PoE for IP Video Surveillance Guide

By: 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.

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
  • 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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*** ** ********* *** used, ** ********, ** almost *** ************ ** cameras *** *************.

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  • ***** *****:***** ******* *** ***** may ****** *** ******* power ** ****** *********** from **/***** ********* ** higher ******** ******** *** PoE.

************, **** ******* ***** only ******* *** ******** logistical ****** ** ***** edge ***** ***** *** voltage ***** ** ********. For ******** *** *******, see:******* **** *** **** Cameras.

PSEs **. ***

**** ******* ** *** specs, ***** *** *** the ************* *** *** PD **** **********. ***** are ****** ********* *** Power ******** ********* (********, midspans, ****, ***.) *** Powered ****** (*******, ****** points, ***********, ***.).

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  • ***.***, ***** ** *** 'standard' *** **** ** 90%+ ** *** ** cameras, ********** ** ** 15.4W
  • ***.***, ***** ** '****' PoE **** **** ** a ***** ******** ** IP ******* **** **** more **** **.** *** up ** ***. ***.*** support ** **** ******** found / ****** **** dealing **** **** ** cameras **** ********** ******* / *******.
  • ***.***,******** ********, **** *** ********* for **** ***, **** is ****** *** ***** of **** ** *******.

PoE *******

*** ********* ******* "*******" which ******* / ******* more ********* *** **** power *** ****** ********. The ***** ***** ********** the ***** *** *******:

802 3af at bt PoE Classes

* ****** *** ************* should ******* **** * type *** *****, *** that *********** ** ********* ignored. **** *****, *** is ******* ** '***.***' only **** ** ***** modifier, ******* **** ******** between *.** ** **.* W ** ********* ** the ******. *******, **** a ***** ** *****, it ****** ******* *** minimum *** ******* ***** available. *** *******, ** a ******* ** ***.*** Class * *****, ** can **** ******* * max ** *.* *****.

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

**** ********** * ******* device ** * ****** or ***** ***, * negotiation ******* ******, ** which *** ****** *** switch ********* *** ******* voltage *** ******* *** determine ***** ***** **** be ****. **** ******* is *****, * ****** of **** * *** seconds, *** ********* *** observable ** *****.

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

**** **** ***** **** cameras *** **** ***** requirements ** ***** *****, this **** *** **** that * ***** ****** will ** **** ** the ***** ********* **** wattage ** * ***. For *******, ** ** camera **** * ********* power **** ** ************ **** ***** *, but ** **** ** likely ** ** ********** as *. ***** ****** not ****** * ***** device **** ********* ** a ******** ***** ****** it ** ****** ** spec ******, *** **** then, ********** ** ******* as **** ******* *** simply ********** ** * by ***.

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

********** ** ****** ***********, many ******* *** ********** as ***** * (*** of **.**) ** ***. Because ** ****, ******** may ******** **** ***** than ** ********. ** if * ** ******* requiring ** **** (*** total) *** ********* ** a ****** **** * 60W ***** ****** *** classified ** ***** *, cameras *** *** *** power ** ** *** cycle *****. *******, **** is *** ****** *** case, **** **** ******** ignoring ***** *** ****** allocating ***** ***** ** actual ****.

Higher *****: ***.*** ******** ** ****

** **** **** *********** class ** *** (***.***) ***** ******** ** ********* of ****. **** ******** ******** a ******* ** *** able ** ******* *** watts ** *** ****** by ***** *** **** pairs ** * ******** cable, * ***** ** cover ** ***** ** the **** *******.

***** *** ******** ** more **** ******** ***.*** wattage ** ******** ****, using ** *** ************ gear *** *** ** necessary, ** **** ** cameras ******* **** **** 10W. ******* ****** ********** ***.*** ****** ** be ******** *******, ********** motor ***********, *** **** powered ********** *******. *** more ***************** **** *** ***.*** report.

Proprietary ***

*** *** ******* ******** to ** *** *** the ***.***/** *********. ******* manufacturers **** ******** *********** variants ***** ***** ****** wattages, **** *******'* ********* ***(***) *********'* *******(***).

** **** *****, *********** PoE *************** **** **** with *********-***** *******, ** an ***.*** ****** *** be ********* ** * UPoE ******, *** *******. In ***** ********, ********* compatibility ** *** **********. Users ****** ****** ***** this ************* ****** ********** equipment.

Passive ***

** ******** ** *** 802.3af/at/bt *********, **** ******* use **-****** "*******" ***, which ******* ** ** 24 *** **** ***** cable ***** **** ** negotiation ******* **** ** standards ***** ***. ***** is ******** ** ***** pairs ******* *** ****** "requests" ** ** ***.

