The telecommunication industry has always been developing with leaps and bounds and technology changes with each passing day. For common people with few network knowledge, the evolving optional network devices like PoE switch can be a big puzzle. What is PoE? What is the distinction of gigabit PoE switch vs normal switch? Read this article for reference.
PoE, abbreviation of Power over Ethernet, is a technology that enables Ethernet cable to supply power. Thus power sourcing equipment (PSE) can transmit both data and power to powered devices (PD) simultaneously via one single cable. PoE has two standards available on network switch: IEEE 802.3af/at. The former orginal PoE standard is defined in 2003, which provides 15.4 W power budget to PDs (12.95 W available for accessing). The latter PoE+/PoE Plus standard defined in 2009 provides up to 30 W (25.5 W) power.
PoE switch is one of the two types of PSE for PoE implement: endspan PoE switch and midspan PoE injector. To enhance network resiliency, gigabit PoE switches provided by FS.COM are highly compatible IEEE 802.3af/at managed PoE+ switches. For example, S1130-8T2F managed gigabit 8 port PoE switch with 2 SFP ports can connect to gigabit Ethernet network while S1600-48T4S 48 port PoE switch can use the SFP+ ports to connect with 10gbe switch for higher performance data transfer.
Figure 1: FS S1130-8T2F 8 port PoE managed switch can be flexibly placed in a rack, on a wall or on desktop.
In a word, PoE switch and normal switch differ from PoE accessibility. A regular Ethernet switch is not PoE enabled to supply power for end users over Ethernet. Therefore the user requires one extra cable to connect power outlets. However a normal switch can also become PoE ready by employing a midspan injector between the switch and PDs. The injector will add electrical power while receiving data signal from Ethernet switch end cable, and then deliver both data and power to PDs. But in this circumstance the injector also needs a wire for power. When using gigabit PoE switch, only one power cable is required. Then the PDs can be directly plugged into the PoE gigabit switch port for both data transmission and power supply. The illustration and Table below list the differences of employing PoE switch vs normal switch while adding PoE to network.
Figure 2: An illustration of deploying PoE gigabit switch vs normal switch when adding PoE to network.
|PoE Switch||Normal Switch|
|Required Accessories||Easy for management (power and transmission)||Require separate two wires for powering on normal switch and PoE injector|
|PoE Access Method||Upgrade to PoE network by replacing the normal Ethernet switch with PoE Ethernet switch||Install PoE injector between switch and PDs to add PoE capability to the existing non-PoE switch|
|Emergency Reaction||Potential chance of the whole system’s outage||Only one device be affected|
As mentioned above, PoE switch differs from normal switch for supplying power to PDs in the meantime of data delivery. Though the normal switch system can also acquire PoE by installing injector, PoE endspan has the superiority of direct Power over Ethernet ability. Counting to this, gigabit PoE switch owns edges over normal switch as follows. First, it enables PDs like IP surveillance cameras to be placed almost anywhere: on the ceiling, concealed in a wall, or even underwater while only one cable is needed to run to them. Second, it saves extra expanse and time for power cabling and injector installation. Third, with simplified cabling of all PDs directly connected to gigabit PoE switch, the data center is easy for management and control. Besides, PoE gigabit switch itself is designed with advanced features like high-performance hardware with software, auto-sensing PoE compatibility, strong network security and environmental adaptability.
Gigabit PoE switch can supply power to PDs in the meantime of data transmission via one single Ethernet cable while normal switch can only send data to them. For PoE implement, normal switch requires a power-on auxiliary injector as midspan between switch and powered devices. Thus PoE switch owns advantages of direct PoE connection, easy and flexible placement, cost-efficiency, simplified management and etc. For any applications of IP surveillance cameras, VoIP phones and wireless APs, PoE switch over normal switch is a good solution to go.
