PoE for IP Video Surveillance Guide

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Mar 08, 2018

This guide provides comprehensive explanations of the elements in selecting and using Power Over Ethernet with IP cameras, covering:

  • 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
  • The Top 5 PoE Misunderstanding

PoE vs Low Voltage

All cameras need electrical power to operate.

'Power over Ethernet' (PoE) uses a single cable to connect a camera to both the data network and a power supply. In most cases, powering cameras before the advent of PoE meant using low voltage power using separate power supplies and dedicated power wiring. PoE eliminates the second cable / supply.

Using this single cable with power built into switches saves cost compared to low voltage power supplies, typically ~$10-30 per camera. See: PoE vs Low Voltage Power Supplies Cost Compared.

PoE Almost Always Used

PoE is supported and used, in practice, in almost all professional IP cameras and installations.

Exceptions To PoE Use

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

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*** ** ********* *** ****, ** ********, ** ****** *** professional ** ******* *** *************.

Exceptions ** *** ***

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  • ***** ********:** ************ ***** ******* *** ********* *** *****, ******* *** often ******* *** ***** *** ******* ***** *******.
  • ***** *****:***** ******* *** ***** *** ****** *** ******* ***** ** reduce *********** **** **/***** ********* ** ****** ******** ******** *** PoE.

************, **** ******* ***** **** ******* *** ******** ********** ****** in ***** **** ***** ***** *** ******* ***** ** ********. For ******** *** *******, ***:******* **** *** **** *******.

PSEs **. ***

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  • ***.***** * ***** *********, **** *** ********* *** **** ***, that ** ****** *** ***** ** **** ** *******.

PoE *******

*** ********* ******* "*******" ***** ******* / ******* **** ********* how **** ***** *** ****** ********. *** ***** ***** ********** the ***** *** ******* **** ** ************:

* ****** *** ************* ****** ******* **** * **** *** class, *** **** *********** ** ********* *******. **** *****, *** is ******* ** '***.***' **** **** ** ***** ********, ******* that ******** ******* *.** ** **.* * ** ********* ** the ******. *******, **** * ***** ** *****, ** ****** further *** ******* *** ******* ***** *********. *** *******, ** a ******* ** ***.*** ***** * *****, ** *** **** deliver * *** ** *.* *****.

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

**** ********** * ******* ****** ** * ****** ** ***** PSE, * *********** ******* ******, ** ***** *** ****** *** switch ********* *** ******* ******* *** ******* *** ********* ***** class **** ** ****. **** ******* ** *****, * ****** of **** * *** *******, *** ********* *** ********** ** users.

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

**** **** ***** **** ******* *** **** ***** ************ ** their *****, **** **** *** **** **** * ***** ****** will ** **** ** *** ***** ********* **** ******* ** a ***. *** *******, ** ** ****** **** * ********* power **** ** ************ **** ***** *, *** ** **** ** ****** ** be ********** ** *. ***** ****** *** ****** * ***** device **** ********* ** * ******** ***** ****** ** ** listed ** **** ******, *** **** ****, ********** ** ******* as **** ******* *** ****** ********** ** * ** ***.

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

********** ** ****** ***********, **** ******* *** ********** ** ***** 0 (*** ** **.**) ** ***. ******* ** ****, ******** may ******** **** ***** **** ** ********. ** ** * IP ******* ********* ** **** (*** *****) *** ********* ** a ****** **** * *** ***** ****** *** ********** ** Class *, ******* *** *** *** ***** ** ** *** cycle *****. *******, **** ** *** ****** *** ****, **** many ******** ******** ***** *** ****** ********** ***** ***** ** actual ****.

Higher ***** ***.*** ******

***** ***** ** ***** ****** *** ***********, ** **** **** substantial ***** ** *** (***.***) ********** ** ** ******** ** ********* ** ****. **** ***** ******** * ******* ** *** **** ** deliver *** ***** ** *** ****** ** ***** *** **** pairs ** * ******** *****, * ***** ** ***** ** depth ** *** **** *******.

***** *** ******** ** **** **** ******** ***.*** ******* ** creating ****, ***** ** *** ************ **** *** *** ** necessary, ** **** ** ******* ******* **** **** ***. ******* ****** ********** ***.*** ****** ** ** ******** *******, ********** ***** ***********, and **** ******* ********** *******.

Proprietary ***

*** *** ******* ******** ** ** *** *** *** ***.***/** standards. ******* ************* **** ******** *********** ******** ***** ***** ****** wattages, **** *******'* ********* ***(***) *********'* *******(***).

** **** *****, *********** *** *************** **** **** **** *********-***** devices, ** ** ***.*** ****** *** ** ********* ** * UPoE ******, *** *******. ** ***** ********, ********* ************* ** not **********. ***** ****** ****** ***** **** ************* ****** ********** equipment.

