What is a PoE switch?
A Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch is a network switch that can provide power to devices through the Ethernet cable. This eliminates the need for separate power cables for devices, which can save time and money. PoE switches are commonly used to power IP cameras, VoIP phones, and wireless access points.
How does PoE work?
PoE works by using the unused pairs of wires in an Ethernet cable to transmit power. The amount of power that can be transmitted over a PoE cable varies depending on the PoE standard.
What is the difference between a PoE switch and a normal switch?
The main difference between a PoE switch and a normal switch is that a PoE switch can provide power to devices through the Ethernet cable. A normal switch can only transmit data.
PoE switch recommendation
- Name brand (e.g. Netgear, TP-link, Linksys, Cisco, HPE, Ubiquiti, etc..)
- 802.3at compliant, also known as PoE+
- We recommend unmanaged switches for easy setup, but managed switches can be used for more granular control over the network
- At least 12W per port that will support IP cameras
- 10 cameras on one switch would come out to 120 watts of power needed on that switch.
- At least two more ports than the number of cameras that will be connected
- This allows for a Spot appliance and another network connection to be added.
- If there are 16 cameras, 18 ports would be recommended to cover all the cameras, the Spot appliance, and the extra network uplink connection.
Getting Started with Spot AI Setup
- Refer to this article to set up the Spot appliance and discover cameras.
- Refer to this article for recommended network topology.
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