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Bullet vs. Dome vs. PTZ: Which Camera Should You Choose?

“What are the differences between bullet, dome, and PTZ cameras? Which one to choose? Are dome cameras only limited to indoor use? ” Anyone new to surveillance cameras would ask such questions. When it comes to choosing a security camera, there are several options. Three of the most popular types include bullet, dome, and PTZ cameras, each of which has its monitoring purpose and distinguishable housing. Understanding their benefits and limitations can be extremely helpful in guiding you to choose the most appropriate camera for your home and business. In this blog, we’ll examine each type of camera and compare their differences. 

What’s a Bullet Camera?

Bullet cameras are long and cylindrical in shape, and they are typically used for outdoor surveillance. These cameras are typically mounted on a wall or ceiling, and they can be used to monitor a specific area or location with a fixed or variable focal length. Additionally, due to their distinguishable appearances, bullet cameras are also easily visible and act as effective visual deterrents to burglars and thieves. With a mounting bracket attached to the camera body, they can be easily installed and repositioned. Besides, many models are designed to be weatherproof and vandal-resistant. 

However, they are not ideal for monitoring a large area as they have a limited field of view. Despite this limitation, there are many applications for bullet cameras. They can be used to monitor entrances, parking lots, and other areas where security is a concern. Moreover, these cameras can also be used to monitor employees, customers, etc. in a business setting.

What’s a Dome Camera?

Dome cameras are well-known for their low-profile design and are commonly used in indoor settings, such as retail stores and offices. They offer a wider field of view than bullet cameras, which means they can cover a larger area with just one camera. Furthermore, the domed shape of these cameras makes them more discreet and less noticeable than other types of cameras, which can be useful in settings where you don’t want the cameras to be too obvious or intrusive, such as retail stores, offices, and hallways. Evidence has it that dome cameras are particularly useful in areas where there is a lot of foot traffic, as they can provide a wide angle of view and help deter theft and other criminal activity. 

Somehow, such cameras usually have limited flexibility as most dome cameras usually have fixed lenses, meaning that their field of view cannot be adjusted. Because dome cameras are typically mounted on walls or ceilings, they can be harder to install. 

What’s a PTZ Camera?

PTZ cameras, also known as pan-tilt-zoom cameras, are a type of security camera that is capable of moving horizontally and vertically and zooming in and out. They are typically used in applications that require a 180°-360° view and 24/7 all-around surveillance. Compared with the traditional IP cameras that have a stationary lens, they can cover larger areas because they can move and zoom in and out, which makes them ideal for monitoring large spaces such as parking lots, airports, and stadiums. In addition, many PTZ cameras have intelligent tracking capabilities, which means they can automatically follow and zoom in on moving objects or people. This can be useful in situations where you need to closely monitor a specific area or person.

One potential downside is that the PTZ cameras can only monitor one area at a time, so you’ll need to set up multiple cameras to cover a large area effectively. Compared with bullet and dome cameras, they also require more maintenance and upkeep over time. 

Main Differences between Bullet, Dome, and PTZ Cameras

Even though these cameras sometimes offer similar features, like remote viewing, motion detection, human detection, waterproof housing, etc., they continue to differ in terms of field of view, night vision, camera visibility, installation, ease of maintenance, budget and cost, monitoring purposes, etc. 

Field of View

PTZ cameras offer the most flexibility in terms of coverage, as they can support 360° pan and 0-90° tilt, and 20~40x optical zoom. Thereby, they can cover a significantly larger area, ideal for monitoring large spaces or areas that require detailed surveillance. However, the field of vision of bullet and dome cameras is approximately 80 degrees in general, which means more cameras will be needed to cover the same amount of area. 

Night Vision

Although most bullet, dome, and PTZ surveillance cameras have infrared LEDs, their night vision capabilities would vary. The IR range of a camera refers to its ability to capture clear images in low-light conditions. PTZ cameras generally have the best IR range (up to 200m IR range), followed by bullet cameras (30-40m) and then dome cameras (18-20m). With their ability to move and zoom in and out, PTZ cameras can capture clear images in low-light conditions, providing greater visibility and detail than other types of cameras. However, most bullet and dome cameras provide at least 0.1 lux of low-light sensitivity, and some can even support better than 0.03 lux, to provide high-quality night vision for 24/7 monitoring. 

Camera Visibility

Dome cameras are often considered the most aesthetically pleasing, as they blend in with their surroundings. Generally speaking, bullet cameras are more noticeable and obvious to passers-by so it’s best to keep the camera out of reach. PTZ cameras may be more imposing due to their size and moving parts.


Bullet cameras are typically the easiest to install, as they can be mounted with a bracket and handle while dome cameras require more complex installation. First, you need to unscrew the camera from its base, mount the camera base to the ceiling, and then screw the camera back. Moreover, provided that PTZ cameras usually come with a motorized zoom lens which allows you to adjust the focal length remotely via software, the manual zoom lens is often seen in bullet and dome cameras. Therefore, individuals with limited hand dexterity may find it challenging to adjust manual varifocal lenses correctly. This limitation can affect the overall user experience and make it difficult for them to achieve the desired focus settings. 

Ease of Maintenance

Bullet cameras are often easier to maintain, as they have fewer moving parts. PTZ cameras may require more maintenance due to their complexity. On the other hand, dome cameras often feature a metal base and polycarbonate housing to protect the camera from vandalism or tampering. Moreover, since these cameras are often designed for indoor use, away from harsh weather conditions, they require minimum maintenance and repair. 

Budget and Cost

Bullet cameras are often the most affordable, while PTZ cameras can be the most expensive as they require more advanced mechanics to operate. Dome cameras typically fall somewhere in between.

Monitoring Purposes

Bullet cameras are a popular choice for outdoor surveillance, as they are weather-resistant and can be easily mounted on walls or ceilings, monitoring outdoor courtyards, entrance gates, etc. Dome cameras, on the other hand, are ideal for indoor use, as they are discreet and can be installed in a variety of locations. They offer a wider field of view than bullet cameras and can often be adjusted to cover different angles. PTZ cameras are the most versatile option of the three, and they are often used in large-scale surveillance applications, such as casinos or warehouses, where a single camera can cover a large area. 

Security Camera Recommendations

5MP IR IP Camera with Motorized Lens

With a wide array of advanced features, this 5MP IR IP camera provides the best possible image quality with vivid color reproduction. 

Key features:

• 5MP ultra HD with enhanced clarity and sharpness

• Excellent night vision in low-light conditions (18m/60ft IR range)

• Smart human detection ensures you’re always alerted

• 2.8-12nm motorized lens zooms in on distant objects without losing detail

• IP66 waterproof rating for outdoor deployment

8MP PoE Bullet IR IP Camera with 6-22nm Varifocal Lens

A high-quality, professional-grade surveillance camera that delivers exceptional image clarity and superior performance for round-the-clock surveillance.

Key features:

• 8MP super HD images to capture sharp videos

• Infrared LEDs provide night vision of up to 30m/100ft

• 6-22nm varifocal lens allows you to adjust the focal length manually

• Support both DC12V and PoE power for flexible installation

• H.265 video compression saves around 50% of bandwidth

5MP IR PoE+ Speed Dome IP Camera

A cutting-edge surveillance solution that combines exceptional image clarity and advanced pan, tilt, and zoom versatility.

Key features:

• 5MP HD ensures every detail is visible even when zoomed in

• Continuous 360° pan, 1° tilt above horizon, 20x optical zoom

• Provide clear night vision of up to 200m/656ft for 24/7 surveillance

• Heavy-duty aluminum housings (IP66), IK10 vandal resistant, –35°C to 55°C

• Alert you whenever a person enters its detection zone

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FC Product Updates: What’s New for August 2023

Welcome back to Fastcabling Product Updates! We have exciting news for you: our product line has just received some updates that we believe you will find valuable. In the past few months, our team has been working hard to develop new products that are cost-effective, fast, and reliable. We are thrilled to announce the arrival of an amazing new line of switches, cameras and other network equipment that are designed to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes. Read on and see what’s new in Fastcabling.