Passive ***

** ******** ** *** ***.***/**/** *********, **** ******* *** **-****** "passive" ***, ***** ******* ** ** ** *** **** ***** cable ***** **** ** *********** ******* **** ** ********* ***** PoE. ***** ** ******** ** ***** ***** ******* *** ****** "requests" ** ** ***.

** **** *****, ******* ******* *** ****** ******* *** ******* issue. *******, ***** ***** *** *** ********* ** *** *** be *******. ******* ** ****, ** ** *** ********* ***** passive *** ****** *** ****** ********** ********* **.

******* *** ** **** ****** ** ******** *********, **** ********************, *** *** ****** ** ** *******.

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

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  • *********** * *** ******* ***** ** *** **** ***** **** for **** (**** *, *, *, *** *) **** *** remaining *** ***** ******
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**** ************ ******* ****-***** ***** ***** *** **** ** ****** power. **** *** ******* *** '********* * ** * ********' and **** **** ******* ***** ***** ****** **** ** ******. However, **** ******* **** **** * ******** ** ********** (**:**** *** *********) ** ********* **** ********. (*** *** ** **** * PoE ****.)

***** *** ****** ***** ** **** **** ********* ** ******* standards (**:***/*** **** ** *), ***** ********* ****** *** * **** *****, *** *** power *****. ********** ** ***** ****** ******** ** ****, ** power ******* *** ******* ****** **** *** ***.***/** ****, ***** connections **** ** **** ** *** **** ***.

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

*** ** *********** ******* ** *** **** **** ******** ********** as ** ***-*** ******** *******. **** ***** ******* ** *** cable **** **** *** ******* ****** *** ***** ***** ***** what *** ******** **********.

****** ****, ***** *** *** ******* ******* *** ******** ****** PoE: ********* *** *********** **** ****** ***.

PoE *********

*** ************ ********* **** **** ****, *** ********* *** *********. Typically, **** *** ***** ** ******** *** **** ******, **** power ******** ** *** ******* ****. *** ********* ***** ******* 300m ** **** ** ** **** ***** ********.

*** ********* **** ** *****, *** ********* **** *** $***-*** USD. *** ****, ******* ** ****** *** *******: *****, *** ********* *** *** examined.

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

**** ************* **** ******** **** *** ******** ***** ***** ****** PoE *********, ** **** ** ***-****. **** ** ********* ******** by ***** ****** ******** (**-*****) ** ******* ********** ****** ****** *********.

**** **** ***** ******** *** *** ************ *** *** ********* to **** **** ****** * ***** ************'* ******* **** (******* ******* **** ******* ****, *** *******). ***** ******** ******* ** ***** ********** *** extended *** *** ***** ****** ** *** ******.

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

**** ** ****** ************ ********* ************** *** ***** **** ** addition ** ******* ** *** *** ****** ******** ***. **** is ********* ******* *** **** ***** ***** *** **** ** even ** *** ******* *** '*******' ***.*** ***, ***** **** can ***** **** ** *** ** * ***** ** ** high ** **. ** * ******* **** ** *****, ***** IP ******* ********* ******* ***** * - * ***** ** power.

** ****** ***** ************** *** ********* ****** **** **** ** actually ******** ** *** ******, ** ******** ** ***** ****** *** ***** *********** ****.

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

******** ** ******* *** ********* ******* ** * ****** ******. As ****, *** ***** ** ***** *** *** ** *** individual ***** ************ ** ******* ** ***'* ******. *** *******, the *** ******* ***** ***** *** ***** ****, *** *** switch ** **** ** ****** **** *** *****. ******* ** this, *** ****** **** *** ***** ** ** **** ***** power **********.

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

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*** ******* ****** **, ** ***, *** **** ****** ******** for ********* *** *****. *** ******* ** **** **** **** often ****** ** ********* ** **** ** ** ****** ********** switch ********* *** ******* **** ******* / *** *****. ***:***: ****** **. ******* *****

Switch ******

**** *** *** ** *** ****** ** **** *****, ******* switches **** ***** *** ** *** *********.

*******, **** ****** ** ***** ** ******* ***** ** ********* on *** ****** *****. ********** ** *****-*** ** ******** ****** gear, ** ** ****** ** ****** *** ** *** ** half *** ********* *****, *** *** **** ***:

**** '************' ******** *** **** ******* ***** ***** **** ** half ** **** ** ****** *** **** ***.*** *******. *** example, ** **** ******** ***** ******* ** ***** ***** ** PoE *****, ***** ** ********** ** *.* * *** ****. If *** *** ** ******* ** *** ** *****, **** use *** ******* **** ** ***** *****.

