Hikvision HDTVI Power Over Coax Tested

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 05, 2019

After years of delay, Hikvision's Power Over Coax (PoC) HDTVI models are finally shipping, aiming to make HD analog installs as simple as PoE, with only one cable required. But with IP camera prices dropping over the past few years, and new generations of cameras available, can TVI stand up against IP?

We bought and tested PoC camera and DVR models, looking at these questions:

  • How does PoC work? Is it plug and play?
  • Does cable length or quality affect PoC?
  • Does PoC affect image quality? How does it compare to non-PoC cameras?
  • How do PoC cameras compare to IP models?

See our results inside.

Models included in this test:

***** ***** ** *****, *********'* ***** **** Coax (***) ***** ****** are ******* ********, ****** to **** ** ****** installs ** ****** ** PoE, **** **** *** cable ********. *** **** IP ****** ****** ******** over *** **** *** years, *** *** *********** of ******* *********, *** TVI ***** ** ******* IP?

** ****** *** ****** PoC ****** *** *** models, ******* ** ***** questions:

  • *** **** *** ****? Is ** **** *** play?
  • **** ***** ****** ** quality ****** ***?
  • **** *** ****** ***** quality? *** **** ** compare ** ***-*** *******?
  • *** ** *** ******* compare ** ** ******?

*** *** ******* ******.

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** *** *****, *********'* Power **** **** *** cameras *** **** ********* beyond **************, **** ** practical ******** ****** ** image ******* *** ** power **** ****** ** over *,***' ** **-** cable, **** **** *********'* 200m **************. ************, ***** quality ** *** *** models *** ******* ******* to ********** ** ******, with ******* ******* ** test ********.

***** **** ******** **** may **** ** ********** to ******** *** ***** supplies, ******** ***** ***** cabling ***** ***** ***** enough ** ** **** condition, ***., ** *** models ****** ** ********* these ******.

*******, *** ****** *** much ****** ** ***** to ** ******* **** traditional *** *** ***** HD ****** *******, **** about **-**% ****, ********* on **********, ********, ***. Because ** **** ***** looking ** *** ******** are ****** ** ***** choose **, ** ************ is ** ******, ** not ******* **** ******* coaxial ******, **** * broader ********* ** ****** models ***** ** *** lock ***** **** *********'* PoC *********.

Lower ******* **** ** / **** ****** **** ******** ***

*** ******* *** **** are ****** ** ***** to ********** ** *******/**** than ******* *** *******, though ***** ******* *****.

*** *******, *** ********* DS-2CE56H5T-IT3E ***** ***~$*** *** ******, ***** $** **** than *** *** ** turret (**-**********-*),~$*** ******. ** ********, *** non-PoC *** ****** ***** for ****~$** ********** ********** *******, **** some ************ ******* ******* it ***

*********, *** **** *** significantly **** ********* **** non-PoC ******. *** *******, the **-*******-**/* *** ***** sells *** ~$*** ******, very ***** ** *********'* 8-channel ***, ***** ***** for ~$***. ** ********, the ***-*** *** ********** is ~$*** (**-*******-**).

PoC ********

***** **** **** ********* similarly ** ***** ***** equipment, ****** ***** **** only ******* *** ****** and *** **** ****, with ** ******** ***** connection ********. *** ****** takes * *** ******* to ***** ** *** send *****, ******* ** non-PoC *** *******.

** **** **** ***** operation ** *** ***** below:

********* ***** **** *** cameras ***** *** ********* terms: ***.** (**) *** PoC.at (***), ***** ***** terminology **** *** ***.***/******* **** *****************, *** *** ********** unrelated. *** ************* *** **** *** use *** **** *******/******* as ***.

PoC ******* *** *** ***** ********* ****

*** *** ** ********* and ********** *** *** DVR's ***** *********, *** it ************** ** *** *** interface. ***** *** *** how **** ******* *** connected *** ** **** variant (***.**/**), *** *** specific **** *** ****** or *****. ***** *** also ***** ** **** power ** *** *** per *******.

**** **** *** **** at *** ****** ** this ****** ** *******, overlapping *****, *** ********* to **** ** ****, 1080p, *** ** ***********.

Minimal ***** ******* *******

*** *** ****** ** no ****** ** ***** quality ** *** *****. At ***'+ ***** *******, some *************** ************* *******, **** ** the ******* **** ***** along *** ***** ** the ***** *****, ****** these ********* *** ** the *** *** ** the *** **** (****/****, depending ** **********).

***** ******* **** *** seen **** ********** ******** the ****** ***** ******* coax ***** ** *** same ********, ****** ******* were *********** ******* **** PoC **** ** *** off.

No ***** ***** ****** ****

** *** *****, *** worked ******* ****** ** almost *,***' ** **-** cable, **** **** *********'* specified **** ***** (**** for *-* **). ** saw ** ****** **** power ** ****** ******, with ********** **, ****, focus, *** ***** *****-********* features *** ********* **************.

** ****, *** **** power **** ** *** occurred **** ****** ***** specs, ** ~*,***' ********, using * ***** **** cable ******* * ****** spool ** ***** **-** and *** ***, *** even **** **** **** IR *** ****** ** and *** ****** *** zoomed (***** *****).

PoC *** **. ** ***

** *** *****, *** power **** **** ***** quality *** **** ******* to ********** *** ** models, **** ******* *******. Very ****** *********** ** text ******* *** ** seen, *** ******* ******* are *******. **** ** notably ********* ******* *** ******, ****** recently, ***** ******** ******* worse ******* **** **.