With the tendency for higher speed network, 10Gb switch has already become familiar with home individuals, no longer the privilege of enterprise operators. However, the issue of SFP to SFP+ compatibility always puzzles many network switch users, even some engineers. Will 1Gb SFP transceivers work with 10Gb SFP+ ports on 10Gb switch? Or will 10Gb SFP+ running at 1Gb to link gigabit switch? And If 10Gb optics in a switch can auto-negotiate to 1Gb when the other end is 1Gb? All these related questions origin from the link between 10Gb SFP+ slots on 10Gb switch and 1Gb SFP ports on gigabit switch. Thus this article will reveal the mask of SFP to SFP+ compatibility from this point of view.
Will 1Gb SFP transceivers/modules work with 10Gb SFP+ ports? The answer is “Yes” in most cases. There are many vendors providing 10Gb switches that can take both a 10G SFP+ and a 1G SFP in the 10Gb SFP+ slot, but not at the same time for obvious reasons. This option is supported by dual speed operation. So before plugging a SFP transceiver into the SFP+ port on your 10GbE switch, one must consult your rep to make sure the 10Gb switch port support dual speed.
To achieve link of 10Gb switch port to gigabit switch port, here is a simple guide. Install a 1Gb SFP module on the 10GbE switch SFP+ port and the gigabit switch 1Gb SFP port respectively, then connect the 10Gb switch and the gigabit switch with corresponding 1Gb SFP fiber cable or Ethernet copper cable (eg. Cat6).
Will 10Gb SFP+ running at 1Gb? The answer is definitely “No”. SFP optics do work in SFP+ slots in most cases, but SFP+ optics on 10Gb switch can never work in SFP slots on gigabit switch. The reason is about a power availability thing. As we know, once an module is installed, the speed of the port is decided. Most SFP+ slots are backward compatible with SFP modules to run at 1G speed. However, the SFP slots on gigabit switch cannot support the 10G speed required by SFP+ modules. For instance, most Cisco and FS 10Gb switches support 10G SFP+ and 1G SFP optics on their SFP+ ports. But some Brocade gear and HP A-series models are SFP+ only. One need to double check the compatibility of this switch with the vendor rep.
FS 10Gb switch SFP+ port links to gigabit switch SFP port via 1G SFP modules and fiber patch cable.
Unlike copper SFP modules supporting 10/100/1000 auto-sensing, fiber optics do not support auto-negotiation. Because this technology is based on electrical pluses but not optical pluses. Thus 10Gb SFP+ optics on 10Gb switch can not auto-negotiate down to 1Gb if the other end is gigabit switch. In fact, most SFP and SFP+ transceivers only run at its rated speed and the transceivers at both end of the cable should at the same speed. For example, if a 10Gb SFP+ module is plugged into the 10Gb switch port, it will only run at 10Gb. In this case if you link it to the gigabit switch port, it will not work. When sticking a 1Gb SFP module in the 10G SFP+ port, the 10Gb switch will only run at 1Gb. As thus you can link it to gigabit switch.
Sometimes the 10GbE switch port would lock the speed at 1G until you reconfigure the switch to 10G. It is noted that SFP+ port usually enables a speed under 1G, which means one cannot insert 100Base SFP modules into SFP+ ports on 10Gb switch.
For the issue of SFP to SFP+ compatibility, a simple response is that most SFP+ can take SFP but not vice versa. The uncertain situation requires one to ask their switch vendors for clear reply. Thus 10Gb switch port is possible to link to gigabit switch port to run at 1G speed. The only thing you need to do is to plug each the aforesaid port with a 1Gb SFP module, and then connect the two modules on the 10Gb switch and the gigabit switch with a corresponding fiber patch cable or Ethernet copper cable.
With increasing privacy awareness and demand for security monitoring, IP surveillance has been widely used in the current society: in public supermarket, hotel, enterprise and even home. PoE network switch is used to provide both power and data connection to IP cameras in surveillance system. For small and medium-sized business or home application, 8 port PoE switch is a good choice.
Figure 1: Using FS 8 port PoE switch for IP surveillance.
Why Use 8 Port PoE Switch for IP Surveillance?
