How to set up 6 x IP cameras in three ways, using 1 x switch
Posted 24 April 2013 by Stuart Young, Views (4808)
Solutions for installing 6 IP cameras using 1 switch

More often than not, IP cameras need siting in awkward places where there are no power sockets, usually high up on the ceiling for maximum viewing areas. There are several ways to tackle this common problem and here we show you how to do it without compromising on those ideal camera locations.

Below are three such solutions, taking into account that you may have certain pieces of the kit list already bought and paid for. If however, you're starting afresh, you'll notice that the neatest, hassle-free option A) is also the cheapest one, so it's a no-brainer! We recommend hard-wiring IP cameras in, to ensure the best quality, smooth transition footage.

Solutions for siting six IP cameras
(Prices correct at time of writing)
OPTION A
£1,074
OPTION B
£1,118
OPTION C
£1,216
  • Expandable to up to 32 IP cameras
  • Simplest solution using the least kit, making installation hassle-free
  • Most cost-effective
  • Expandable up to 32 IP cameras
  • Requires additional cabling and splitters to divide the PoE to power and data, accepted by the non-PoE cameras
  • Quite cost-effective
  • Number of cameras is limited by the number of ports on the non PoE switch
  • Requires additional cabling and PoE injectors to streamline power and data cables from the non PoE switch, into one PoE cable, accepted by the PoE cameras
  • Least cost-effective

How to hard wire these solutions:

OPTION A). One PoE switch, six PoE IP cameras:
Run an Ethernet cable from your router to the 8-port PoE switch. Next, use one of the ports in the switch to connect another Ethernet cable to your computer and additional ones to each of the PoE cameras. These last cables running from the switch to the cameras can be up to 100 metres in length before the data being passed along them will start to degrade. Since both the cameras and the switches are PoE-enabled, the cameras are getting their source of power directly from the switch.
Verdict: Simple, quick, tidy and for a saving of up to £142!

Ideal setup

OPTION B). One PoE switch, six PoE splitters, six non-PoE IP cameras:
Run an Ethernet cable from your router to the 8-port PoE switch. From the switch, use more Ethernet cabling to each of six PoE splitters. (These cables can afford to be up to 100m in length before they start to suffer any data degredation). On the other side of each splitter, plug in a power adapter cable and an Ethernet cable to each of the non-PoE cameras.
Verdict: Clearly, since a lot more cabling is required, this solution is not as tidy as A), is a bit more fiddly with its additional splitter components and costs around £44 more, not including cabling, at the time of writing this.

OPTION C). One non-PoE switch, six PoE injectors, six PoE IP cameras:
Run an Ethernet cable and a power adapter cable from your router to the 8-port, non-PoE switch. From the switch, run Ethernet cables to each of six PoE injectors. On the other side of each PoE injector, plug in an Ethernet cable to each of the PoE cameras, through which they'll receive their source of power. (These cables can afford to be up to 100m in length before they start to suffer any data degredation).
Verdict: Since a lot more cabling is required, this solution is not as tidy as A), is a bit more fiddly with its additional injector components and costs around £142 more, not including cabling, at the time of writing this.