** **** *****, ******* *** ******** ** ******* *** ** mistaken *** * '***' ****** ****, ** ****, ** **** the ****** ** ******* *** ***** ******* ** **** *** have ********** ***** ** ******* *** ******* (****** ***** *********** **** *******). *** * ****** *******, **** ******** ***** 'full' *** ***** ** *** *****. ** *** ** **** switch *******, **** ***** ** *** ***** (*.*., *** * 12).

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*** ***** ******, ******* ***** *********, *** **** ******** **** but *** ** *** ***** ****** ** ************ ***** *** cameras *** ******* *** ***** * ***-*** ******* ******* ******, or ***** ******* *** ************ *** ** ********* **** ************* than ****** **** ********* ****.*** *******, ** * ******* *** required, *** **** *** ** ***.***, ** *** ** **** cost ********* ** *** * ***** ***** ***.*** ****** *** a ****** ***.*** ********.

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

**** **** **** *** ******** ***** **, ***** *** ****** a******* ****** *** ***** *******. *** **** ******* ** ***** ***** ** **********, ***** buying / ********** ** * ******** *** ****** ** **********.

**** **** ***** ****** ** ********** ******* **** *********** ***** budget *** *** **** *** ****, ** ***** ***** ***** support **** ***** ***** ******* ** *** ***** *** *** not ******* ***.***.

Top * *** *****************

** *** ****** **** ** ********** ******, ** ******* *** as * **** ********** *******. **** *** ****** ** ******* sessions, ******* ********* *** ***** ** ******** ** * ******* basis. **** **** ***:

  1. *** * ************ ****** *** ******* ** ***** ******** & switches ********?
  2. **** **** **** ******* *** ***** *******?
  3. *** * ***** ******* **** * ****, *** *** * camera *********** ** ** ** * ****** ******?
  4. *** *** *** *** ****** ** *****?
  5. **** ******* ***** ***** ******** ** ******* ** **** ******** them **** *** *****?

** *** ******** *****, ** ****** **** ********.

Question: "*** * ************ ****** *** ******* ** ***** ******** & ******** ********?"

******: **. *** ******* ** ******* ***** *** ********* ******** a *********** ******* ***** * ****** ********** *** ******** *** power **** * ****** **** * ****** ** ******* ********. Because ***** ****** ******* ** *** ******* ***** **** ********* sources, **** ** *** ********** ******* *** *** *****. ** this ***, *** '****' *** ******* ** *** ***** ** done ** *** ****** ******* ** *** *** ******* ****** or ******** ******.

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

Question: "**** **** **** ******* *** ***** *******?

******: ** ** *** **********. ***** * **** *** ** rated ** ******* *** *******, (**: **.** *** ***.*** ** 60W *** ***.***) *** ******* ** *** *** ** ******* it ******* ** *** ***** ****** ** *** ****** *** maximum ********* ***** *********. ** **** *****, ****** ******** ******, causing *********** ****** ** ******** ********** *** *** *******.

*** *******, **** ******** ***** *** ****** (****** **-*******) *** *** ********* ****** *****:

*** *** *** ***** ********* ** *** ****** ** ***. With * *** *****, **** *** ***** ** ******* ******* each, **: *** / * ***** = **.*** *** ****. However, *** *** *** ***** ********* *** **** ** ***** at **.** *** ***.*** ** **.* * * * = 61.6W. *** ********** ******* ******* **** ************** *** *** ****** power ********* ** *** ****** ** * **** *.**. **** means ** ** *** * ******* **** ******** *** ****, the ***** ****** ***** ** *********.

Question: "*** * ***** ******* **** * ****, *** *** * ****** *********** ** ** ** * ****** ******?"

******: **. *** ** *** ******* *********** *******, *** ***** is *** ******** ****** ****** * ********* ****** ******** **. This ***** **** * ***** ********* ** * *** ** not '***********' ** *** ***** ******* ** ** * *** device *** **** *** ******* * ****** ****** ******* ** incidental *******.

Question: "*** *** *** *** ****** ** *****?"

******: *** ******* **** ********* ** *** ******** ******.* ******** without ***** ********* ** ***** *****. ** ******, ***** **** extend ** *** ** *** ******* ****** ***** *** ** networked. ** *******, **** ******* ****** ** **** *******, *** our** ****** **** ******** ******** ****, ***** **** *** ******** **** ******** * **** ****' away **** *** ******, ****** *** ***** *** **** ***** travel ** *** **** ********* *****.

***** *** ** ***** *** *** *** ***** ********, *** distance ******* **** **** **** *** **** ******** *********, *** additional ******* **** *** ** ********* *** *** **** ******* warranties ** ****.

Question: "**** ******* ***** ***** ******** ** ******* ** **** ******** **** **** *** *****?"

