to try to find any device that might be producing unwanted electric noise in the band. Now I need to get sorbe lipo for the Maestro...

Why wouldn't the ethernet port work on battery power? Is this by design or is my unit defective?
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This is by design.  In the latest versions of Maestro software, you cannot connect the Maestro to a wired Ethernet connection when running off of a battery bank (USB connector in the battery bay).  The Ethernet adapter draws the most power in the unit.  Testing indicated that this can lead to initialization and operational errors when running off of batteries resulting from voltage regulation issues, therefore the Ethernet interface is not available when running off of a battery.