PoE For Video Surveillance Guide

By IPVM Team, Published Jan 06, 2022, 09:09am EST (Info+)

This guide provides comprehensive explanations of the elements in selecting and using Power Over Ethernet (PoE) with IP cameras.

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Inside this report we cover:

  • PoE vs Low Voltage
  • When to Use PoE, When Not
  • PSEs vs PDs
  • PoE Classes
  • 802.3af vs 802.3at vs 802.3bt
  • Nonstandard PoE Implementations
  • Passive PoE
  • Spare Pairs
  • Distance Limitations
  • PoE Extenders
  • Power Consumption vs Specification
  • Calculating Power Budget
  • PoE via Switch, MidSpan or NVR

Power Over Ethernet: Single Camera Power/Signal

All cameras need electrical power to operate. Historically, analog cameras were (and most often still are) used dedicated cables and power supplies, separate from the video cable. However, with the advent of IP cameras and PoE, power and signal could be combined on one cable, eliminating the second cable and power supplies, reducing costs.

PoE Almost Always Used

PoE is supported and used, in practice, in almost all professional IP cameras and installations. It is now very rare for cameras to use separate low voltage power, but there are some applications where this is necessary.

Exceptions To PoE Use

There are some exceptions where PoE is not used with IP cameras:

  • ******** ** ***** ********:** ************ ***** ******* *** ********* via ***** ** ******** ********, ******* are ***** ******* *** ***** *** voltage ***** *******. ******** ************ ** the **** ****** ******* ** ****, though ****** ******* ** ******* **** or ********** ***** **** ******** *** local *****.
  • ***** *****:***** ******* *** ***** *** ****** low ******* ***** ** ****** *********** from **/***** ********* ** ****** ******** required *** ***, ** ** ******* equipment ****** *** ********* ********** ******** to ********** ********.

**** ****, **** ******* ***** **** support *** ******** ********** ****** ** those **** ***** ***** *** ******* power ** ********. *** ******** *** details, ***:******* **** *** **** *******.

Power ******** ********** (****) **. ******* ******* (***)

**** ******* ** *** *****, ***** may *** *** ************* *** *** PD **** **********. ***** *** ****** shorthand *** ***** ******** ********* (********, midspans, ****, ***.) *** ******* ****** (cameras, ****** ******, ***********, ***.).

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***** ***** *** ********* **** ********** PoE ******* *** *******, ** ***** vary ********* ** ***** ****** ** being *********, ******** ***** ** **** report.

Applicable *** *********

*** ** ******* ** **** *********. These *******:

  • ***.********** ******** ***, ***** ******** ** to **.** (** *** ***). **** standard ** **** ** **%+ ** all ** *******.
  • ***.********** "****" ***, **** ** ** cameras ***** ******* **** **** **.**, up ** ***. ***.*** ** **** commonly **** ** ****, *** **** by **** ******* ******* **** **** power-hungry *******/*******, ** **** ** **** fixed ******* ***** *** **** ********/******-***** integrated **, **** ** *** *******.
  • ***.***** *** ****** ********,******** ** **** (*** *** ******), *** ** ********* *** ** to ****, **** ***** **** ** needed *** *** **** ******** ** cameras, ****** **** ****** *** *** specialty ****** ******* >***. ***.*** ** more ****** ** *** *** ** lighting, ********** ***********, *** ***** ***-******** applications.

PoE *******

*** ********* ******* "*******" ***** *******/******* more ********* *** **** ***** *** device ********. *** ***** ***** ********** the ***** *** *******:

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* ****** *** ************* ****** ******* both * **** *** *****, *** that *********** ** ********* *******. **** often, *** ** ******* ** '***.***' only **** ** ***** ********, ******* that ******** ******* *.** ** **.* W ** ********* ** *** ******. However, **** * ***** ** *****, it ****** ******* *** ******* *** maximum ***** *********. *** *******, ** a ******* ** ***.*** ***** * rated, ** *** **** ******* * max ** *.* *****.

PoE ***********

**** ********** * ******* ****** ** a ****** ** ***** ***, * negotiation ******* ******, ** ***** *** device *** ****** ********* *** ******* voltage *** ******* *** ********* ***** class **** ** ****. **** ******* is *****, * ****** ** **** a *** *******, *** ********* *** observable ** *****.

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

*** ** *** ******* *********** *******, PoE ***** ** *** ****** ****** a ********* ****** ******** **. **** means **** * ***** ********* ** a *** ** *** "***********" ** all ***** ******* ** ** * PoE ******, ** ** **** *** present * ****** ****** ******* ** incidental *******.