******: *** ******, *** ******. ** **** *****, ******* ** other *** ******* **** *** ******* ***** **** **** ********* from * *** ** *** ****** ** ******* ********* ***** from * ***-******* ***** ******. *******, ********** **** ***** *** devices, ************ *** **** ******* ***** **** ** *** **** of ******** *** ******.

** *******, **** ** *** ** ***** **** ***** *******, but *** *********** ******* **** ********* ****** ** ******** ******.

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Comments (12)

* **** ***** **** * *** ** ******* ***** *** PoE **** **** **** ** ****** **** * *** ****** connected ** *** **** **** ** ***. (**** **** *** checking ** *******)

****** **'* *** ****** ******, *** *** ****** ** **, perhaps ***** ** **** ***** ** ****** ***** * ******** device **** * ******** ****** ** *** *** ** ************ turned ***. ** **** ****** ******* * ****** ** ******* from *** ******.

** ***** *** ***'* **** ** **** *** *** ****** to **** **** ****** **** *** *** **-********.

******* **** *** *** ** ******* *** ** ** ***** long, **** *** ******** **** ***** *********, *** ** **** seem ** **** **** **** **** **** *** *** ******* for ** ** ****** ** *** *** *******!

* **** ** ******** ******* ******* *******, ***** ****, *** a *** ****** ** *** *** ****** *** ** *** power, *** **** ****** ******* ****** *** ******* ******* ********* to ***, *** ** ****** *** ** *****.

***** *****! ** ****** ****** * ***** ****** **.

***** *** *** **** ****!

*** * *******? ** ***** *'** ****** *** **** *****. I've ****** ***** *** ********* ** ** ** *******:

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

*** + ***

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**** ** **** * ******* ***

*** - *** ***** *** *** *********, *** *** **** is *** ** ** ********. **** *** *** ***+ **** been **** ** ******** ******** **** **.* *** *****. * more ******** **** *** *** *** ** ***++ (** **** for ***** ****)

***, **** **** ******* ** ****** *** ***++ *********** *** Hi ***. ** ********** ** ** *** **** ***** ***** was ****** ***+ *** *** *** ** *** *** ***. Going ** ****** ***** ** ******* **** *** **** *******. Good *********** ** ****...

Can * ***** ******* **** * ****, *** *** * ****** *********** ** ** ** * ****** ******?"

******: **. *** ** *** ******* *********** *******, *** ***** is *** ******** ****** ****** * ********* ****** ******** **. This ***** **** * ***** ********* ** * *** ** not '***********' ** *** ***** ******* ** ** * *** device *** **** *** ******* * ****** ****** ******* ** incidental *******.

** *** **** ****** ** ***************, **** “***********” ******** ** nothing **** **** *** *** ******* *** * ***** ***** and ********* *** **** *** * ********* (*******) ********** ** the ******.

*** ***: **** **** **** ****’* ********** **** ** **** ;)

*******, **** ******* **** **** * ******** ** ********** (**: Axis *** *********) ** ********* **** ********. (*** *** ** Type * *** ****.)

*** *** ** ************ *;***** *** ********* ** **** **** ***** ** *** ** choice *** ** ***** **** *** **** *****.

** **** *****, ******* ******* *** ****** ******* *** ******* issue. *******, ***** ***** *** *** ********* ** *** *** be *******. ******* ** ****, ** ** *** ********* ***** passive *** ****** *** ****** ********** ********* **.

******* *** ** **** ****** ** ******** *********, **** ** Ubiquiti ** ********, *** *** ****** ** ** *******.

****, ******* *** @ ~*** *** ** ***** ** **** (older) ******* *********. ***** **** ******* ** ***.*** ***** *******, (sans ***********), **** *** ** **** ******* **** ** ******** actual ***.*.** ****.

******** ********* ******** ** ***:

***** **** ******* ***** (** ***** ******* ** ** ****) is ******** ** **** **** ** ** ****... **** **** mean **** *** ******* ** *** **** **** ***** ***** travel *** **** ******** *** ** *** ****** *****? ** are ******* ** ** ***** **** *** ** ******** ***** surveillance ******** *** **** ** **** **** **’** ******* **** in ******** ******* ****** ** ***** *********, ******** ******* ********* point ** *******.

** * *****, *** *** ***** ************. * ***** **** are ********* ** ******** ************* **** ******* * ***** ***** of *** **** **** ****** *** ****** *** * ********* twisted **** ********, ** * ***** *** ** ** **** to *** ** ** ***** **** ** ***. ***** ***, they *** *** **** *** *** ** ***** ****** **. I ***** **'* ** **** *********** ** ******'* **** **** unless **** **** **** *** ******* ** *** ****. **** if ** **** ****, * ***** (****** *'* *****) **'* still * *** ***** ** ** ******** ****.

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