VLAN For Video Surveillance: Is The Cost Justified?

Hi, I would like to know the opinion and experiences of other IPVM Members about the following topic: is the cost of implementing VLANs justified in a Videosurveillance system ?

Of course VLANs prevent the diffusion of broadcasts (among other security features), so they may help achieving a better use of available bandwidth.

But given that switches that support VLANs have a premium price (a Lantech or Planet can cost up to 450/500 $), isn't it that with the money I have to spend with a premium price switch I can buy a much more performing CPE and/or AP, thus achieving the same result with less price and with less complexity of configuration (setting up a VLAN is not trivial at all and requires some specialized knowledge that the average installer my not have) ?

Thanks in advance for any answer or comment.

Giancarlo Favero

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