2.5G Switches to Future-proof Your Enterprise Network

Running a business often requires heavy data transfer. With companies storing their data on the cloud, relying more and more on video conferences, and regularly sharing large files with clients and partners, using a 2.5G switch can definitely help you upgrade to a faster and future-proof network without a single bottleneck. FC has launched two 2.5G switches #5538-17 and #5538-69 to provide the necessary bandwidth for network devices such as NAS stations, 2.5G PCIe adapters, WiFi 6 routers and desktop computers to run at their designated speeds. Moreover, 2.5G switches can work with the existing CAT5e cables, so home users and business owners can easily cater to their urgent needs for higher bandwidth connections without replacing all of the legacy Ethernet cabling.

Long-Range PoE+ Solutions for Surveillance Systems

One of the biggest challenges for business owners and home users when it comes to installing new IP cameras is the distance. As previously said, PoE has a standard distance limit of 100 meters, whether for PoE, PoE+, or PoE++. Fastcabling has recently introduced two long-range PoE solutions to help you deploy PoE at extended distances.

• 24-Port Long-Range PoE+ Switch

Compared with #6320-24 and #6320-48, this 24-port long-range PoE+ switch can support long-range connectivity on all PoE ports, which is particularly useful if you have a large office space or if you need to connect IP cameras that are located over long distances. It comes with a DIP switch to extend your PoE+ signal up to 250M at 10Mbps (ports #1-16), and it also supports transmission of longer distances (≤500M) at 100Mbps on ports #17-24 when connected to a PoE extender. Additionally, it can connect up to 24 devices at a time, perfect for deployment in offices, factory floors, data centers, etc.

• 500M Long-Range PoE+ Extension Kit

This kit contains 2×4-port long-range PoE+ switches, delivering high-speed connectivity over long distances and providing max. power outputs of 30W for edge PoE devices. You can extend easily the distance to 500 meters without involving any PoE extenders, which significantly reduces failure points and electrical sparks along the way. As there is only data transmission between two switches, system stability is guaranteed in explosive atmospheres. Moreover, it also simplifies network management, allowing the administrator to control and monitor the PDs from a centralized point.

Ethernet Extension Kit to Extend Your Network over 300M

Fastcabling developed a waterproof Ethernet extension kit to extend your network outdoors. Designed with a durable IP66-rated enclosure, this waterproof Ethernet extender is resistant to harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow, and extreme temperatures. Moreover, by daisy-chaining two extenders, you can effectively reach a distance of 300M at a transmission speed of up to 100 Mbps. And a power injector is also included to power the extender, which eliminates the need for wiring a new cable for a power source since power and data can be delivered to the Ethernet extender simultaneously.

Rugged Switches for Outdoor and Industrial Applications

FC has introduced a new type of L2+ outdoor PoE switches that accept DC and solar power (36-60V) simultaneously. It’s manufactured and tested to meet the industrial standards for operation even in applications that require the highest level of reliability. Featuring advanced ERPS support, this outdoor PoE switch ensures optimum network availability and minimizes downtime with a recovery time of less than 20 milliseconds. Additionally, our research team also developed a brand new industrial managed PoE switch to provide continuous network connectivity and uninterrupted power supply even in the hardest environments. It’s designed to regulate fluctuating voltage and supply standard PoE to solar power systems. It provides various L2+ features, including VLAN, link aggregation, LACP, etc., to help you manage and maintain the industrial network more easily.

60/90W PoE Media Converters for Fiber Connectivity

These PoE media converters (#5850-69 and #5850-72) offer a significant improvement over our previous 30W model. Compliant with the IEEE802.3bt standard, they can provide a maximum power of up to 60W and 90W respectively. What’s more, with the added benefit of an included power supply unit, you’ll also save a lot on installation costs. With our 60W and 90W PoE media converters, you can expect lightning-fast data transfer speeds, seamless connectivity, and superior performance over long distances. Furthermore, they support both wall and DIN-Rail mounting, ensuring a neat and organized setup. Whether you’re running a small business or a large enterprise, you can rely on our products to meet your needs.

IP Cameras to Enable All-round Security

For those looking for high-quality IP cameras, we’ve developed a wide range of 5MP/8MP PoE cameras that come with motorized zoom, varifocal and fixed lenses. These cameras are perfect for outdoor installations and provide excellent image quality both day and night. And they are equipped with advanced human detection functions which allow security cameras to distinguish between human presence and other moving objects, such as animals or cars, and alert security personnel to potential threats. A significant amount of work can be done by human detection, such as people counting, pedestrian detection and gender classification. In addition, Fastcabling has also developed an IR PoE turret camera that supports dual lighting systems. Apart from the infrared LEDs, this camera also contains a PIR sensor that activates a powerful white light when someone enters its detection zone.

Smart Home Cameras Giving You Peace of Mind

One of the biggest benefits of using a smart home camera is being able to know what’s going on while you’re away. FC has launched a collection of indoor cameras that enable you to monitor the interior of your home via live or recorded video. Some of their distinguishing features include remote monitoring, 2.4 GHz WiFi connectivity, infrared night vision, push notifications, two-way audio, and SD card recording. First, there is the PIR-shaped camera that is designed to blend in with the home’s decor and provide round-the-clock surveillance for your home without being obtrusive. Additionally, there are mini WiFi cameras that can be placed in discreet locations and still provide high-quality video and audio. Another unique option is a dome-shaped camera, which can be installed on the ceiling and provide a horizontal field of view of 76°.

Surge Protective Device to Improve System Reliability

To protect your network from power surges, we’ve developed a surge protective device that is designed to protect your devices from power surges and other electrical disturbances. This device is perfect for protecting your valuable equipment from damage caused by lightning strikes or other power surges. It can offer 2.5kV surge protection for your home and other commercial applications. This surge protector is made from flame-retardant materials, so it will not pose any additional fire hazards. It supports a rapid response time of less than 25ns helps to minimize the risk of damage to your valuable equipment. Moreover, this protector also provides an extra level of protection with a built-in fuse protector.

MPPT Solar Charge Controllers to Optimize Energy Harvest

Fastcabling has designed two types of MPPT solar charge controllers (20A/40A) to maximize the energy produced by your solar panels and prevent your battery from discharging. The new MPPT solar charge controllers can contribute to 15-20% higher efficiency than a PWM controller with a maximum conversion rate of no less than 95% (tracking efficiency >99.9%). Another big update is the addition of a digital display, making it easier for you to keep track of how much power your solar panels are generating, and how much power is being used by your devices. And we have made it rugged enough to withstand the elements. And they are compatible with various battery types, including gel (default), AGM, liquid, and lithium.

Final Words

We understand that choosing the right network equipment can be a daunting task, but we are confident that our range of products will exceed your expectations. And we pride ourselves on providing state-of-the-art network solutions that are both reliable and cost-effective. For those who don’t know where to start, please feel free to consult our team of experts. We can help you design, implement, and manage a network that meets your needs and budget.

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The Best Way to Extend Your Network Over 500 Meters

PoE is a useful technology in powering remote devices, but the maximum distance for PoE is only limited to 100 meters. So if your IP camera must be set up over 100 meters, you’ll need at least one PoE extender to amplify the signal before it loses its integrity. However, when multiple PoE extenders are cascaded, the failure point inevitably increases. And so does the installation and maintenance cost. To address this problem, Fastcabling has launched a long-range PoE+ switch that allows you to extend PoE up to 500 meters.