** **** *****, ******* devices *** ****** ******* PoE ******* *****. *******, those ***** *** *** specified ** *** *** be *******. ******* ** this, ** ** *** recommend ***** ******* *** unless *** ****** ********** specifies **.

******* *** ** **** common ** ******** *********, such ********************, *** *** ****** in ** *******.

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

*** ** ******** **** different **** ********* ** the ***** ****** ****, referred ** ** ************ A *** *.

  • *********** * *** ******* power ** *** **** pairs **** *** **** (pins *, *, *, and *) **** *** remaining *** ***** ******
  • *********** * ******* ***** on ****** ***** (**** 4, *, *, *** 8)

**** ************ ******* ****-***** which ***** *** **** to ****** *****. **** PoE ******* *** '********* A ** * ********' and **** **** ******* issue ***** ****** **** of ******. *******, **** devices **** **** * minority ** ********** (**:**** *** *********) ** ********* **** specific. (*** *** ** Type * *** ****.)

***** *** ****** ***** of **** **** ********* to ******* ********* (**:***/*** **** ** *), ***** ********* ****** the * **** *****, not *** ***** *****. Regardless ** ***** ****** standard ** ****, ** power ******* *** ******* comply **** *** ***.***/** spec, ***** *********** **** be **** ** *** same ***.

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

*** ** *********** ******* to *** **** **** distance ********** ** ** non-PoE ******** *******. **** being ******* ** *** cable **** **** *** degrade ****** *** ***** drops ***** **** *** standard **********.

****** ****, ***** *** two ******* ******* *** extended ****** ***: ********* and *********** **** ****** PoE.

PoE *********

*** ************ ********* **** than ****, *** ********* are *********. *********, **** are ***** ** ******** for **** ******, **** power ******** ** *** headend ****. *** ********* often ******* **** ** even ** ** **** total ********.

PoE Extender

*** ********* **** ** price, *** ********* **** for $***-*** ***. *** more, ******* ** ****** *** Options: *****, *** ********* and *** ********.

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

**** ************* **** ******** NVRs *** ******** ***** allow ****** *** *********, as **** ** ***-****. This ** ********* ******** by ***** ****** ******** (70-80VDC) ** ******* ********** ****** ****** *********.

**** **** ***** ******** are *** ************ *** are ********* ** **** only ****** * ***** manufacturer's ******* **** (******* ******* **** ******* NVRs, *** *******). ***** standard ******* ** ***** configured *** ******** *** may ***** ****** ** the ******.

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

**** ** ****** ************ publishes ************** *** ***** draw ** ******** ** whether ** *** *** camera ******** ***. **** is ********* ******* *** much ***** ***** *** need ** **** ** all ******* *** '*******' 802.3af ***, ***** **** can ***** **** ** low ** * ***** to ** **** ** 15. ** * ******* rule ** *****, ***** IP ******* ********* ******* about * - * watts ** *****.

** ****** ***** ************** are ********* ****** **** what ** ******** ******** by *** ******, ** verified ** ***** ****** *** ***** Consumption ****.

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

******** ** ******* *** typically ******* ** * single ******. ** ****, one ***** ** ***** and *** ** *** individual ***** ************ ** cameras ** ***'* ******. For *******, *** *** cameras ***** ***** *** power ****, *** *** switch ** **** ** supply **** *** *****. Because ** ****, *** camera **** *** ***** up ** **** ***** power **********.

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

*** ** ********* ******** in *** ** ***** ways:

  • **** * ******* ****** that ******** ***
  • *** * *** ********* in ****** **** *** cable ****** * ******* injector
  • **** ** *** **** an ******** *** ******

*** ******* ****** **, by ***, *** **** common ******** *** ********* PoE *****. *** ******* is **** **** **** often ****** ** ********* by **** ** ** allows ********** ****** ********* and ******* **** ******* / *** *****. ***:***: ****** **. ******* Usage

Switch ******

**** *** *** ** PoE ****** ** **** areas, ******* ******** **** offer *** ** *** difficult.

*******, **** ****** ** taken ** ******* ***** is ********* ** *** switch *****. ********** ** lower-end ** ******** ****** gear, ** ** ****** to ****** *** ** one ** **** *** available *****, *** *** them ***:

**** '************' ******** *** only ******* ***** ***** that ** **** ** what ** ****** *** full ***.*** *******. *** example, ** **** ******** often ******* ** ***** watts ** *** *****, which ** ********** ** 7.5 * *** ****. If *** *** ** cameras ** *** ** ports, **** *** *** require **** ** ***** total.

