Power over Ethernet
Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology enables switch/router and midspan systems, collectively named Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE), to deliver up to 15W of power over the data cable. The power-receiving system is called a powered device (PD). PoE enables power to be provided to the network device, such as an IP phone or a network camera, using the same cable as that used for network connection. It eliminates the need for power outlets at the camera locations and enables easier application of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to ensure 24 hours a day, 7 days a week operation. PoE technology is regulated in a standard called IEEE 802.3af and is designed in a way that does not degrade the network data communication performance or decrease the network reach. The power delivered over the LAN infrastructure is automatically activated when a compatible terminal is identified, and blocked to legacy devices that are not compatible. This feature allows users to freely and safely mix legacy and PoE-compatible devices, on their network.
Using Power over Ethernet
PoE works across standard network cabling (i.e. cat-5) to supply power directly from the data ports to which networked devices are connected. Today, most manufacturers offer network switches with built-in PoE support. If an existing network /switch structure is in place, customers can benefit from the same functionality by adding a so-called Midspan to the switch, which will add power to the network cable. The following diagram shows how a network camera can receive power over a network cable.
If the camera using PoE connection, you don’t need the extra Power Adapter. It is very suitable for the installation locations which is no power outlet and Wi-Fi signal.