Usually, 8 port PoE switch is used for supply power to powered devices (PD) for placing flexibility, including IP phones, IP phones and wireless access points (WAP). Some vendors like FS provide 8 port PoE switch with high resistance to electromagnetic interference and severe environment adaptability. This guarantee the smooth operation of weather-proof IP cameras and the stability of the whole IP surveillance system. Moreover, with all IP surveillance components centralized together with PoE switch, it is more convenient for management and control.
What Are the Considerations for Choosing 8 Port PoE Switch?
For an IP surveillance system with very few IP cameras, one can simply add a PoE injector (midspan) between the non-PoE Ethernet switch and IP cameras. This is a cost-effective solution for elementary IP surveillance system because an 8 port PoE switch is usually more expensive than a PoE injector. However, what about more than 4 IP connections are required? In this case, PoE switch 8 port is absolutely a better way to go. Here are some considerations one should refer to while selecting a proper 8 port PoE switch for IP surveillance.
Knowing the power consumption of each IP camera helps to choose an 8 port PoE switch with corresponding per port power consumption and the total power budget. The power consumption of PoE IP cameras can reach up to 20W (PTZ IP cameras RLC-423), and be as low as 3 or 4W. Just remember that your 8 port PoE switch should be able to provide power for each IP camera and won’t exceed its total power budget.
There are two PoE standards: IEEE802.3af and IEEE802.3at. IEEE802.3af PoE standard can deliver 15.4W maximum power on each port of the switch, and 12.95W power available at PDs. IEEE802.3at is a PoE+ standard with 30W per port and 25.5W available for transmission. Each PoE switch has power consumption specifications for per port and as a whole. For example, FS S1130-8T2F 8 port PoE switch complies with both IEEE802.3af and IEEE802.3at. Per port maximum power consumption is 30W and total budget of the PoE switch is 130W. For higher power budget, FS S1250-8T2F 8 port PoE switch can reach up to 250W. Make sure the maximum power supply of the whole switch is more than your IP cameras’ budget, or some of your IP cameras may won’t be provided with enough power. This is also the cause for poor performance and video loss.
Unmanaged 8 port PoE switch is a “dumb” plug-and-play one with fixed configuration, which runs in the most basic form with no management functionality. Managed one is an advanced version with superior functionality, configuration customization and remote security control. For heavy-workload networks with management requirement, managed 8 port PoE switch is obviously a future-proof way to go. It is noted that smart partly-managed PoE switch is a choice for functional and cost-efficient concerns. But for IP surveillance, choosing managed 8 port PoE switch is and will continue to be a future-proof solution.
There are other factors one may concern about, such as 1U form factor for space budget and stackable one for network expansion. Customized demand may be required for some special occasions. For instance, a fanless design is important for silent operation in libraries, classrooms and laboratories. FS S1130-8T2F 8 port PoE switch can meet the need. The best way is to list all those points you care about, then check each one for the targeted PoE switch.
How to Install 8 Port PoE Switch in IP Surveillance System?
An IP surveillance system comprises PoE switch, IP cameras, NVR and Ethernet cabling. To illustrate how to use PoE switch for IP surveillance, we’ll take FS S1130-8T2F 8 port PoE switch as example. This PoE+ switch has 8 x 10/100/1000Base-T RJ45 Ethernet ports and 2 x gigabit SFP ports, with IEEE 802.3af/at compatible, which means it supports 30W maximum power consumption.
To set up an 8 port PoE switch for IP surveillance, you can refer to the following tips. First connect all IP cameras and NVRs with RJ45 ports on PoE switch. Then connect LAN/WAN with SFP ports. It is noted that for non-PoE cameras, a splitter is required as a medium to connect PoE switch with IP camera. The following picture shows the detail information for installation.
Figure 2: Installing FS S1130-8T2F 8 port PoE switch for IP Surveillance.
PoE switch provides placement flexibility, space and cost saving, and management convenience to IP surveillance system. For buying 8 port PoE switch, one should concern about power consumption of IP cameras and PoE switch, managed one for superior functionality and other customized requirements. Generally an 8 port PoE switch can satisfy a small sized IP surveillance system. For medium and bigger sized systems, FS also provides managed PoE switch with 24 and 48 port. Welcome to visit our official website for more detail information.