** **** *****, ******* can ******** ** ******* and ** ******** *** a '***' ****** ****, in ****, ** **** the ****** ** ******* off ***** ******* ** does *** **** ********** power ** ******* *** cameras (****** ***** *********** **** *******). *** a ****** *******, **** switches ***** '****' *** power ** *** *****. In *** ** **** switch *******, **** ***** be *** ***** (*.*., 15W * **).

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*** ***** ******, ******* power *********, *** **** commonly **** *** *** be *** ***** ****** in ************ ***** *** cameras *** ******* *** where * ***-*** ******* already ******, ** ***** special *** ************ *** be ********* **** ************* than ****** **** ********* gear.For *******, ** * cameras *** ********, *** only *** ** ***.***, it *** ** **** cost ********* ** *** a ***** ***** ***.*** switch *** * ****** 802.3at ********.

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

**** **** **** *** switches ***** **, ***** has ****** ******** ****** *** ***** systems. *** **** ******* of ***** ***** ** simplicity, ***** ****** / connecting ** * ******** PoE ****** ** **********.

PoE Embedded NVRs

**** **** ***** ****** be ********** ******* **** calculating ***** ****** *** use **** *** ****, as ***** ***** ***** support **** ***** ***** classes ** *** ***** and *** *** ******* 802.3at.

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

** *** ****** **** IP ********** ******, ** include *** ** * core ********** *******. **** the ****** ** ******* sessions, ******* ********* *** asked ** ******** ** a ******* *****. **** they ***:

  1. *** * ************ ****** PoE ******* ** ***** midspans & ******** ********?
  2. **** **** **** ******* max ***** *******?
  3. *** * ***** ******* into * ****, *** not * ****** *********** me ** ** * safety ******?
  4. *** *** *** *** travel ** *****?
  5. **** ******* ***** ***** supplies ** ******* ** also ******** **** **** PoE *****?

** *** ******** *****, we ****** **** ********.

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

******: **. *** ******* of ******* ***** *** generally ******** * *********** process ***** * ****** identifies *** ******** *** power **** * ****** like * ****** ** midspan ********. ******* ***** source ******* ** *** request ***** **** ********* sources, **** ** *** themselves ******* *** *** power. ** **** ***, the '****' *** ******* to *** ***** ** done ** *** ****** nearest ** *** *** powered ****** ** ******** device.

** ****** **** ******** in ****** ******* **** ****** Tested****** *** ******** *** mechanics ** **** ******.

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

******: ** ** *** guaranteed. ***** * **** may ** ***** ** deliver *** *******, (**: 15.4W *** ***.*** ** 60W *** ***.***) *** ability ** *** *** to ******* ** ******* on *** ***** ****** of *** ****** *** maximum ********* ***** *********. In **** *****, ****** outpaces ******, ******* *********** issues ** ******** ********** for *** *******.

*** *******, **** ******** grade *** ****** (****** **-*******) *** *** ********* output *****:

Switch Power Specs

*** *** *** ***** available ** *** ****** is ***. **** * PoE *****, **** *** power ** ******* ******* each, **: *** / 4 ***** = **.*** per ****. *******, *** max *** ***** ********* per **** ** ***** at **.** *** ***.*** to **.* * * 4 = **.**. *** difference ******* ******* **** specifications *** *** ****** power ********* ** *** switch ** * **** 8.6W. **** ***** ** we *** * ******* that ******** *** ****, the ***** ****** ***** be *********.

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

******: **. *** ** the ******* *********** *******, PoE ***** ** *** actively ****** ****** * connected ****** ******** **. This ***** **** * cable ********* ** * PSE ** *** '***********' at *** ***** ******* in ** * *** device *** **** *** present * ****** ****** because ** ********** *******.

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

******: *** ******* **** described ** *** ******** IEE802.3 ******** ******* ***** extenders ** ***** *****. By ******, ***** **** extend ** *** ** any ******* ****** ***** can ** *********. ** reality, **** ******* ****** is **** *******, *** our** ****** **** ******** Ethernet ****, ***** **** *** voltages **** ******** * full ****' **** **** the ******, ****** *** point *** **** ***** travel ** *** **** connected *****.

***** *** ** ***** for *** *** ***** distance, *** ******** ******* than **** **** *** meet ******** *********, *** additional ******* **** *** be ********* *** *** void ******* ********** ** used.

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

******: *** ******, *** beware. ** **** *****, cameras ** ***** *** devices **** *** ******* power **** **** ********* from * *** ** the ****** ** ******* receiving ***** **** * low-voltage ***** ******. *******, especially **** ***** *** devices, ************ *** **** against ***** **** ** the **** ** ******** the ******.

** *******, **** ** not ** ***** **** newer *******, *** *** disclaimers ******* **** ********* should ** ******** ******.

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