What’s a Long-Range PoE Switch?

The long-range PoE switch is a cost-effective device that helps you extend the reach of PoE over 100 meters/328 feet. It allows you to power and connect devices, such as IP cameras and wireless access points, in locations that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to reach. Compared with PoE extenders, the long-range PoE switch eliminates the need for multiple power sources, making installations simpler and more cost-effective. And there’s no need to run expensive fibers or install additional hardware in the middle, like media converters. Additionally, by delivering power and data simultaneously, it reduces the amount of cabling required, which can make installations cleaner and more organized.

How to Extend PoE Over 500 Meters?

One of the biggest challenges for business owners and home users when it comes to installing new IP cameras is the distance. As previously said, PoE has a standard distance limit of 100 meters, whether for PoE, PoE+ or PoE++. However, this problem can be properly addressed with our 24-port long-range PoE+ switch——an excellent choice for businesses that need a reliable and efficient network infrastructure. One of the biggest improvements as compared to the previous models is that all PoE ports can now support long-range connectivity, which is particularly useful if you have a large office space or if you need to connect IP cameras that are located over long distances.

24-Port Long-Range PoE+ Switch

The 24-Port Long Range PoE+ Switch also offers a range of advanced features that can help you improve your network infrastructure. One of the main benefits of this long-range PoE+ switch is that it features a dip switch to extend your PoE+ signal to 250M at up to 10Mbps (ports #1-16), and it also supports PoE transmission of up to 500M at 100Mbps on ports #17-24 when used with PoE extenders. Additionally, it can connect up to 24 devices at a time, triple the number of our original switch, which makes it ideal for deployment in small-and-medium-sized networks like office buildings, factory floors, data centers, etc.

Compliant with IEEE802.3af/at standard, this 24-port long-range PoE+ switch can deliver a maximum power of 30W per port with a power budget of 225W in total, which eliminates the need for additional power cables. Usually, due to cable resistance, power loss will intensify as the distance increases. This switch is still able to power a 30W PTZ camera at a distance of 300 meters when used with a PoE extender because it uses all 4 twisted pairs to supply power which allows it to specify a higher power output for each port (#17-24). The 24-port long-range PoE+ switch also supports high-speed transmission of 100Mbps for 4K video streaming. It has a dedicated Gigabit SFP port which enables you to create a high-speed fiber link over long distances and enable link aggregation to a network switch in the higher layer.


Long-range PoE switches are an excellent addition to any business or home office that wants to connect multiple devices over long distances. Here are four examples of how you can use these switches to improve your network infrastructure:

Surveillance Systems: Long-range PoE switches can be used to install multiple IP cameras over long distances, eliminating the need for separate power sources/cables and simplifying installation. Considering the connection is mostly completed by cables, the system stability also highly increases as cables have a prolonged lifespan of at least 10 years.

Wireless Access Points: If you have a large office or home, you may need to install multiple wireless access points to ensure that everyone has access to the internet. Long-range PoE switches can power and connect wireless access points, providing reliable and seamless internet access in remote locations.

Industrial Automation: Long-range PoE switches can be used in industrial settings to power and connect various devices such as sensors, actuators, and controllers over long distances, enabling efficient automation and control.

City Infrastructure: Long-range PoE switches can be deployed in city infrastructure to install devices like smart streetlights, environmental sensors, and digital signage. Moreover, they can also be used in transportation systems, such as railways or highways, to power devices like traffic sensors and electronic road signs over long stretches of infrastructure.

500M PoE Extension in Combustible Environments?

If you’re looking for a reliable way to extend your PoE network in combustible industries, such as flour mills, gas and oil, and chemical manufacturing, then you wouldn’t want to miss this 500M long-range PoE+ extension kit. It offers an effective solution to extend your network up to 500M between two switches without adding any PoE extenders.

Connecting two 4-port long-range PoE+ switches together, then you can extend easily the PoE distance to 500 meters without involving any PoE extenders, which significantly reduces the failure points and electrical sparks along the way. And the data rate between them can still maintain at 100Mbps. Besides, since there’s only data transmission between two long-range switches, you can ensure safe operation in hazardous locations that contain combustible dust or flammable gases, such as flour mills, oil rigs, and gas-fired power plants. Moreover, it also simplifies network management, allowing the administrator to monitor the PDs remotely.

Moreover, it’s also a budget-friendly way to extend your network over 500 meters. The entire setup can be completed with a continuous run of 1500ft cable, which significantly reduces the installation costs and the number of cables used.

Final Words

The 100m distance limitation is a common challenge in PoE networking and that’s why we offer a range of long-range PoE solutions to save you from the dilemma. Whether you need to extend your network to a remote location or install security cameras over long distances, we’ve got you covered. Explore now!

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How to Extend Ethernet over 100 Meters?

Whether you’re trying to expand your network connectivity to another building or to connect cameras across a field, it’s easy to run into the limitation of a traditional Ethernet cable run. It’s universally acknowledged that Ethernet is limited to a maximum distance of 100m/328ft. Of course, that won’t be a problem when you’re only two workstations in a building. But if you try to extend your LAN beyond that limit to connect a distant apartment across buildings, you’ll inevitably experience a signal drop, leading to an unstable connection to your devices.

So what’s the solution to this common networking challenge? In this article, we’ll dig into your options to stretch your Ethernet to long distances over the existing twisted-pair cabling.

The 100-Meter Ethernet Cable Limitation

Ethernet cables are one of the most common cabling forms in data networking, and they can be classified into different categories such as Cat5, Cat5e, and Cat6 cables. And all of them follow a thumb of rule: a maximum cable run of 100 meters. When the recommended cable distances are exceeded, signal loss will occur, and possibly the overall speed and reliability of the network will be affected. So what causes the attenuation of Ethernet connections?

One possible reason is 1) electromagnetic interference (EMI) caused by nearby electrical devices. They can interfere with data transmission on a copper cable and cause downtime and crosstalk, which is usually the case in industrial facilities, while homes and offices normally do not generate high levels of interference that impact the Ethernet cable in a significant way. To reduce or eliminate the negative effect of EMI, shielded cables and connectors must be used. Another factor could be 2) temperature swings. Most cables remain operational when the surrounding temperature is around -40~75°C (-40~167°F), but anything above 20°C/68°F will start to increase attenuation on your cable. Besides, if you try to install the cable below -4°C/F (the lowest installation temp), your cable is likely to crack in your effort to run it. In addition, 3) sharp bends also attribute to reduced transmission speeds because they cause a discontinuity in the impedance of the line, which will lead to consistent packet errors and signal degradation over time.

So can you still get a reliable Ethernet connection over 328 feet? The answer is definitely yes as long as an Ethernet extender is added.

What’s the Ethernet Extender?

Ethernet extenders – also called network extenders or Ethernet repeaters – are devices used to extend the reach of an Ethernet network beyond its inherent limit of 100 meters. It allows network connectivity to be extended to locations that are physically far away from the main network infrastructure, such as remote offices, branch locations, or even individual devices in a home network. It works by amplifying and regenerating the Ethernet signal and transmitting it over longer distances over copper cables.

Whether you’re looking to connect two buildings across a campus or simply extend your home network to a remote location, Ethernet extenders can offer a secure, stable, and cost-effective solution. And some of the benefits include:

• As typically plug-and-play devices, Ethernet extenders are easy to set up;

• Provide reliable and high-speed connectivity without sacrificing network performance;

• Allow for seamless integration of remote locations into the main network;

• Can be used with different wire options to provide fast speeds over long distances;

• Used to connect external devices located in areas that are difficult to reach or that are subject to environmental factors such as temperature or humidity;

• Leverage existing cabling infrastructure, reducing the need for costly rewiring.

