How to Use PoE Switch for IP Surveillance Cameras?

NADDOD Neo Switch Specialist Jan 12, 2023

The expensive IP camera surveillance system initially only large enterprises can afford to use, but now IP surveillance systems are ubiquitous in everyday life, this is because the price of IP cameras and PoE switches has dropped significantly, so many people try to build small IP surveillance systems to protect their property security. So, where can IP camera surveillance systems be used? How to use PoE switch to deploy IP cameras? This article will provide detailed answers to these questions.

Use PoE Switch to Deploy IP Surveillance Cameras Application Scenarios

Use PoE switch to deploy IP cameras, you can save time and network costs; at the same time, the installation location of IP cameras is not limited by the power outlet, the installation is more flexible and convenient. Based on this, the cooperation mode of PoE switch and IP camera has been widely used in various industries, such as home security monitoring to help users monitor property security; traffic monitoring, which can remotely monitor railway stations, highways and airport security; industrial monitoring, which can monitor the production process, warehouse management, etc. So, how to use PoE switch to deploy IP cameras? This question will be answered in the following.

How to Deploy IP Surveillance Cameras with PoE Switches?

No matter which model of PoE switch or IP camera you choose, the connection method and usage are basically the same. You can purchase the required surveillance devices and install them in different locations according to your actual needs. Here, we take the application of home security surveillance as an example to specify the connection steps of PoE switch and IP camera.

Step 1: Determine the Installation Location of the IP Camera

Usually, the installation height of IP cameras in home networks cannot be too low to prevent their accidental damage; nor too high to facilitate maintenance. Therefore, it is recommended that the indoor installation height is higher than 2.5 meters, while the distance from the IP camera to the PoE switch should be controlled within 100 meters. When installing, please avoid strong light (such as sunlight, lighting, etc.) directly into the IP camera lens, otherwise it is easy to cause over-brightening or pulling light phenomenon; and avoid installing the IP camera under the window, otherwise the infrared reflection will lead to overexposure of surveillance video or pictures.

Step 2: Install the Fixed IP Camera

After determining the installation location, drill holes in the location to mount the IP camera. Make sure the IP camera bracket is firm and stable on the wall to prevent picture shaking, and adjust the IP camera angle appropriately to get the best monitoring angle.

Step 3: Determine the Installation Location of the Network Cable Used to Connect the IP Camera

After determining the installation location of the IP camera, drill a hole in a suitable location near it and pre-bury the network cable interface location. If you need to install the IP camera on a higher second or third floor, please consider using the optimal alignment solution, i.e. the shortest distance from the installation point to the nearest network access point.

Step 4: Connect the IP Camera to the PoE Switch

After completing the previous three steps, the next step is to connect your home IP surveillance system equipment. A complete IP surveillance system usually consists of a PoE switch, IP camera, Network Video Recorder (NVR, Network Video Recorder), surveillance display device (such as computer, TV, etc.) and Ethernet cable. The connection steps are as follows.

  • Plug the power cord into the PoE switch power jack and turn on the power.
  • Connect the PoE switch to the router using the Ethernet cable and ensure that the switch has access to the Internet.
  • Connect the IP camera to the PoE port of the PoE switch using the Ethernet cable; the PoE switch powers the IP camera through the Ethernet cable and carries out data transmission.
  • Use the Ethernet cable to connect the PoE switch and the NVR, and also use the VGA or HDMI HD cable to connect the NVR and the surveillance display device. When connecting, please pay attention to use the corresponding interface.

Step 5: IP Camera System Setup

This is the last step in the installation process. IP camera comes with application software or desktop management software, you can choose different functions such as real-time framing, motion detection, video recording, etc. according to the software designation to meet your different monitoring needs.

After completing the above steps, the PoE switch and IP camera are connected successfully and the IP camera can work normally.


Deploying IP cameras with PoE switches is more effortless and reliable. If you decide to build a reliable IP surveillance system, I hope this article can bring you some help.