Wattage ***** *** *** *******

**** **** ***** **** ******* **** power ************ ** ***** *****, **** does *** **** **** * ****** will ** ********** ** *** ****** PoE ***** ** * ***.

*** *******, ** ** ****** **** a ********* ***** **** ** ************ **** ***** *, *** ** just ** ****** ** ** ********** as *. ***** ****** *** ****** a ***** ****** **** ********* ** a ******** ***** ****** ** ** listed ** **** ******, *** **** then, ********** ** ******* ** **** cameras *** ****** ********** ** * by ***.

Class * ********* ******

********** ** ****** ***********, **** ******* are ********** ** ******** ** ***** PSEs ** ***** * (*** ** 15.4W) ** ***. ******* ** ****, switches *** ******** **** ***** **** is ********. ** ** * ** cameras ********* ** **** (*** *****) are ********* ** * ****** **** a *** ***** ****** *** ********** as ***** *, ******* *** *** all ***** ** ** *** ***** power. *******, ** ****, **** ********* is ** ****** * *******, **** many ******** ******** ***** *** ****** allocating ***** ***** ** ****** ****.

Proprietary ***

*** *** ******* ******** ** ** PoE *** *** ***.***/** *********. ******* manufacturers **** ******** *********** ******** ***** offer ****** ********, **** *******'* ********* ***(***) *********'* *******(***).

** **** *****, *********** *** *************** will **** **** *********-***** *******, ** an ***.*** ****** *** ** ********* to * **** ******, *** *******. In ***** ********, ******** ************* ** not **********. ***** ****** ******-***** **** compatibility ****** ********** *********.

Passive ***

** ******** ** *** ***.***/**/** *********, some ******* *** **-****** "*******" ***, which ******* ** ** ** *** onto ***** ***** ***** **** ** negotiation ******* **** ** *********-***** ***. Power ** ******** ** ***** ***** whether *** ****** "********" ** ** not.

** **** *****, ******* ******* *** handle ******* *** ******* *****. *******, those ***** *** *** ********* ** use *** ** *******. ******* ** this, ** ** *** ********* ***** passive *** ****** *** ****** ********** specifies **.

******* *** ** **** ****** ** wireless *********, **** ********************, *** *** ****** ** ** cameras.

Alternative * **. *********** *

*** ** ******** **** ********* **** depending ** *** ***** ****** ****, referred ** ** ************ * *** B.

  • *********** * *** ******* ***** ** the **** ***** **** *** **** (pins *, *, *, *** *) with *** ********* *** ***** ******
  • *********** * ******* ***** ** ****** pairs (**** *, *, *, *** 8)

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**** ************ ******* ****-***** ***** ***** are **** ** ****** *****. **** PoE ******* *** '********* * ** B ********' *** **** **** ******* issue ***** ****** **** ** ******. However, **** ******* **** **** * minority ** ********** (**:**** *** *********) ** ********* **** ********. (*** M12 ** **** * *** ****.)

***** *** ****** ***** ** **** vary ********* ** ******* ********* (**:***/*** **** ** *), ***** ********* ****** *** * data *****, *** *** ***** *****. Regardless ** ***** ****** ******** ** used, ** ***** ******* *** ******* comply **** *** ***.***/** ****, ***** connections **** ** **** ** *** same ***.

Distance ***********

*** ** *********** ******* ** *** same **** ******** ********** ** ** non-PoE ******** *******. **** ******* ** the ***** **** **** *** ******* before *** ***** ***** ***** **** the ******** **********.

****** ****, ***** *** *** ******* options *** ******** ****** ***: ********* and *********** **** ****** ***.

PoE *********

*** ************ ********* **** **** ****, PoE ********* *** *********. *********, **** are ***** ** ******** *** **** camera, **** ***** ******** ** *** headend ****. *** ********* ***** ******* 300m ** **** ** ** **** total ********.

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*** ********* **** ** *****, *** typically **** *** $***-*** ***. *** more, ******* ** ****** *** *******: *****, PoE ********* *** *** ********.

Proprietary ******** ***

**** ************* **** ******** **** *** switches ***** ***** ****** *** *********, as **** ** ***-****. **** ** typically ******** ** ***** ****** ******** (70-80VDC) ** ******* ********** ****** ****** *********.

**** **** ***** ******** *** *** standardized *** *** ********* ** **** only ****** * ***** ************'* ******* line (******* ******* **** ******* ****, *** *******). ***** ******** ******* on ***** ********** *** ******** *** may ***** ****** ** *** ****** as **** ***** *** ********* *******/*******.

