Survey: Hardened PoE Switches for IP Video

Author: Antony Look, Published on Oct 29, 2010

Deploying IP cameras in environmentally demanding applications such as utilities, public safety, transportation, marine, manufacturing, railway, etc. are increasingly common. In these environments switches with the proper regulatory approvals to withstand harsh operating conditions are either mandated or strongly recommended.

Even commercial sector IP camera deployments outdoors may warrant the use of hardened switches to provide better reliability, uptime and overall equipment longevity.

In this report we provide an overview of several manufacturers specializing in industrial-grade Ethernet switches appropriate for IP video applications. Furthermore, we look exclusively at those providing PoE and/or PoE+ capability. We narrowed and focused our research on companies mentioned in our LinkedIn discussion: What Switches Should be Used for IP Video Surveillance.

Manufacturers Included

For our survey, we included the following companies:

We did not include Cisco in this report. While they do have industrial switches, those models not support PoE.

Differentiation Examined

We identified a number of points of differentiation that we examine inside the Pro section:

  • Advanced networking features supported
  • Managed vs unmanaged switches
  • Port density
  • HPoE support
  • Price range amongst hardened switches
  • Price premium of hardened over non-hardened ('normal') switches

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