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Re: Appx. hours of labor?
said by fartness:You have choices:
So I can't just plug the other end into my router?
1.) You can use separate POE injectors (like the one you linked to earlier). An Ethernet cable would go from your router or switch or hub to the input side of the POE injector and a second Ethernet cable would go from the output side of the POE injector to the security camera. Repeat for each camera (6 cables for 3 cameras).
2.) You can use a POE switch. One Ethernet cable would go from your router to the switch to provide network connectivity. In addition one Ethernet cable per camera connects each camera to one of the POE switch ports. The advantage is less clutter and only one power outlet used (only 4 cables for 3 cameras). Think of a POE switch as nothing but a regular switch with POE injectors added inside (for added convenience).
3.) It is not even an either/or choice. You could use a POE switch in the back of the house where you plan to have 2 cameras and use a single port POE injector in the front of the house. Mix and match as you like.
4.) If you don't currently use a wired network (it seems you prefer wireless), yet another option is to get a wireless POE switch. Obviously all the devices that you do want to power over the Ethernet cable (the security cameras) need to be connected to the POE switch with Ethernet cables but the connection to the rest of your network can be wireless (even if the cameras themselves are not wireless). In this option you would only need 3 cables to connect the 3 cameras.
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| I'm understanding it a bit more. It sounds like option 2 requires me to wire up everything into a central location, but I'd have to wire the house up, drill, etc.? Would option 4 allow each device to plug into the PoE outlet, then have the PoE wireless connect to each device? Or something different. I've posted a picture of my house's setup on how I would do the cameras.|
I suppose I could wire the front and rear house cameras into a basement PoE switch, then run a wire from my basement to the 2nd floor thru the laundry shoot, then to my router. Not sure how I'd do the garage one if I did that. Would any of what I just described work? The garage camera might not be needed also if I face it towards the garage. OR... could I have a separate wireless router in my basement (LAN connection only), and hook the PoE switch to it, then connect using a second wireless card on my 2nd floor DVR (or bridge the two connections on the DVR for WAN access)?
Link to a good PoE switch? They look expensive.
What is the point of wifi on these cameras? Or is that mainly for non-PoE cameras?