** *******, ******** *** **** ******** travel ****** *** ******* **** ******** limit. ** ***** ****** **** ******** ******** ****, **** *** ******** **** ******** a **** *,***' **** **** *** source, ****** *** ***** *** **** could ****** ** *** **** ********* cable. *******, ****-****** ****** *** *** recommended, ** **** ** *** **** standards *** ****** ********** ************ **********.

Typical *** *********** ** *************

**** ** ****** ************ ********* ************** for ***** **** ** ******** ** whether ** *** *** ****** ******** PoE. **** ** ********* ******* *** much ***** ***** *** **** ** even ** *** ******* *** '*******' 802.3af ***, ***** **** *** ***** from ** *** ** * ***** to ** **** ** **. ** a ******* **** ** *****, ***** IP ******* ********* ******* ***** * - * ***** ** *****.

** ****** ***** ************** *** ********* higher **** **** ** ******** ******** by *** ******, ** ******** ** our** ****** *** ***** *********** ****.

Calculating ***** ******

******** ** ******* *** ********* ******* by * ****** ******. ** ****, one ***** ** ***** *** *** up *** ********** ***** ************ ** cameras ** ***'* ******. *** *******, the *** ******* ***** ***** *** power ****, *** *** ****** ** able ** ****** **** *** *****. Because ** ****, *** ****** **** not ***** ** ** **** ***** power **********.

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PSEs: ********, ****, ********

*** ** ********* ******** ** *** of ***** ****:

  • **** * ******* ****** **** ******** PoE
  • **** ** *** **** ** ******** PoE ******
  • *** * *** ********* ** ****** with *** ***** ****** * ******* injector

*** ******* ****** **, ** ***, the **** ****** ******** *** ********* PoE *****. *** ******* ** **** much **** ***** ****** ** ********* by **** ** ** ****** ********** switch ********* *** ******* **** ******* / *** *****. ******** *** **** are ********* **** ** ******* ***-**-*** IP ************ *******.

Switch ******

**** *** *** ** *** ****** in **** *****, ******* ******** **** offer *** ** *** *********.

*******, **** ****** ** ***** ** confirm ***** ** ********* ** *** switch *****. ********** ** *****-*** ** consumer ****** ****, ** ** ****** to ****** *** ** *** ** half *** ********* *****, *** *** them ***:

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**** '************' ******** *** **** ******* total ***** **** ** **** ** what ** ****** *** **** ***.*** support. *** *******, ** **** ******** often ******* ** ***** ***** ** PoE *****, ***** ** ********** ** 7.5 * *** ****. ** *** use ** ******* ** *** ** ports, **** *** *** ******* **** 90 ***** *****.

** **** *****, ******* *** ******** go ******* *** ** ******** *** a '***' ****** ****, ** ****, is **** *** ****** ** ******* off ***** ******* ** **** *** have ********** ***** ** ******* *** cameras (****** ***** *********** **** *******). *** * ****** premium, **** ******** ***** '****' *** power ** *** *****. ** *** 12 **** ****** *******, **** ***** be *** ***** (*.*., *** * 12).

PoE ******** ****

**** **** **** *** ******** *****-**, a******* ****** *** ***** *******. *** **** ******* ** ***** units ** ********** ***** ******/********** ** a ******** *** ****** ** **********.

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**** **** ***** ****** ** ********** careful **** *********** *** ***** ****** for *** **** *** ****, ** these ***** ***** ******* **** ***** power ******* ** *** ***** *** typically ** *** ******* ***.***.

PoE ********

******* ***** ********* *** *** ***** common *** ****** **** ** ****, but *** ********* ** ************ ***** PoE ******* *** ******* *** * non-PoE ******* ** *****-***** ****** ******* exists.

*** *******, ** * ******* *** required, *** **** *** ** ***.***, it *** ** **** ****-********* ** buy * ***** ***** ***.*** ****** and * ****** ***.*** ********.

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**** **** ******** *** **** ** used ** **** **** ***** ****, e.g., ******** ** ****. ***** *** midspan **** *** ******* ***** **** the ****** ** ***, **** **** not ******* *** *** *****, ** the **** *** ******* ** *** cable ** **** *** *******. **** is ***** **** **** * *** switch ** ** ***** *** **** cameras ******* ****** *****, ** **** PoE ******** *** ** ****. ** tested **** ******** ** ****** ******* **** ****** ************ *** ******** *** ********* ** full ******.

Test **** *********

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

[**** ****** *** ******** ******* ** 2015, *** ******* **** ****-**** ** reflect ******** ** *** *********, *** extenders/long-distance ********, ******/*** *****, *** ****]

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