Dahua *** *** *** ********

***** *** ********* ***** over **** *** *******, but **** **** *** released ** ** *** time ** **** ****. They *** *** ********* listed ** ************* ***** [link ** ****** *********], but *** *** ** North *******. *******,***** ** ******** ** to **** *********** *** ***, ******** to *********'* ****. ** plan ** **** ***** PoC ******* ********* ** soon ** ** ** available.

Version ****

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Comments (10)

** **** ****** *****’* POC *** **** ***** that ***** *** *********** of ****** **** ************, so *** ** **** group ** * ***** cameras, **** *** *** be **** ** ** motorized **** ** **** IR ************ ********* *** more **** ** ******. Also, ** *** **** (4 ****** ***) **** 2MP *** *********.

**** ** ****. ***** over **** **** **** will **** ********* ***** old ******* ******. * lot ** ***** ** go ** ***** ***** are * *** ** 24v ******* **** * 24v ***** ******. **** of *** ******* *** are ***** *** ******* a ********* ***** ******. So ** ****** **** to *** * ****** power ****** ** ** have ** ******* *** of *** ******* *** the ***** ******. ***** getting ** *** **** harder. **** **** **********, we ****** ** **** to ***** * *** old ******* **** *** old ***** ****** *** just **** ** ***** over **** *** *** new *******. 

*********, ******** **** **** on ***** *** ****** making ******* *** ******** with **** **********. * have ** ******** ** selling **** ** ****** encoders **** **** **** will ** ****. 

 

* *** **** ******** cost ** * *** analog ************, *** * don't *** **** *** this ** **** *** retrofit? ***** *** ****** of *****\***** **-****-**** ******* available. ***** *** **** a ******* ** ************* that **** ***-**** **-****-**** encoders **** *** ***** or ****** ******* ** major ****.

* ***'* *** **** technology ***** ******* ** developed ** * **** scale ***** ****** ******** does ** *** *** installs. *** ******* ********* by *** ******* * power ****** ** **/* is ******* ***** *** DVR *** ******* *** more *********, ** ** isn't **** ********* ** price-prioritized *** ******. *** majority ** ******* *** use ***** ****** *** HD-over-coax ********** ********* ****'* buying ****** ***** ** Altronix ***** ********, *** much ******* ******** ************ (copper-clad, ***-** ******), ** savings ******'* ** **** much, ******** * ***** net ******** ** ******** cost.

** **** **** ********* either ***** ***/*** ******* or *** ***** -> 12VDC **** **** **********. 24VAC ** ***** ****** for ****** **** **** 12VDC. ***** ******** ********* and ********* **** ******** installed **** *** ******* other ********* ***** ** over **** ****** ** save ********* *****, * would ****** *** *** CAT ***** **** * install ******** *** *** IP ******* *** ** done **** **.

*** **** ** *** conversion ** ***** ****** than *** *******. **** can ** **** ***** with **** ******* **** and ***** *** *******.

* ***** * **** to **** **** *** hacks *** ******* **** coax ******* * **** in *** ***** ** regards ** *** ****** in ***** **'* *********. Every **** * *** a ***** ** ***, I **** ** ******...*** then * **** *******, it ***** ***, *** I *****. ******** *** electrical **** ** ****** a **** ***** ** a **** ***********. **** to ***** **** ****** braid (** ******** ********* on *** *********), ***, as ** *** *** shell ***'* ****** ** the *****.

*** **** ***** ****, if *** ***** ** verified ** ** ********* properly **** ******* ***** and ************, * ***'* have * ******* ********** to *** ** ** some ****** **** *** difficult **** *** **** money ** ***** ******** premise *****. *******, **** just ***'* ****** *** case.

* *** ******. * began ** ******* ****** at * ***** ******* and ** **** ****** the ****** *** ** terminate ****, *** **** only ******* ******* ********** compression **********. **** * jumped **** ** *** competitor * *** ***** later **** **** ****** (formerly *&*) ****-*-***** ***** were **** **** ****.

*** ** *** ******* problems ** *** ** the ***** *** ********* trying ** ** ***** own **** **********, ***** invariably ******** ****** *** crappiest *****-** ********** ** crimp-ons ******* **** * pair ** ******. ***** frequently ******** *** ******* and *** ******** ******** why ***** ** ****** terrible (**** *** ***** in *** **** ** heavy ****** **). ** favorite *** *** ******** that ****** *********** ********** and **** ***** ** crimp **** **.

**** ** **** **** Cat * ***** *** baluns?

*** *** ** ********* and ********** *** *** DVR's ***** *********, *** it ** *** ********* in *** *** *********. 

 

**** **** **********, **** is *** **********. *** of ** ******* ********** with *** *** *************** across ********** (***, ***** and ****). *** ***** think **** *** ***** engineers **** ********** ****, they ***** ** **** consistent. * ******* *** is *** *** **** manufacturer ** ****** **** sloppy ********, * *********** similar ********** **** *** big ******** ********* ** well. *********** *** *** users **** *** ** be ***** **** ******* and ******* ** **** pointing *** ************ **** manufacturers **** *******. ******* reason * **** ***** in ****** **** ****.

** * *** ****** that ********* **** ***** integrated ****? * ****** if **** ** *********** why *** ***** *** performance ** ***** ** IP.

***** ******. ******** ** the **** ****, *** the *** ******** ** copper *****? ***** ****** conductor ** ******-****** *****?

*'* ********* ** **-******** coax *** ** **** with ********** ******** ** CCTV *************.

** *** *****, *** cable *** ****** **-** with * ****** ***** and ***** ****** *********. I ******* ****** **** some ******-****** *****, *** we **** ***** *** really *** ***** *****-**** that ***** **** * lot ** ****** ****.

*** ***** *********, ~***' and *****, * ******** think *** ****** ** cable ** ****** ********. When *** *** **** longer ****, ********** ***'+, you'll **** ** ****** manufacturer ***************.

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