How Does It Work?

The technology behind Ethernet extenders involves a process known as “carrier extension”. The extender receives the Ethernet signal from the main network and converts it into a format that can be transmitted over copper wires. This signal is then amplified to compensate for any signal loss that occurs over longer distances. At the receiving end, the signal is converted back to Ethernet and delivered to the connected device. Ethernet extenders are available in different types and can be used in different cables such as twisted pair, coax, DSL and power line. The type of Ethernet extender used will depend on the specific requirements of the network system, so make sure the device you choose is compatible with your cabling.

Ethernet Extender Applications

Ethernet extenders are a useful device to extend your network range, especially in situations where running new Ethernet cables is not feasible or cost-effective. They are used in a wide variety of applications, and some examples are:

High-performance Ethernet Extension Kit from Fastcabling

Recently, Fastcabling has launched a Waterproof Ethernet Extension Kit to extend your network coverage outdoors, even in the most challenging environments. It includes a waterproof Ethernet extender and a power/PoE injector, and it’s compatible with a variety of devices, including IP cameras, access points, and network switches. Designed with a durable IP66-rated enclosure, this Ethernet extender is resistant to harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow, and extreme temperatures, making it perfect for industrial settings, construction sites, gardens, or any outdoor setup.

When daisy-chaining two Ethernet extenders, you can effectively extend the range beyond 300M. With a transmission speed of up to 100Mbps, you can enjoy high-speed data transfer, seamless video streaming, and lag-free online gaming. And the extender can be powered by a power injector, which eliminates the need for wiring a new cable for a power source since power and data can be delivered to the Ethernet extender simultaneously.

Rest assured, our waterproof Ethernet extender is built to last. It undergoes rigorous testing to ensure maximum reliability and durability, guaranteeing long-lasting performance and peace of mind. Additionally, this Ethernet extender offers unrivaled flexibility with its versatile mounting options. It can be wall-mounted, pole-mounted, or directly buried in the ground. Its compact and sleek design ensures a discreet and unobtrusive installation, blending seamlessly with any environment.

How to Install Ethernet Extenders?

Ethernet extenders are typically plug-and-play devices, so they’re easy to set up. If you only need to extend your network for another 100 meters, you can simply follow the instructions below:

a. Connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port of your router;

b. Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port of the injector, and connect the injector to a power source;

c. Connect another Ethernet cable to the output port of the injector, and plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into the input port of the Ethernet extender;

d. Wait for the extender’s signal light to flash. When the connection is complete, connect the extender to the edge device.

If you want to extend the distance over 300 meters, multiple extenders need to be cascaded. Before the installation, you need to figure out how many Ethernet extenders will be needed. For a distance of 400 meters, you’ll need 3 in total and use one every 100 meters, which will inevitably increase the failure points over long cable runs. But by connecting the inputs of both Ethernet extenders together, the maximum distance between them can reach 300 meters so expand the reach to 500 meters with only two units.

a. Connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port of your router, and plug the other end of the cable into the output port of the Ethernet extender;

b. Plug another cable into the input port of the Ethernet extender, plug the other end into the input port of the injector, and connect the injector to a power source;

c. Take a roll of 300-meter-long cable, connect one end to the LAN port of the injector and connect the other end to the input port of the second Ethernet extender;

d. Finally, use a network cable to connect the second Ethernet extender to the edge device.

Speak to the Experts

We understand the importance of a solid and reliable network infrastructure, and that’s why we offer a range of solutions to cater to your specific requirements. Whether you need to extend your network to a remote location or improve the performance of your existing network, we’ve got you covered. And we also provide free solution design for our customers. Reach out and find out more about the solutions we offer!

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Human Detection in Video Surveillance Systems

With crimes on the rise all around the world, the importance of video surveillance cannot be overstated. Security cameras play a vital role in constant monitoring and surveillance of an area, deterring crime, and identifying potential threats. Additionally, they can provide valuable evidence in the event of a crime or incident, aiding in investigations and ensuring justice is served. With the advancement of AI technologies, most IP security cameras are equipped with advanced video analytics features such as human/people detection, vehicle detection, and facial recognition now, so you can secure the monitored sites zone by zone and reduce the nuisance of false alarms. In today’s blog, we will explore what is human detection and how it works.

What’s Human Detection?

Video analytics uses high-tech algorithms to identify properties of objects (humans, cars, animals, buildings, etc.) in a video stream and track them frame by frame. Among all, human detection is an important feature that allows for more effective monitoring and surveillance of a certain area. It allows security cameras to distinguish between human presence and other moving objects, such as animals or cars, and alert security personnel to potential threats. Human detection is essential for ensuring the safety and security of people and property, which is particularly useful in areas where high-value assets are being protected, such as banks, airports, and government buildings. By detecting potential threats early, security personnel can take swift action to prevent any harm from occurring.

How Does It Work?

Human detection in security cameras works by using advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms. The camera’s software is programmed to recognize the unique features of human beings, such as their shape, size, and movement patterns, which allows the camera to distinguish between humans and other objects, such as animals or vehicles. The process of human detection begins with the camera capturing an image or video feed of the monitored area. The camera then analyzes the image or video to identify any human-like shapes or movement patterns, and such an analysis is based on a set of pre-defined criteria. Once the camera has identified a potential human presence, it will trigger an alert or alarm to notify security personnel. In some cases, more advanced cameras may also provide additional information about the detected human, such as their location and the direction of movement.

The Applications of Human Detection in Video Surveillance

A significant amount of work can be done by human detection in a wide range of settings. Here, we have some convincing examples of human detection in real life.

People Counting

One of the most important applications of human detection in video surveillance is people counting. It can be used to track the number of people entering or leaving a particular area, such as a shopping mall or stadium. The human detection camera is an essential tool for security and management purposes, as it enables organizations to monitor the flow of people. This advanced technology can be implemented in various ways, including using thermal imaging cameras, infrared sensors, and other video analytics techniques to accurately count the number of people passing through a particular area, even in low-lighting conditions or crowded spaces.

Pedestrian Detection

Pedestrian detection is another important application of human detection. It uses advanced algorithms to analyze video footage and identify human shapes and movements. It can be used to identify pedestrians in real-time, distinguishing walking passers-by from fast-moving vehicles. Human behavioral patterns become more predictable with the effective use of both human detection and motion detection technologies, so you can identify their movement more easily. This allows security personnel to focus their attention on potential threats and quickly respond to any incidents. It is commonly used in public spaces such as train stations, airports, and city centers.

Gender Classification

Another application of human detection in video surveillance is gender classification. It helps identify the gender of individuals captured in the footage, using machine learning algorithms to analyze facial features and body movements and determine gender. It is highly accurate and can identify gender even in challenging conditions with the help of infrared night vision. Moreover, the information gathered by the camera can then be used for multiple purposes to tailor marketing campaigns, improve traffic flow, and enhance security measures. You can analyze the gender of the people who come to your shop through your security camera recordings and adjust your business strategies accordingly.

Top 3 Technical Issues in Human Detection

Power as it is, it should be noticed that human detection is not always foolproof. There are several factors that can affect the accuracy of human detection, including but not limited to lighting conditions, camera positioning, etc. And there are 3 main issues that human detection will encounter:

a. One challenge in human detection is viewpoint variation. This refers to the difficulty in accurately identifying humans from different angles or perspectives, such as when they are walking away from the camera. As the object’s viewpoints vary, the object’s shape changes.

b. Another issue is pose variation, which occurs when individuals are in different positions or postures, such as sitting, dancing, riding a bike, doing yoga, etc. So if the camera is only trained to identify standing or walking individuals, then it will fail to recognize people doing other activities, affecting the accuracy of human detection.

c. Finally, occlusion is a problem when people are partially or completely hidden from view, such as when they are behind an object or another person resulting in incomplete figures, so detecting a person in a crowded place is very challenging.

