What is a PoE switch?
A Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch has the Power over Ethernet functionality built into it. This means you can power devices using network cables.
What is the difference between a PoE switch and a normal switch?
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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