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Cost-effective and flexible installation with Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Published by Amelia on February 9, 2011 4:09 PM

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is an incredibly flexible technology used commonly with network camera systems. With Power over Ethernet, LAN-enabled devices such as network cameras can be powered over an IP network infrastructure using standard Ethernet cabling. Many IP-based surveillance systems today incorporate PoE technology, taking advantage of a variety of benefits including cost-effectiveness and ease of installation.

Power over Ethernet cameras transmit data and receive power through a single Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for complicated and expensive cabling. Network cameras can be installed anywhere along a network. Placement does not have to be dictated by where a power outlet is readily available. Power is supplied from data ports that the cameras and other network devices are connected to.

Another benefit of PoE is that you can easily install uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) for video surveillance applications that require 24-hour surveillance. This will ensure that cameras continue to capture images even during power outages. Surveillance operators can also install wireless LAN access points for even greater flexibility.

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