Why and How to Use PoE Switch for IP Camera Systems?

January 17, 2018

A PoE switch provides power supply and data connection via network cables like Cat5, Cat5e, and Cat6 in PoE IP camera systems. In today’s business and daily life, whatever the industry or location, using PoE switches for IP cameras to ensure the safety of people and business is very common and popular. Usually, for different IP camera systems, PoE switches with different ports are deployed. This article will explore these situations in detail.

PoE Switches

Why Use PoE Switch for IP Camera Systems?

When it comes to adopting PoE technology, some users may think it’s unnecessary to buy a PoE switch with a relatively high price. Compared with traditional solutions, adopting PoE switches in IP camera systems have countless advantages.

Longer Runs

Connected with a PoE switch, IP cameras can be installed anywhere, even to reach remote locations. With a single Cat5e cable, the distance of running PoE IP camera can be up to 100m. If longer runs are required, PoE repeaters may be needed.

More Connected Devices

A PoE injector can also power IP cameras and save more space. However, what if there are many devices, say ten IP cameras, needing to be connected together? Under this condition, a PoE switch that has more ports will provide the optimal choice.

Higher Power Output

PoE switches can power devices in camera surveillance systems. Furthermore, the advanced PoE+ switch that delivers more power can transmit up to 30W over Cat5 cables, compared with the average 15.4W offered by standard PoE switches. As a result, the PoE series switches can meet the demands for some power-hungry IP camera systems.

Easier to Manage With Troubleshooting Availability

Advanced PoE switches allow each camera to be controlled remotely from any point in the IP camera systems. A managed PoE switch can use a GUI interface to provide a topology view of the network and the devices connected to it, which functions in troubleshooting when a system goes down. Specifically speaking, each port on the PoE switch can be programmed to send an automatic alert to the authorized users when a camera breaks down. After logging in, the user will identify which camera is broken and reboot it with the aid of the topology view. If the reboot doesn’t work, the user can send a technician to repair it immediately. PoE switches can help to speed up the troubleshooting and repair process and minimize the overall downtime.

Lower Expense & Less Time

Since administrators can monitor and manage the switches remotely, in most of the cases, they can reboot any non-responding PoE IP camera without going to the camera’s location, which saves both cost and effort.

How to Use PoE Switch for IP Camera Systems?

Some users are under the assumption the IP systems are too complex. Here we take FS.COM 8-port PoE gigabit managed switch as an example to illustrate how to connect the PoE switch with IP cameras. In this picture, different types of IP cameras, router, and NVR (Network Video Recorder) are connected to the 8-port PoE switch.

PoE Switch in IP Camera Systems

Here are the specific steps for an IP camera system adopting the PoE switch.

  • Connect the router to the LAN port on the 8-port PoE switch using an Ethernet cable (cat5e or cat6);

  • Connect the power cable to the PoE switch and to a power outlet or surge protector.

  • Connect IP cameras to port 1-8 on the PoE switch using the Ethernet extension cables.

  • Add the cameras to the NVR to view the cameras and enable recording. If it is required to check the views remotely, connect the router to the Internet.

Deploying PoE Switch for IP Camera Systems

In our daily lives, IP camera security systems will continue to play an important role in protecting the safety of people at home, in the office/factory, or in public areas. The combination of PoE and IP cameras can offer ideal solutions in various situations.

PoE Switch for Home IP Camera System

Many people may require a PoE IP camera system in their houses for property protection and safety, deploying IP cameras may be the best choice. Cameras linked with PoE switches are convenient for users to install and eliminate unnecessary cables. With the development of IP camera systems, more intelligent IP cameras will be used in home IP security systems.

PoE Switch for Business IP Camera System

Undoubtedly, security is imperative for any business in modern society. IP camera security system offers an optimal solution to protect most businesses. Both a middle-sized company and a large-scale company need more than one IP camera for their IP camera security system. In this condition, the port number of PoE switches is a good solution. a 24-port PoE switch may be suitable for middle-sized networks, 48-port PoE managed switches can meet requirements of large businesses like international hotels or enterprises.


PoE switch offers simple and cost-effective wiring to power different IP camera systems. And for some IP camera security systems, using PoE switches can expand the system to the maximum number of cameras. FS.COM provides managed PoE switches with 8-port, 24-port, and 48-port for different IP camera security systems. For more details, please read this article: Extend Your Network With PoE Switch

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