There, to ensure the accuracy of human detection, it’s important to choose a security camera that uses advanced technologies, such as AI and machine learning algorithms.

Recommended Models:

5MP PoE Bullet IR IP Camera with Motorized Lens

This is a high-quality, professional-grade surveillance camera that delivers exceptional image clarity and superior performance. It captures crystal-clear videos in 5MP, ensuring that every detail is visible, allowing you to closely monitor any activity with ease. It’s equipped with a 2.8-12nm motorized zoom lens which allows you to adjust the focal length remotely with no manual adjustment. Moreover, thanks to the human detection function, it can accurately identify and track human subjects, minimizing false alarms caused by other moving objects so as to improve the overall efficiency of your surveillance system. This 5MP PoE bullet IR IP camera provides clear visibility of up to 30 meters even in complete darkness.

8MP IR IP Camera with Varifocal Lens

8MP IR IP Camera with varifocal lens offers a wide array of advanced surveillance features for high-quality video monitoring in even the hardest weather conditions. With a manually adjustable varifocal lens ranging from 6-22nm, this dome camera allows you to easily customize your field of view, providing optimal coverage for your surveillance needs. In addition, equipped with advanced video analytics functions, it’s capable of accurately identifying and alerting you to the presence of individuals in the monitored area. With an IP66 waterproof rating, this dome camera can withstand rain, dust, and extreme temperatures, ensuring durability and longevity for outdoor applications.

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Wireless Bridge: A Game-Changing Solution to Installing Multiple IP Cameras Outdoors

Installing multiple IP cameras outdoors can be a challenging task, especially when it comes to wiring. The traditional method of wiring each camera separately can be time-consuming and expensive, and harsh environmental conditions can damage wires and disrupt connectivity. However, there is a game-changing solution to this problem – wireless bridge technology. It provides an easy, cost-effective, and scalable solution for your IP security camera system and ensures the security of your surveillance footage. In this blog, we will explore the benefits of using a wireless bridge and how it can help you install multiple IP cameras outdoors with ease.

What’s Wireless Bridge and Its Benefits?

A wireless bridge is a network device that uses radio waves to connect two or more LAN segments that are physically separated by distance, usually hundreds of meters to tens of kilometers apart. It is impossible to use only one wireless bridge, but more than two, while APs can be used alone. Wireless bridges are commonly used in outdoor surveillance systems to connect multiple IP cameras to the internet or a central access point. It works by receiving a wireless signal from an access point and converting it into a wired Ethernet connection, which can then be used to connect multiple IP cameras. By deploying the wireless network bridge, you can cover a larger physical area with higher throughput to build a point-to-point (P2P) or point-to-multipoint (P2MP) connection between cross-building offices, neighboring districts, nearby towns, etc.

The benefits of deploying wireless bridges include:

1. Easy Installation

Wireless bridges are very easy to install. Unlike traditional wired networks that require an expert to run cables, a wireless network can be set up in minutes. All you need to do is plug in the bridge, configure it with the access point and you’re ready to go. It’s that simple.

2. Lower Cost

Wireless bridges are more cost-effective than traditional wired networks. With wireless bridge technology, you can save the cost of installing extra cables and power outlets, and connect all cameras to a single access point, making it easy to configure. Additionally, you can cover larger areas with a wireless bridge at a lower cost than with a wired network.

3. Reliability

Wireless bridges are very reliable. They can transmit data over long distances without degradation, interference, or loss of signal quality, which makes them ideal for outdoor installations where cable damage can be a concern. Compared with wired connections, they are also less susceptible to interference from other devices. This means that you can enjoy a stable and uninterrupted connection, even in areas with high levels of interference.

4. Security

Wireless bridges use the latest encryption protocols to secure data transmissions between devices, ensuring that your data cannot be accessed by unauthorized users, which is extremely important when it comes to surveillance footage, as it contains sensitive information that needs to be protected.

5. Flexibility

Wireless bridges offer flexibility in terms of camera placement. You can place the cameras wherever you need them without the restriction of cable lengths, which enables you to choose the best location for each camera without worrying about the need for a cable. They’re also highly scalable, allowing you to add more cameras to the system.

What’s Point-to-Point Wireless Bridging?

A point-to-point (P2P) wireless bridge allows you to transmit data from one location to another location in a seamless manner. It provides a secure and reliable link to share data, video, and audio between two locations and only communicates with each other. P2P wireless bridges are usually used to provide a direct link for both short and long-range connections where a line of sight is available and delivers data at a comparable speed to a fiber optic network (100Mbps, 1000Mbps, 10Gbps, and more). They are commonly used in industrial settings, video surveillance systems, IoT systems, disaster recovery links, etc., where network connectivity is needed between large numbers of devices. Given that they only connect two locations, they’re fairly easy to manage and monitor, as well.

How to Set Up a P2P Wireless Bridge for Your IP Cameras

The wireless bridge is a game-changing solution for networking and IP surveillance. Whether you’re looking to expand your surveillance coverage or connect multiple devices wirelessly, wireless bridge technology is definitely worth considering.

A Clear Line-of-Sight is Required

A clear line of sight (the path between two access points) is important for a wireless bridge to work at its full throughput, which is especially true for rural areas. WiFi signal will radically deteriorate as it passes through obstacles, resulting in poor signal strength. For example, things like trees, buildings, or other landscape features or obstructions that may partially or fully block the line of sight between the wireless bridge will jeopardize its network performance. So it’s important that you install the wireless bridges in a wide-open area with few obstructions in between.

Equipment You’ll Need…

If you’re planning to install multiple IP cameras outdoors, the wireless bridge is a great solution that can save you time and money. To set up your system, you will need a pair of wireless bridges, a router, an NVR, an outdoor PoE switch, and some Ethernet cables. In this case, we’ll use 5GHz 802.11ac Outdoor Wireless Bridges as an example. It comes with the next-generation WiFi standard of 802.11ac and runs flawlessly at 900Mbps at an extended range of 3km with a clear line of sight. It also allows you to connect more than 7 IP cameras at once when used together with the outdoor PoE switch.

Now, follow the instructions below to complete the setup:

To set up your system, start by using a short patch cord to connect your router to the NVR. Then, take a longer Ethernet cable to connect the NVR to the Gigabit PoE/LAN port on the wireless bridge. Power up the device with the included power adapter and make sure the first bridge is set as “Master”. When the wireless bridge is online, the digital channel (1-8) will display at the rear, and you can press the reset button to change the channel.

Next, power up the other wireless bridge and make sure the two wireless bridges are aligned on the same level and face-to-face. Set the second wireless as “Slave,” and make sure the two bridges are on the same channel. Check the indicators on the wireless bridges. If they’re on, the devices are successfully connected. Take another Ethernet cable, plug it into the Gigabit port on the second wireless bridge, and plug the other end into one of the Gigabit PoE ports on the outdoor PoE switch. Lastly, power up the outdoor PoE switch and connect the IP cameras to it.

Other Ways to Power the Wireless Bridges?

If you don’t want to use the included power adapters, there are other ways you can power your wireless bridges. One option is to use a PoE injector, and the other is to take advantage of the solar power system.

1. PoE Injector

For the wireless bridge that is PoE-enabled, you can power it with a PoE injector. By using the PoE injector, constant power delivery is guaranteed with an uninterruptible power supply and the conversion from AC to DC power also lowers the risks of power outages/overloads and power failures. Once connected to a power source, the PoE injector will simultaneously convert the received energy to DC power and send it to the wireless bridge.

2. Solar Power System

Since power outlets are often unavailable in hard-to-reach areas, it would be too impractical and expensive to run a traditional wired power source to the edge devices, but the solar power system allows you to install the wireless bridge anywhere you want. And the setup is very straightforward when you’re using our 10A Solar Charge Controller. First, mount the solar panel on the roof and use a power cord to connect the solar panel to the controller. Use another power cord to connect the battery to the controller. Finally, connect the wireless bridge to the controller, and then the whole system is completed.

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How to Solve the Power Issues in TP-Link EAP225 Access Points?

Are you tired of weak WiFi signals in certain areas of your home or office? Thankfully, you’re not completely out of luck. By installing an access point, your WiFi coverage will be effectively improved, and there’ll be less network congestion and more devices connected. The access point simply works by connecting to a router, switch, or hub via an Ethernet cable and projecting the WiFi signal to a designated area. With multiple access points in place, you can cover a significantly larger area and provide network access to more devices. This is especially important for large buildings or outdoor areas where a single access point may not provide enough coverage.

Extend Your WiFi Coverage with TP-Link EAP225

TP-Link EAP225 could be a lifesaver if your home or company has WiFi dead spots or interference issues, ensuring that you have a strong WiFi connection no matter where you are. And one of the most impressive features of EAP225 is that it can be managed through centralized cloud management and the Omada app, making it easy for administrators to manage multiple devices from a single dashboard. Besides, it uses the MU-MIMO technology to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously, ensuring everyone on the network gets the bandwidth they need to browse the web, stream videos, etc.

However, if improperly installed or configured, EAP225 may not be able to deliver its optimal performance and could even fail due to compatibility issues, resulting in intermittent network connections and complete device failure.

Why Your TP-Link EAP225 Fails?

One is that TP-Link EAP225 has very limited deployment options since it can only accept standard PoE, PoE+, or 24V passive PoE (injector included). Although most PoE standards are backward compatible with legacy PoE, this device could not accept power from a higher category, namely the latest PoE standard IEEE802.3bt. Its reliance on specific PoE standards also means that some deployment scenarios may be impractical or impossible. For example, it may not be possible to deploy the device in environments with limited access to power sources or where specific power standards are not supported. We’ve run several tests to prove that TP-Link EAP225 cannot be powered up using a PoE++ injector or switch because the device accepts standard PoE and passive PoE at the same time. Its limited compatibility can limit your options for power sources and may require extra adapters to function properly.

PoE power pins assignment Mode A & B?

Standard PoE relays power using 3 different modes known as Mode A, Mode B, and 4-pair PoE. In Mode A, power is transmitted simultaneously with data over pins 1, 2, 3, and 6, using only half of the 4 twisted pairs. In Mode B, power is transmitted over the spare pairs (pins 4, 5, 7, and 8). However, 4-pair PoE (UPoE/PoE++) utilizes both spare pairs and data pairs, Mode A and Mode B, to supply power. PDs are compatible with both modes and will normally adjust themselves according to the mode used by the PSE. Passive PoE, on the other hand, typically supplies power over the same unused pairs as Mode B does. Since EAP225 accepts both standard and passive PoE, when we tried to power it with a 60W PoE injector, the power can only go through half the twisted pairs in an Ethernet cable, thus cutting off the power supply to the AP.

EAP225 fails when it’s over 100 meters…

Moreover, whether be it standard PoE or passive PoE, they’re all limited to a transmission distance of 100 meters/328ft, and beyond that, their signal integrity will severely deteriorate. Simply put, when EAP225 is located over 328ft away from the injector, it’ll stop working. Its inability to establish a stable connection to the network, eventually causes it to fail. And you cannot use add a random PoE extender to this system because the included PoE injector is 24V, while standard PoE operates on either 802.3af or 802.3at standards with a voltage range of 37-57 volts, typically 48V. If you try to use a 24V passive PoE to power an 802.3af/at PoE extender, it may not provide enough power to the extender, thus causing it to malfunction or not work at all. It may also damage the extender or other connected devices. Therefore, it is always advisable to use the correct PoE equipment according to the specification mentioned by the manufacturer.

How to Solve the Power Issues in TP-Link EAP225?

To solve the power issues in TP-Link EAP225 and achieve consistent WiFi coverage, you’ll need a 2-Port 802.3bt outdoor PoE extender. As previously said, this device is not compliant with the IEEE802.3bt standard, while this PoE extender can surprisingly work since it relays power in Mode A.

The 2-port PoE extender allows for greater flexibility in the placement of access points as it can double the transmission distance of up to 650ft, making it easier to install access points in locations that are otherwise difficult to reach. Compliant with IEEE802.3af/at/bt standards, this outdoor PoE extender can support a maximum power supply of 30W per port (PoE input: Mode A, Mode B, and 4-pair PoE; PoE output: Mode A). Moreover, businesses can reduce the number of cables required as this PoE extender can connect 2x EAP225 access points via a single Cat5e/Cat6 cable simultaneously. Although you can set up the second AP using the mesh technology, its network speed is only half of the first one and its signal strength will severely deteriorate if there is any obstacle between the first AP and the second AP. On the other end, the 2-port 802.3bt outdoor PoE extender can deliver dedicated Gigabit connections to both EAP225 access points. This not only makes the network neater but also reduces the chances of interference and signal degradation.

This outdoor PoE extender is designed to withstand harsh environments and has a long lifespan with MTBF rates approaching 7 years. It comes with a rugged IP67 metal enclosure, making it easy to install access points in locations where there is exposure to elements like rain, wind, and dust. It supports a wide operating temperature range from -20°C to 60°C and features carrier-grade 6kV surge protection. Furthermore, this 2-port 802.3bt PoE extender ensures reliable power transmission to EAP225 access points. It not only eliminates the need for power outlets, which can be unreliable in certain areas but also ensures that there is no downtime due to power outages, ideal for businesses that require stable network connectivity.


To install 2x EAP225 access points at a time (one at 328ft; another at 650ft), you’ll need: a 2-port outdoor PoE extender, an 802.3bt PoE injector, and some Ethernet cables.

a. Power the 802.3bt PoE injector and connect it to a router;

b. Plug one end of the 328ft Ethernet cable into the PoE output on the PoE injector, and plug the adjacent side to the 2-port 802.3bt outdoor PoE extender;

c. Take a short patch cord, connect one end to one PoE port on the PoE extender, and connect the other end of the cable to the first EAP225 access point;

d. Take a longer Ethernet cable (328ft), connect one end to the other PoE port on the PoE extender, and connect the other end to the second EAP225 access point.

How to install multiple APs beyond 100 meters?

If you need to install multiple EAP225 APs at a time, you can also consider using an outdoor PoE passthrough switch. It can double the distance between PSE and PD from 100m to 200m and help extend your Gigabit network to remote areas where a power source is not available. And you can install up to 7x EAP225 APs via a single Ethernet cable. For more information, please continue to watch the video below:

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How to Daisy Chain PoE Switches Properly?

As the number of IoT devices increases, more network ports are required and we need to expand our network accordingly. When you connect multiple switches, you can get more ports that can be used, which means more devices can be utilized over the same network. The only question is How? There are a lot of ways to connect PoE switches. You can daisy chain them, star link them, cascade them, cluster them, or stack them. In today’s post, we will teach you how to daisy chain multiple PoE switches properly.

What is Daisy Chain Topology?

Daisy chain is a type of network topology in which PoE switches are connected in a linear structure. In a daisy chain topology, the communication is typically uni-directional, which means data transmission can only flow in one direction. It’s relatively easy to install and configure as it only requires a single cable to connect all PoE switches. This simplicity makes it a popular choice for small networks. Moreover, daisy chain is a cost-effective solution as it requires minimal hardware investment. It cleans up space by reducing the complexity with limited wiring. Besides, the daisy chain system is highly scalable, meaning that it can be extended as per the network requirements.

Why Daisy Chain Network Fails?

However, as the network size grows, the daisy chain topology becomes increasingly complex to manage, and the chances of a single-point failure significantly increase. A single node failure or interruption can break the entire data transmission chain, leading to system failures and downtime. In addition, security could be a concern in a daisy chain topology, as data transmission is ubiquitous, and any device can access the network by simply plugging it into a free port. Moreover, if the core switch wants to communicate with the PoE switch located at the end of the chain, the data has to pass through each intermediate node until it reaches its destination. Consequently, the data transmission speed can significantly slow down due to latency and packet drops.

How to Daisy Chain PoE Switches Properly?

In the daisy chain topology, there are two types of networks: linear daisy chain and ring daisy chain. A linear daisy chain is a series of switches connected one after the other. But once one PoE switch fails, the others will also be affected. In a ring daisy chain, PoE switches are connected in a closed loop (switch A→switch B→switch C→switch D→switch A), which can be more resilient since data can flow in both directions around the loop, providing multiple pathways between connected devices, which enables quick failover in the case of link failure. In the linear daisy chain, if switch B fails, all the succeeding switches will be affected, and you need to take down the entire system to perform maintenance. However, by creating a redundant fiber link between switch D and switch A in the ring daisy chain using a pair of BiDi SFP transceivers, even if the second PoE switch fails, data will simultaneously be re-directed to the other route (switch A→switch D→switch C). Unlike common SFP transceivers, BiDi SFP transceivers only have one port which uses an integral WDM coupler to transmit and receive signals over a single strand fiber, which allows the data to flow the other way.

How to Solve the Loop Issues in Daisy Chain?

However, setting up a ring daisy chain requires a bit more configuration and can be more challenging to manage. And when a network is daisy-chained, it’ll introduce loop issues that can lead to network performance problems. A loop is when data transmits around the network repeatedly. If a PoE switch fails to route data properly or if there is a misconfiguration, it can cause a loop that results in duplicate packets, network congestion and poor performance. To prevent loop issues in a ring daisy chain network, it is essential to properly configure each switch’s routing information to ensure that packets are routed efficiently and without creating a loop. The use of STP or equivalent protocols like ERPS can be effective in preventing loop issues by blocking redundant paths.

ERPS creates a logical ring topology that allows for data to be transmitted in both directions without forming a physical loop. It works by creating two logical rings, one known as the primary ring and the other as the secondary ring. Each ring has a set of dedicated forwarding and blocking ports that ensure the packet is forwarded only in the correct direction. In case of a link failure, ERPS detects the failure and switches the active forwarding path to the secondary ring, avoiding any loops that may have been caused due to the failure. Compared with STP and RSTP (recovery time≅2s), ERPS also has a faster convergence time of under 50 msec, which greatly improves network resilience.

Fastcabling has also launched a series of L2+ industrial fast ring managed network switches that support a fast recovery time of less than 20 msec, making them ideal for industries such as surveillance systems, automated production lines, mining, oil and gas, and waste management. Moreover, with ERPS, the network topology can be easily and rapidly changed to accommodate growth and change in network needs. It also enhances network security and reduces the risk of cyber-attacks by ensuring data integrity and confidentiality.

Another solution is to use Token Ring. Token Ring is a communication mechanism that creates a ring topology for data signals to flow in one direction at a time. A token is passed around the ring, giving the device holding the token the right to send data. If no device is ready to send data or if the data is already being transmitted, the token is passed along to the next device in the ring. This mechanism avoids the creation of loops because the tokenized communication process only allows one device to transmit data at any given time.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, daisy-chaining multiple PoE switches can be a cost-effective way to extend your network, but there are also some problems like single-point failures, loop issues, and reduced performance. But such problems can be properly settled if you use the right products (ERPS-supported ones) and the right topologies as per your network requirements.

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7 Useful Tips for Installing PoE Switches Outdoors

Installing PoE switches outdoors requires careful planning. The switch you use must be built to meet the demand for outdoor applications such as video surveillance, traffic monitoring, and remote control systems that require a reliable and durable network infrastructure. But most importantly, you need to make sure the switches are properly installed. In this article, we will introduce 7 useful tips when installing PoE switches for outdoor applications. 

1. Choose industrial-grade PoE switches

The industrial PoE switch is constructed with robust metal frames, which are resistant to corrosion, impact, and other wear and tear. It also has advanced cooling functions and shows excellent resistance to shock, vibration, and exposure to chemicals. Moreover, the industrial PoE switch also features advanced power protection mechanisms that prevent electrical surges, overloading, and other issues that can cause network downtime and damage to connected devices. In addition, they can operate in a wide temperature range, from -40°C to 75°C.

2. Use weatherproof enclosures

The outdoor environment poses many challenges and risks to your network because most PoE switches are vulnerable to water damage, which can impact their performance and reliability, resulting in significant operational losses. However, with proper installation and maintenance, PoE switches that are housed in waterproof enclosures are more reliable and less prone to downtime or failure, thus contributing to optimal network performance. Most enclosures are designed to meet IP67 ratings or NAME 6P requirements, which provide superior protection against environmental factors such as dust, dirt, water, and other penetrative elements, and offer resistance to other environmental hazards such as corrosion or submersion. The waterproof enclosures are normally constructed from heavy-duty materials like polycarbonate and stainless steel, and equipped with a hinged cover and built-in knockouts for connectors. 

3. Consider climate control

When installing PoE switches outside, climate control should always be considered because extreme temperature fluctuations can cause the switch to malfunction. Most PoE switches are designed to operate within a limited temperature range, and if the temperature exceeds this range, the switch may fail or experience reduced performance. Additionally, the moisture accumulated inside the enclosure will eventually damage the internal components and cause electrical shorts, which can damage the switch and any connected devices. Therefore, it is essential to provide adequate climate control and ventilation to ensure the PoE switch’s optimal performance and longevity in outdoor applications. 

4. Protect cable connections

Deploying PoE switches outdoors often requires a high level of cable protection against the elements because outdoor environments are also prone to dust and debris, which can easily get into the cable connection and cause damage. Most waterproof enclosures are equipped with silicone rubber gasket seals to prevent dust and water from getting inside and damaging the internal components. If your enclosure doesn’t have any, you can apply sealants around the cable connections to prevent water damage and ensure reliable connectivity. Moreover, you can use cable ties to secure the cables and keep them organized, which helps prevent any unintentional damage to the connections.

5. Install PoE surge protectors

Lightning is a serious concern when deploying PoE switches outdoors. Even though power surges are not common and are largely environmentally impacted, your switches may get damaged in a thunderstorm. The easiest way to protect your PoE switch is to install an outdoor PoE surge protector. It helps keep the surge voltage within a safe threshold so that the dielectric strength of the PoE device will not be exceeded, and discharge the excessive currents and surges to the ground. Moreover, grounding your PoE switches is critical in outdoor environments. It helps to prevent damage to the PoE switches and the connected devices by providing a path for electrical discharge and protecting against voltage surges, spikes, and lightning strikes. By following the proper plan for grounding, you can ensure that the outdoor PoE switch operates safely and effectively in any environment.

6. Choose the right location

Factors like distance, accessibility, and exposure to the elements should also be put into consideration when deciding the right location for your PoE switches. If the PoE switch is placed too far from the power source, the voltage drop can cause electrical noise, leading to network disruptions. Similarly, if the switch is too far from network equipment, the distance can cause signal attenuation, reducing the quality of the network connection, but this problem can be easily addressed by using fiber optic cables since they are capable of transmitting signals over long distances. And you’d better put your switches in a secure location that is not easily accessible to unauthorized personnel. Moreover, your PoE switches should be placed in a high or dry location but away from direct sunlight, a place where they are accessible yet protected against damage from harsh weather.

7. Choose the right cabling

Choosing the right cabling for outdoor PoE switches is essential to ensure a reliable and secure network. The primary jacket type you’ll need for any outdoor installation is CMX rated. The CMX cable shows great tolerance for extreme temperatures, water ingress, etc., and it can also prevent degradation due to UV light. Even though the double-layered CMX cable doesn’t have water-blocking tape and gel filling, it can deliver optimal signal transmission performance in outdoor deployments. And always use certified cables from reputable manufacturers to ensure the highest quality and best performance.

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Unlock the Potential of Your Network with 2.5G Switches

With the rapid development of cloud-based services, IoT, and various network devices like WiFi 6 APs, gaming PCs, desktop computers, NAS, etc., there is an ever-increasing demand for more bandwidth. For most users, 1Gbps is more than enough. But in an office or home where numerous devices are connected to the same Internet, 1Gbps may not be sufficient. This is where 2.5G or Multi-Gigabit connectivity steps in.

2.5G Switch: An Affordable Boost for Your Network

2.5G network is not just for offices, but also for homes. The 2.5G switch can provide the necessary bandwidth that allows network devices to run at their designated speeds without any limitations, which can help improve productivity and user satisfaction. It can deliver network speeds of up to 2.5Gbps, which is 2.5 times faster than the standard Gigabit switch, which makes it suitable for high-bandwidth applications like 4K video streaming, online gaming/LAN parties, and large file sharing. And it also supports backward compatibility with lower Ethernet speeds like 100Mbps and 10Mbps.

By using a 2.5G switch, you can easily upgrade to a faster and future-proof network. Running a business today often requires heavy data transfer. With companies storing their data on the cloud, relying more and more on video conferences, and regularly sharing large files with clients and partners, having faster data transfer speed on a network can definitely streamline business processes and improve collaboration. It would also help significantly if you enjoy games like PUBG, PlayStation, etc., that require higher bandwidth. With a faster network connection, you can have a better gaming experience without a single bottleneck.

Why You Should Consider Using a 2.5G Switch?

The 2.5G PoE switch is an efficient and cost-effective network solution that provides high-speed data transfer for both home and enterprise networks. Here, we’ve listed some of the top benefits that make it stand out:

• Increased bandwidth for high-demanding devices

The first benefit of using a 2.5G switch is that it provides more bandwidth than traditional 1G PoE switches. With 2.5Gbps of throughput, 2.5G PoE switches are ideal for applications that require high data transfer rates, such as high-definition video surveillance, 4K streaming, online gaming and other 2.5G devices including NAS storage, desktop computers, WiFi 6 routers, workstations, 2.5G PCIe adapters and more.

• Existing cabling with new 2.5G infrastructure

The 2.5G switch provides a cost-effective way to help you transform your home network at a budget-friendly price. It can work with your existing CAT5e cables while providing a notable improvement in network speeds. It can seamlessly integrate into your current network infrastructure, so home and business users can easily cater to the urgent needs for higher bandwidth connections without replacing all of the legacy Ethernet cabling.

• Better performance and reduced latency

With a 2.5G switch, you can get better performance from your network compared to a 1G switch. The switch will prioritize traffic and ensure that data gets transferred more efficiently. In addition, it can be easily scaled to meet the demands of growing businesses. You can add more switches to your network without having to overhaul your entire system. The 2.5G switch also offers low latency, which is particularly important for applications that require real-time data transfer, such as online gaming and video conferencing.

Break the Bottleneck of 1G Limitation with FC 2.5G Switches

Fastcabling has developed two kinds of high-quality 2.5G switches for SMB networks, home entertainment and SOHO networking.

8-Port 2.5G Unmanaged Switch with 10G Uplink

8-Port 2.5G Unmanaged Switch with 10G Uplink is the perfect solution to create a future-proof network and optimize the performance of your 2.5G devices. It’s ideal for large file transfers, online gaming, 4K videos and other bandwidth-intensive applications in home entertainment and SOHO networking. It has 8×2.5GBASE-T ports that automatically adapt to the speed required (100/1000M/2.5G), providing up to 60 Gbps of switching capacity. It also has a 10G SFP+ uplink port for connecting to the core switch for large files and data transfer with no latency. Not only does this switch provide more bandwidth capacity for your network, but it also increases your network speed from the current 1Gbps to 2.5Gbps without changing any cables. The fanless design also ensures silent operation in the home and business environment.

8-Port 2.5G PoE++ Switch with 10G Uplink

By using this 8-port 2.5G PoE++ switch, you can significantly reduce installation costs while simplifying cable management. It only requires a single Ethernet cable to send both data and power to PDs like 4K cameras, WiFi 6 APs, PoS terminals, digital signage, etc., making it a perfect solution for remote locations with limited power outlets. Similarly, it’s equipped with 8×100/1000M/2.5G RJ45 ports and a 10G SFP+ port. Compatible with IEEE802.3af/at/bt standards, this 8-port 2.5G PoE++ switch can provide up to 90 watts of power for ports 1-4 and 30W for ports 5-8. It is easy to use and simple to set up with no software or configuration required. The robust metal housing and desktop/wall-mount design give you a versatile mounting option in a variety of environments. The optimal solution for home or SOHO users who need more bandwidth and power for their multi-gig devices like gaming computers. 

Get a 2.5G Speed for Your Applications

The 2.5G switches can offer futuristic network connections to a variety of applications.

Home Entertainment: 2.5G switches can be used in home entertainment systems to enable high-quality multimedia streaming. For example, it can provide higher bandwidth to improve the quality of 4K/8K videos. They can also be used for gaming consoles, smart TVs, and media players, allowing for seamless streaming of HD video content and real-time gaming without any lag. You can also install a 2.5G NAS to your computer to store your vast game collection. With the 2.5G switches, you can connect multiple devices to the Internet while still enjoying 100Mbps or more data speed per unit.

SMB Network: Companies require efficient, high-performance networks to keep up with the demands of day-to-day online operations. The increased transfer speed also helps to back up computer files to NAS storage. The 2.5G switches can be used to connect workstations, printers, servers and other networking equipment like 2.5G PCIe adapters to the enterprise network. With their ability to provide higher speeds and bandwidth, they can help businesses to improve their network efficiency and productivity, enabling faster transfers and downloads.

Data Center: Data centers require high-speed and high-reliability switches to manage vast amounts of data. With more devices connected to data centers each year, the need for faster speeds will continue to grow, while the 2.5G switch offers a middle ground between 1G and 10G switches and allows for future growth and expansion. You can use the 2.5G switches to connect servers and storage devices within the data center network to speed up the data transfer and storage process. They are ideal for data center applications due to their high data transfer rates, low latency, and advanced security features.

Surveillance System: Surveillance systems require fast and reliable connectivity to ensure effective monitoring and prompt response to security threats. To enable efficient data transfer and real-time monitoring, 2.5G/multi-gigabit switches are usually deployed to optimize the network throughput and send the videos over the network with no lag. With higher network speeds, they can deliver better video quality, which is important for applications such as facial recognition, where higher-resolution cameras are often required for clear identification. Additionally, the 2.5G switch can handle more traffic and devices, making it ideal for larger camera systems.

Industrial Network: In industrial environments, high-speed networking is required for industrial automation, control, and monitoring systems. 2.5G switches can be used in industrial networks to provide reliable and secure connectivity to industrial controllers, sensors, and other devices. With their rugged design and advanced security features, 2.5G switches can be used in harsh environments and provide industrial-grade performance.