Many NVRs now offer PoE switches embedded, allowing IP cameras to be connected directly to the recorder.
On the plus side, these units can simplify installation as it eliminates the traditionally used separate PoE switch as well as allows adding surveillance specific features. On the other hand, these embedded switches often lack full management features found in switches (PoE control and monitoring, SNMP, and more).
150+ integrators told IPVM what their preferences here, answering:
When using NVR appliances, do you prefer the PoE switch to be embedded in the NVR or to have the PoE switch separate from the NVR? Why?
Integrator responses revealed a split amongst three options, with separate PoE switches leading the way: