What switches should be used for IP video surveillacne? How to choose the ideal switch for your security network?

PoE Switching Designed for Surveillance

  • Comprehensive Selection of PoE Switches
  • Abundant Features for Enhanced Network Security


IP cameras are an essential component of any business surveillance system to gain visibility and insight into your business. It creates a safe environment for your staff and customers. When a company plans to add a video surveillance system, the first question should always be: What infrastructure do we choose as supporting equipment? Maintaining your video surveillance system properly is as critical as the system itself to your business’s security. In today's business life, using PoE (Power over Ethernet) switches for IP camera is very popular and should be your first choice.


Common challenges of  surveillance network: complex power line configuration

Complex Power Line Configuration

Traditional wiring requires more cables, electric wires, and power adapters to support data and power transmission. More wires mean more mess. The location of power outlets can also limit the placement options for surveillance system.

Common challenges of  surveillance network: electrical hazards

Electrical Hazards

An additional constraint is that electrical wires increase the risk of dangers such as fire and power surges. For this reason, you cannot deploy the traditional wiring networks without the assistance of professional electricians to ensure safety.

Common challenges of  surveillance network: huge investment in infraustructure

Huge Investment in Infrastructure

Deploying IP cameras into remote places like parking lots and warehouses often requires extensive investment and higher labor and system layout costs.

Common challenges of  surveillance network: hard for troubleshooting

Hard for Troubleshooting

Monitoring, visiting, and troubleshooting remote surveillance networks can cost a significant amount of time and money. Dropped and unresponsive IP cameras can cause video loss, posing great threats to business security.


For general surveillance, TP-Link has designed a variety of PoE Switches to meet the requirements of most IPCs. Many robust features like Extend Mode, Priority Mode, and Isolation Mode provide value well beyond basic networking needs, creating a versatile and reliable surveillance network to grow your business.
Build your network and manage all your cameras and Network Video Recorders (NVRs) all through the PoE switch.

Surveillance network topology with PoE switch, IP cameras, NVR, monitor, and router.

Each PoE switching solution is unique to the location, business, and surveillance needs.
A PoE switch contains multiple Ethernet ports to provide power and network communications to IP cameras, simplifying the cabling for your installation. You can run cameras to either the NVR or the PoE switch for more placement options, expanding your vision to the farthest corners of a large house.

How to deploy the IP cameras and PoE switches to meet the surveillance needs in office, shopping mall, warehouse, and more.

Tailor-Made Features that Guarantee Your Safety

Extend Mode furthers the deploying distance of IP cameras up to 250m away.

Long-Range Transmission

With Extend Mode, PoE supports data and power transmissions up to 250 m away—perfect for surveillance camera deployment in large areas.

Priority Mode guarantees the performance of PoE devices with higher priority.

Port Prioritization

Guarantees the quality of sensitive applications like video and voice in critical business areas by prioritizing the data of specific ports.

Isolation Mode divides traffic to advoid snooping anf tampering, isolating broadcast storm.

Enhanced with Port Isolation

Isolation Mode easily divides traffic for downlink ports to avoid snooping/tampering and isolates broadcast storm for higher security.

Real-time monitor the stauts of cameras and reboot automatically when the camera is down.

Auto Camera Recovery

Automatically detects and reboots your dropped or unresponsive PoE-powered devices.


Lower Installation Costs for surveillance network depolyment

Lower Installation Costs

A single cable supports both data and power transmissions. PoE solutions also require fewer power adapters.

Higher power budget for IP cameras

Variable Power Supply

A rich selection of switches supports PoE budgets up to 10/15/30 W on each port, ensuring that every sort of IP camera can receive enough power.

Easy and flexible deployment for surveillance network

Flexible Deployment

Freedom from fixed power outlets provides more placement options and deployment in complex environments.

surveillance switch with fanless design

Silent Operation

Both fanless and built-in smart fans are designed to balance power consumption with reduced sound in noise-sensitive locations.

surveillance switch with intelligent power management

Intelligent Power Management

Automatically monitors and ensures power supply to high-priority ports, protecting devices from power overloads.

surveillance switch with easy installation

Easy to Use

Simply plug and play for instant connectivity. Convenient management tools like Omada App and web-based interface are also provided for managed switches.

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managed vs unmanaged surveillance switch

Managed Functions

Unmanaged Switches: Support plug and play without configuration required but also offer sufficient functions like 250 m PoE tansmission, port prioritization, and traffic separation. Easy Smart Switches: A variety of useful features are provided such as VLAN, QoS, IGMP Snooping, and PoE Auto Recovery to enhance your network safety and reliability. Smart & L2 Managed: More advanced and high-level management options such as the Omada SDN Cloud Platform help control your network anytime, anywhere.

Surveillance switch with different number of ports

Number of Ports

How many IP cameras do you need to connect to your network? Select a switch with enough ports to connect all your devices on your LAN. If your business is at the rapid growth phase, select a switch with abundant network capacity to grow with your demands.

Surveillance switch with various speed levels

Port Speed

Determine the required port speed based on user needs and PD bandwidth. 100 M bandwidth is sufficient to meet the requirements of IPCs system while gigabit and multi-gigabit future-proof your network with higher scalability.

Surveillance switch with high or low power budget

PoE Budget

Each IP camera has a budget, which is the minimum power required over Ethernet for it to function. When considering suitable switches, check the budget per port to ensure that it is sufficient to power your IP cameras.

Surveillance switch supported PoE or PoE+

PoE or PoE+

· PoE (802.3af) is the original PoE standard and offers 15.4 W of power to the Ethernet port.
· PoE+ (802.3at) almost doubles the available budget, providing 30 W adequate power supply to the Ethernet ports.

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