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Powers four cameras perfectly
on January 24, 2013
I got this to power (POE) four HD security cameras and it has worked perfectly for a year now. I am completely happy with it. It is pumping a ton of 720P video data 7 days a week 24 hours a day and has been very reliable. There are brief occasions when I lose signal from one or another of the cameras but I can't be sure whether to blame the camera or the switch. I'd think if it was the switch, it would affect all four cameras at once, and that's not what I'm seeing.
It was absolutely painless to hook up and there was nothing to configure and no software I needed to install.
A few times I've knocked loose the switch's power cord. For something you want "always on", perhaps the power connection could be a little more permanent.
Shortly after installing the cameras and before I had them fully weatherproofed, it rained and shorted out one camera. Taking it apart, I even saw an electrical burn where the POE power enters the camera. I thought "great, that's probably blown my switch too" but no, whether by design or by good luck, the switch withstood this event and when I connected another camera the port in question was still able to provide power.
The only thing I'd do different next time is shop around for a gigabit switch. If there wasn't much of a price difference, I'd get the faster switch just to accommodate future growth. Nevertheless this one is keeping up just fine with my present network load.